By Peter on 29 November 2018

Brothers Team Up

Express Plumbing & Gas owner Adrian Shevlin has teamed up with his brother Peter Shevlin to attend to their customers plumbing requirements.
Adrian is a fully licensed Plumber with over 30 years experience in Plumbing and a wealth of experience in home renovations. Adrian has been running Express Plumbing & Gas from his Burwood base for approx 15 years.
Peter Shevlin has sporadically assisted Adrian "on the tools" since he was 16 and finally joined Express Plumbing & Gas in April 2016 as Operations Manager. Peter's background is in Commercial Banking and customer service.
Adrian and Peter are often accompanied by the beloved Staffy Harry.

How to Prepare your Home for Plumbing Emergencies over Christmas

With Christmas looming and temperatures starting to soar in the height of summer, it's a good time to travel. 

If you're wanting to make the most of the Christmas holidays and take the time to travel either interstate or internationally without experiencing any plumbing emergencies, we've outlined some essential tips to prepare your home below.

By following these you can help to avoid water damage or a costly water bill that can break the bank on top of your travel expenses.

Make Sure to Turn Off all Outdoor Taps

By turning off all outdoor taps you can minimize wear and tear on your pipes, lowering the chance of having a pipe burst, as well as save on your water bill.

Always Disconnect Hoses

When you have hoses attached to your taps it's often more difficult to identify whether or not you have a leak. 

By disconnecting all of the hoses around your home before you go on holiday and checking to see if there are any leaks in the process, you can prevent an excessive water bill by having the leaks repaired before you leave.

Spend the Time Turning Off the Water Supply to Your Home

By always remembering to turn off the mains water supply before you go away, you can prevent any plumbing leaks occurring while you are on holiday. 

If you have sprinklers and hoses set up to water your garden, you can shut off the water to your home via the main valve, while allowing outside water to remain available for your garden.

These are just a few of the simple and easy tips you can follow to help eliminate plumbing emergencies arising while you're away on your Christmas break.

It's important to remember to have any minor leaks around your home fixed before you go on holiday, because water pressure is so powerful that it doesn't take long for these to grow into a major concern. 

For assistance with pre-holiday preventative plumbing maintenance call our friendly team of experienced plumbers today.

If you need to replace your toilet, install piping or connect a hot water service, you need to call a licensed plumber. This type of work can only be carried out by a trained professional due to the removal of waste and the supply of water to your home. If you get these installations wrong, it can cost more to repair any damage, and it can adversely affect your health.

For instance, one homeowner decided to fix a broken pipe in the floor of his bathroom. He'd read thousands of DIY magazines, and watched even more YouTube videos, so he thought he was now able to put his knowledge into action. The homeowner removed everything from his bathroom, all except the toilet, which was left perched high above the now dugout bathroom floor. The owner found the pipe and tried to replace it, but his repair was inadequate and caused a far greater water leak. Now left with a flooded bathroom and not knowing how to put his bathroom back together, the man called in a plumber. The plumber was shocked to see nothing but bare brick walls, a dirt floor and a toilet sitting on a crate high above a pool of water when he arrived. Surprisingly, the toilet functioned well. But, the repair bill to reinstate the bathroom was way more than it would have originally cost if the homeowner had contacted a plumber in the first place.

How can connecting bathroom fittings be costly?

It may seem straightforward to replace a bathroom sink, toilet or even taps in your bathroom. But if the new fitting does not use the same diameter pipe, or the pipe location is different to the original fitting, this can cause all sorts of issues and escalate costs. Another common problem encountered by DIY experts is a lack of equipment or having the right tools to carry out the job. Using tapes and joiners that are not made for plumbing or other devices to make a fitting work can have detrimental consequences - leaks that cause rot and attract white ants, as well as flooding.

While it can initially sound expensive to use a plumber, they are often able to carry out their job quickly, with precision. Plus, they can save you additional expense. For example, it might cost you $100 to have a leaking tap fixed, but the drip can waste more than 10,000 litres of water in a year, and that amounts to hundreds or possibly thousands more in water costs. So rather than DIY, call a professional plumber. They will save you time, money and effort.