5 Simple Ways to Preserve Water in Your Home

5 Simple Ways to Preserve Water in Your Home

Drought is a common problem in Australia. And as populations increase and natural water sources decline, it’s important for everyone to play their part with water efficiency. Australia is one of the driest inhabited continents and with there being no control over the weather, relieving the stress on our water sources should be on everyone’s mind. There are simple steps you can take to preserve water at home. With a little effort, you can cut water wastage significantly in the shower, laundry, toilet, garden and sinks. Let’s take a look how.

How to Conserve Water in the Kitchen?

While you may not realise it – handwashing your dishes uses up to three times more water than a dishwasher! If you have a dishwasher, save your hands and water by using it. Other ways to save water in the kitchen are;
  • Fit aerators on your faucets
  • Install single-lever mixer taps
  • Start a compost pile for waste instead of using an in-sink garburator
  • Get your local Logan plumber to fix leaks
  • Wash fruit and veg in a bowl instead of under running water

Reduce Water Consumption in the Shower

Experts reckon we use up to 10 litres of water more per minute when using an older showerhead model. Save water and install a water-efficient showerhead. Other ways to save water in the shower are;
  • Use a shower timer
  • Install a low-flow showerhead

Simple Ways to Save Water in the Toilets

Single flush cisterns use 9-11 liters of water per use. Dual flush cisterns use 3 litres for half a flush and 4.5-6 litres for a complete flush. The toilet is where the largest amount of water is used in a home. If you haven’t already, install the dual flush model which is largely more water efficient. Another way to save water in the toilet is to use a tank float booster. This can save up to 10 gallons of water a day. Talk to your local plumbers to make your toilet more water efficient.

Decrease Water Usage in the Laundry

13% of water usage in Australian households goes through the laundry. By making a few smart choices, you can save a large amount of water here.
  • Save 35% on water bills by using an energy efficient washing machine. Choose a model that has a WELS star rating of 5 or higher
  • Wash only with full loads and only once a week if possible

Water Saving Tips for the Garden

While you may think you’re doing your garden good by watering excessively. The thing is, much water can be wasted due to over watering and when it runs off and away from plants. Here are some water saving tips for the garden.
  • Water plants late in the day or early in the morning. These are the times when evaporation is lowest
  • Collect greywater to use for plants. Some ideas are collecting water used from washing fruits and veggies and the used water from the washing machine
  • Don’t keep the hose running when washing your car. Use a bucket of water and just hose the car down at the end
  • Consider installing an automatic irrigation system
  • If you use sprinklers, check the water doesn’t get wasted spraying over paved areas
  • Consider drought resistant plants that need little water and maintenance

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7 Common Causes of Low Water Pressure

7 Common Causes of Low Water Pressure

Have you stepped into the shower and the water just trickles out of the shower head? Or maybe you went to fill the kettle up and the water just drizzled out slowly? It sounds like you may have a water pressure problem! There’s nothing more frustrating right, when you’ve had a long day!

The good news is; you may be able to do a quick fix. Or alternately, AJP Plumbers are here to help!

There are many reasons you may be experiencing low water pressure. Let’s take a look at the main causes and what you can do about them.

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Clogged Pipes

Your plumbing system contains multiple pipes and if the one that runs to your hot tap gets clogged, this can cause your water pressure to drop. Some culprits that could block your pipes are rust, calcium, sediment, tree roots and many types of other nasties.

Leaking

If you have a leak, this could be causing your low water pressure. Try turning off all the taps and check your water metre to see if it is still ticking over. If it is, this could mean water is still flowing and leaking from somewhere. If you suspect a leak, call your local Logan plumber immediately.

Filters are Jammed

Sometimes the filters leading into your hot water system can get blocked. These can be easily cleaned or replaced if you are comfortable. If not, your local plumber can do this job for you efficiently and affordably.

Sediment in the Hot Water System

If your low water pressure is consistent throughout your home, this could point to a sediment build up. This is especially common in an ageing water system where rust and debris has had time to grow. Talk with your local plumber about having your water system flushed and cleaned.

Old Water System

If your water systems are old, they may actually have had their day and need replacing. While AJP Plumbing can repair many faults, sometimes it might be cheaper and actually a better idea in the long run to replace the whole system.

Shower head

Some old or cheap shower heads, are just built to emit a weak water flow. You especially find this in rental properties, where the owner has decided to save a few bucks by installing a slow flowing shower head. This may reduce the water bills slightly, but it can be very annoying trying to get a decent shower!

Novice Plumbing

There are bad and untrained plumbers out there, who will occasionally do unprofessional work on people’s homes. If an untrained plumber has installed pipes that are too narrow which take water to your unit, this can cause weak water pressure. Always consult professional plumbers like AJP Plumbing and Gas for any plumbing services you need for your home.

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Got A Leak? Act Fast – Here’s What to Do…

Got A Leak? Act Fast – Here’s What to Do…

Imagine if you came home to find a wet carpet or a big damp patch on the wall. Or worse still – you find a sink overflowing with water or burst pipe gushing water into a room. The initial reaction will probably be to…. panic! But, if you stay calm and take a few steps to minimise further damage, the outcome will be much more favourable.

There are a few first steps you should take, to stop the water from flowing. Then you should talk to your local local Logan plumber to come and help you out. Here’s the steps you should take if you find a leak in your home.

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Safety First – Turn Off the Electricity

With the risk of electrical shock being far higher when there’s water about, make sure you turn off the electricity. Locate your main switchboard and switch off the power. When there’s been a home leak, you just don’t know yet where the water has gotten into and wiring could have been affected.

Switch Off the Water Supply at The Mains

It may not be instantly evident where the leak is coming from. This is why you should focus on switching off your water supply first, especially if a pipe has burst. You should be able to switch the water supply off at the meter. If you cannot find this, call your local Queensland plumber for assistance.

Shut Down Your Toilets

A common cause of smaller leaks is a toilet. You can check to see if one of your toilets is the culprit of the leak by shutting one down and then checking the low flow indicator. This is found on your water meter and if it stops spinning when you shut down a toilet, that is the culprit of your leak. If it continues to move, repeat the same process with your next toilet.

Check the Colour of the Leaked Water

If the water is a brown or black colour, it’s likely to be caused by a backed up sewer or a toilet. This water can be highly toxic, particularly if you get it on your skin. If you expect the leak contains sewage water, call your local Queensland plumber straight away. They will have high tech equipment and special protective clothing to deal with sewage leaks.

Call an Expert Queensland Plumber

AJP Plumbing are expert emergency plumbers just waiting to take your call. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week they are ready to speed to your home and rectify damaging leaks, burst pipes and any other types of leak.

Start to Ventilate and Dry Out Your Home

After you’ve managed to turn off the water supply, electricity and call a plumber, you can start to ventilate your home. Water that has seeped into carpets, walls and furniture can develop into mould which can lead to respiratory health problems. It can also start to ruin your décor if not dealt with swiftly. Start getting air circulating within the first 24 hours if possible.

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5 Things That Could Be Ruining Your Home Plumbing

5 Things That Could Be Ruining Your Home Plumbing

Plumbing systems are something we take for granted in modern homes. They bring us clean water and take the dirty stuff away, but we often don’t treat them with the care they deserve – until something goes wrong!

A plumbing system contains a network of pipes, which if they break down can lead to costly repairs. Having a backed up plumbing system can also wreak havoc on your daily routine. You may notice signs like; nasty smells from the drains, discoloured pipes, slow running water, no water at all or even higher water bills.

Here’s five things that could be ruining your home plumbing.

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1. Cooking Oil

While oil might initially just slide down the plughole, it ends up solidifying once its cooled down. This can collect in your pipes, septic systems and drains which will eventually lead to a clog. Save yourself expensive plumbing bills by not pouring grease down the sink, using a paper towel to wipe off excess grease.

2. Hair

Hair is another big culprit of backed up plumbing systems. Obviously, you can’t stop every hair going down the plughole, but it will definately save you money and heart ache if you catch the hair and throw it in the bin Too much hair down the drain will mix with other pieces of debris, grease and rubbish to eventually cause a blockage.

3. Food Debris/Rubbish

Food debris often gets washed down the kitchen sink after meals. While a few bits of food may seem harmless, after a while it can build up to block pipes. Use a plug guard especially in the kitchen to prevent this. Always avoid flushing things like nappies, wet wipes, paper and other foreign objects into the toilet as these will also cause blockages eventually. (despite what they advertise, baby wipes are NOT flushable)

4. Tree Roots

Trees are great to have in the yard providing shade and decoration. But, as a tree grows the roots will spread in search of water. Tree roots will often find their way into drainage pipes in search of water which in turn can cause major, expensive blockages. Before you plant a new tree, consult your local plumber so it doesn’t get put next to your outdoor plumbing lines.

5. Harsh Chemical Drain Cleaners

Whilst a strong drain cleaner might seem like the best option when you have a clog, the harsh chemicals can actually Toilet suites, sinks and basin bowls. Dishwashers hot water cycles can help with flushing out grease blockages and build ups.

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Top Reasons You Should Choose AJP Plumbing

Top Reasons You Should Choose AJP Plumbing

AJP Plumbing has been in the business for over 20 years. Without fail we give our valued customers the highest levels of customer service and exceptional workmanship. Commercial and residential plumbing are within our skillset and we offer a quality guarantee on every job.

Over the years we’ve built up a large client base of happy, repeat customers across Queensland. We assist properties in the Northern suburbs of the Gold Coast to Logan and Brisbane’s Northern suburbs. Our plumbing services include; maintenance, drain unblocking, emergency plumbing, gas/hot water installations, residential/commercial plumbing and renovation plumbing.

Why Choose AJP Plumbing Queensland?

AJP Plumbing are the number one choice across Queensland for general, maintenance and emergency plumbing.

Emergency Plumbers that Care

One of our skilled plumbers can be with you 24 hours a day 7 days a week. We know an emergency never happens at a convenient time and it can be a stressful situation. An AJP plumber can be with you fast and will not only fix the problem, but they will make sure you are ok.

Many other plumbers will just be in and out taking your money. Here at AJP, we treat our customers like family. We will not leave until we know you’re ok, your plumbing problem is fixed and will not happen again, plus we can even make you a cup of tea -- yes we are house trained!

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Affordable Plumbing Maintenance for Commercial and Residential Properties

We don’t just believe in one size fits all and one price tag fits all. Every customer we work with is important to us, whether you are living solo in a single bedroom flat or are a big multi-national company. Over the years we have learnt to tailor our services, so everyone regardless of their bank balance can get the expert plumbing services their home needs.

We recommend a plumbing maintenance plan to everyone. This service will eliminate the chance of you needing emergency plumbing, as we will visit you at agreed times to keep things running smoothly. Many home and property owners ignore small leaks and pipe noises, until a big problem arises. Don’t wait until your plumbing goes wrong, let us put together an affordable maintenance plan tailored specifically for your property.

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Save Water and Money by Installing a Rainwater Tank

Save Water and Money by Installing a Rainwater Tank

Water and money are two valuable resources and if you can save more of them it’s a win-win! A strategically positioned rain water tank will capture water from your roof and keep it stored safely to use again around you home. This water can be recycled and used again for;

When heavy rain or a storm hits, your rainwater tank catches excess water which be available to use around your home. Not only will this help to reduce your water bill, but it will save on how much excess water you use. Brisbane is known as one of the most water efficient cities in the developed world, with around 90,000 rainwater tanks being installed from 2005-2009.

Check with Your Local Council for Approval and Planning Permissions

Most of the time, residential rainwater tanks don’t need approval, but it can depend. Your preferred plumber can advise. The size, intended location and whether the tank will need plumbing inside may affect planning requirements. If you think you may need permission, check with your local council to cover yourself.

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How to Choose the Right Rainwater Tank?

Before you install a rainwater tank, you need to decide what size suits your needs, where you will place it and what your budget is for installation. Your local plumbing experts can help you decide and below are some things to consider.

Cost can vary for rainwater tanks depending on your specific requirements. Prices usually start from $500 upwards with the size, shape, fittings and raw material used for the tank affecting the end cost.

Which Location is Best for Your Tank?

There are a few factors to consider when deciding on a location for your rainwater tank.

Talk to the team at AJP Plumbing and Gas for more details on having a rainwater tank installed.

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Save Water and Money

Save Water and Money

Save Water and Money by Having a Plumbing Maintenance Plan

Most people only call out a plumber when they have an emergency. This can mean you leave a leaking tap or toilet to not only waste water, but also send more of your hard earned cash down the drain. Leaving a small plumbing problem to become large, can mean it becomes difficult and costly to repair.

If you nip plumbing problems in the bud early on, it will get fixed easily and with minimal cost. Having a plumbing maintenance plan in place means your pipes will stay running smoothly and your friendly, expert plumber will save you money and water.

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Prevention is Better than Costly Cure

Setting up a preventative maintenance schedule is the best way to keep your plumbing hassle free. AJP Plumbing are experienced in setting up plumbing maintenance schedules for residential and commercial properties.

Maintenance will Give Your Plumbing Longevity

The biggest plus of having a plumbing maintenance plan in place, is to increase the longevity of your pipes, drains and fixtures. Maintaining your pipes will keep them running a lot longer and will lessen the need for repairs. Plumbing that is maintained by a professional, will need little or no repairs. Leaks and corrosion will be kept at bay and your water pressure and heating will be kept working consistently year round. No waking up on a cold morning, having no hot water – your maintenance plumber will ensure this never happens!

You’ll Save Water and Money

We probably all waste that little bit too much water, leaving the tap running when we’re brushing our teeth or overfilling that bath. But leaving taps or pipes to leak, really is just a wastage and is throwing money away.

Don’t leave a leaky tap or toilet cistern until it becomes an emergency and you have to pay an emergency call-out price. Plumbing maintenance shouldn’t be seen as a wasted cost, see it as an investment that will save you money in the future.

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Problems only a plumber should fix

Problems only a plumber should fix

We all love to save a dollar here and there, but a DIY job is dangerous in certain plumbing issues. You might be able to unclog the toilet, you may even be able to fix a running tap, but some things are beyond your expertise. Know when to DIY it to save cash and when to call a plumber.

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We have put together some key issues that you should always call a plumber for.

Wet Walls

If there is moisture on your wall(s), then it’s indicative of a leaking or burst pipe. That can cause serious damage to the structural integrity of your home. The first step is to head to the main water valve and turn it on, then it’s to call a plumber. Don’t go swinging a sledgehammer into your walls.

Burst Pipes

It doesn’t matter how many rolls of gaffer tape you have on hand, if there is water gushing from a burst pipe, you can’t fix it. Shut the water off and call a plumber – burst pipes are a major flood risk.

Toilet Problems

The general response to a toilet issue is to try to plunge the problem away. That won’t always work and if it doesn’t, then it’s time to call a plumber. It’s possible for an overflowing tank or a clog to cause damage throughout your home.

There may be problems that you feel confident in dealing with, but often, the resolution you find is just a temporary one. While that’s all well and good, you need to follow up by calling a professional plumber. Of course, certain issues have simple solutions. For example, if water is running you turn it off at the main valve. That buys you time while you wait for a plumber. You always have to follow through by seeking a permanent resolution with a professional. Give us a call to assist!

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Common Plumbing Emergencies

Common Plumbing Emergencies

A cold shower, clogged toilet or flooding home… there is little worse than a plumbing emergency to ruin your entire day. Like any plumbing issue, you want to take care of it as quickly as possible.

There are numerous reasons for you to draft in an emergency plumber, but they cost more, so it’s important to be sure that it really is an emergency situation. Otherwise, you can wait until normal business hours to make the call. Let’s take a look at some of the common emergency plumbing situations.

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Leaks

Whether it’s a tap or a pipe when there are leaks you have an emergency situation on your hands. Leaks only get worse over time and it can lead to serious damage to your home. If your tap is merely dripping, a large bucket or jug might be enough to save you until normal hours. However, there are leaks bad enough to require a professional ASAP. Same goes for your pipes, you might be able to rig a temporary solution, but how much water are you losing and how much damage is being done?

Clogs 

It could be the toilet or it might be your drain, either way, a clog is best dealt with immediately. Your first port of call would you to try and plunge the toilet yourself. If that fails, call in the professional. Your drain won’t clear, you tried a plunger, you’ve even shoved a coat hanger in there to unblock it and nothing is working… it’s an emergency. ​

Hot Water Problems

Even in the hottest weather, no one wants to shower in stone cold water. Then again, no one wants to take a shower in boiling water either. Whatever the issue is with your hot water system, it’s one that a professional needs to attend to immediately.

Give us a call today if you need help with an emergency plumbing problem!

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