Helpful Hints

Our helpful plumber hints for Gold Coast, Logan and Brisbane residents

We have put together some helpful safety hints and general tips on saving money on water consumption and how to turn off your home water supply when necessary. Charlie The Plumber is available for all residential, commercial and industrial plumbing and gas plumbing work anywhere on the Gold Coast, in Logan and Brisbane.

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Hot water safety

Hot water is a necessity, but it can cause dangerous and painful burns if it makes contact with skin for too long. These are the approximate contact times and temperatures it can take to receive a third-degree burn.

• At 70 °C – 1 second for an adult and 0.5 second for a child
• At 60 °C – 5 second for an adult and 1 second for a child
• At 55 °C – 30 second for an adult and 10 seconds for a child

Keep your family safe and have Charlie the Plumber install, test or certify a tempering valve or thermostatic mixing valve so hot water is delivered at a safe temperature.

How to turn off the water supply for your home

If your home is supplied by town water you will have a water meter and a control valve in a water meter box outside at the front of your home. Typically, the water meter box will have a green plastic lid or a rust coloured metal lid and will be located to one side of your property. Lift the lid and inside you will see a counter (water meter) and a control valve. The valve will look like a typical garden style tap or it will be a lever. Turn the valve clockwise until it closes and this will shut off your water supply.

How to turn off the water supply to your hot water unit

At the bottom of your hot water unit there will be a copper pipe connected. This is the cold-water inlet. The copper pipe will have either a garden style tap or a small black knob handle, which when turned clockwise will isolate the water supply to the unit. If you are unable to isolate the unit as described, turn off the main water supply (see above).

You may also need to isolate the electricity supply to the hot water unit. To do that, first locate your electrical switch or fuse box which is usually located on the outside of a house. Open the electrical switch box and inspect the switch board. Locate the fuse that is labelled as the hot water fuse and switch it to the off position.

Water saving tips for your bathroom

  • Take shorter showers.
  • Install a water efficient shower head. This can save up to 11 litres of water per minute.
  • Install a dual flush toilet. This can save up to 50% water use for every flush.
  • Check for a leaking toilet cistern. Just put in some food colouring and if the colour shows up in your toilet without flushing, you have a leak.
  • While you’re brushing your teeth, washing your hands or shaving, turn the taps off.
  • Wherever possible, install water efficient appliances and fixtures.
  • Install aerators on your taps

Water saving tips for your kitchen

  • Install aerators on your taps. Aerators reduce water flow so you use less water.
  • Choose water saving appliances. When shopping for new appliances, look for appliances bearing the Water Efficiency and labelling standards scheme for both water and electricity.
  • Only turn on your dishwasher when it’s full.
  • When you’re running taps, and waiting for the water to cool down or heat up, collect the water in a jug to use on your garden.
  • Turns you tap off while you wash your hands or wash vegetables.
  • Call in a plumber to fix any leaks as soon as possible.
  • In every wet area, use environmentally friendly products and detergents for cleaning.

How to check for leaking pipes and dripping taps in 3 simple steps

  1. Check your water meter at night when you have finished using water for the day and are going to bed.
  2. Record the number and do not use any water until you have checked the meter first thing in the morning.
  3. If your reading has increased by morning – and you are sure that no-one in your house has used water overnight (including flushing a toilet) – you may have a leaking pipe or a dripping tap.

How to prevent a flood inside your home

For all your appliances, tap, basin and toilet fittings and fixtures, replace all stainless-steel connections, flexible rubber pipe or hose connections at least once every ten years. These are typically the manufacturer’s recommendations and guidelines.

Check for basins, toilet cisterns, mixer taps, washing machines, dishwashers, hot water systems, bidets, drinking water systems, gas cook tops, gas ovens, upright gas stoves and gas room heaters.

If you need expert advice from a reputable plumber on the Gold Coast, Logan or Brisbane, call Charlie the Plumber.

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