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Some Common Plumbing Problems in Sydney Properties

Owning a property is not without any setbacks. There are actually lots of things that can go wrong. Some of the most common are those that require the attention of a highly qualified plumber in Sydney such as blocked drains and cracked sewer lines.


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The degree of plumbing problems that many homeowners experience could vary. Some problems need the attention of plumbers, while other can be fixed by the homeowners themselves.

What follows are some of the most common types of plumbing problems in many Sydney properties and the recommended ways fix for each.

Blocked drains

Blocked drains is one of the most common plumbing problems to plague many homes in Sydney. It causes inconvenience as a result of flooding in the bathroom or kitchen sink. Some bottles of Drano and some pumping action with a trusty plunger can usually solve the problem. However, if all else fails for DIY methods, it’s time to call in the professionals before the problem gets worse.

Dripping or running faucet

Dripping or leaking faucet is an indication that something in the faucet has worn out and already needs replacement. The most likely culprit is worn seals or washers. Faucets with washers are most susceptible to dripping and leaking when these parts are past their prime. To fix this, it needs to be replaced with a washer-less faucet which includes seat-and-spring faucets. They are more durable and known to last longer.

Clogging or scaling of shower head

Hard water, which is a common source of tap water, is mineral-rich. The minerals, usually salt, found in hard water could accumulate in shower heads over time, causing clogging. That’s why it’s recommended to use a shower head that has a rubber faceplate. The rubber faceplate helps in removing salts and other mineral particles from the shower heads regularly. Maintaining rubber faceplate is easy by soaking the faceplate in vinegar overnight. A toothpick or nailbrush can be used to clear the loose minerals.

Broken bathtub spa jets

Those bathtub spa jets. Perfect for when you need a relaxing bath. However, it’s some of those things that just break. If your bathtub spa jets stopped working suddenly, check the electrical panel to see if it has tripped. If such is the case, you need to reset it manually. If that doesn’t work, determine if the pump has a separate circuit breaker and try reseting it. If it still doesn’t work, it’s time to call the professionals.

Clogged toilet

It’s fairly easy to spot toilet problems. If the water in the toilet flushes slower than usual, it’s an indication that something might be wrong. Pumping it with a plunger will usually help temporarily. The cause of clogging should be eliminated, but for that you need the help of expert plumbers.

Remember, doing these steps and solving small plumbing problems on your own help you save. It also trains you to be more sensitive in determining plumbing problems. However, keep in mind that small problems, when neglected could grow worse. If in doubt, it’s best to call the experts right away to effectively determine the exact underlying problems.


Geoff James
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Geoff grew up in Berala near Lidcombe in Sydney and attended Birrong Boys High School where he finished his Year 10 school certificate. Geoff was encouraged by his uncle to consider plumbing as he had done a bit of plumbing work on weekends during his school years. DJ Childs Plumbing in Canterbury offered him a plumbing apprenticeship and he spent most of his time working on plumbing maintenance and new roofs on commercial sites. Geoff on Google+.