Do plumbers fix leaking showers?
Leaking showers are one of the most common problems plumbers are called about.
This depends on if it is leaking through the tiles, dripping from the shower rose or tap, or is a leaking pipe.
If water is leaking through the tiles, it is a waterproofing problem, which plumbers generally do not fix. However, if it is dripping from the shower rose or tap, or it is a leaking pipe, it is a plumber’s job to fix it.
If you are unsure whether it is a leaking pipe or waterproofing, then a plumber should attend and undertake a pressure test.
The pressure test will determine whether there is a leaking pipe in the wall or whether the waterproofing has failed. If the leaking shower is actually a leaking pipe, the plumber can fix it. If it is the waterproofing, then the plumber should recommend a specialist water-proofer such as Megasealed.
If you have a leaking shower, we may be able to help. Call us on 0448 844 911
How do I know if there is asbestos in my bathroom or laundry?
You can never be sure. Asbestos fibres are invisible to the naked eye and can be found in the most unlikely of places.
The date the house was built or renovated is almost irrelevant, as builders and plumbers may have had leftover supplies of sheeting and pipe insulation that contained asbestos, which they used well after the date asbestos manufacturing and installation was banned. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that the phase-out period likely actually extended into the 2000s.
It is guaranteed that if you have a solid brick house that was built before the early to mid 1990s, you will have asbestos lagging and insulation between the water pipes in the walls and the brick work. This type of insulation and lagging is the most dangerous, as it contains loose asbestos fibres. This insulation or lagging is white or light grey in colour and will break up when you touch it - disturbing the asbestos fibres.
You will also find asbestos in the wall sheets of bathrooms and laundries in houses which were built before 1988 and possibly up to the early 2000s.
I tell the plumbers who work for me, ”If you are unsure if the wall sheeting contains asbestos, then it is not worth the risk to you or the home owner and it is time to call in an asbestos removalist company”.
I also tell my plumbers and the home owners, if they are removing render from the walls of a bathroom, laundry or kitchen and come across a soft white or grey substance, stop immediately. It is time to call an asbestos removalist company.
If you are in Canberra and you are unsure whether you have asbestos-containing material
we recommend that you call Klaus from Classic Solutions. Phone: 0412 001 256
What should I do if my drains clog?
Cleaning blocked and clogged drains is a large part of our daily workload. We have found many causes of blocked drains. These include tree roots, hair, overuse of toilet paper, kitty litter, grease from kitchen sinks, wet wipes and female sanitary products. Small blockages in drains can turn into big problems fast, so you should attend to these matters promptly.
The first thing is to stop using water inside your house. Don’t flush toilets, don’t use sinks, baths or basins. You should turn off washing machines and dishwashers.
If the blockage is internal and consists of hair, grease or toilet paper you may be able to clear it yourself with a plunger or small hand-operated drain cleaning cable. We do not recommend Draino as this can solidify in drains and add to the problem.
If the drain is overflowing outside, it is likely to be more severe in a section of drain that a plunger or small drain cleaning machine will have no effect upon. Therefore, it is likely that you will need the help of a licenced plumber with an electric eel or drain jetting machine. Most plumbers can attend on the day you call, and some will attend within the hour if it is an emergency.
If you live in or around Canberra and you have blocked drains that you cannot clear yourself, we can help today.