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Would you believe not long after one of our top dogs Richard posted his first video about funniest thing found in a blocked drain, he got called out to another property that took the doggy treat

  • When you’ve been a Perth Plumber for a while, you never stop getting surprised with what you can find in a blocked drain
  • See how efficient it is using CCTV to inspect problem areas.
  •  We have all the gear and every idea. Can you guess what we found blocking the drain on this job?
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Kitchen & Laundry Plumbing Issues
We were called out to a property in Beeliar, WA on this occasion and with blocked drains being our specialty, we sniffed out immediately that something was a stray.

Water from the kitchen and laundry were backing up immediately and sewerage water was leaking out of the overflow gully at the back of the kitchen window. Where we sniffed that something wasn’t right was that the rest of the house was functioning perfectly normally with water draining without any issues.

All The Gear & Every Idea
At Plumbdog we have all the gear and every idea especially when it comes to blocked drains and here’s why. In the video you’ll see:

  • High Powered Water Jetter – Our water jetters are custom made locally with extra power and if you’ve watched our videos before, you’ll know that we can clear drains with our jetters that others can’t.
  • CCTV Drain Inspections – Using CCTV for inspecting drains is a great way of confirming that the job is complete and done.
  • Plunging – Yes other plumbers plunge as well but do they do it right and then do they go the next step to adequately clean and clear the pathway to really allow all of the debris to clear? Quite often if all you do is plunge, all you do is dislodge the current problem area but push the problem further down the pipe which means the problem comes back down the track.


Hire a Proper Plumber
If simply hired anyone to do the job, they may have stopped at the first few discovered items where this blocked drain issue could have quickly become a recurring problem. As you can see in the video the water starts to go down quite normally after Richard removed some debris blocking the drains. If he didn’t pull out the CCTV, there may have been more down the pipe undetected.

Whistle and We Will Come!
As a household name for plumbing in Perth, we want to get called over and over again by our customers but not for the same problem. That’s why we provide our customers with long term solutions and pride ourselves for having all the gear and every idea. If you’re in the greater Perth area, give us a whistle!

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  • Sometimes a ‘simple’ problem isn’t as simple as it may seem
  • Our obedient Plumbdogs work in tight places causing minimal property disruption
  • We have all the gear and every idea!
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We were called out just for a blocked bathtub plumbing issue, the usual suspect would have been tree roots but after attempting drain cleaning with the high pressure water jetter and CCTV, it became clear that something unusual was going on.

Doing what Plumbdogs Do Best – Digging!

Darius digs his way to the waste pipe and shows us the problem area. If you’ve seen some of our other VLOGs, you would have seen the great work that Darius does. He completes jobs with minimal disruption to properties and if you look closely, the space that he works in is barely big enough to fit a power tool but he gets the job done and gets it done well.

Not Just a Tree Roots

This is a perfect example of things that could go wrong with the plumbing causing a blocked bathtub. It wasn’t blocked tree roots on this occasion, the waste pipe had completely come away from the bath waste.  The client reports that they have been at the property for around 4 years and have had this problem since they first moved in and it’s now clear why.

Perth’s Maintenance Plumbing Experts

Blocked drains are one of our specialist services and you can see why. It’s not uncommon that for detection whether leak detection or detecting blocked drains another specialist is called out for assistance. Our Plumbdogs are pedigree! Aside from the plumbing knowledge that Darius already has, check out the quality of the plumbing work.

All The Gear and Every Idea!

This video is the perfect example when a plumber is more than just a plumber. We’ve had out CCTV, our high powered water jetter, power tools, he’s got his paws dirty digging, concreting and getting some actual plumbing in all while showing us what goes on behind the scenes. This is why we say we have All The Gear and Every Idea!

If you’re in the greater Perth area and have any blocked drain issues or plumbing needs, give us a whistle!

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  • Like servicing hot water heaters, it is equally important to service your gas heater
  • See what you can do to maintain your portable heater
  • Always use a qualified and licensed gas fitter to do gas work.
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Heaters and hot water systems are things that we regularly use in our homes and often take for granted. Some of us are great an regular maintenance but there are others who often only think about maintenance or repairs when something isn’t right.

DID YOU KNOW THAT REGULAR MAINTENANCE IS RECOMMENDED?

It is recommended that your gas heaters are serviced regularly, usually every 2 years. Failure to do so could result in a shorter life of you heating unit or even problems occurring which could have easily been avoided with a regular service or basic level of maintenance.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO MAINTAIN YOUR PORTABLE GAS HEATER?

There is a very basic but important job you can regularly do to keep on top of your portable gas heater and that is to keep the filters clean. Like in the rest of your home, dust quickly builds up even if you’re not using the heating unit often, you may find your unit is quite dusty.

SOME POINTERS FOR CLEANING OUT YOUR FILTERS

Clean Outside – Cleaning these up can be a messy job so take the filters outside to clean and avoid creating a huge mess in your home.

Electric Blower / Vacuum Cleaner – Most of us will at least have a vacuum cleaner at home. These are great for cleaning out filters.

Dry Paintbrush – For more than just painting, a dry paintbrush works wonders at cleaning out filters or all sorts of dusty cracks and corners.

Rinse With Cold Water – For most modern heaters, it is safe to rinse the filter in cold water to get them nice and clean. If in doubt, refer to the manual for your heating system.

IMPORTANT NOTE: It is ok to clean the filters yourself but leave the gas to a licensed gas fitter. It is not safe to remove and install your own gas fittings and a licensed gas fitter is required for this. There are circumstances where you can disconnect the heater yourself e.g. if it’s a bayonet (quick connect) then you do not need to be a licensed gas fitter but if you are not sure it may best to ask or commission a licensed professional for both compliance as well as for the safety of your home.
https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/node/996 – “Do not be tempted to do gas work yourself, or to use an unlicensed gas fitter.”

TEST AND REINSTALL

When the service is complete, as gasfitter, we reinstall and it is important to test to ensure safety for our customers. We perform some checks including checking that the bayonet is gas tight and the overall safe operation of the unit.

Next time you’re thinking about your heater, don’t forget to set aside some time to give the filters a clean if you haven’t done this for a while.

GIVE US A WHISTLE!

If you you need any gas plumbing attended to, our obedient Plumbdogs are licensed gas fitters so give us a whistle and we will come!

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  • High Water Bills are a good sign of a Water Leak
  • We show you how you could sniff out a leak too!
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Our clients had high water bills and were also advised by the water corporation that they may have a water leak. Not all homes are the same and on this job, Top Dog Richard found the water leak without the need for any of our advanced leak detection equipment and he shows us why. You can even try it next time you suspect that you have a water leak.

In this VLOG Richard takes us through some steps that you can follow to start identifying and confirming whether you have a leak and where to start looking.

Ascertain if there is a water leak

Turn of all of the water in the house. Check the meter if it’s still running. If the water meter is still spinning, this indicates that there is a leak.

Plumbdog FYI: 1 revolution is 1 litre of water so if yours is spinning quickly, imagine how much water goes down the drain.

Identify Where Water Supply Feeds Property

This is a good starting place and the most logical as you can get an idea where the pipes lead to around your home.

Plumbdog Tip: If you familiarise yourself with your own home, being aware of things like where your inspection shafts and access points are can save valuable time which in turn costs money. In some properties, these have been hidden over time whether paved over or just covered with dirt and it can be a timely exercise for the plumber to locate these necessary locations.  

Check Reticulation

This isn’t always the problem area but a good place to check. At today’s property, this was the problem area and you can see with the water build up in the video. After isolating by turning the isolation valve to stop the water, the water drains away which we can then easily identify the problem area to get on with fixing.

Plumbdog Tip: Isolating The Cold Water Line.

If you’ve been following our videos, you’ll already know that you can also determine if the leak is on the cold water line or hot water line by simply turning off the water supply to the hot water system. How does this work? If you have identified that there is a leak and the needle is still spinning with the hot water line off then there’s a it’s on the cold water line.

All The Gear & Every Idea

All of our vans are fully fitted with all the gear we need for water leak detection and even tools to sort out blocked drains and all sorts of plumbing issues. Not only do we have the gear, we have every idea!

If you’re in the greater Perth area and have any plumbing issues, give us a whistle! Don’t forget to like and subscribe to our YouTube channel too! We’ve been getting some great feedback on our videos and we enjoy sharing with our customers and viewers some useful tips and some of our plumbing adventures.

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