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COUNCIL SAYS: Don’t let your sewerage system get messy

COUNCIL SAYS: Don’t let your sewerage system get messy | Plumbers | Scoop.it

PROPERTIES not connected to the main sewerage system use on-site sewerage facilities.

 

These systems are economical and work reliably when properly installed and maintained.

 

When on-site sewerage facilities fail they can have harmful effects on the health of residents at the property, as well as neighbours and visitors. Diseases can be spread by bacteria, viruses, parasites and other organisms in the waste water.

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Are plumbing's Reliance and Reece a safe haven in volatile sharemarkets?

Are plumbing's Reliance and Reece a safe haven in volatile sharemarkets? | Plumbers | Scoop.it

Plumbing is one of life's basics and seems to thrive whatever the prevailing economic conditions. If sharemarkets are in for another bout of rocky times, are the two biggest plumbing-related stocks on the ASX likely to continue to be winners? They are both expensive, but the long-term outlook looks rosy.

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Plumbers, electricians Australia’s richest tradies, charging more than the average lawyer

Plumbers, electricians Australia’s richest tradies, charging more than the average lawyer | Plumbers | Scoop.it

PLUMBERS and electricians are Australia’s richest tradies, charging more than double what the average lawyer earns.


National figures from job quote website serviceseeking.com.au reveal the average plumber charges $78.40 an hour, up 1.9 per cent on last year, and the average electrician charges $74.61 an hour, up 4 per cent.


The average Australian lawyer, by comparison, earns $37 an hour, according to PayScale.

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COUNCIL SAYS: Don’t let your sewerage system get messy

COUNCIL SAYS: Don’t let your sewerage system get messy | Plumbers | Scoop.it

PROPERTIES not connected to the main sewerage system use on-site sewerage facilities.

 

These systems are economical and work reliably when properly installed and maintained.

 

When on-site sewerage facilities fail they can have harmful effects on the health of residents at the property, as well as neighbours and visitors. Diseases can be spread by bacteria, viruses, parasites and other organisms in the waste water.

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Rubber duckies now common toilet blocker

Rubber duckies now common toilet blocker | Plumbers | Scoop.it

While disposable wipes have been making a splash in the media, a Toowoomba plumber says it is time to shine a light on what else is going down the loo.

 

After 33 years of plumbing, Alan 'Jacko' Miller said the humble yellow rubber duckie toy had become one of the most common culprits for a call-out.

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Perth plumbers share weirdest encounters on the job for World Plumbing Day

Perth plumbers share weirdest encounters on the job for World Plumbing Day | Plumbers | Scoop.it

In honour of World Plumbing Day - who really knew such a thing existed? - WAtoday asked a couple of local tradies about their experiences in the field. Their observations of the weirdest and things they had encountered weren't always pretty (or PG-rated) but they were plenty entertaining.

 

From awkward encounters with clients, to being covered in sewerage - a day in the life of a WA plumber is not for the faint-hearted.

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Water supply upgrade takes Yamba pipeline underground

Water supply upgrade takes Yamba pipeline underground | Plumbers | Scoop.it

YAMBA’S water supply has received an upgrade with Clarence Valley Council replacing sections of mains water pipe at Romiaka, Shallow and Oyster channels.


The new pipe sections have been laid underground and will replace the pipes on the bridges at the channels.


The existing pipeline is around 50 years old and reaching the end of its economic life.


The final underground section of the new pipeline at Romiaka Channel is set to be completed later this week.


Clarence Valley Council works and civil director Troy Anderson said the placement of the existing pipe above ground posed some risk.

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More homes hit by water supply cuts

More homes hit by water supply cuts | Plumbers | Scoop.it

Rising numbers of WA households are having their water supply interrupted as breaks to the ageing mains network owned by the Water Corporation reach six-year highs.


An Economic Regulation Authority report found the Water Corp was generally doing well but had slipped in key areas.


Among them are unplanned interruptions, which measure the average number of times the water supply to a customer is cut without at least 24 hours notice.


According to the ERA, these reached a six-year high last year when 314 out of every 1000 connected Perth properties on average was affected by an unplanned water interruption.


This was 10 per cent higher than the previous year and almost four times higher than in 2010 but was in large part caused by changes to the definition of unplanned interruption.

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Don't get burnt: choosing the best hot water system for detached housing

Don't get burnt: choosing the best hot water system for detached housing | Plumbers | Scoop.it

Selecting which type of hot water system is used for a project can often be an afterthought, only considered late in the design process. While for the end user, as with most utilities, cost and convenience will be the great motivators in choosing a system, underestimating the impact the hot water system can have on the sustainability and aesthetics of the finished home can have short and long-term consequences.


Water heating accounts for about 25 per cent of the energy used in the average home and installing the most appropriate and efficient system plays an important role increasing the sustainability of a home while also reducing energy bills.


Selecting a system requires first a decision on the energy source – electricity, gas or solar - and then what type of system, resulting in six main choices: gas storage, gas instant, electric storage, electric heat pump, solar gas boost or solar electric boost.

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Queensland Leads the Way in Water Metre Legislation

Queensland Leads the Way in Water Metre Legislation | Plumbers | Scoop.it

New legislation passed by the Queensland Government in June makes it the only state in Australia where you must employ a licensed plumber to install a water meter.

It's a change both the Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland and the Plumbers Union of Queensland have been pushing for since the previous Government introduced legislative changes last year to allow unlicensed people to install, maintain and replace water meters.

According to MPAQ Executive Director Penny Cornah, the water meter debate should be focussed on protecting the health and safety of every Queenslander.

“Plumbing is a licensed trade for the right reasons, we need only point out the legionella outbreak at the Hervey Bay Hospital, Wesley Hospital, the Hong Kong SARS outbreak, cholera, typhoid and many other occurrences of disease outbreak that directly result from poorly installed or maintained plumbing and drainage systems,” she said.  The Queensland Government also recently passed a 25 per cent payroll tax rebate for businesses that employ new apprentices or trainees.


It will be offered over three years on wages paid by an employer to apprentices and trainees.

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Ensure water heaters are set to the correct temperature

Ensure water heaters are set to the correct temperature | Plumbers | Scoop.it

A reminder about the importance of ensuring water heaters are set to the correct temperature after a woman in Brisbane contracted  Legionnaires disease due to the circulating pump failing in her solar hot water system.

An inspection by a Master Plumber revealed the water was only heating to 40.4 degrees Celsius.  As Ernie Kretschmer, Technical Services Manager at the Master Plumbers' Association of Queensland explains, Australian standards require hot water to be stored over 60 degrees Celsius to inhibit the growth of Legionella bacteria.


“Temperatures around the 30 – 40 degrees mark are the optimal breeding zone for the legionella bacteria.”

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New Apprentice Plumber Grants

New Apprentice Plumber Grants | Plumbers | Scoop.it

Grants worth $25,000 are on offer to help the next generation of plumbers.  Rheem says it will award 25 grants worth $1000 each to help deserving apprentices.

Rheem Australia CEO Matt Sexton:
“There’s a significant need for financial assistance among apprentice plumbers, and Rheem is happy to support the plumbing industry wherever it can.”


Rheem has helped 125 apprentice plumbers from around Australia since launching its Grants program in 2012.

Previous recipients include:
• A young newlywed who together with his wife spends holidays volunteering in a third world country
• A mother of three who started an all-female plumbing business
• A hearing impaired apprentice
• A teenager who had to commute a further 60km a day to get to work after a fire and flood destroyed the road from his property
• Several ambitious apprentices planning to use their skills to bring adequate plumbing to remote and/or disadvantaged areas.

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Tap Into Sydney Water

Tap Into Sydney Water | Plumbers | Scoop.it

You should soon find it easier to request water connections, through

a new online service..


Sydney Water says Tap In replaces the services offered by Quick Check Agents.


Plumbers, pool companies and developers will be able to access Tap In from a computer, tablet or phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The company says feedback from clients has helped with the design of the Tap In service.


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Facilities Services Hosts Plumbing Workshop

Facilities Services Hosts Plumbing Workshop | Plumbers | Scoop.it

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.


The workshop will detail at-home projects, repairs, and maintenance, while providing the tips and tools needed for completing the jobs yourself.


Plumbing and Heating Services General Superintendent Wes Willoughby and members of his team will cover a variety of plumbing topics including repairing and changing faucets; unclogging floor drains, sinks, toilets and tubs; repairing toilets; an overview of water heaters; and annual maintenance. The group also will cover how to reduce flow to various household fixtures.

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Common plumbing problems and how to deal with them

Common plumbing problems and how to deal with them | Plumbers | Scoop.it

Two of the most common plumbing problems and some good advice on how to avoid and deal with them.

 

Problem 1

When flexible braided metal water pipe hose fails

 

These hoses are the flexible braided pipes under your sinks and vanities that often run between your toilet tap and cistern.

 

These pipes are relatively new additions in Australia only becoming available in the last 15-20 years or so. They are much faster and cheaper to install, however these little pipes are supposedly the largest contributor to household insurance claims in Australia.

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The best paid tradies in Australia

The best paid tradies in Australia | Plumbers | Scoop.it

Plumbers in Perth are still the most expensive in Australia despite the downturn in mining shrinking wages, bringing down house prices and creating fewer jobs.

 

In Western Australia, plumbers are charging an average of $87.67 per hour which, while down 9.5% since last year, is still the top of the heap nationally.

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COUNCIL TIP: Take care of your plumbing

COUNCIL TIP: Take care of your plumbing | Plumbers | Scoop.it

DO you know how to maintain your on-site sewerage facility?

 

Properties that are not connected to the main sewerage system use on-site sewerage facilities including septic tanks, but do you know how to look after one?

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Wet wipes a plumber's nightmare

Wet wipes a plumber's nightmare | Plumbers | Scoop.it

EVERY wet wipe flushed down a Gympie toilets increases the risk of blockages and creation of the dreaded "fatberg".

 

Those wipes are very popular in modern familiy life and may leave you feeling fresh, but they're making a grotty mess clogging up sewerage systems around the world as the main culprits for producing congealed lumps known as "fatbergs".

 

Fatbergs are made of wet wipes, sanitary items and fat, and they're a plumber's nightmare.

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Career Spotlight: What I Do As A Plumber

Career Spotlight: What I Do As A Plumber | Plumbers | Scoop.it

You might think of a plumber as someone who drives around with a tool box to fix your leaks, but their role in building design and infrastructure directly affects much more than just your dripping faucet.


To learn about what a typical career is like for a plumber, we spoke with Fred Schilling, founder and CEO of Pipeline Plumbing in South Florida. Fred’s long career started in the Air Force where he was trained in the plumbing trade by the US Navy Seabees and US Air Force Civil Engineers. Following his service, at 25 he became one the youngest certified ‘master plumbers’ in Florida ever — a distinction that requires a seven year apprenticeship and certification test, on which he is the only person to ever receive a perfect score. Fred’s been running his plumbing contractor business ever since.

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Unitywater leaves plumbers, customers footing the bill

Unitywater leaves plumbers, customers footing the bill | Plumbers | Scoop.it

FORMER Queensland Treasurer Joan Sheldon has come out swinging about a Unitywater policy that has transferred the cost of identifying problems with its infrastructure to plumbers and customers.


Plumbers face being left hundreds of dollars out of pocket if they inform a client that the blockage in their pipes is actually Unitywater infrastructure.


The water and sewage utility on its website advises customers who suspect a blockage to call a licensed plumber first to assess the problem to see if it lies in their or Unitywater infrastructure.

When that occurs the plumber is only eligible for a fee of $250 regardless of the cost of coming to that conclusion.

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Tips for hiring reliable tradespeople

Tips for hiring reliable tradespeople | Plumbers | Scoop.it

A beginner’s guide to finding valuable tradespeople.


Finding reliable, valuable tradespeople is arguably the most integral part of any home project.


Whether it’s a brand new build, renovations, or a simple day job, don’t enter a contract before observing the following guidelines.


Ask to see their licence 

Most tradespeople are required to carry a licence that verifies their position. 


Trades such as electrical, plumbing and building also require formal qualifications, most commonly a TAFE certificate that’s completed through an apprenticeship. 

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Plumbing checks after a storm

Plumbing checks after a storm | Plumbers | Scoop.it

With residents being advised to place plumbing checks at the top of the priority list (along with electrical work) following extreme weather like floods or cyclones, plumbers are being reminded about what they need to check.

The Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland (MPAQ) President, Kelvin Slade says checking plumbing fixtures needs to be a priority after such events if disease and public health are to be safeguarded."

A licensed Master Plumber should check on:

• Septic overflows
• Silted drains
• Gas regulators and burners on appliances such as hot water systems, ovens and barbecues which could be wet and blocked with silt
• Gas bottles
• Backflow valves
• Recycled water systems, pools and other household pressure release points
• Downpipes connected to underground storm water drains that may be blocked with silt.
• Water tanks that have had flood water enter the tank

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A reminder of the importance of the Australian WaterMark

A reminder of the importance of the Australian WaterMark | Plumbers | Scoop.it

A building company in Queens Park Western Australia has had to cough up a total of $2000 for negligence under the Building Services (Registration) Act 2011.

That's because between March 2014 and February 2015, the company installed 113 non-certified plumbing products imported from China for a 13-unit development in Hamilton Hill, including sink mixer taps, shower heads, bath tubs and pop up drains.

The company has since replaced and rectified the non-WaterMarked plumbing products at its own cost.  As Reece reminds tradies, the National Construction Code and Plumbing Code of Australia states that: ‘Every part of a plumbing or drainage installation must be constructed in an appropriate manner…using materials and products that are…marked in accordance with the WaterMark Certification Scheme.’

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Water Metering and Servicing Guidelines Version Six 2015

Water Metering and Servicing Guidelines Version Six 2015 | Plumbers | Scoop.it

Version Six of the Water Metering and Servicing Guidelines (as adopted by SEW, CWW and YVW) are now available.

The updated guidelines include significant changes to Section 13- Water Metering in Special Cases, providing comprehensive detail around the use of Class A recycled water in developments other than Single Residential dry tapped.


Other additions include;

 - Creation of new meter assembly drawing (Drawing 12B)
- A detailed testing process (Commissioning Procedure) for plumbers to confirm only drinking water is connected to drinking water fixtures and appliances.
- Addition of an appendix detailing Yarra Valley Water’s Independent Servicing Conditions
 - A guide to assess the use of Class A recycled water in non-residential developments.

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The Future of Plumbing

The Future of Plumbing | Plumbers | Scoop.it

A recent plumbing fair in Germany gave an insight into the future of the industry over the next five to 10 years.


Held in Frankfurt every two years, the ISH bathroom fair showcases innovations in plumbing, building, energy, heating and cooling.

The fair attracts around 200,000 visitors from around the world over four days.


This year's motto was "Comfort meets Technology" with the Fair including many European brands that use the event to launch their latest products for possible sale in other markets, including here in Australia.

The stand out products included innovative installation techniques, connectivity and the continued focus on safety and quality.

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Teen gets award to pursue plumbing career

Teen gets award to pursue plumbing career | Plumbers | Scoop.it

South Grafton resident Brielle Lentfer is one of just 25 apprentice plumbers from around Australia to receive a $1000 2015 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grant. The 19 year old knows she has chosen the hard path when a retail job would pay more and be less physically demanding on someone with a petite frame, but Brielle is passionate about plumbing and realizes it is worth putting in the hard yards now.

 

The grants are awarded to apprentice plumbers most in need of financial assistance and are designed to help them pursue their plumbing career. Each apprentice is awarded $1000 to spend as they need – e.g. on tools, travel to/from TAFE or work, to pay bills or education expenses.

 

"I enjoy plumbing because I love how diverse it is. I am never stuck in one place and I’m generally outside which I enjoy. Plumbing gives you the chance to learn so many skills and to really push yourself. You also get to meet so many new people which I enjoy as well," says the first year apprentice.

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