General Plumbing Sydney Inner West

Sydney Inner West General Plumbing Professionals

FXD offer a wide range of plumbing and gas fitting services across the suburbs of Sydney Inner West. If you have a plumbing problem then we re ready to help!

Gas Fitting, Gas Installations and Repairs

FXD are your local Gas Fittingexperts!

Scott and the team at FXD have been helping locals of Sydney Inner West with a wide range of general plumbing problems for over 5 years.

When it comes to gas fitting we are the experts in installation of new gas lines, connecting to the gas main and hooking up all gas appliances in your home or commercial premises.

Whether you are wanting to install a new has heating solution in your home, or wanting to replace your existing gas hot water heater with a new continuous flow hot water system we have the right equipment, supplier and know how to get the job done fast.

Call us to find out more about:

  1. New gas connections
  2. Fixing leaking gas pipes
  3. Installing gas heating
  4. Installing gas hot water systems
  5. Gas repairs and maintenance

No matter what the job, if you need a gas fitter then the team at FXD have got you covered.

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Not sure whether you need a plumber?

General Plumbing Services for locals of Sydney Inner West and surrounding suburbs.

FXD can also help with a wide range of general plumbing jobs such as installing new taps, sinks, drains a toilets right through to designing and installing entire plumbing systems for new homes and commercial buildings.

We have been working with Sydney Inner West locals to bring them a brilliant service at competitive prices and always aim to be honest, friendly and reliable.

Emergency Plumber Near Me

24 Hour Emergency Plumbers in Haberfield, Lilyfield, Leichhardt, Rozelle and Glebe.

At FXD our customers come first. That's why we promise to be available 24 hours a day for any plumbing emergency that might come up. Whether you have a burst pipe, sewerage back up or gas leak we will respond straight away and fix the problem as soon as possible.

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If you are needing help from a plumber to install your new appliances then the team at FXD have the right supplies, equipment and know how to get the job done quickly. If your new fridge needs plumbing or are wanting to relocate an existing appliance then let us help.

If you are wanting to take advantage of the energy savings that modern hot water systems offer then FXD can help. We provide quality advice on the different types of units you can choose from and help you choose the right hot water system to suit the needs of your family.

FXD can help you choose the gas hot water system to suit the needs of your home and family. We can source gas hot water tanks, and instantaneous gas hot water solutions from a wide range of Sydney plumbing suppliers and promise that when you choose to work with us, your hot water system will be installed and running in no time.

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FXD can help with your General Plumbing in Sydney's Inner West

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Inspection and Quotation

If you need help with a plumbing issue then call or email us and we will arrange a time to meet with you on site, try to find out more about the problem and provide you with an obligation free quote.

Appointment Booking

If you would like to proceed with the job, we will arrange a time that's convenient for you for the works the be carried out. We will source all required equipment and parts to get the job done, and will ensure that your plumbing problem is a thing of the past.

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Job Completion

Once we have finished the job we will explain what work was carried out and provide you with a detailed job summary for your records. We can answer any questions you might have.



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After Sales Support

FXD are here for you, even after the job is done. If you have any issues with your plumbing then give us a call and we will come out to fix whatever issues has arisen. Our customers are our #1 priority, so you know when you choose FXD you can be sure you will recieve industry leading customer service and support.

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If you are interested in finding out more then give us a call and we will be happy to provide you with an list of options for you to consider when it comes to general plumbing and a obligation free quote for the supply and installation of a brand new hot water system.

General Plumbing

Tap Care

Dripping taps are extremely frustrating to hear constantly AND an extreme waste of water. No one likes a dripping tap. Lucky for you, there’s not a tap our technicians can’t fix.

We can help you repair and/or replace all kinds of taps, all days and nights of the week. So if you’re currently putting up with any of the following, now is the time to stop enduring, and get it Fixed For Life.

  • Dripping taps
  • Leaking taps (around the handle/spindle etc.)
  • Seized taps (taps that don’t open all the way)
  • Noisy taps
  • Taps that cause ‘water hammer’ (that annoying knocking sound)

There are typically four types of taps seen in Australian homes today and they all experience different problems over time.

Regardless of the type of tap or its condition, you can rest assured that our technicians will be able to replace it with a ‘new and improved’ model, or get the existing tap back into perfect working order for you.

Toilets

Leaking toilets are similarly annoying. A waste of water and an overall irritation, leaking toilets have so many different moving parts. This means there is a lot that can go wrong or be misdiagnosed.

Here are some common indicators of a leaking toilet:

  • Water constantly running into the bowl
  • Cisterns not filling fast enough
  • Toilets not flushing correctly
  • Loud cisterns when filling
  • Water dripping onto the floor from the cistern, when flushed, or leaking from under the toilet

TMV (Thermostatic Mixing Valve) Safety

Keep your family safe from the burns caused by too-hot water in your household. The water that comes out of your hot water heater is typically around 60 degrees Celsius, which is extremely hot (especially for little hands!)

You can take control of your home’s hot water temperature, both across the board or at individual fixtures, depending on the specific scenario.

FXD Plumbing Solutions is fully certified to service and install ‘thermostatic mixing valves’ and ‘tempering valves’. These are designed to keep your household safe from accidental scalding, while at the same time giving you access to hot water in the places you truly need it, such as kitchens and laundries.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why do water pipes burst?

Cold weather is often the culprit of burst pipes. When temperatures drop and rise very suddenly, this sometimes causes pipes to burst. The cold temperature causes the water to freeze and expand the pipes. This causes pressure build-up, which can split the pipe when too high. Owners of older homes are more likely to encounter burst pipes. Burst pipes can cause expensive damage to your property. If you suspect your pipes have burst, shut off your water and, if necessary, the electricity. You should then call a plumber. Costs will depend on location of the pipe and severity of damage. If there is a build-up of water, use buckets to remove as much as possible. Call a plumber to fully fix the issue.

 

To find out more contact Scott at FXD Plumbing Sydney Inner West or Call Now on 0428 795 498.

Do all frozen pipes burst?

Not all frozen pipes burst, but older pipes are at a higher risk of bursting. Burst pipes can cause expensive damage to your property. If you suspect your pipes have burst, shut off your water and, if necessary, the electricity. You should then call a plumber. Costs will depend on location of the pipe and severity of damage. If there is a build-up of water, use buckets to remove as much as possible. Call a plumber to fully fix the issue.

 

To find out more contact Scott at FXD Plumbing Sydney Inner West or Call Now on 0428 795 498.

How do you know if your pipes burst?

Your home is at highest risk for burst pipes when temperatures are very cold and then ruse suddenly. Inspect your home for active dripping water, damp walls and unusual odours. Check all of the faucets by turning on and off, and look for discolouration and odour. Examine your yard for sinkholes. Call a plumber to fully fix the issue.

To find out more contact Scott at FXD Plumbing Sydney Inner West or Call Now on 0428 795 498.

What happens if your pipes burst?

Owners of older homes are more likely to encounter burst pipes. Burst pipes can cause expensive damage to your property. If you suspect your pipes have burst, shut off your water and, if necessary, the electricity. You should then call a plumber. Costs will depend on location of the pipe and severity of damage. If there is a build-up of water, use buckets to remove as much as possible. Call a plumber to fully fix the issue.

To find out more contact Scott at FXD Plumbing Sydney Inner West or Call Now on 0428 795 498.

What to do if there’s a gas leak?

Gas is highly flammable, and gas leaks are an extreme potential danger. Leaks can also lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. Signs of a gas leak do not always have a smell, but sometimes the smell may be similar to sulphur or rotten eggs. Other signs include hissing sounds near a gas line, white dust or clouds near the gas line, bubbles in the water and dead houseplants. Gas bills may also be higher than usual. You will likely have breathing difficulties and may experience flu-like symptoms. If there is a gas leak, evacuate the house immediately. Leave the doors open and call 000. Do not make a call from within the house, as this action could ignite the gas. NEVER attempt to repair the leak yourself or allow the situation to go unreported.

To find out more contact Scott at FXD Plumbing Sydney Inner West or Call Now on 0428 795 498.

How do I find a leak in my shower?

In most cases, shower leaks are caused by cracks in the grout. Signs of a shower leak often are mould or mildew around the shower, water stains on the ceiling below the shower and peeling paint. If this is not a leak, it could be a simple case of not closing the shower door completely when showering. Check for any cracks or separation between the grout and floor. You can easily replace the grout yourself, or hire a plumber to do so.

To find out more contact Scott at FXD Plumbing Sydney Inner West or Call Now on 0428 795 498.

How can I waterproof my shower without removing tiles?

You can waterproof your shower without the hassle of removing tiles following these simple steps:

1.      Remove any silicone sealant strips and soap build-up. Clean mould off grout tiles.

2.      Use a sealant you can purchase from your local hardware store. Test the sealant in a small area first to test for discolouration.

3.      Starting from the top of the wall, brush the sealant down the tiles and grout. Finish with the base of the shower.

4.      Allow at least 15 minutes for the first application to dry, and then repeat another application.

5.      Allow at least 15 minutes for the second application to dry, and then wipe down the shower with a dry cloth.

6.      Allow the sealant to dry for 24 hours before using the shower.

 

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Can a shower leak through grout?

A shower can only leak through grout if there are cracks in the grout. A sign of a shower leak through the grout is often stains on the ceiling below your bathroom. The water can easily get through the smallest of cracks, and this needs to be fixed immediately. If not fixed, the cracks will continue to expand and the leaks will cause more damage. You can easily fix this problem by replacing the grout yourself, or by calling a plumber. The new grout will typically take three days to dry completely.

To find out more contact Scott at FXD Plumbing Sydney Inner West or Call Now on 0428 795 498.

How much does it cost to fix a leaky shower?

Many factors can increase or decrease the fixing of a leaky shower and can range from $200 to $600 dollars

To find out more contact Scott at FXD Plumbing Sydney Inner West or Call Now on 0428 795 498.

How do I know if my drains are blocked?

A blocked drain can eventually cause damage and costs. It is best to fix the problem as soon as it arises. A blocked drain can be identified from a few signs:

1.      Odour

Blocked drains emit odour if food is the cause. Food debris can sometimes get stuck in the pipes, and eventually starts to smell.

2.      Slow Drainage

Any blockage will cause slow drainage. This is always one of the best signs of a blocked drain.

3.      Raised Water Levels

If you flush your toilet and the water level rises higher than normal, the drains may be blocked. If the water overflows, this is a more serious problem with your drains.

4.      Gurgling Sounds

If any strange gurgling sounds are heard from the pipes, this is another sign of blocked drains. These sounds mean air is trapped in the drain and is escaping when you run water.

 

To find out more contact Scott at FXD Plumbing Sydney Inner West or Call Now on 0428 795 498.

Does vinegar unclog drains?

Vinegar can be used in combination with baking soda to unclog a drain. Follow the steps below for help unclogging a drain:

1.      First, use a bucket to remove as much as the standing water as possible.

2.      Then, remove any items you may find in and around the clogged drain. This could be food scraps, hair or other objects.

3.      Pour ½ cups of baking soda into the clogged drain. Follow up with 1 cup of vinegar. Let the clogged drain sit for 15 minutes.

4.      Slowly pour a pot of boiling water down the drain to help loosen the clog.

5.      Apply a layer of petroleum jelly around the lip of a plunger. This will create a seal between the plunger and the drain.

6.      Place the plunger over the drain and plunge away!

Lastly, run water into the drain to see if the clog is fixed.

To find out more contact Scott at FXD Plumbing Sydney Inner West or Call Now on 0428 795 498.

How do you unclog a drain with standing water?

Unclogging a drain with standing water is an easy fix and can be done quickly with the following steps:

1.      First, use a bucket to remove as much as the standing water as possible.

2.      Then, remove any items you may find in and around the clogged drain. This could be food scraps, hair or other objects.

3.      Pour ½ cups of baking soda into the clogged drain. Follow up with 1 cup of vinegar. Let the clogged drain sit for 15 minutes.

4.      Slowly pour a pot of boiling water down the drain to help loosen the clog.

5.      Apply a layer of petroleum jelly around the lip of a plunger. This will create a seal between the plunger and the drain.

6.      Place the plunger over the drain and plunge away!

7.      Lastly, run water into the drain to see if the clog is fixed.

To find out more contact Scott at FXD Plumbing Sydney Inner West or Call Now on 0428 795 498.

How do u unclog a toilet without a plunger?

If you have a blocked toilet but don’t have a plunger handy, there some simple ways that you can unblock your toilet.

Go into the kitchen and pull out the dishwashing liquid. Simply pour a generous amount of dishwashing liquid down the toilet. The liquid is heavier than water and will make its way down the base of the outlet and sit on top of the blockage. Over an extended period of time, the dishwashing liquid will work its way through the blockage to be pushed through.

If the dishwashing liquid alone doesn’t help, simply add some hot water (not boiling water) to the pan to help move the blockage along the hot water will help dissolve the blockage. Boiling water will crack the cold porcelain, so try to avoid that.

If none of the above is working, go to your wardrobe and find a wire clothing hanger (preferably one with a plastic coating so that the wire doesn’t mark your toilet). Simply pull the clothes hanger apart so that it straight and insert it into the bottom of the toilet. Wiggle and jiggle it around until you unblock the toilet. The wire will break down the blockage, allowing the water to pass through.

To find out more contact Scott at FXD Plumbing Sydney Inner West or Call Now on 0428 795 498.

What to put down a toilet to unblock it?

Your toilet is blocked and you have guests on their way. You need this issue resolved quickly. There a number of different ways to unblock that toilet.

The first way would to use a hand plunger to unblock the toilet. Place the hand plunger onto the outlet of the toilet and plunge away in and out is the most common way to unblock that toilet. This will allow your friends to come over never knowing what chaos you went through before they had arrived.

The second way would be to purchase a toilet auger. It basically is a hand eel rod that you send down the toilet and manoeuvre around your toilet S or P trap by rotating the handle clock wise. This will then reach the blockage and break it down and move it along unblocking your toilet.

The third option if you do not have a toilet auger or a hand plunger would be trying a natural remedy of 1 cup of baking soda and two cups of vinegar. This will cause a chemical reaction and dissolve the toilet blockage.

If all else fails, call a licensed plumber as this may be an issue that isn’t within the toilet and could be a problem further down the line.

To find out more contact Scott at FXD Plumbing Sydney Inner West or Call Now on 0428 795 498.

What causes toilet wax ring to leak?

If you in 2019 onwards have a toilet wax ring at the base of your toilet and it is leaking, it’s time to replace it. Toilet wax rings are old, outdated and not very commonly used in Australia anymore. The most common causes of the toilet wax to leak is old age, or if the toilet base has come loose and broken the wax seal to the toilet. Replacing this wax seal with another wax seal is simple and easy to do, but toilet wax is very hard to purchase in most Australian hardware stores.

Replacing the ring with a new modern pan collar rubber is more advisable and easier for you find at the local hardware.

To find out more contact Scott at FXD Plumbing Sydney Inner West or Call Now on 0428 795 498.

Why does my toilet randomly run for a few seconds?

That random sound of your cistern filling with water is a painful sound specially if happens over and over again.

This is caused by your cistern leaking silently and without your knowledge of it happening. The cistern is leaking water slowly into your toilet bowl and the height of the level of water in your cistern is then turning your inlet valve on randomly to fill up. It may only run for a few seconds, but that’s enough to annoy even the most patient man or woman.

Repairing the leak in your cistern will then remove that unwanted random running of your toilet. The leak causing your cistern to randomly turn on is your outlet valve rubber. Changing that rubber will stop the random run for a few seconds.

To find out more contact Scott at FXD Plumbing Sydney Inner West or Call Now on 0428 795 498.

How do you stop a trickling toilet?

A trickling toilet leak can keep you up at night, cost you lots of money in extra water bills and if left for long enough stain the inside of your toilet.

Luckily enough there are simple ways to stop a trickling toilet.

A trickling toilet is caused by either the inlet or outlet valve. Both of these valves control the water in your cistern. Inlet valves control water coming into your cistern and the height at which it fills up to. The outlet valve controls the water leaving the cistern once you flush it.

When you pull the cistern lid off and find that water level is too high in the cistern, you can adjust the height of the inlet valve. On the more modern inlet valves, there will be a cross head screw control that you can wind in or out that will adjust the water level. On the older style, it is a matter of bending the float valve arm down so that the water will then shut off at a lower height. Sometimes replacing the inlet valve is the easiest way.

A simple change of this washer is all you need to eliminate the trickling water.

To find out more contact Scott at FXD Plumbing Sydney Inner West or Call Now on 0428 795 498.

What is a silent toilet leak?

A silent leak is probably something that you have no idea is there or will ever realise, as it is silent and you cannot see it as the water is clear.

A silent leak can be caused by one of two things:

One could be a faulty outlet valve allowing a small amount of water to pass under the base washer and down through your flush pipe and into your toilet bowl.

The second could be a faulty inlet valve. A faulty inlet valve can be over filling your toilet cistern and allowing water to pass over into the overflow pipe in your cistern. This then drains into your toilet bowl causing a silent leak. Your inlet valve will then keep on filling up and continuing to leak.

A simple test to find if you have a silent leak is to turn off the water supply to your cistern at night, and if in the morning you don’t have any water in your cistern you have found yourself with a silent leak.

To find out more contact Scott at FXD Plumbing Sydney Inner West or Call Now on 0428 795 498.

Why does my toilet leak from the base?

A leaking in and around your toilet can be a daunting task to start with because it seems disgusting.

When you notice that you have a leak at the base of your toilet, you need to try and establish whether it is coming from the base of your toilet or coming from another part of your toilet (i.e. the cistern or even the water supply pipe or valve).

The leak at the base of the toilet can be caused by:

You have a leaking pan collar- a pan collar is the rubber connection that seals your toilet bowl to the pipe coming through the floor, back or side walls.

Another scenario is that it could be leaking from the cistern rubber that connects your cistern to the toilet, if you have a cistern that sits on top of your toilet pan.

If your cistern is fixed on the wall, your flush pipe rubbers could be leaking. They are located under the cistern where the flush pipe connects to the cistern and where the flush pipe connects to the toilet.

You could also have a leak on the cistern water supply pipe or valve.

These are all repairable and can be purchased at hardware to do it yourself, or you can simply call a licensed plumber to help you out.

To find out more contact Scott at FXD Plumbing Sydney Inner West or Call Now on 0428 795 498.

How do you change a washer on a tap Australia?

Changing a tap washer is a simple and easy task. Below is a simple 10 step instruction on how to do just that:

Tool Check List

– Multigrips

– Long nose pliers

– Flat-head and Philips-head screw driver

– Shifter

– Allen keys

– Bucket

 

Materials check list

– 2x 1/2’ tap washers

– 2x 8mm o-rings

– Tap grease

Steps

1. Fill bucket 1/4 full with warm water and detergent (used to clean the tap later on)

2.       Turn off water supply at water meter or under sink or basin at mini stop valves. (This isolates the water so you can pull them apart without making a big mess!)

3.       Turn the taps on to drain the water and remove tap handles and cover domes. These generally screw off. (Draining the remaining pressure out of the taps also prevents a big mess!)

4.       Removed spindles with a shifter (Put the shifter on the heaxangle shape at base of spinal using and turn counter-clockwise).

5.       Remove old tap washer and dispose of.

6. Pull apart spindle (Unscrew centre spindle housing and remove o-ring from centre spindle. Then was the centre spindle to remove dirt build-up).

7. Install new o-ring to centre spinal and apply grease around o-ring (this allows the spindle to seal and makes it smoother to turn on and off).

8.       Screw centre spinal back to spinal housing. Once screwed back together install new 1/2’ tap washer.

9.       Re-install spinal with tap washer installed back to basin or sink. Make sure you tighten clockwise to prevent leaks. Refit cover dome and tap handle to spindle. Turn taps into off position.

10.   Turn water back on where you originally turned it off.

Now test out your new handy work for correct tap operation.

 

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How do I fix a leaking mixer tap?

Leaking mixer taps look as though they are more complicated than your average hot and cold water taps.

Mixer taps are designed to look nice and not serviceable. But rest assured, you just need to know how to fix it. Often when you purchase your new mixer tap, it will come with instructions on how to pull apart the tap. Mixer taps have a ceramic cartridge that controls the supply to turn on and off. It’s either 35mm or 40mm in diameter.

If you still have the instructions from your tap when you bought it, simply follow the steps to access the cartridge. Make sure you isolate the water before you attempt to pull the mixer tap apart. Purchase a new cartridge and simply change it and put the tap back together. Turn the water back on and check to see if you have repaired your leaking mixer tap.

If you cannot repair the leak, contact your local plumber for further assistance with your leaking mixer tap.

To find out more contact Scott at FXD Plumbing Sydney Inner West or Call Now on 0428 795 498.

What causes a leaky tap?

A dripping tap in your home can be annoying and can cost you lots of money over the years. Fixing these leaking taps can save you money and lots of frustration.

Taps are made from either rubber or ceramic. These parts over time wear out and fail, which causes the tap to leak. Think about how many times a day, a week or even a year you turn your taps on. They wear out, nothing lasts forever. Changing these parts when servicing the tap will eliminate the leaks.

Another contributor that causes a leaking tap is a crack or indentation on the valve seat. When the tap is turned off and the water meets the valve seat, a crack or indentation means the seat cannot do its job and stop the water. The water creeps into the indentation or crack between the washer and the valve seat causing it to leak.

In some cases, if you have a mixer tap and it is leaking, the ceramic disc cartridge may be worn out.

Another factor that contributes to leaking taps and mixer taps is water pressure exceeding 500kpa. The higher the water pressure, the more pressure it puts on your taps. This in turn speeds up the failure of these ceramic and rubber parts.

To find out more contact Scott at FXD Plumbing Sydney Inner West or Call Now on 0428 795 498.

How do you stop water pipes from banging?

Picture this, it’s the middle of the night and you wake up and all you want is a glass of water. But you remember that if you turn that tap on and off, your pipes will start to sound like you’re playing the drums for a rock band.

How do you prevent this from happening so you can turn on your taps at any time you want without waking up the house?

The most common cause is a water hammer. Water hammer occurs when turning off the water at a tap and the water vibrates back down the line, causing pipes to bang and crash against each other or the wall.

In some houses there may be water chambers installed on the pipework that should have air in them. These pipes are designed to absorb the water stopping, meaning the water will hit the air cushion and prevent the loud bang. Overtime these chambers fill up with water and you lose the air chamber. The easiest way to get that back is to simply turn off your main water valve, open all of your taps and once the water stops, turn all taps back off. Then turn your main water supply back on. This will give the air chambers some air cushion and eliminate the banging.

Another cause is loose pipework. These vibrate against the clips or walls when water is turned off. Simply re-secure the pipework to make sure no pipework is loose. This will eliminate the banging sound.

To find out more contact Scott at FXD Plumbing Sydney Inner West or Call Now on 0428 795 498.

Is water hammer dangerous?

Water hammer within your pipes is common, but we wouldn’t say it is dangerous. While it can create fittings on your pipework to become loose and fall off, these are not life-threatening issues. The worst that could possibly occur is a water leak. If you have excessive water hammering, you are at a high risk of finding a leak. Most pipework is located in your walls and under your house, so when a leak appears it will then damage your walls or under your house. Our tip would be as soon as you notice or hear the water hammer, that issue should be addressed straight away as to prevent more problems happening later on down the track. Water hammers can cost you a lot of money in damages.

To find out more contact Scott at FXD Plumbing Sydney Inner West or Call Now on 0428 795 498.

How do you stop water hammer?

A water hammer is a sudden stop of water throughout your water pipes that creates a vibration within your pipework. This typically occurs after a tap or valve is shut off suddenly. These often occur a lot more in older houses with old pipework.

So, if you live in an old house, you may start to notice a loud banging noise occur when you shut the water off. These typically occur on appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines, but still happen when you turn any tap off suddenly. It is normal for old pipes to get worn out and clips to fall off the pipework allowing the pipes to bang and not be able to absorb the sudden stop in water.

Below are some tips and tricks to help with your water hammer issue:

Tip 1. Inspect all visible pipework underneath your house or where you hear the loudest banging. If the pipework is loose, add a few saddles to the pipework to support the pipework and eliminate the vibrations in the pipework.

Tip 2. Open all the taps within your home to try and drain out any possible blocked air within the pipework. Let it run for a few minutes and then turn all the taps off slowly.

Tip 3. Test the pressure within your home on a garden tap with a pressure gauge. If the pressure exceeds 500kpa, you will need to reduce the pressure. High pressure is a common cause of water hammer.

Tip 4. Install water hammer arrestors on your pipework, specifically on the dishwasher taps and washing machine taps. These are designed to absorb the sudden stop of water and eliminate the water hammer.

Tip 5. After you have tried all of the above, call a licensed plumber and they will be able to assist you and eliminate the issue you have.

To find out more contact Scott at FXD Plumbing Sydney Inner West or Call Now on 0428 795 498.

How do you fix a badly clogged toilet?

Toilets become clogged and there are ways to avoid them, but sometimes no matter how hard you try to avoid them they just clog up, but that’s life. Finding where the problem is may sometimes the hardest part of the battle. If you can’t find the source of the blockage, sometimes you’re going in blind. But there are ways to clear your clogged toilet.

The easiest way to do so is to simply pick up the phone and call a your local licensed plumber. If you value your own time and don’t want to waste it, sometimes calling a plumber is the easiest and most cost-effective way. If a plumber can come out and clear your drain and it takes 1 hour to do so, instead you spend double or even triple the amount of your own time trying to clear it.

Although, you can do it yourself and it’s rewarding when you do. These are simple ways you can try:

Simply place the plunger in the toilet and go for it, but be careful not to spill water all over yourself. This method is always used by a plumber and is the first step he/she attempts to unblock your toilet.

Another out of the box option would be using a wet vac. Placing the vacuum hose down the toilet and trying to suck the blockage out instead of pushing it down can just be as effective. Once you feel like you have sucked the blockage and all the water out of the toilet, flush and test it to see if you are successful.

The old trick of flushing the toilet and filling the toilet bowl up with water method and leaving for a extended period of time can also do the trick. We as plumbers always get called to a job for a blocked toilet, but sometimes when we arrive it has cleared itself. This occurs because the weight of the water constantly pushing against the clog for long periods of time will clear it.

But if this problem persists, please consult your local licensed plumber.

To find out more contact Scott at FXD Plumbing Sydney Inner West or Call Now on 0428 795 498.

Why does my toilet keep clogging?

Does it seem like your toilet is clogging up every other week and you are constantly plunging for Australia at the Olympics? Well this isn’t normal and there is probably a reason as to why this is happening.

The most common cause is YOU and your family flushing things down the toilet that shouldn’t be flushed. Some examples of items you should not flush are tampons, baby wipes, condoms, facial tissues, q-tips, dental floss and cotton balls. The only things you should be flushing are toilet paper and human waste. The rest don’t break down in the flushed water and will cause your pipes to be blocked. These blockages often occur with the toilet itself. The easiest way to do this is put a bin next to the toilet.

The next most common reason for toilets that keep on clogging up are a weak flush from your cistern. This is caused by a faulty outlet valve inside the cistern not allowing enough water to pass through it and flush away the bowl. Not enough water will not be able to flush away your waste and it will not be able carry away the waste within the pipes. This causes them to stop and build up within the pipe causing a terrible clogged pipe. Repair the outlet valve by servicing it or replacing it with a brand new one to solve the issue.

The last and most difficult reason would be that your sewer line has tree roots within it or that your sewer line is damaged. Both of these problems happen quite a bit in old homes and cause a lot of problems with blockages. Clear signals that this is the problem is you will often notice water flooding out of a drain pipe in your backyard. You will need the assistance of a licensed plumber. They will be able to clear the blockage and locate where the blockage is.

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How do you unblock a slow draining toilet?

Blocked toilet or slow draining toilet = horror show! Frustrating to say the least. Don’t worry, there are things you can try so that you don’t feel helpless and so you don’t have to leave the toilet being clogged to fate.

We have simple methods that you can try yourself so you walk out of the bathroom feeling like a hero and less like a zero!

Method 1. Fill the toilet bowl up with cistern water and wait it out, this will hopefully provide weight and force on the blockage. This will force the blockage to be pushed further down your sewer line, clearing your blocked toilet.

Method 2. Purchase a plunger and plunge like a pro. You can purchase a toilet plunger from your local plumbing supplier and plunge like your life depended on it. This method is tried and tested, plunging a toilet creates pressure within the trap of the toilet where the blockage is normally. The plunging movement up and down will create movement in and around your blockage, moving the blockage along.

Method 3. Purchase a toilet auger. This is a long thin contraption that has a cable attached to a handle that acts as a hand eel. Send the cable down your toilet rotating the the handle in a clockwise motion. This will start to travel in and around the trap of your toilet, down to where your blockage is. Once it meets your blockage, it will hopefully break down the blockage and relieve the water from your drain.

If these simple but effective methods do not work, you may need to contact a licensed plumber as the problems may be further down the sewer line and not able to reach with the methods above. A licensed plumber with have all the tools required for your toilet blockage.

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Will a toilet unclog itself?

Blocked toilets are a common occurrence within your household, it’s safe to say you will come across a couple of these issues a few times in your lifetime.

As you stare down at the water rising to the top of the bowl and plead and pray that the toilet water level will subside before making quite a mess on the floor, you start to wonder why and what are the causes of clogged toilets? Well the answers are staring at you rising up the toilet bowl just waiting to overflow onto the bathroom floor and create a mess that you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy (or would you?)

STOP FLUSHING THE CISTERN is the very first thing you should do!

Toilets are like every other drain in your house and work by gravity, having a full toilet bowl water exerts it’s own pressure on the clogged toilet and yes will sometimes clear the clogged toilet for you. If you have another toilet within your place and time on your hands, leave the toilet full retreat out of the bathroom and lock the door to make sure nobody uses the toilet or bathroom ( it can get quite smelly). Leave overnight until the morning, and the clogged toilet may have unclogged itself. Now all you will have to do is the clean the bowl and flush away the remnants of the debacle you found yourself in the day before.

Things to avoid before this nightmare happens again would be to go easy on the toilet paper and, if unavoidable, flush before sitting down and adding more.

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How do you dissolve fat in a drain?

Fat accumulated inside sewer pipes is a surprisingly common plumbing problem. Dealing with a fat clogged pipes can be a frustrating experience. When fat solidifies inside the pipe, it blocks the flow of water and this leads to the pipe being blocked and overflowing. When a fat clogged drain pipe occurs, everything can get smelly, messy and unhygienic. Fat and grease blockages are probably the worst type of blockages to come across and sometimes hardest to deal with.

Fat accumulated inside sewer pipes is a surprisingly common plumbing problem. Dealing with a fat clogged pipes can be a frustrating experience. When fat solidifies inside the pipe, it blocks the flow of water and this leads to the pipe being blocked and overflowing. When a fat clogged drain pipe occurs, everything can get smelly, messy and unhygienic. Fat and grease blockages are probably the worst type of blockages to come across and sometimes hardest to deal with.

Removing fat and grease from your drain is hard, but never fear, we will give you a few options that you can try yourself:

1. Caustic soda – This can be very dangerous but also effective. You can purchase this from your local hardware. Whilst there remember to purchase your PPE, gloves and safety glasses. Simply remove as much water from your drain pipe as possible and pour down the caustic soda making sure you have opened windows, as the fumes are quite over powering. Leave for one hour for the caustic soda to penetrate the fat and grease. Then wash down with boiling hot water. If this does not help, pour more down the drain and leave overnight. In the morning, it should have subsided and again wash down the drain with boiling water.

2. Boiling water and vinegar is a home remedy that when mixed in a ratio of 1:1 can be quite effective. The boiling water increases the temperature inside the fat loosening up and the vinegar can help to clean away the fat and grease from within the pipe. Followed with more boiling water to help wash away the remainder of the grease. This option is cheaper and better for the environment.

3. If these options fail and the fat clogged drain is stubbornly blocked, you may need to call upon a licensed plumber to use his high pressure water jetter of electric eel to do the trick. He will definitely get the pipe flowing like the way it always did.

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Who is responsible for a blocked drain?

So you have a drain that is pouring out with sewerage in your garden or back yard, and you are wondering who is responsible for this? Well it all depends on where the blockage is. Unfortunately you probably will not have the resources yourself to identify this.

You are going to have to call your local licensed plumber to firstly clear the drain and determine where the blockage has occurred. It’s very simple if the blockage is within your property of upstream towards your house. From the boundary shaft/trap it’s your responsibility. If the blockage found is within Sydney Waters Sewer Main, it is their responsibility and they will refund you the money you paid to the plumber plus unblock the main.

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How do I completely clear a blocked drain?

There are a few ways you can completely clear your drain, whether it be your kitchen/laundry sink, shower floor waste, basin/vanity waste, or bathroom floor waste. Of course, the easiest and most efficient way is to call a licensed plumber. They are equipped with all the specific blocked drain tools to efficiently clear your drains. Sometimes you can have a go yourself and save some money in the process.

You may need to visit your local hardware store to purchase some tools, but there is nothing like the self-satisfaction feeling of solving a problem yourself.

Blocked drains and sinks can sometimes be unclogged using a simple hand plunger that you will find at your local hardware or possibly supermarket. To unclog a drain, simply place the plunger over the waste outlet and continue to push down and lift up until you feel like the drain is clear. This will create a vacuum seal and provide pressure within the clogged pipes, and with the pushing and pulling action hopefully move the blockage and move it along the drain.

You could also purchase Draino from your supermarket and pour that down your sink. This is a special chemical that reacts with water and can potentially burn away the blockage to relieve the drain.

If all of these handy tips fail, you may need to call a qualified plumber as they will be able have your drained unclogged in no time. They will be able to provide you with the cause and remedy to prevent it happening again.

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How do I know if my drains are blocked?

When you have a suspicion that your drains are blocked, they probably are! Your drainage system is designed not to be noticed or smelt. You probably have already worked out that drains are laid and installed with a small amount of fall so that your waste is slowly draining away, out of mind and out of site. If you notice something, that generally means that something is impeding the drainage system and creating a clog. You will start to hear gurgling sounds, bad odours from the pipes, overflowing sewerage outside or possibly from floor drains, toilets filling up and slowly draining away. These are pretty clear indications that your toilets are clogged.

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How do I drain the pipes in my house?

Draining the pipes in your house are done when you need to fix a water hammer problem, shut down seasonal property for the winter and make major plumbing repairs. To drain the pipes, follow these simple steps:

1.      First, shut off the main water valve at the water metre.

2.      Starting at the top floor of your house, open all the sink faucets. Doing so will allow air into the system to help the flow of the water.

3.      Go to the lowest level of your home and open the faucet in the laundry tub or lowest sink. This will let all the water from the above floors drain.

4.      Return to the highest level in the home and open the tub and shower faucets.

5.      Flush all toilets which will empty the tanks.

6.      If you are leaving the property unattended (such as closing for the winter), leave the faucets in an open position.

7.      If done correctly, there should be no water coming out of any faucet, except possibly a small drip.

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What is plumbing rough?

Plumbing can be separated into two generic categories: rough plumbing and finish plumbing. Rough plumbing generally consists of routing pipes through walls, running vent stacks to roofs and connecting drain lines and water supply lines to sewers. Rough jobs usually involve hand tools and power tools. Finish plumbing typically refers to plumbing work that occurs after interior finishing. These types of jobs range from drywall to removing caps on drains and water supply pipes. Finish plumbing utilises tools that twist and tighten drains and pipes.

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How much does it cost to plumb a new house in Australia?

Many factors can increase or decrease the installation costs of plumbing a new house. Prices can range from $20000 to $40000. FXD Plumbing Solutions charges around $22000 for this service.

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How much does it cost to plumb a new house?

Many factors can increase or decrease the installation costs of plumbing a new house. Prices can range from $20000 to $40000. FXD Plumbing Solutions charges around $22000 for this service.

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How much does it cost to convert a bathtub to a shower?

Many factors can increase or decrease the conversion costs from a bathtub to a shower. Prices can range from $800 to $1250. FXD Plumbing Solutions charges around $1450 for this service.

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How do you find a leak in an underground pipe?

Finding a leak as soon as possible is essential in reducing potential damage to your property. Unless the leak is bubbling at the surface, you need a leak detection expert to come to your property. Once there, specialised electric and acoustic leak detectors will be used to determine the source. A leak detection specialist will first survey all of your valves and metres to determine which valves are affected. Once the source is located, the leak can be fixed quickly depending on the size of the leak. FXD Plumbing are experts in leak detection, and have the highest quality technology.

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What is acoustic leak detection?

One of the types of leak detection, acoustic leak detection uses the sounds and frequencies transmitted by a leaking pipe to determine if there is a leak. Leaking pipe sounds create vibrations that acoustic detectors pick up. Various microphones can be used to determine the exact location of a water leak. Any type of leak detection is essential is preventing damage and costs. Signs of a leak include damp or discoloured carpet, hissing sounds behind walls, poor water pressure, mould, musky smells and visible signs of water. An ongoing leak can cause severe damage to your house and your finances. FXD Plumbing are experts in leak detection, and have the highest quality technology.

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