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Monday, March 21, 2011

Can you fit another grate on top of my current drain in the bath and shower?The current grates cannot be removed without breaking.Kat-Athol Park

Hi Kat,

There are chrome inserts available which fit over the existing grates which negate the need to remove the existing grate.

They are just sealed into position and a relatively inexpensive to install.

- Ken

Our plumber has installed a HWS with garden hose and fittings. Do you think this will be a problem? Michael-Colonel Light Gardens

Hi Michael,

Sounds like you might have a problem here. There are different grades of poly piping and fittings some being suitable for mains water others only suitable for irrigation. I can only assume that you are referring to the black poly piping as garden hose. There will be an Australian approved watermark stamped on the side of the mains pressure poly pipe, Any poly that doesn't have the water mark stamp is not approved for mains pressure and should be removed.

I would be very concerned if a plumber has used garden hose and fittings for mains water. If this is the case you would be wanting to have this upgraded immediately or risk a serious water leak if it were to burst. If you would like to have the installation inspected we would be more than happy to do so. Please contact my office and we will happily schedule an appointment

- Ken

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Are you able to remove old gas heaters and all associated pipework outside the house?How much will this cost? Justin-Para Hills

Hi Justin,

We are licensed plumbers and gas fitters so we can complete this task no troubles at all. We are able to disconnect the unused appliance and all associated pipework. We then test the gas service and provide a certificate of compliance so you know there are no leaks on your system. We can also quote for a new unit should come winter you feel the need. We will remove your old heater and dump it for you.

It is a good idea to disconnect old unused gas appliances or atleast have them serviced before you intend to use them as they can pose serious health risks if not operating correctly through the release of carbon monoxide.

Please contact our office if you would like to arrange a prompt appointment.