A leaking faucet?  No big deal.  You can see it, hear it, be annoyed by it, and take care of it fast.  But what about a water leak you can’t spot as quickly?

Hidden water leaks can cause serious damage if left unattended for too long. We’re talking about structural damage, a cracked foundation, ruined floors and walls, plus an unhealthy build-up of mold and mildew.

To prevent damage and stop hidden water leaks in their tracks, here’s what to look for:

If you even suspect the presence of a water leak, hidden or otherwise, contact Kalamunda Plumbing right away.  We have the latest equipment – including electronic leak detectors – to diagnose the problem quickly and accurately.  More importantly, we’ll get it fixed before any more damage occurs.

For the right solution to any home plumbing need, it’s Kalamunda Plumbing to the rescue.

First things first.  There are dozens of reasons to contact a plumbing professional for assistance. Today we’re going to focus on just four such occasions so we can provide enough detail to help you understand what the problem is in each situation.

Also, and before we continue, Kalamunda Plumbing is eminently qualified to help you with each one.

1. Leaking, dripping, and reduced water flow

A persistent drip sometimes necessitates replacing a bathroom of kitchen tap. If water from that tap is flowing more slowly than before, perhaps the aerator is clogged. Shower heads also can become at least partially blocked and coated with film. If you’re handy, you might want to attempt a simple adjustment, replace a washer, or remove and clean the aerator or filter.

2. Stains and deposit build-up

Water quality can vary from one neighborhood or suburb to the next, and from well to municipal water.  Specifically, mineral deposits can be greater in some homes than others. If you notice staining of any kind on your fixtures and faucets – not to mention a milky haze on dishes and glassware – you can bet the inside of your pipes are being affected as well.  If so, internal corrosion is bound to eventually occur.  If you spot these problems, it’s time to contact a professional for a water treatment solution.

3. Running Toilet

If you’re tired of jiggling the handle to make your toilet stop sounding off, it might be time to replace its inner workings. Toilets typically keep running when the flapper valve no longer fits properly, the float is imbalanced or the fill tube comes loose. Toilet repair kits work for most models and require little effort to install. Sometimes, however, more complex issues arise. Let’s say, for example, you’ve replaced the flapper but start noticing higher water bills.  That could mean your toilet tank has a hairline crack.  To test that theory, add a few drops of food coloring to the upper tank and wait 15 to 20 minutes. Look in the bowl for any hint of color; if you see tinted water, your flapper valve isn’t working properly.

4. Main shutoff valve

If you don’t have one inside the house, consider having one installed. The faster you can shut off your water supply, the more likely you are to prevent flooding and resulting damage.

Are any of your plumbing fixtures or systems no performing up to par? If so, contact Kalamunda Plumbing today for expert diagnosis, a guaranteed price quote, and your 100% satisfaction guaranteed.

The sun is shining, the temperatures are soaring, and the outdoors are calling you to join in the fun.

And yet, maybe time spent on your property could be even more fun if you had greater access to water.  What exactly do we mean?  Here are a few practical suggestions, each one popular among our customer base.

Fountain – Outdoor fountains can be a great accent to virtually any property, especially if you already have a well-manicured bed of flowers and shrubs.  And yet, a fountain adds more than beauty…they help set a relaxing mood.

Additional Hose Bibb – If you have only one outdoor tap, you’re limited in what you can do outdoors, and where.  Kalamunda can install one or more new taps to facilitate greater easy of washing your car, watering the lawn, and more. 

Drinking Fountain – Going indoors for another glass of cool, refreshing water is far from an odious task.  But what about when you’re mowing your lawn or pruning bushes and work up a fearsome sweat? How nice it would be to stay outside and head straight for your own water fountain. Plus, you wouldn’t have to worry about trailing glass clippings or bush debris indoors.

Bird Bath – Whether or not you’re a bird lover, they need water too.  Even more so if you already have a bird feeder.  With a bird bath, they can then “wine and dine” at a single location.

Shower – You don’t need a beach house to benefit from an outdoor shower. Use it cool off after a rigorous workout or run, rinse the chlorine off after a swim, or simply have a place to clean your dog with less fuss and muss.   

Garden Sink – Imagine how much more you could accomplish, and how much wasted movement you could eliminate, with your own backyard sink. It can simplify watering sensitive plants while providing a place to wash up before heading back indoors.

For more information on these and other outdoor plumbing ideas, contact Kalamunda Plumbing today. We’ll also be happy to provide a free quote while sharing ideas with you to help maximize the benefits outdoor plumbing can provide.

Is a new fridge something you just plug in and ignore thereafter? Unfortunately, no.

You see, even new refrigerators can leak water, and the leaks aren’t always easy to spot.  So, new or older, you need to keep an eye on things to avoid costly water leaks and the damage they can cause to your home.

The most problematic of all fridge water leaks is the water line that connects your kitchen tap to the water and ice dispenser. About once a month, pull the fridge away from the wall to see if water is dripping or if a puddle has formed on the floor.  If you see a water stain on the floor or molding, that’s an indication that water has seeped through where damage can occur.

Other possible causes of a water leak include:

Blocked defroster. A blocked defroster can stop defrost-cycle water from draining properly. Try clearing out the small drain by pouring hot water into it. Remove any debris with a pipe cleaner.

Drain pan. Sometimes the drain pan itself can leak. Check for cracks.

Filter. Refrigerators with filters can leak if the filter is the wrong size or not installed properly.

What to Do if the Water Line Leaks

Once you’ve determined that water is leaking from the water line connection:

Contact Kalamunda Plumbing today or any time for expert water leak diagnosis and repair. And, to help prevent structural damage, the sooner the better.

When it comes to minor drips and leaks around the house, you might not think anything of it.  You just wipe it up and carry on with your day.  However, these seemingly innocent leaks may be the start of larger plumbing problems and potentially serious water damage.

 

Let’s say you spot a water stain on a ceiling or wall.  Perhaps a pool of water under your sink. Maybe even water around your water heater tank. These are all signs of a water leak, and the sooner you take action, the less damage they can cause.

Here’s how to become a water leak detective in your own right…because early detection is the best detection.

Bathroom Water Leaks

Kitchen Water Leaks

Your first is to stop the flow of water by turning off the supply line.  If it’s too difficult to turn, locate and shut off your main water valve.  After that, turn to Kalamunda Plumbing Group to help in repairing or replacing damaged pipes. We guarantee your satisfaction for any home plumbing need.

Does the “green living” bug bite you when you least expect it?

Don’t worry, it’s a common affliction with very distinctive symptoms:  a continued push for smarter use of our natural resources, reduced energy consumption, plus lower energy costs.

We all get bitten; sometimes we even seek it out.  Like today, for example. Did you locate this blog by chance or were you looking for more information on possibly switching one or more of your appliances from electrical to natural gas?  If so, you’ve come to exactly the right place.

For starters, by consuming less electricity we lessen our dependency on foreign sources of oil.  What’s more, gas appliances are about 75% cheaper to operate than electrical.

Here are some additional advantages of switching to gas appliances and having more gas connections inside and outside your home:

Kalamunda Plumbing Group is a licensed and highly experienced plumbing and gas fitting company. With roots dating back to 1954, you’ll be assured of maximum safety and high-quality service every time you choose us.  For more information on the benefits of natural gas appliances or to schedule service, contact us today.

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There’s an old saying that goes like this: if something can go wrong, sooner or later it will. And now you know why you and other home owners experience plumbing problems from time to time.

While your natural inclination might be to call a plumber as soon as a problem rears its ugly head, we have a counter suggestion: “Not so fast!”  That’s because there are a few things you can do first to prevent the problem from getting worse.

  1. Locate the source of the problem – Do you hear the sound of running water – not a good sign if no one is using water at that time. If so, follow the sound to determine where it’s coming from. If the toilet is overflowing, turn off the toilet water valve.  If you can’t pinpoint the source, shut off your main water valve. Now it’s time to call your plumber.
  2. Determine the extent of the problem – Is the problem one leaky tap or one that is more widespread? Also, how far has the damage gone?  Answering these questions will help you determine what needs to be done next.  If it’s the middle of the night, answering these questions will also help you determine if the problem can wait until morning.
  3. Remove valuables in the way of a water leak – If you can’t immediately stop a leak by shutting off a water valve, remove all valuable items that leaking water can reach, especially electronics.
  4. Try fixing it yourself – Not every clogged drain (for example) requires the services of a professional plumber. When plunging doesn’t work, try pouring boiling hot water down the drain. Or, mix together equal amounts of vinegar and baking soda, pour the mixture down the drain, and then, a half hour later, flush the drain with boiling hot water.  If it doesn’t work the first time, it very often will with a second effort.
  5. Shut off the power supply – If you discover that your water heater is leaking, you can stop it by simply shutting off its power supply. For electric water heaters, turn off the power in the breaker box. Have a gas water heater? Turn the gas supply valve to the “off” position.

Okay, now that you’ve at least hit the “pause” button on your plumbing problem, it’s time to call a plumber to make the problem disappear. In and around Kalamunda, more and more people continue to contact Kalamunda Plumbing Group first. We’re the company that completes each task correctly the first time, guaranteed.

No one can opt out of a pre-closing home inspection. It’s required by law, even if you’re paying cash for your home.

 

Nor would you want to opt out of such an inspection, even if you could. After all, it’s ultimately designed to protect you from unwelcome surprises, the kind that could cost more in repairs than the home is worth.

 

And yet, does that mean that new home owners never receive such a surprise after the closing and it’s too late to back out of the deal? It happens all the time, in fact, perhaps even to you. That’s because, as talented and multi-skilled they might be, licensed home inspectors simply don’t have the training or ability to thoroughly inspect every square inch of your home and all fixtures and systems within it. And that includes your household plumbing.

 

The fact is, all kinds of things can be wrong with a home’s plumbing that a general inspector would never uncover, like an underground sewer blockage in the making that is not yet causing any drainage problems – but it’s only a matter of time before it will.

Such blockages are often caused by tree or shrub root infiltration in your underground sewer lines, and the only way to discover that is to hire a licensed plumber with such sophisticated drain clearing equipment like a video inspection camera.

 

There’s also the possibility of cracked or poorly installed water pipe that a home inspector wouldn’t detect because the pipe is hidden behind a façade, wall, or in a crawl space. Or how about a water heater that seems to be producing all the hot water you’ll need, but one so filled with mineral content that it’s only a matter of time before the unit’s ability to produce hot water becomes impaired.

 

As we said, there are just certain aspects of a home’s plumbing fixtures and systems that a home inspector is not equipped to diagnose – but we are. So, no matter where you are in the process of buying a new home, contact Kalamunda Plumbing Group today to request a whole-house plumbing and drain inspection. The small sum you’ll pay for that service can save your many thousands of dollars down the road.

Steve Carrell bemoaned of “loud noises!” playing the part Brick Tamland in Anchorman Ron Burgundy. It’s one of the most oft quoted lines from that movie – not just because it’s funny, but because we all hate loud noises.

Take water hammer, for example. It’s the sound you hear when you open a tap and the water pipe it connects to begins to shudder or bang repeatedly. Water hammer is the common term for hydraulic shock, something that can be far more than annoying as, if left unchecked, it can cause your pipes to shift and ultimately crack and leak.

How does water hammer occur? When flowing water is suddenly forced to stop or even change direction, due to the momentum change, pressure is generated. That wave in pressure moves back and forth through the pipe until it’s used up all its energy on weak spots inside the pipe line.

If there’s a “good news” angle to water hammer, it’s this: the loud banging noise, as obnoxious as it might be, at least allows you the opportunity to seek professional help before things get any worse. By contrast, water hammer also can be silent, thus creating the possibility that your pipes can be damaged without any warning.

There are numerous potential causes of water hammer, including high water pressure and having the wrong size pipe for one of your taps.

More to the point, should you hear what sounds like water hammer, turn off that tap and then turn on the one that’s highest above ground level in an effort to relieve the excess pressure. If that doesn’t work, you’ll need to call a licensed and experienced plumber.

Throughout the Shire of Kalamunda, Kalamunda Plumbing Group began assisting home owners with their plumbing issues in 1954. Today, our third-generation family run business is still going strong, and with a world of experience to our credit. When you want the job done right the first time, don’t take chances. Contact Kalamunda Plumbing Group.

Pessimist and pragmatists share a common trait. They’re perpetually curious about what can and is bound to go wrong “next”. Pessimists expect things to go wrong, however, while pragmatist simply want to be prepared if and when something does.

So, for pragmatists and pessimists alike – not to mention the simply curious – here are five of the most common plumbing problems we are called on to fix.

  1. Blocked toilets

No surprise here, right? All we can say is do your best to clear the blockage and that we’ll be glad to assist if your DIY efforts fail. Okay, we’re going to say one more thing: be careful not to use your toilet for anything except the two purposes for which it was designed. Anything else, and you’re practically asking for trouble.

  1. Slow-draining sinks

Sinks don’t just suddenly decide to drain slower than normal. Something’s causing the slow-down, like grease, food, hair, and other substances that have been building up over time, eventually impacting the speed of drainage. You can try plunging it, of course, but don’t use a plunger if you’ve poured a chemical drain cleaner down the drain. You might also try treating your drain with equal amounts of baking soda and distilled white vinegar. Allow that to sit for about 30 minutes and then top it off with a tea kettle full of boiling water. If the problem still isn’t solved, you can try that same procedure one more time.  After that, you probably need our help.  n breaking through the obstruction thus created. Just as in the case of blocked toilets, a plunger can be used to dislodge obstructions. Grease-removing agent may also be used to eliminate build-up in the drains.

  1. Leaky taps

The dripping sound that accompanies a leaky tap is enough to drive a sane person slightly bonkers. What causes a tap to leak? Often times, the problem results from a faulty washer which, in turn, might have been caused by over-tightening the tap during assembly or a recent repair.

  1. Water heater issues

Once a storage tank water heater reaches the ten-year mark, you can almost expect repair issues to start cropping up, especially if you have not had preventative maintenance service performed annually. Common water heater problems include a shrinking supply of hot water, rust-colored or brown hot water, and water pooling up outside the tank.

  1. Low water pressure

If your low-water-pressure issue is confined to your shower, then you’re probably in luck. That’s because the problem is most likely caused by a build-up of calcium or line inside the showerhead. The simple solution? Replace the showerhead.

At Kalamunda Plumbing Group, we deal with these and numerous other plumbing matters every working day. So if your particular issue turns out to be beyond your personal skill set, or you just don’t have time to give it a go, contact us today for prompt and dependable service, and always with your 100% satisfaction guaranteed.

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