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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.
We operate Monday to Friday between 7:30am to 4:00pm and outside of these hours for plumbing emergencies and work that needs to be carried out outside regular business hours. Need an expert plumber? Just call Charlie the Plumber.
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.
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Water saving tips for your kitchen
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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.