Hot Water Systems

The Differences Between Hot Water Systems Using Off-Peak Rate vs Continuous Tariff

Do you feel like you are paying too much for hot water service?

There are many options available to help save you money on electric or gas bills. The best option may be to replace your existing hot water system with a new, more efficient one. If you’re looking at trying to save money by taking advantage of off-peak rates for your hot water service, it may be worth exploring options around replacing your hot water system.

Be sure to look through the many great options available to you as well as exploring off-peak rate options.

Differences between electric hot water systems on off-peak rate & those on continuous tariff

There are certain differences/advantages and disadvantages to having your electric hot water system on off-peak tariff OR having it on a continuous tariff.

This article aims to help you understand the differences between how both tariffs operate and the practical differences to the householder.

Electric Hot Water Systems – Off-peak rate

Generally speaking, electric hot water systems need to work according to minimum energy requirements and standards which are in direct relation to the hot water unit’s loss of heat. With the off-peak rate, you need a larger hot water tank (starting at a minimum capacity of 250 litres and upwards, the 250 litre tank being for a household of 3 to 4 people on average).

This need for a larger tank is due to the extent of loss of heat from the tank, and because the hot water lost cannot be replaced until the next nightly cycle of reheating the tank.

So, with off-peak, you need a bigger tank which can handle your daily hot water necessities. Otherwise, you may run out of hot water too soon. The off-peak heating system kicks in at around mid-night (off-peak hours). This is when your water heater will go through a reheating cycle.

A tank can take between 2 to 4 hours to fully reheat. The off-peak’s popularity lies in its “cost-effectiveness”, which will be talked about later on in this article. In terms of the overnight heating of your tank, it is the bottom element within your hot water system that gets activated at night, during the off-peak electricity times mentioned above. The bottom element, therefore, does the majority of the heating of your tank. This heating process is activated from within the bottom of the hot water system (where the cold water enters the tank via an inlet pipe situated towards the lower part of the water heater).

With regard to accessing off-peak electricity, it will depend on the type of meter you have at your home. As the type of meter will determine the way in which you will access your off-peak electricity. You may phone your energy retailer in order to establish the type of meter you have at home.

You only need to provide them with your address details and they should be able to inform you of the type of meter at your premises.


Electric Hot Water Systems – Continuous tariff

When connecting to a continuous tariff supply, then your electricity is available throughout the whole day (24 hours per day). The advantage of going on to a continuous tariff is that you would hardly ever run out of hot water during the course of the entire day.

However, in the event that you were to run out of hot water, it would not be too long before your hot water would be returned. Another advantage is that the tank which runs on a continuous tariff can be of a smaller size (capacity) than the tank supplied by the off-peak rate. Also, the tank’s heat loss on continuous tariff can be replaced reasonably quickly, in contrast to a tank on off-peak. With regard to water heaters containing dual elements, in case you were to run low on hot water, then the top element within your water heater comes into play. This top element would be activated when the top section within the tank is cold. In this instance, the top element would only heat a small quantity of water towards the top of the tank. It is this top element which is connected to the continuous tariff. Of course, this would only be possible when you have a hot water system containing this twin-element feature, which simply gives the tank that extra bit of heating efficiency.

Cost differences between off-peak and continuous tariff The off-peak rate is a cheaper way of paying for your hot water electric (ongoing costs) and may save you hundreds of dollars on your quarterly energy bill. So, by going with a more expensive up-front cost on the purchase of your hot water system, you should end up saving more, further down the line on long-term costs. Put simply, lower energy bills come part and parcel with an off-peak rate set up. Re the continuous tariff, you would only save on the cost of the purchase of a water heater itself. This is due to the flexibility of being able to go with a smaller sized tank installed on continuous tariff.

That said, however, remember that your quarterly bills would be higher when applied to the continuous tariff. Therefore, in the long run, if at all possible, and only if appropriate, you should opt for a tank to be installed and set up on continuous tariff. So it is well worth weighing up all of these differences between the two rates and the corresponding varying electric hot water system’s capacities, before deciding on which way to go.

Your decision will, of course, depend largely on your individual circumstances, and you should always discuss the options with your supplier/installer before making a decision on a particular hot water system or rate. Find a reputable company to take care of your hot water system issue/rate system which may best apply to you One such reputable company is Anytime Hot Water, winners of the Rheem Award and a preferred installer of Rheem. They can offer their expert advice, and help you select the most suitable hot water system, given your situation.

At the same time, they can best advise you as to whether to go off-peak or alternatively, the continuous tariff. As well as this sort of quality advice, they are also able to provide you with a free over the phone quote to supply and install your new electric water heater by one of their expert fully licensed technicians (installers). At the very least, one of their friendly fully trained office staff members is willing and able, to steer you in the right direction concerning your off-peak rate OR continuous tariff.

Plumbing Services

Toilet Plumbing Service

Installing & Repairing A Toilet


We’re going to start with the water connection. Now, any plumbing fixture should have a separate service shut off. We’re going to install one like this right on this pipe. But right now, we have full water pressure behind that pipe so we don’t want to cut it yet. What we need to do is to shut the water coming into the house. I know where that is.

Oh, do that. Great. Alright. Richard, I’ve shut off the main and opened up all the sinks upstairs. Alright. So let’s open up this faucet right here and some of the last of water will drip out but we won’t get all of it. So is there’s still going to be some water right here. So when we cut it we’ll catch it in the shallow pan. Now before we cut it, I always like to clean the pipe first, and this is an emery cloth. Alright. That looks clean enough. Now, we’re going to install this shut-off and it’s a solderless connection. There’s a nut right here we’ll tighten up and they also have this nice chrome flange. So we actually want to cut the pipe off right about there.

Toilet Plumbing Service


Good. Okay, here comes. Not too bad. Now we put our escutcheon plates on. And now, this is our compression stop and the connection is made up of a nut, a brass ring that goes over the copper and the fitting itself. So there’s the nut, the brass ring goes over the copper. And now as we tighten up this nut, it will actually deform that brass ring right down onto the copper so tight that it makes a watertight connection. So we snug it up by hand and finish it off with two inches. Alright. So that water is back on, our shut off is holding tight. Now we’re going to talk about the drain connection. We need to install this closet flange.

It needs to secure to this PVC pipe right here and also to the floor below it. Now let me put a little rag in here to keep the sewer gas from coming up through here. Now, I put this on- look how much higher it is than the floor, it’s about five inches and I need it to be all the way down. What you got below the floor is a pipe like this. It goes down, there’s an elbow below the floor and it’s glued in place. I want to short it but look, I can’t actually take a saw like this because five inches is a point down below the floor. There’s a special drill bit for this, this is a special cutter wheel that will allow me to go down inside the pipe- five inches- and cuts it exactly at the right depth. Alright. So I’m looking to cut about five inches off of that pipe and so there’s the blade. And look, that brings it to just about the shoulder of that drill bit, that’s pretty lucky for me.

Okay. Good. But I still can’t fit that flange down over the pipe until I remove some of this thinset. So what I’m going to try to do is to get this wrap off of the outside of this pipe. Somebody did us a real favour leaving this spacer in here. Good. Alright. So let’s give it a test. So here’s our flange, we want to be sure we install it in a certain way because I need to be sure that these closet bolts- they’re the brass bolts that will hold the toilet to the flange- are positioned at nine and three in relation to the wall. And let’s see if it goes down far enough. Perfect. So now we’re ready to pull this back up, glue it and secure it to the floor.

So I apply primer and cement to both the flange and the pipe and glue them together. I’m drilling the ceramic tile with masonry but and I’m securing that flange with masonry anchors. Alright, Ryan. So here’s your standard two-piece toilet- it has a bowl and a tank. It always comes with this, it’s called a close couple kit, which includes the gasket- I want you to lift that right up for me, would you? That’s the gasket that’s going to go between the tank and the bowl to make a watertight seal. As you can see, there are a couple of brass bolts right there, set it right down.

And I’m going to give you this: a couple of nuts and a special wrench that you can tighten up those bolts to the tank. Alright. I’ll just hold back on this screw up here while you tighten up those bolts, alright. Let’s also put the toilet seat on while we’re out here. I’ll give you these two nuts at the bottom, a couple of these plastic screws go down. Again, I’ll hold back while you tighten them up. Alright, that should be tight enough. There are a couple of bolt holes here at the bottom, that’s where those closet bolts that come out of our flange are going to stick up through. Now, we need to make a nice tight seal at the bottom of this toilet. So to do that, we’re to introduce a wax ring that’s going to sit right here and it’s going to seal against sewer gas leaking out or water leaving the bottom of the toilet. I’m going to put this onto the flange, you can tip that back up and bring it in.

Bring it in, lift with your legs, be careful of your back. Get it centre right over the bolt holes and once you see them, drop it straight down. When you get it close push it down. Good. That wax seal will just squeeze right to that bottom. Beauty. Now to trim out this bolt, we have a bolt cap base and it’s marked this side up, a stainless washer and a nut. We’ll tighten them up on both sides and that will really squeeze that wax seal tight and I’ll snug them up with an adjustable open-end. And we’ll do the same on the other side and go back and forth between the two. I really don’t want to over-tighten these things and snap the porcelain.

So the closet bolts are now snug, the toilet is really solid but, you’ll notice that the bolt is too long for the bolt cap to fit over it. So for that, we use a mini hacksaw and that will cut that brass bolt to length. Perfect. The last connection to make is the water supply from our new shut off to the bottom of our toilet tank and for that, we’re going to use a stainless steel flexible water supply. Now, our new shut off came with another nut and a [Not clear] but we don’t need to use those because the new flexible connector has watertight connections of their own. Okay. Turn the water on. That’s a good sound. Alright, Ryan, the tank is filled with water. We don’t have any leaks. You get the honour of the first flush. Thanks. That’s awesome!

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Blocked Kitchen Sink

Unclog A Kitchen Sink


Maybe your kitchen sink is blocked & backed up and it’s driving you nuts.

So today I’m going to show you how to do that in five minutes or less and have an awesome tool that you should be aware of, especially if you’re a new homeowner and you’ve never done this before. Oh, and like a lot of my videos, you got to watch it till the end because guess what, we’ve got an awesome surprise for you and I don’t you to miss out on that. So let’s get to it. Here’s the dual kitchen sink right here. We’ve got a left side and a right side; they’re both clogged. So both sides are clogged. What does that mean? Well, you have to take a look underneath the sink to find out.

Well, as you can see here we’ve got our two drains underneath the sink- the left side and the right side- then you have your p-trap. And most likely, the clog is right here in the p-trap. And there are only two nuts holding the p-trap in place. So here’s nut number one and nut number two. What you want to do is to unscrew these counterclockwise and what that will do is lower the p-trap.

Now when you do that, all the water that is up in the sinks is going to drain down. So you need a five-gallon bucket or a two-gallon bucket- however much water is up there- because you don’t want to mess underneath the sink here, so that’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to slowly turn this nut because chances are water may come out of it, I don’t really know. We’re going to turn this nut here as well. So there, as you can see, water is coming out. Now here’s the deal, because water isn’t rushing out, that means that the clog is probably right here. So we’re going to take apart this pipe. As you can see, water is slowly dripping out.

Guys, you want to take your time because a lot of water is going to come rushing out of these pipes. So let this drip. Look at this, there’s a clog right here. This is our culprit. I don’t even know what that is. It looks like a marshmallow or something. It’s probably grease, right? There you go. Probably should have got the five-gallon bucket. It’s a good idea to put some towels or some rags underneath the p-trap so that when you open up the drain, the water- if any of it misses the bucket- will go down in those towels or rags.

What do you do if the clog isn’t in the p-trap? Where is the clog? I mean, if all the water is draining but it gets to the wall and it’s stopping there; that means that your clog is on the wall. How do you reach that? Well, you need to get a hand auger and the one brand that I totally recommend for you is the rigid.

Anything rigid brand is awesome because they warranty their products, they work and a lot of plumbers ten to us them- tend to use the rigid products. So I like the rigid power spin, so this is it right here. And it basically is an auger- a hand auger- that you spin. So when you spin it when you hold the trigger here, so what you’ll do is you’ll hold the trigger, you’ll pull in and when you spin it by hand, this little tip comes out.

And on the end of this is a very sharp piece of metal and that will catch any kind of clog that is on the wall. So whether it’s hair, grease, grime; whatever the clog is, this will catch it. So you can press the trigger, like so; spin the drum, and it will go down into your drain. Once you hit the clog, you can spin it without pressing the trigger and that will additionally try to clear out the clog.

So when you’re done, you think you’ve got most of the clog. If it’s likely hair or some sort of grease buildup, press the trigger again and turn the drum counterclockwise. That will pull this out of the drain along with the clog. Now, if you want to, you can attach a drill to the end of this. Simply press the tabs in and pull this off and it reveals a little stud that comes out of it- that’s what I call it anyway- and then you can attach this to your drill and you can power the drill along with this hand auger down into the drain. But oftentimes, you may not need to do that, you don’t need that much power. Think about it, you only really need to get the clog on the end of the auger itself to pull it out of the drain. But it’s a really nice option to have.

So let me show you quickly how you would use this in the wall pipe that’s going into your wall and down into your basement or into the main sewage stack. It’s really easy to use. You don’t even necessarily have to take the gooseneck out of the wall. You can if you want but you don’t have to. So what we’re going to do is press down on the trigger, so press down on the trigger and feed this into the wall plate and spin the drum clockwise. Once you hit the drum, you can simply turn this counterclockwise and pull, we’re out. So again, what you can do, you can use a drill to actually power this. Slide the auger onto the drill and tighten it down.

You want to feed the auger up into the pipe just like we did by hand, press down on this and turn it so that it’s spinning to the right. See how much more we get out by using the drill? It’s a lot more efficient. So you want to reverse your drill and reverse the auger until it comes out. There you go. So we’re going to tighten down all these pipes by hand, we’re going to put it back together. Just hand tighten them, they don’t need to be super, ultra-tight or anything. I did want to show you one thing, guys. These washers- these concave washers- there’s a certain way that they go down into the p-trap to create a watertight seal.

The concave side goes down into the pipe. So make sure it looks that way. Not like this because it will not create a seal; you’ll know right away. So the first thing that you do is put the slip nut up onto the pipe and then slide your washer onto the pipe as well. You want the drain to go down into the p-trap as much as possible, so slide that p-trap up. Then you want this section to be nice and flush right here. If it’s not, it will definitely leak. So again, hand tighten, make sure that that washer is down in the p-trap. Hand tighten the nut again- that’s why this tab is on here to help you hand tighten it.

And wipe everything off, make it look nice and clean. The last step is to test and make sure you don’t have any drips or leaks underneath the sink and the way that you do that is run the water on both sides of your sink for probably about a minute or two on both sides. I’m hoping there are no leaks. If you do have a leak, it’s probably one of those washers that’s misaligned. So you have to fix- I should shut off the water. You have to fix that washer and the slip nut. So that’s probably the culprit for any leak that’s underneath the kitchen sink. And I almost forgot.

One additional tip is this: make sure there isn’t any kind of dirt or buildup of hair that’s on the washer or slip nut because that will prevent a watertight seal. So, it’s a good idea to clean those slip nuts and washers. Well, that’s it. That’s how you unclog your kitchen sink in five minutes flat and I do think pairing the rigid power spin with a drill or a power tool is an awesome combination. It will make this job go by super quickly. Again, here are the tips: tackle the clog first at the p-trap. If that isn’t helping out with the problem, then you want to go and try to clear out the clog in the drain that’s on your wall using the rigid power spin and a drill.

Alright. So, here’s the surprise. I’m going to be given away one of these power spins back on over at Home Repair Tutor. So go to Just click on one of the links here and it will take you to Home Repair Tutor where you can randomly enter the giveaway. Alright. So, that’s it for today. Thanks, guys for joining me in this video. Hope that it helped you out. And while you’re over at, sign up for the email newsletter because we talk about giveaways, I give you advice and all sorts of great stuff every single week. You don’t want to miss out on it, especially if you’re a new homeowner. Have a great day and I’ll talk to you soon.

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Water Heater Leaking

Water Heater Leaking from the Top

Leakage from the top of a water heater is not as significant as a leak on the lower side.

This kind of leak can easily be repaired and you may not incur a lot of costs.

Top leaks are not most experienced by users and in case you experience this, there are two major likely causes.

Possible causes of a water heater leaking

A loose pipe installation

Sometimes you may find a pool of water next to your heater that might have been caused by either the inlet pipe or the outlet pipe. Most people on seeing this get worried a lot not knowing what to do next.

What you are supposed to do is to have a close look on the pipes and other fittings leading to the hot water heater. You may find that the problem is just a minor one and you may just need to tighten the loose pipes with a pipe wretch. Sometimes the pipes may have busted or it may have some rust. This can be a serious problem and what you need to do is contact an expert who will help you fix the problem.

Your T & P vales may not be leak proof In case you see any leakages from the side of your water heater, it is necessary that you examine the pressure and temperature valves that are on the sides of your heater.

You should take a close look on these two valves for you to know if they are leak proof or not. You may also need to empty your tank so that you can have a thorough examination. You can use the necessary tools to unscrew the valves and check if there is any rust that might have corroded the valves. In case you find any of them corroded, it will be good that you replace them. If you find all these valves in good condition or the leaking parts cannot be seen, then you will need to cover the treads of each valve with a Teflon tape and screw them back to the container.

Having done all the necessary repairs in your water heater, you will need to observe it again very closely to see if the problem is solved.

If the leaking still persists, then you may need to contact an expert plumber who will repair it for you.

Corrosion or Rust

Corrosion or rust on the upper side of your water heater can provoke some leakage on the heater. This mostly occurs on old heaters or may also be caused by poor electric connections on the heater.

The corrosive effect can be a minor one and you may just have to fix it by yourself. If this is so serious then it is necessary that an expert plumber fixes it.

If rust attacks one part of your heater, it spreads to the rest parts and so it is good that you just replace the corroded part immediately.


A water heater leaking probelm could be due to several reasons. Therefore, before you seek for any kind of help from an expert, it is advisable that you take a close look on the problem first. It can be a small problem that you can fix it alone. This will save you some costs and also you will get to learn and have some experience on how to repair your water heater.

Hot Water Systems

Hot Water Heaters

Types Of Hot Water Heaters

Water heating for domestic or industrial purposes accounts for an approximate of 20% of the total power used.

This is very expensive and thus some alternative hot water heating units have been invented to cut on this cost.

Gas-fired tankless water heaters are an example of this.

Tankless Heating Units

This version mostly known as rapid water heating systems are small-sized water heater units that only works when needed.

This type of water heater uses electrical coils for low energy demands and gas for high energy demand. Water gets heated as it travels through a warmth exchanger inside the tank. Water then flows without it being reheated again. This saves on energy unlike in other heaters.

The initial and mounting cost of this type of heater is high but in the long run, you will use less money paying for energy.

This type of water heater also has some restrictions on hot water flow prices thus very efficient when is used in big homes. It has a cooler that might interfere with your heating levels in winter.

Storage tank heaters

These are mostly steel cylinders that are fed with cold water inlet pipes which connect to the storage tank. Water is heated in the tank and it exits through hot water pipes that are on the top of the tank.

On the storage tank, there are temperature and pressure valves that open in case temperature and pressure exceed the set levels. At the bottom side of the tank, there is a drain pipe a control unit for temperature. If you are using the gas type heater, you can use any source of gas that you like. However, this is relatively more expensive than the electric heater and thus most people opt for the electric type.

Solar water heating units

These types of water heaters are used to supplement the electric heaters. Panels or glass cylindrical pipes are mounted on the rooftop where it absorbs the sunlight energy and it transfers it to an antifreeze closed-loop system that goes to the water tank. These types of water heaters are of great advantage in places that receive sunlight the whole day and are limited when there is overcast and on cold seasons.

The initial cost of these types of heaters is quite expensive but is long-lasting making the overall costs less. It will take 10 to 30 years to buy another solar heater.

Hybrid electric heating systems

This type of heater has a characteristic electric storage heater that is fixed with a warmth pump which removes heat from the surrounding and makes use of it. This type of heater uses 60% less energy than the conventional type. Installing this type of heart is similar to the conventional type with its payback time being shorter. Just like any other type of heater, the hybrid type has got its own drawbacks. Having the warmth pump on the upper side, a lot more space is needed for you to record enough heat from the air.

The heating units of this type of heater make a lot of noise, exhausts the cool air around thus during cold seasons, it can withdraw the warm air available.

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Gas Hot Water System

Choosing the right gas hot water system for your home

Singing your heart out in the shower is one of life’s little pleasures.

However, the script changes when you turn on the tap, and cold freezing water streams out. It changes the tune of the music.

The beauty of having a gas hot water system is that it provides a continuous hot water flow whenever needed.

Why should you have a gas hot water system in your home?

Here are a few benefits:

The gas hot water system is environmentally friendly. It produces 33 percent fewer greenhouse emissions compared to electric water heaters.

They are cheaper than electric or solar hot water systems.

The gas hot water systems come in two types: instantaneous and gas storage hot water units.

Instantaneous gas hot water systems

They deliver continuous hot water when the tap is turned on. They are also called tankless units. They only heat water when needed and passes it through the system. There is no need for a storage tank as the hot water never runs out. The tankless units are small in size, like a small suitcase. They take up less space, look better, and deliver hot water when needed. Also, they can last up to 20 years, requires less replacement and maintenance.

Gas storage hot water systems

This system stores and heats water in an insulated tank. It is energy efficient and produces low greenhouse gas emissions making it environmentally friendly.

The gas heaters are fast and can heat a 170-litre tank in one hour. The recovery rate, the time taken to reheat a tank of water, is speedy compared to an electric heater. It is an ideal system for a family of four to take a shower without the water getting cold. If you have an old hot water system on its last legs, worry not; get a new hot water system installed within a day.

What should you consider when buying a new gas hot water system for your home?

For starters pay close attention to the energy star label. It will show how energy efficient the system is. The higher the rating, the better the system. It means it uses less gas thereby saving you money and fewer greenhouse gas emissions. It does not matter where you live; you can still enjoy the services of an energy-efficient and environmentally friendly gas hot water system.

Choose gas and enjoy those showers without a worry in the world.

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Tankless Hot Water Heaters

Why You Should Consider A Tankless Hot Water Heater

If you are planning to replace your old water heater, you may be debating whether to get a standard hot water system or a new tankless water heater one.

When you consider the total cost of tankless devices, including installation costs, it’s no surprise that these models can cost 30-50% more than standard hot water heaters.

Tankless hot water heaters have many advantages:

Saving Energy with a Tankless Hot Water Heater

The average home uses 30% of its energy budget to heat water. Savvy homeowners often look for ways to lower this cost and one choice is to install an energy-efficient tankless heater. These devices, when compared with the more traditional tank-style gas heaters, are approximately 22% more energy-efficient.

This efficiency raises to 24-34% if your household only uses 40 gallons of water or less per day after choosing a tankless heater. How much does this put back in your wallet? Research has shown that this 22% higher energy efficiency equals approximately $70 to $80 in savings each year. Taking into consideration the price difference of $1,000 calculated above, saving $80 each year would mean that the initial expense of the tankless heater could be recouped in just over 12 years.

Research also shows that in reality, it would take closer to 22 years to recoup the cost. This is mostly because the difference in cost for these heaters is generally more than $1,000 and you are more likely to spend more maintaining a tankless heater compared to a storage heater.

The average lifespan for the majority of tankless devices is about 20 years and so it is likely that a tankless water heater will reach the end of its service life before enough time has passed to recoup the initial expenses in energy savings.

It is worth noting that many gas tankless water heaters qualify for a state tax rebate. This is equal to around $300 and does not apply to electric tankless heaters.

Always check the rebate rates and requirements in your area.

Electric Tankless Heaters Savings from electric models of tankless heaters are even less than from gas-powered devices.

According to the US Department of Energy, on average an electric tankless heater saves just $44 per year compared to tank-style heaters.

Thinking About More Than Finances

If you consider this issue just in terms of the dollar amounts involved, it does not make sense financially to get a tankless hot water heater. However, there are many reasons that people still buy and love tankless water heaters:

  • Service life: a tankless water heater will last 20 years or more, while traditional models last just 8-12.
  • Longer Warranty Period: A 15-year warranty is standard for most tankless models, while tank-style heaters come with a 6-year warranty.

Efficient Design

Tankless heaters have a compact design that saves space which allows for more flexibility regarding where it can be installed. It can even be installed outside, or in many areas in the home. In comparison, traditional models of hot water heaters are much bigger and need a specific large space, usually in the basement.

Endless Supply of Hot Water:

Hot water when you need it is one of the biggest positives of tankless water heaters. However, the supply possibilities do depend on household size and water usage so you should consider this beforehand. For very large households or households with a frequent demand on both the shower and appliances that use hot water, a tankless heater may not fit the bill. Depending on the amount of water required, two tankless heaters could be a good idea to meet high demand for hot water but clearly this will be quite the expense.

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Hiring A Plumber

Checklist For Hiring A Plumber

Until you have seen the mess that a broken plumbing system or sewage can bring, you will never know the full worth of a plumber.

Regardless of whether the job is big or small, any plumbing issue requires that you call a professional a professional plumber.

Here are some of the factors to consider while at it:

Do not just settle for the plumber that comes to you first.

Instead, get several quotes then compare to get the best for your job.

In addition to that, the cost of hiring a plumber varies from one plumber to other. Comparing different quotes will allow you to get the best deal.

Depending on your plumbing issues, you can hire a plumber from any of the following fields:

  • Solar hot water
  • Repairing of toilets
  • Installation of hot water units
  • Grease traps
  • Grey water systems

To be on the safe side of the law, always acquire a plumber who has the license to conduct plumbing activities in Australia.

Make sure you get the plumber’s license number from the quote that one provides

With the arrival of the plumber to the site, make sure you inspect the license number before allowing the plumber to proceed with the work.

The license should be current and one that allows the plumber to undertake the given task. Ask and check for the plumber’s insurance details

Make sure you have a written agreement and contract before the work commences.

Some of the details that must be included in the contract include: The date when the job started The contactor’s business and ABN numbers All the details regarding the contract An explanation of what the job entails.

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Local Plumber Near Me

Choosing A Local Plumber Near Me….

We all know that hiring a local plumber is the best idea when you have a plumbing issue.

However, the problem arises when it comes to choosing the right local plumber one for the job.

While it is true comparing prices can be one way of achieving this, it is more important to consider factors such as the plumber’s abilities and his confidence before acquiring his services.

Some of the other qualities to consider when looking for a local plumber include:

  • The plumber must have a license
  • Have insurance
  • Has a registered business
  • Has all qualifications. An example of this is gas-fitting qualifications. Even though the plumber has to have a license, the license one acquires will defer depending on the following factors: If you hire a plumber firm New South Wales, the plumber can work as a supervisor or a contractor In Victoria, a plumber can be a holder if any legal registered business concerning plumbing. In Queensland, a plumber can serve as a contractor or in some instances, a nominee supervisor. A tradesman or a journeyman can be a plumber in Northern Territory For one to be a plumber in Tasmania, one must be a holder of contracting, practitioner and provisional licenses.

When choosing a plumber, it is important to consider factors such as the plumber’s area of specialisation and the amount of time one has been in the field.

Hiring any licensed and experienced plumber without considering ones area of specialisation can be a huge mistake.

Ensure that you get the estimated costs and time needed to complete the job before hiring the plumber too.

This will enable you to get the job done within the shortest time possible. While it is true that it might take you some time before finding the right plumber, the hassle is worth it.

After you find the right one, you will have an idea of whom to call the next time you have a plumbing issue.

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How Much Does It Cost To Clear A Blocked Drain?

Just like having a blocked toilet, you will get a real life’s test if by any chance your drain blocks.

The case is worse if you have your whole house flooded with water and the case can be worst if its sewage spewing out of the drainage system.

Many factors can cause drain blockage and these may include toilet papers and sometimes the roots from the trees on your property. In case there is a blocked drain on your property, you need to act fast and call a specialist blocked drain plumbing service.

Do not attempt a DIY even if you think you have the right equipment for the job.

Who can you hire to unblock your drain?

At any day, a plumber is the right person to call to fix your drainage issues. In some cases, you might need someone who is more specialized in the field with specific training to handle the condition of your drain.

To begin with, according to NSW Fair Trading, draining work is anything that entails removal, disconnection, extension, construction and cleaning of any sanitary drain that in one way or another connects or has to connect with a sewer whether directly or indirectly.

In that case, acquiring a licenced drain plumber is a good idea because they have the qualifications to conduct all the above activities.

It is important to note that in Australia; only licensed plumbers can carry out any plumbing duties legally.

Factors to consider when hiring a blocked drain plumber

Now that you have the knowledge of whom to call when you have a blocked drain, finding the one professional that can handle the job is another task.

First, you need to ensure that you have at least three quotes at your disposal.

From the quotes, ask the plumbers the following questions to figure out who the right one may be:

  • Is he insured?
  • Does he have a license?
  • How fast can he provide a quote for the job you are about to offer?
  • Is there any person that you can use as a source of reference?

From the first meeting, you can figure out many things about a plumber that are enough to know if he can do the job right. Judge a plumber basing on how effective his communication is, how he attends to his first appointment, how he converses and whether you are comfortable having him around.

How do plumbers get the job done?

Today, plumbers have their work made easier by the ever-growing number of sophisticated devices available for them to use when unblocking drains. However, the plumbers have to locate where the problem is in order to know what devices to use. It is going to be more costly for you if the plumber sees no sign of leakage.

In this current generation, plumbers can use what they sometimes call drainage cameras to figure out where the blockage might be located in your drainage system.

According to plumbers, the major causes of drain blocks include:

  • Children’s toys
  • The contents you flush down the toilet
  • Buildup of solid grass
  • Roots from nearby trees

Upon identifying the cause of blockage, the plumber will go ahead and fix it.

In cases where the drainage system has suffered damages, you might have to replace them.


The cost of hiring a plumber depends on several factors such as where you live, the plumber’s call-out fees, and the additional charges that hiring the plumber.

For weekends and after hours calls, expect the rates might be higher .

The skill level of the plumber you hire is also a factor. Expect to pay more for a more skilled plumber.