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When it comes to leaking and/or dripping taps, most people come straight to the conclusion that they need to replace the washer. And yes, in many cases that is correct, but there can be more than just a tap washer when it comes to finding the cause. There could be an issue with the brass seat, or maybe the o-ring is causing water to leak out of the spindle. You may not even have a tap washer in your taps, you could have a ceramic disc style tap, or a mixer tap with a cartridge. Whatever style or type of tap you have, don’t risk trying to make the repair yourself. Too many times we have attended a property after the owner has attempted to repair a tap only to make the issue worse, resulting in a more costly job once they do end up calling the plumber.

Unfortunately, it sounds like your hot water service may be on the way out. The average life expectancy of a hot water service is 10-15 years old, dependent upon the type. Call our friendly team today and let us come and investigate. We’ll advise you on the best options available.

If you see brownish/rusty coloured water coming out of your hot taps, this is usually one of the signs that your hot water service may be ready for replacement. It is caused by a buildup of rust and sediment in the bottom of the tank. Call our friendly team today and let us come and have a look at your hot water. We’ll advise you on the best options available.

If you have no hot water at all, dependent on the type of service you have, the problem might be a thermostat, an electric element or a gas pilot light going out. Call our friendly team today and let us come and advise you on the best options available.

If you ever experience a gas-like smell in your house, or experience light-headedness, headaches or tiredness, you may have a gas leak. Another sign is if your gas bill has jumped up considerably without using any more than the usual amount of gas.

At J&S Olsen Plumbing, we have the latest in drain cleaning and CCTV pipe camera technology. We can clear your blockage in sewer or stormwater drains and once cleared, investigate with our pipe camera. The results will determine whether we need to continue clearing or what the cause of the drain blockage was likely to be. We can also locate where the issue is from aboveground with our pipe locator. If you’re unsure, call our friendly team today.

You might be surprised to learn that a dripping tap left for a year can, in some cases, fill a small swimming pool. It’s a sad fact that about 80% of household water goes to waste, so when it comes to plumbing fixtures such as toilets and taps, you should monitor them regularly.

If you suspect your toilet is leaking there are a couple of tests you can do at home. One is to listen to your cistern. If you hear a noise coming from your cistern like it is filling up sporadically without you flushing, this is a sign you have an issue with the outlet washer. Another test is to can grab a handful of toilet paper and hold it against the inside of your toilet bowl when you haven’t flushed. If you see water wetting the toilet paper, it’s a good sign you have a leaking cistern.

The short answer is no. Hunter Water recommend only flushing toilet paper down the loo, nothing else. Here’s a list of a few items to avoid flushing down the loo:

  • Baby wipes
  • Cotton pads
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Dental floss
  • Paper towels
  • Tissues
  • Kitty Litter
  • Hair

Common symptoms of a blocked drain are rising water in your toilet, sinks or showers or any gurgling sounds or siphoning. If you notice any of these things, it’s wise to book a qualified plumber to inspect as soon as possible.

No! Grease, fat and oil being poured down the kitchen drain can cause blockages in your pipes. Pouring oil into a garbage bin or soaking up leftover cooking oil in your frypan with kitchen paper are much better options to keep your drains healthy.

Gas supply to a house, whether natural gas or LPG, is one of those jobs that a homeowner should never attempt to work on or repair. While household gas is perfectly safe, an unlicensed person working on a gas system can result in potentially dangerous or even fatal consequences. 

When you install a rainwater tank, you have a number of options to use the water you collect. You can start with a basic gravity fed tap to hose your garden or run a pressure pump with a rains to mains water switch and run a sprinkler onto your grass, wash the car or even run rainwater supply to your toilets or washing machine.

A pressure pump with a rains to mains water switch is a very efficient system giving you the ability to use your available tank water and only switch to town water when your tank runs dry. It will automatically switch back to the water tank when it rains again and your water supply has been replenished.


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