Five Reasons to Choose a Salmon Plumber

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The next time a pipe bursts in your roof, or you get an unexpected leak in your home, the team at Salmon Plumbing in Brisbane are more than ready to assist you. 

Plus, we’re more than just a collection of pretty faces. There are plenty of features of our business that differentiate us from the QLD plumbing market, to start though, we’ll just give you the top 5. 

1. WE’RE OPEN 24/7 

If there’s one thing we’ve learned in our 30 years in the plumbing industry, it’s that problems don’t just happen during daylight hours. 

Our years of experience have taught us that the metropolitan Brisbane community needs around the clock assistance. This is why we now ensure we’re available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

Our scheduling system enables us to always have a plumber available to assist you with any unexpected problem – no matter if it’s in the middle of the night or just before lunch. And you can call to make a booking any time.

2. WE HAVE A HIGHLY SKILLED TEAM 

We know that our Salmon Plumbers are our biggest asset. In fact, we’ve taught more than half of our team ourselves! We’ve raised them from the small fry apprentices they came to us as, to the full-time licensed plumbers turning up at your door today.  

Additionally, we also keep our team’s skills up to date. All of our licensed tradesmen undergo continual professional development in a range of business areas, including technical skills, customer services and product training. 

3. WE’RE PEOPLE TOO

Part of the problem with 21st century plumbers is that they think that everything can be done by a system. And while that is efficient, is not eFISHant, at Salmon Plumbing, we believe that when it comes to the phone, you need that human element. 

When you call in for assistance, you don’t want a robot, you want to hear a friendly voice and know that there’s someone there to help you, no matter the time or the problem. 

That’s why when you call Salmon Plumbing, a member of our dedicated scheduling team will take your details and help with your enquiry. You will never get an answering machine or call centre operator with us.  

4. WE’VE GOT THE SYSTEMS FOR MAXIMUM EFFICIENCY

While we prioritise that human element when it comes to answering our phones, Salmon Plumbing does have a number of systems to support our plumbers to ensure they can attend your property and resolve your issue as quickly as possible. 

We have invested in powerful job and project monitoring systems. Additionally, our vehicles are also tracked by satellite navigation. This enables us to respond to your job, emergency or otherwise, quickly and efficiently anywhere in the metropolitan Brisbane area.

5. WE LEAVE NO MESS BEHIND

We know some of our customers have been burned in the past by plumbers who may have gotten the job done but destroyed half their property in the process. 

At Salmon Plumbing, we’ve taught our tradesman that cleaning up is just as important as solving a problem. 

Our staff are trained to lay down mats to protect your floor and other surfaces when attending, and they are equipped with a cleaning kit and vacuum cleaner so that all we leave behind is a job well done. 

SALMON PLUMBERS ARE THE ONLY FISH IN THE SEA YOU NEED WHEN IT COMES TO PLUMBING. 

Our around the clock assistance, qualified staff and dedication to customer satisfaction is what makes us a leading plumber in the Brisbane metropolitan area. 

We offer a range of plumbing services to potential customer, from hot water system installation and replacement, to blocked drain or pipe resolution, to emergency plumbing assistance. 

To learn more about our services, or to get high quality assistance in a pinch, give us a call on 07 3862 2600 today. 

3 ways to preserve your plumbing this winter

3 ways to preserve your plumbing this winter

When the colder months roll around and the warmth of your bed becomes harder to leave in the morning, it’s likely that plumbing is the last thing on your mind. 

Now, however, is the perfect time to perform some routine maintenance around your home that can ensure your plumbing system is clean and clear for another year around the sun!

Completing these three tasks annually in the wintertime, when the weather is cooler and more pleasant, will mean you can preserve your plumbing without breaking too much of a sweat. 

1. Clear out gutters and downpipes

Overflowing gutters can cause roof leaks and damage to your home’s structure. Over time, they can also break down your guttering system and impact its ability to protect your property.

As winter is generally considered to be drier, it’s a great time to clean out your gutters and downpipes. This routine maintenance can then prevent issues from occurring when summer, and the rain, roll around.

If you don’t feel like getting your hands dirty, you can also contact one of the team at Salmon Plumbing to come out and do the job for you!

2. Check your roof for any leaks or damages

Summer storms in Queensland are intense, and can challenge the best of properties. So, the winter is one of the best times to investigate any leaks or concerns you’ve had with your roof. 

This task in particular can be pretty hard and dangerous without the right training or knowledge, so for this one we recommend getting the help of a plumbing pro-fish-ional (hint, hint!)

3. Consider the health of your hot water system

A love for cold showers is pretty rare to find, even in the summertime. In winter, however, a cold shower is just plain cruel! 

To avoid the shock to your system that an unwanted cold shower can bring, the lead up to winter is also a good time to consider the health of your hot water system.

Have you found that water has been slow to heat up? Or perhaps that the heat isn’t hot for long enough? These are warning signs that it might be time for a new hot water system. 

Your best bet is to contact a plumber for a routine check-up. They will review the overall health of your system and report back to you on whether or not it’s time for a new one. 

So there you have it! Three ways you can use the winter time to properly preserve your plumbing. 

If you’d like a professional to help you out with any of the issues we’ve mentioned above, feel free to contact the team at Salmon Plumbing. 

With plenty of experience, our crew are happy to help you devise a solid maintenance plan that will see your plumbing system have a happy and healthy lifecycle. 
To find even more ways you can look after your plumbing system, click here to check out our blog. Otherwise, call us any time on 07 3073 9211.

Have you fallen for these 5 five plumbing myths?

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When it comes to saving money on plumbing projects, there is something we think you should know. 

Those same Youtube videos, Pinterest hacks, and family recipes that are keeping your toilet bowl sparkling clean or your house odor-free may be doing more damage than you think. 

As plumbing professionals, we want to make sure you’re not doing more bad than good when it comes to your home or business’ plumbing. So, we’ve decided to bust five popular plumbing myths and show you the right ways to look after your water and sanitation systems. 

Myth 1: You can flush more than toilet paper

One of the most common issues Salmon Plumbers have faced is attending to, what we call, a UTB, a.k.a an Unidentified Toilet Blockage. See, when it comes to your bathroom, there are many things that might appear flushable, but actually they aren’t. 

Objects like paper towels, maxi pads, tampons and makeup remover wipes are not designed to go down the toilet and can easily cause a blockage if they are flushed. 

Nothing except toilet paper, not even flushable wipes, should be flushed down the toilet.

Myth 2: You should use bleaching tablets to clean your toilet

Bleach can be a very effective toilet cleaning agent. However, when left to sit in your toilet for too long (usually more than 10 minutes), it can damage the toilet bowl surface and degrade many of its working parts. 

A drop-in bleach tablet continually releases bleach over an extended period of time. So, by placing this in your bowl and simply walking away, you run the risk of issues above, or in some more serious cases, the complete corrosion of your toilet bowl!

While it may require a more hands-on approach, manual cleaning processes with the occasional inclusion of bleach will help you achieve the safest and best clean for your toilet. 

Myth 3: You only need to think about your pipes when there’s a problem

Hair and shampoo in the shower, food and coffee grounds in the kitchen sink, and more, can all accumulate in your pipes over time. So, while you may not think anything is immediately wrong, the slow build-up of a blockage may mean water could start backing up without warning. 

To avoid issues like these occurring so suddenly, arrange regular inspections of your home or business’ plumbing system. This can help you identify problems before they become costly, and enable you to learn the best tactics for maintenance from the plumbing professionals.

Myth 4: You can flush fish down the toilet

Before sending a fish to the porcelain pet heaven, you need to be certain it is no longer alive. 

Many fish that are flushed can end up surviving their journey through the sewer system. From there they can become oversized and reproduce at alarming rates. This can put a number of natural ecosystems at risk.

Myth 5: You can use drain cleaner to avoid calling a plumber

If you find drains in your home are gurgling or slow to empty, don’t reach for the baking soda and vinegar or drain cleaner right away. It’s actually best to contact a plumber to remove the blockage that is impacting your system.

Liquid drain cleaners, and drain cleaning methods, are not actually that effective at clearing blocked drains. What they are 100% good at, however, is eating away at your pipes and flushing dangerous chemicals out into natural ecosystems. 

Fact: Your local plumber will have the best advice for plumbing issues

When you can, it’s best to call your local plumber if you are facing a problem, or need some advice for care and maintenance. 

By consulting a professional, you can trust that you are taking the best care of your property’s plumbing system.

To check out some of our suggestions for ways to improve your plumbing system, check out our other blogs by clicking here

Otherwise, feel free to contact us on 07 3073 9211 for all your plumbing needs.

Answering Your Plumbing FAQs

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Do you want to know the trade secrets for cutting costs on your next water bill? Or how you can identify the right time to replace your hot water system? What about when to take a leaky tap seriously?

Today, I’ve decided to open the floodgates and let the answers to some of Salmon Plumbing’s most frequently asked questions come swimming out. In this read I’ve got everything from trade secrets to top strategies for care and protection, and more.

You’re sure to learn something that will help you look after your property’s plumbing system and ensure you save a few dollars when it comes to next month’s water bills.

So, what are you waiting for? Let’s dive in. 

FAQ #1: How does a plumber identify what is blocking a drain and get rid of it?

When investigating this kind of issue, plumbers will use various equipment and knowledge to analyse the situation. 

They will likely take note of the location of the blockage (e.g. the bathroom vs the kitchen) and ask you a few questions to understand what is generally sent down the drain. 

Plumbers will then use special tools, like CCTV cameras, water jetters and plumbing draining rods to investigate the issue further and break down the blockage. 

FAQ #2: What are the benefits of installing a solar hot water system?

Solar hot water systems are one of the biggest underdogs in plumbing. 

Whether it’s money, or perhaps a political stance, people seem to continuously underestimate the value that these eco-friendly systems can add to your home (and wallet!). A solar hot water system can:

  • Minimise the electricity needed to heat water and lessen energy bills as a result. 
  • Reduce the greenhouse gas emissions generated by heating water.
  • Offer an aesthetically pleasing alternative to large tanks taking up space in your yard. 
  • Make you eligible for a solar hot water rebate.

Installing these systems may be costly at first, but the long-term savings and environmental impact you can make, will see you recoup your spending and then some. 

FAQ #3: Why is my water bill so high?

An unusually high water bill can be a real slap in the face when you’re not expecting it. If you’ve noticed a recent spike in your monthly costs, there may be an underlying problem that is causing excess water usage at your property. Here is a list of some of the possible culprits:

  • Leaky toilets, taps, irrigations (think lawn sprinkler systems), or lines (underground pipes that connect your home to a water meter)
  • Inefficient fixtures (consider the age of the plumbing appliances in your home, outdated fixtures can use more water in less efficient ways!)
  • Lifestyle changes (consider the seasons, are you doing more laundry in winter? Or, perhaps filling up your pool in the summer?)
  • Water waste (consider the water habits of your roommates, are they leaving the tap on while they brush their teeth? Taking long showers? Maybe overwatering the lawn?)

These issues might not be the first that spring to your mind, but they are worth investigating. If you find that after looking into them, you’re still experiencing unusually high water bills, then it’s time to call in a plumber to inspect your system.

FAQ #4: Is a leaky tap really a big deal?

If you care about the amount of cash in your wallet and the quality of your plumbing system, then yes. 

Like I mentioned earlier, a leaky tap might be a sneaky culprit for unusually high water bills, meaning that ‘drip-drip’ isn’t just keeping you awake at night, it’s costing you money! 

Additionally, there are so many reasons that a tap could be leaking that it’s worth investigating even if it you consider it to be insignificant. 

It could be something as simple as a problem with the O-ring, a small disc that holds the tap in place. Or, it could be a sign of something more serious, like valve corrosion, problems with the washers, or broken pipes or fittings. 

FAQ #5: Why do my drains smell horrible and how can I get rid of the smell?

Drains are meant to prevent smells from coming back into your home. So, if you find yourself wrinkling your nose when you walk into the bathroom, you might have a problem. Luckily, it’s usually an easy fix.  

Most odd smelling drains are caused by a dried out trap. See, every drain has a U-shaped trap designed to hold a small amount of water. This water blocks sewer gasses from travelling back up your plumbing and into your house. When the trap dries out, there is no barrier, hence the smell when you enter a room. 

The simple solution is to pour water down drains in your house that aren’t used often. This builds the barrier back up and should, hopefully, get rid of the smell. 

However, if that odd odour persists, it’s probably time to look at calling in a professional plumber to thoroughly inspect your system and track down the problem. 

FAQ #6: How do I know when to replace my hot water system?

There are a few hints that it might be time to look at investing in a new hot water system for your property. The biggest and most obvious being that you are frequently calling your local plumber for repairs. 

Outside of this issue, some other factors to consider are:

  • How hot your hot water is when it comes out of the tap
  • How long your water is taking to heat up
  • The age of your hot water system (if it’s older than 10 years, you might find new models are more energy efficient and nicer to your water and electricity bills!)

FAQ #7: My pipes are making a banging sound – what’s going on?

This problem is most commonly known as a water hammer. It can be caused by a range of different issues, so it’s important to identify what is exactly causing the problem before you investigate home remedies. 

A plumber is your best bet in this situation, they can help you identify what is causing the water hammer. Plus, a quick diagnosis from an experienced professional will help you resolve the problem sooner and ensure you’re treating it correctly ASAP.

Do you have a plumbing question that wasn’t answered here? 

We’ve got plenty more answers and information about caring for, and protecting, your property’s plumbing system on our blog! You can check it out here

Otherwise, feel free to contact us on 07 3073 9211! We’d be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Plumbing Tips When Facing a Pandemic

Plumbing Tips When Facing a Pandemic

Brisbane is about to enter the cold and flu season and much of Australia has strict quarantine processes in place due to Coronavirus. We thought it would be vital to share plumbing tips when facing a pandemic to keep your home healthy. 

With the rise of sickness in Australia, it’s prudent to consider how we can decrease risk of infection and keep our homes protected. These plumbing tips to help you stay healthy during a pandemic aren’t scare tactics, more habits to practice to ensure good hygiene is in place. 

Regularly clean surfaces to remove spread of bacteria

It’s inevitable that someone in the family will get a cold and while incubated at home, their hands will touch the toilet door, toilet cistern, taps and etc. Regularly clean these surfaces where hands touch to prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses. Also encourage regular hand washing after using toilet facilities. It’s recommended for hands to be cleaned for 30 seconds to effectively remove bacteria. 

Close the toilet lid when you flush

If you’ve ever been to a hospital toilet, there will always be a sign to ask for the lid to be closed when the toilet is flushed. The reason for this is to contain any bacteria or medicinal particles into the air when the toilet is flushed. The same practice can happen at home to prevent faecal bacteria landing on surround surfaces in the toilet. This can spread gastro if not contained. 

Organise a plumbing inspection on your hot water unit

It’s important for your hot water unit to heat water at 60 degrees before it is released into the pipework. Anything below this can onset the growth of legionella bacteria, which can be detrimental to your family’s health. Any taps or showers that aren’t used regularly should be turned on once a week to remove the threat of growth of the bacteria in the pipes. A plumbing inspection to your hot water unit will ensure two things. 

  1. The unit is heating the water to the temperature needed and any tempering valves are working correctly.
  2. Check the unit for any potential problems which could see you run out of hot water in the cooler months. 

Check rainwater tank for pooling of water to prevent mosquito spread diseases

Mozzies love your rainwater tanks, so it’s important to check there is no pooling of water around your tank and home when it rains. Also check the mesh sieves to prevent mosquitoes breeding in the rainwater tank. You can read more preventative measures on how to prevent mosquitoes making a home in your rainwater tank here.

Install a water filter

Drinking water is essential for hydration. But do you know what is lurking in your drinking water from the kitchen tap? While Brisbane is blessed with clean drinking water supplies, there can be added chemicals or micro plastics you’re not aware of ingesting. To give you peace of mind, getting a water filter installed at the kitchen sink will ensure you’re drinking the best water possible. We are also able to service and install Zip Hydrotaps. Give us a call so we can give a quote for supply and installation for this popular chilled water tap. 

Plumbing is essential for your health by providing water for drinking and cleaning, and the remove of waste through sanitary fixtures. Be sure to make Salmon Plumbing your first point of call when organising inspections or installations to improve the plumbing health of your home. 

You can read what our practices are during the Coronavirus Pandemic to protect you and our staff during this time here

International Women’s Day – The Women Who Help the QLD Plumbing Industry Thrive

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Salmon Plumbing Ladies: Virginia (Left) and Claire (Right)

International Women’s Day is celebrated every year on the 8th March. The theme for 2020 is ‘I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights.’

Traditionally, International Women’s Day is celebrated worldwide, offering an opportunity to celebrate and recognise the wonderful contribution women have made in the workplace and in society. It’s also a time to reflect on what changes still need to be made when it comes to gender equality.

In generations past and still in the present day, the plumbing industry has been a male-dominated industry. But the times are changing – for the better, with women actively pursuing a career in plumbing.

I thought this would be a great opportunity to share with you the women who help the QLD Plumbing Industry thrive. Their leadership, skill and work done behind the scenes are what drives better outcomes for plumbing businesses in QLD.

These women have brought equality into the plumbing industry and they should be commended and recognised for what they do.

The Administration Team Behind the Scenes at Salmon Plumbing

I might be biased, but Salmon Plumbing has the best administration staff in QLD. Without them, our business would not run. Virginia, Claire and Tina are at the forefront of our business, taking your calls, organising the bookings and managing the paper trail that comes with running a plumbing business. Their genuine attitude to help, friendly customer service delivery and exceptional administration skills keep Salmon Plumbing in business. While what they do is done behind the scenes, if they were to quit tomorrow, we wouldn’t be able to function.

Master Plumbers’ Association of QLD (MPAQ) Executive Director Penny Cornah and Team

The MPAQ is run predominantly by women and it is no surprise the changes the team have put into place have been for the better for QLD plumbers.

Penny Cornah has been influential in her role as Executive Director by advocating for plumbers with government leaders and initiating solutions to problems within the industry. She is a female leader in a male dominated industry. Her advocacy to see QLD plumbing businesses thrive, while encouraging equal opportunities for women to make a career in the plumbing industry, should be commended and recognised.

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Penny Cornah

Women’s Plumbing Alliance

The Women’s Plumbing Alliance is a group managed by the MPAQ and it not only recognises the work women do in the plumbing industry, it offers opportunities for mentorship and support. The group aims to address the isolation women can feel when they are running a plumbing business behind the scenes. It also focuses on initiatives to encourage more apprentices within the industry.

The group meet once a month and have networking events throughout the year to ensure women who work behind the scenes in their family plumbing business don’t feel isolated or underappreciated. The group is comprised of women actively working in plumbing and is comprised of volunteers who attend meetings and events to initiate change and support for all women in the industry.

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Women’s Plumbing Alliance

Female Plumbers in Areas of Influence – Plumbing Inspectors and TAFE Teachers

While there are only a small number of female plumbers in QLD, many are running their own business or have gone on to develop careers in areas of influence like being a plumbing inspector or teaching apprentices at TAFE. These women are truly living out the International Women’s Day theme of Generation Equality. For all women working within the plumbing industry whether in jobs of influence, behind the scenes in admin or on the tools, we say thank you for what you do. Your contribution is recognised and the plumbing industry in QLD is all the better for your involvement. Thank you for stepping up and standing tall for gender equality within our industry.

5 Reasons You Should Replace the Old Galvanised Water Pipes in Your Home

Rusted Galvanised Water Pipe
Credit: https://www.theplumbette.com.au/plumbing/what-causes-brown-water-through-taps/

Old galvanised pipe was used to plumb water into homes fifty years ago. Unfortunately, many homes still have these pipes as the source of their water lines to their home. Without a doubt, there can be issues within the plumbing of the home due to not updating these pipes to copper.

Let me ask you a question. Would you drink water sitting in a rusty bucket overnight? Probably not. But this is what many of us are doing when we drink tap water that has been through old galvanised water pipes in our homes. Older and exposed plastic pipe is also not great for our health. Old pipe work is bad for our health and can cause long term issues in other areas of the home. Here are 5 reasons why you should replace the old galvanised water pipes in your home.

1. It will improve the taste and odour of the water

Rusty water has a metallic taste and odour. It’s not particularly pleasant. When drinking and bathing in this water, it can be disconcerting to consider what impurities are being absorbed into our bodies from this contaminated water.

2. It will remove the probability of legionella bacteria

30% of homes with galvanised or old plastic piping in their home had tested for Legionella bacteria in their water supply. To avoid the growth of legionella bacteria, replace your water pipes.

3. Can prolong the life of your dishwasher and washing machine

The rusty water used through the dishwasher and washing machine can affect the effectiveness of the machine. It can also cause premature life span to your appliances.

4. Will avoid build-up of scale and sludge in hot water system

Hot water units can also be affected by rust contaminated water from galvanised pipes. Hot water units are expensive to replace. If you want to prolong the life of  your hot water unit too, consider changing your water pipes.

5. You will have clear water

This is the best benefit of all after replacing your galvanised water pipes.

We often associate brown water as dirty water. And essentially it is dirty water which has been turned brown due to the rust sediment in the pipes. This water can stain clothes, leave a film on crockery and glasses and can cause the water to be brown through the tap faucet. A brown bath anyone?

If you want to protect your belongings and avoid a brown bath, upgrade your water pipes. Clear water is healthy and vital for washing, hygiene and general wellbeing. It will also eliminate the need for a higher than normal reliance on detergents and cleaners to keep your items clean because of the brown water. This can help save money and the environment.

For help replacing the old galvanised water pipes in your home, contact Salmon Plumbing for an inspection.

Could Your Gutters Handle a Freak Hail Storm?

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Could your gutters handle a freak hail storm? Is your water tank well maintained to ensure any overflow of water is stored in the tank?

Much of QLD is desperate need for a heavy downpour (or many) to fill water tanks and our dams to prevent water restrictions coming into place. Let alone the stress on our farmers and rural communities who rely on rain for their crops and general living.

But while we hope for rain, the odd storm can bring the unexpected occurrence of hail. It’s important to check your gutters and downpipes to ensure they can handle not only a heavy downpour but hail as well.

Gutter Maintenance

If your gutters are incorrectly installed, rusted out or are blocked due to leaf debris, this can cause damage to your property. It also leaves your property unprepared should that freak hail storm hit your home.

Well maintained gutters can

  • Protect fascia boards and roofing timbers
  • Prevent damage of overflowing water to footings and foundations
  • Prevent water ingress during rain events
  • Remove the attraction for mosquitos carrying RRF and Zika, as pooled water is the perfect breeding ground
  • Prevent the breakdown of moist leaves and debris, which can leach acid and rust gutters quickly

An inspection from Salmon Plumbing can check your gutters are correctly installed and we can identify rust and give a quote for the replacement.

Rainwater Collection Maintenance

The condition of your gutters and downpipes will determine the health of your rainwater collection system. When hail melts, it will carry whatever is sitting in your gutters, through to your rainwater tank.

A well-maintained rainwater collection system can

  • Prevent a health hazard of dirty water being used
  • The correct strainers to the tank can prevent mosquitoes
  • Prolong the life of your water pump
  • Prolong the life of your toilet cisterns. Dirty tank water can cause the inner parts of your toilet cistern to deteriorate. It can also cause the toilet to smell. When a toilet flushes, water turns into an aerosol which you can inhale and this can be bad for your health.
  • Prolong the life of your washing machine as dirty tank water can stain the inner drum of the machine and leave an odour.

To ensure your gutters and rainwater collection system are in good working order, contact Salmon Plumbing for an inspection.

5 Ways Your Plumber Can Help Drought-Proof Your Home

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Brisbane can be the city of plenty and not enough water. But we aren’t doing it as bad as our regional towns and communities, who have been experiencing severe drought and are in desperate need for rain. Almost two-thirds of Queensland is in drought, and the lack of water supplies affects industries, agriculture and can impact personal lifestyles.

Water is a precious resource and we often take it for granted. Being mindful of how much water we use each day is something we don’t consider, until the water supplies start to dwindle. It’s important to understand we all play a role in conserving water and ensuring we only use what we need.

Unfortunately, it can take a drought to prompt a change in the way we use water, but your plumber can help automate water conservation through a few changes around the house.

Here are 5 ways your plumber can help drought-proof your home.

1. Install a rainwater tank

Rainwater is free and collecting it in a tank can help reduce your water bill and lower your reliance on town water supplies. Of course, it has to rain in order to fill your tanks. But having a tank readily installed for when the rains do come, is a way to drought-proof your home.  Collecting this water and storing it for use to water gardens, clean cars, fill toilet cisterns and wash down the exterior of your home can ease consumption from drinkable water supplies used for personal use (ie drinking, cooking and personal hygiene)

2. Install water saving aerators

Using less water in the home makes sense, but it often requires a disciplined practice. Install water saving aerators to reduce the litres of water used through the spout. Your plumber can change the taps or add aerators to reduce the water through each spout.

3. Install dual flush toilet cisterns

Most homes should have dual flush toilet cisterns, but if you have an older, single flush toilet suite, consider changing it. Dual flush toilets are another automated way to use less water than needed when flushing a number 1 away.

4. Change over to a water-saving shower rose

There are often grumbles about the pressure of water-saving shower roses, but you can shower for twice as long in a water-saving shower than a shower rose without a restrictor. It’s well worth the investment to install a water-saving shower rose on all the showers.

5. Grey water diversion

Grey water is the waste water collected from washing machines, basins and sink wastes. This water can be re-used to water the garden. We need to be mindful of the soaps and washing powders used if the grey water is diverted. Some aren’t meant to be dispersed on gardens. If you use eco-friendly products, the grey water can be diverted. Grey water diversion may not be possible on some homes. Often a call out is needed to advise on the best diversion for your laundry set up.

If you’re looking for ways to reduce your water consumption in the home, give Salmon Plumbing a call. We can help get your house better prepared for drought when water restrictions come in place.

5 Tips To Keep Mosquitoes Away From Your Rainwater Tank

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Rainwater tanks are a great way to save on your water bills. The collection of rainwater is a system that can be of great benefit to the environment. But any plumbing system that collects and stores water needs to be maintained, and the rainwater tank is one such system that is often out of sight, so out of mind.

But an alarming news story aired on Channel 9 last Friday stated new research has found the Aedes aegypti mosquito has been discovered in a number of towns in the Wide Bay region, and close to Brisbane.

This mosquito is the culprit for infectious diseases including dengue, Zika, chikungunya and yellow fever.

With the cold and flu season upon us, the last threat we need is that of dengue fever.

The most common areas for mosquitoes to breed are near water supplies and CSIRO are urging all rainwater tank owners within Brisbane to look at their rainwater tank systems to prevent an outbreak of dengue fever.

Research has shown the last epidemic for dengue fever in Brisbane was when there was a lot of use of unsealed water tanks.

It’s important to check the current state of your water tank and fix these issues if found during your inspection.

1. Check the mesh sieves into and from your rainwater tank

The mesh barrier at the top of your rainwater tank should be intact and have no penetrations. Any holes will attract mosquitoes. Replace the mesh to keep mozzies out of your tank.

2. Clean all gutters and downpipes

Leaf matter attracts mosquitoes as this is their food source. Remove the food and the mozzies won’t come looking for a home. Ensure your gutters and downpipes are free from all leaf debris. It’s important to clean your gutters twice a year.

3. Inspect the tank and check for holes or penetrations

Any penetrations or open holes into the tank are an uninvited entry waiting to happen. Replace or fix broken rainwater tanks. Your plumber can give you a quote on the cost to replace and install a split rainwater tank.

4. Check your first flush device

Your first flush device, connected to the outlet of the water tank should be flushed every 3 months. A biannual inspection can check for malfunctions and the possibility of mosquito presence.

5. Treat the water

To prevent mosquitoes from breeding in the water tank, the rainwater can be treated. This will stop mosquitoes laying eggs and kill any larvae already present in the tank.

Rainwater tank maintenance is a Salmon Plumbing speciality. The next time you book a call out, why not get our plumber to check the state of your rainwater tank system? It could be vital for your health and those living in the wider Brisbane community.