10 Items You Shouldn’t Wash Down Your Kitchen Sink

10 Items You Shouldn't Wash Down Your Kitchen Sink

We’ve all been there. You’ve just finished dinner and a long day, and you just want the washing up to be done so you can crawl into bed. Or you’re groggily walking into the kitchen the morning after a big night and can’t believe the mess you made. 

In these times it can be tempting to wash anything and everything you can down the sink. It’s easy, it’s fast and it means you can have a clean kitchen sooner. So, what’s the harm, right?

Wrong. While we know it’s easier, washing a number of different things down your sink can be dangerous for your plumbing system and lead to cracked pipes, blockages or worse. 

Here’s our advice for 10 things you should avoid washing down your kitchen sink. 

1. PASTA 

The plumbing system that connects to your sink has a fixed width. The semolina in pasta can cause it to absorb liquid and swell which means that too washing too much down the drain can block, or worse, corrode your pipes. 

2. BONES

Especially those from beef, pork, lamb or poultry. Bones from these animals are big enough that they can cause a blockage in your sink and leads to overflows that can damage your plumbing system and your property. 

3. GREASE

This liquid can stick to the inside of your pipes, and the pipes that your water flows into in the street, causing major blockages over time. If you’re looking for other options, leave the grease to cool first, and then dispose of it in your rubbish bin.

4. FLOUR  

Much like pasta, flour coagulates when mixed with water. This mixture when washed down the drain can coat the edges of your pipes and catch other bits of food or debris that is washed down, which can cause a blockage and break down your pipes. 

5. UNUSED MEDICATION

Tipping or dissolving unused medication down the sink may seem harmless, but the truth is that the chemicals you’re getting rid of may end up back in your drinking water and the environment. 

6. EGGSHELLS

The impact of eggshells down the drain is very similar to flour. They can build-up and cause blockages and overflow quickly and easily. Try putting these in your compost or rubbish bin instead. 

7. MILK 

This one often catches people off guard. Milk, like all dairy products, is considered a highly polluting substance due to its high oxygen demand. This means that when it is released into environments with sewage, it can deprive other organisms of oxygen to survive. 

8. PAPER PRODUCTS

You remember spit balls from primary school? Those things you’d load up into a straw and rocket at a friend? Picture that but bigger and blocking your drainage and causing overflow in your kitchen. Putting paper products down the sink is nothing but trouble for your pipes. 

9. FRUIT AND VEGGIE STICKERS

These bad boys belong in the bin. When they get washed down your drain, they can they clog your pipes and also block filters in water treatment plants due to their adhesive being unable to dissolve in water. 

10. COFFEE GROUNDS 

Everyone loves a good brew in the morning – but what you might not is the blockages that can occur when you tip coffee grounds down the kitchen sink. Grounds can stick together and cause a blockage that cannot be easily moved with water. Instead, try using these grounds as part of your compost.

IT’S TIME TO MOVE YOUR RUBBISH BIN A LITTLE CLOSER TO THE SINK 

Disposing of liquids, solids and the in-between properly will help you preserve your pipes for longer and avoid any other damage occurring to your property as a result of blockages and overflow. 

If you do find yourself stuck in a mucky situation though, don’t fret! The team at Salmon Plumbing are more than happy to help you. Give us a call on 07 3862 2600 for any plumbing assistance you might need. 

To learn more about how you can care for your home’s plumbing system, check out our blog.

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.

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

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

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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.

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.

How to Prevent a Moat Around Your House When the Rains Do Hit

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Summer is our wet season in Queensland and spring is the ideal time to check the external plumbing around your home. No one wants a moat around their house when the rains do hit.

Here are some checks and maintenance tips you can do around your house to ensure the water flows where it needs to go.

1. Clean the roof and remove debris

The roof is the largest surface area of the home, which is the first surface to be hit by rain. Ensure the roof is clean and debris-free so that when the rain does hit, it doesn’t wash away debris through the gutters or downpipes, causing a blockage.

2. Empty gutters of leaf debris

Cleaning gutters is an important job every spring to ensure there is no debris preventing the water from flowing through each channel to the storm water drains. Ensure the gutters are cleaned every spring. Leaf matter can break down and congeal in downpipes. This can cause a back-up of water when it rains, and this water has nowhere to go except overflow the edges of the gutters, falling around the house often causing an external flood.

3. Inspect rusty gutters and down pipes and ensure correct fall

Every spring, your gutters and down pipes should be inspected for rust and openings which can cause a water to fall through, instead of being directed away from the home through the existing storm water drainage. Get rusty gutters and down pipes replaced as soon as possible to avoid the inconvenience of an external flood.

Also check for backfall of gutters. The correct fall ensures the water flows towards the downpipes, not away from them.

4. Inspect storm water grates

Often rain events can wash away sand and dirt down storm water grates. This needs to be emptied to ensure a free channel of water to flow through when the next rain event hits.

5. Get your plumber to calculate the right number of downpipes for your roof surface area

Some houses just don’t have enough down pipes to meet the capacity of water fall from the surface area of their roof. If you think this is a problem at your property, call Salmon Plumbing out to investigate and offer a solution. This could be an opportunity to add a rainwater tank or two to be prepared for drought.

6. Have the correct sized storm water pipes underground

Most storm water pipes underground around houses are 90mm PVC. Often this pipe is not big enough for the amount of water that flows through the down pipes. Upgrading these pipes can help prevent a moat situation around your house during a heavy rain event.

Keeping gardens maintained and away from storm water grates ensures water can flow to where it needs to go when it matters most.

The external plumbing to your home is vitally important to prevent floods around your house. External floods can cause damage inside your house, by seeping through window and door openings. It’s an inconvenience that can be avoided with the right storm water drainage around your home.

Another health concern to be aware of is any type of pooling of water in gutters and around the home can also attract mosquitoes. The pools of water offer mozzies the the perfect spot to breed. This is a health concern as mosquitoes can spread the Zika Virus and Ross River Fever. Ensuring adequate storm water drainage can prevent mozzies making a home at your home.

If you have a storm water blockage or have concerns about how rain water is channeled away from your home, give Salmon Plumbing a call. Our plumbers can offer solutions so you’re better prepared when the wet weather hits this summer.

What Kids Need To Know About Plumbing to Prevent an Unexpected Call Out

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Kids are curious creatures. The simplest of activities like throwing a rock or filling a bucket with sand is a natural part of their play and necessary for their growth and development.

They love to explore and create experiments, test boundaries and push all the buttons, eager to see what happens next.

So it’s vitally important we teach our kids about plumbing. There are buttons and pipes and grates and spouts around the home (and even in the extended community like parks) that need to be used with care. Your child may be curious to play with these or use them as part of their play. But it often ends in disaster resulting in an unexpected call out to a plumber, which wasn’t part of the family’s budget for the week.

Here are some things kids need to know about plumbing to prevent an unexpected call out. Most plumbing issues caused by kids can be preventable. These tips as are also important in keeping your child safe.

Teach kids about grates and open pipes outside

The external area around your home will have storm water grates, rain water tanks, downpipes, hose taps and overflow relief gullies.

Down pipes and rainwater tanks are not playground equipment to be climbed on. Any weight on downpipes can disconnect them from gutters.

Grated drains outside like storm water pits or over flow relief gullies (ORG) should not have their grates removed and filled with rocks or garden debris.

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Overflow relief gullies are a sewer trap which ensures any blockages on the main sewer line, don’t back up into your house. It’s important these stay clear so they can do as their name suggests, overflow. Any blockages in an ORG, can cause a backup of waste water to the fixtures in your home, like the sink and basins.

Salmon Plumbing has tools to retrieve rocks or foreign matter thrown down the ORG. Sometimes, the rocks can flush down the line requiring high-pressure drain cleaning equipment to blast the blockage away. Teach kids not to lift grates and throw anything down an open pipe. It will cause a blockage and you will need to call a plumber to remove it.

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In the local community, there are often creeks or waterways with open storm water pipes.  It’s important to teach kids not to swim or wade in these waters – especially in summer during heavy rainfall. Water can travel fast down these pipes, sucking any solid matter or objects with it. Teach kids to keep away from flooded drains at all times to prevent a fatal accident.

Teach kids what should and shouldn’t be flushed down the toilet

Only the three P’s should be flushed down the toilet. Poo, pee and toilet paper. No toys, no wipes, no playdough, kinetic sand or slime. And only a few pieces of toilet paper at a time – not the whole roll!

Sometimes the toilet can be seen as an automatic rubbish bin, flushing away whatever you don’t want. But our sewer system network is not designed for these items. Any plastics or broken toys should be recycled, donated or put in the bin, not flushed down the toilet.

Teach kids to turn the tap off after every use

Overflowing taps can happen. Even adults can be notorious for multitasking and forgetting to turn a tap off, resulting in an unexpected flood. Teach kids to focus on the job at hand and turn the tap off after use. This can ensure no drips, which can be a drain on your water bill.

Tap spouts aren’t monkey bars

A tap spout is not a monkey bar. It’s self-explanatory, but anything that juts out from the wall can often be viewed as something to climb on or swing from to a child.

Keep fingers away from a draining bath

It’s not common, but it does happen when little fingers get caught down the bath drain. To prevent kids getting their fingers stuck, take them out of the bath BEFORE you pull the plug. Also, place little kids away from the plug end of the bath, to prevent the plug being pulled during wash time.

We love kids, and they truly make the world a better place, but their curiosity can cause unexpected plumbing problems.

If your child has been a bit over-eager with the plumbing in your home, and you need some items retrieved or fixed, give Salmon Plumbing a call.

Budget Plumbing Tips To Update An Old Bathroom

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If you’ve purchased an older house and the bathroom is in need of an update, you may assume calling a plumber will cost you a bit to renovate. But simple, cosmetic updates can be affordable. Your plumber will usually be able to install them during one call out and will install them in a fraction of the time you could.

Now not everyone can afford to renovate their bathroom after the initial outlay to purchase the property. But there are some ways to make the bathroom look aesthetically pleasing until you do have the finances available to do a complete overhaul. 

Here are some budget plumbing tips which can update an old bathroom for minimal cost.

Replace Toilet Seat

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It can be the luck of the draw on what type of toilet you have installed in your bathroom. You may have a dual flush toilet suite or you could have a toilet with the cistern high up the wall that has seen better days, connecting to a white toilet pan with an old dingy black plastic toilet seat. You could get your plumber to replace the whole toilet suite. But if this is out of your budget, simply replace the toilet seat. You’d be surprised how refreshed the toilet will look with this simple install.

Replace Taps With Like For Like

Replacing the tapware with like for like can also update your bathroom. There can be an outlay of cost in purchasing the new tapware, but providing you replace a mixer with an existing mixer or hob mounted with the like, you can instantly update the bathroom. Why not replace the chrome taps with matte black? It’s usually dearer than chrome, but not as expensive as the brushed metallic tapware available. But it can instantly modernize the bathroom if that is the look you’re after.

Replace The Plug and Waste

You may not be a fan of the basin or the vanity cupboard for that matter, but if replacing these won’t fit in with your budget, get your plumber to replace the plug and waste. Often a basin will show its age by the grime in the silicone sealing the basin waste. Your plumber will be able to find the correct plug and waste needed and re-silicone this in for you. Leave this job with your plumber to source as the plug and waste diameters can vary from 32mm to 40mm and some require an overflow.

Add a Hand Shower

If your shower has an all directional shower rose, this can be replaced with a hand shower. A plumber does not necessarily have to install this, however, you have to be mindful of where your cold and hot water pipes are when drilling into the tiled wall to affix the shower rail. Your plumber’s expertise will ensure the rail is installed where it needs to be and even if they get it wrong, they’re the best person to fix the leak.

A good clean, a fresh lick of paint and even some new accessories in the like of a plant or new window furnishing may be all that’s needed so your bathroom looks less drab and more fab.

Salmon Plumbing can do all these budget plumbing tips in one call out, saving you money and time trying to do it yourself. Call the team now so we can organise a call out to help.