How Much Water Are You Wasting with a Leaky Tap? Contact a Plumber Today!

It’s easy to look at a leaky tap and think ‘it won’t waste much water, it’s only dripping’.

In actual fact, water from a dripping tap can waste 20,000 liters of water per year, which is enough to fill a small swimming pool! Now that’s a lot of water.

Many of us take this precious resource for granted because it’s always so readily available, but the truth is, Australia is the world’s second driest content after Antarctica. Our average rainfall per year is 600mm over 80% of our land and only 300mm over 50%. Our summers are very hot and many parts of the country are in a drought for a majority of the year. These factors mean we need to be mindful of how we use this valuable resource.

If water conservation isn’t incentive enough, a dripping tap will cause your water bill to steadily increase, costing you more money throughout the year. The best thing to do is get onto fixing that tap as soon as you notice it dripping.

The main causes are worn out washers and o rings, corroded cartridges, water pressure issues and problems with valves and seals within the tap mechanism. Many of us know how to replace washers and o rings but beyond that, it’s best to enlist the help of a licensed plumber.

Never attempt to pull apart your taps or pipes yourself. As plumbers, we often see cases where people have caused more damage to their plumbing by trying to fix things on their own. This could end up costing you more money and potentially cause serious flooding and property damage.

If you’ve got a leaky tap, contact the experienced plumbers at C.S Crown Plumbing in North Sydney for a fast and professional service.

Factors to Consider When Selecting a Hot Water System

When your hot water system stops working without a warning, you don’t have the luxury of taking your time to shop around to find the right thing and it can be difficult to know exactly what to look for without the right information. Here are some factors to consider when selecting the right system for your home.

As a rule, there are 4 options to choose from when purchasing your next hot water system. Electric, gas, solar and heat pump. Electrically heated HWS’s can be installed both indoors or outdoors and are usually cheap to install but can be the most expensive to run.

Gas systems are typically installed outdoors, are cheaper to run than electric systems and have good energy efficiency ratings. Solar systems are a great long-term investment but can be pricey to install.

Heat pump systems are a much more efficient electronic storage tank system and work in a similar way to fridges and air conditioners by extracting heat from the air and using it to heat the water. They need to be installed in well-ventilated areas, outdoors is ideal and there are government rebates and other incentives available to lower their costs.

The next thing you will need to consider is whether to use a storage tank or a continuous flow system. This is the difference between keeping the water in a heated tank or heating it only as needed. Consider how many people are in your home as this may play into your decision. Tank systems run the risk of ‘running out of hot water’, while instantaneous heating does not.

Whichever system you decide, always check for energy and water efficiency ratings because efficient systems will always save you money in the long run.

For professional, affordable hot water service installations, contact the licensed plumbers at C.S Crown Plumbing today.

Experiencing Leaky Pipes? Four Reasons Why You Need to Act Now

Leaky pipes are a common, unfortunate occurrence in residential properties and can cause a number of issues including water pressure reduction, costly water bills and significant damage to property. Here are 4 reasons it’s important to act quickly if you discover you have a leaky pipe.

  1. Structural Integrity

Burst or leaking pipes can damage your home’s foundation, causing the soil underneath to move which may compromise the structural integrity of the property. This can also result in cracks and damage to plaster throughout the home as the soil shifts which can cost tens of thousands of dollars to fix.

  1. Floorboard warping

Water can spread quickly throughout the home if pipes are left unrepaired and water left sitting under the floorboards can warp, and rot away the wood. If you notice bumps or warping in your floorboards, it’s advisable to investigate the issue to ensure your pipes are not damaged.

  1. Mold and Mildew

Even a small amount of water leaking from your pipes can turn into a serious issue. If water is left stagnant for a period of time, organisms can grow and not only damage drywall and other building materials, it can also cause a myriad of serious health issues. This is not something that should be ignored.

  1. Cosmetic Damage

Water leaking being walls can cause your paint and wallpaper to strip and peel which can be a hassle to repair. If you notice changes in your paint or wallpaper, make sure to have a plumper investigate to rule out leaking pipes.

If you have or suspect you may have leaking water pipes, don’t put it off! Act now and call a licensed plumber such as C.S Crown Plumbing. We can diagnose and repair any water pipe or drainage issues quickly and effectively.

Doing a DIY Bathroom? Why You Need a Licensed Plumber for all Plumbing Works

Starting a home DIY project can be fun, but it’s also easy to get carried away with how much of the work we can actually tackle on our own.

It’s one thing to install tiles, mirrors, shower heads and taps without the help of an expert, but it’s a whole different story when it comes to plumbing. Replacing toilets, sewer pipes, showers drainage and other, more in-depth jobs, are best done by a licensed plumber with the right tools and experience to ensure the work is done right, the first time.

As tempting as is can be to try and do everything yourself in an attempt to save a bit of money, the truth is, guessing your way through bigger jobs on your own can end up costing you more in the long run. If something goes wrong, you may not have the right equipment or knowledge to fix it and this can result in larger, more expensive problems.

Licensed plumbers use specialized tools which they are properly trained to use. If things don’t quite go to plan, they can often fix it on the spot and can do so in a timely manner. Most professional plumbers are also insured so there is no need to worry about costly errors.

At C.S Crown Plumbing, our fully trained and qualified plumbers are always on hand to help with your plumbing needs. Whether that be assisting with your DIY bathroom renovation or even for emergency plumbing, we are on call 24/7 so you can always rely on us to lend a helping hand.

Based in Dural, NSW, we service the greater North West of Sydney so feel free to get in touch with our friendly team today!

Experiencing Leaky Pipes? Four Reasons Why You Need to Act Now

Leaky pipes are a common, unfortunate occurrence in residential properties and can cause a number of issues including water pressure reduction, costly water bills and significant damage to property. Here are 4 reasons it’s important to act quickly if you discover you have a leaky pipe.

  1. Structural Integrity

Burst or leaking pipes can damage your home’s foundation, causing the soil underneath to move which may compromise the structural integrity of the property. This can also result in cracks and damage to plaster throughout the home as the soil shifts which can cost tens of thousands of dollars to fix.

  1. Floorboard warping

Water can spread quickly throughout the home if pipes are left unrepaired and water left sitting under the floorboards can warp, and rot away the wood. If you notice bumps or warping in your floorboards, it’s advisable to investigate the issue to ensure your pipes are not damaged.

  1. Mold and Mildew

Even a small amount of water leaking from your pipes can turn into a serious issue. If water is left stagnant for a period of time, organisms can grow and not only damage drywall and other building materials, it can also cause a myriad of serious health issues. This is not something that should be ignored.

  1. Cosmetic Damage

Water leaking being walls can cause your paint and wallpaper to strip and peel which can be a hassle to repair. If you notice changes in your paint or wallpaper, make sure to have a plumper investigate to rule out leaking pipes.

If you have or suspect you may have leaking water pipes, don’t put it off! Act now and call a licensed plumber such as C.S Crown Plumbing. We can diagnose and repair any water pipe or drainage issues quickly and effectively.

Doing a DIY Bathroom? Why You Need a Licensed Plumber for all Plumbing Works

Starting a home DIY project can be fun, but it’s also easy to get carried away with how much of the work we can actually tackle on our own.

It’s one thing to install tiles, mirrors, shower heads and taps without the help of an expert, but it’s a whole different story when it comes to plumbing. Replacing toilets, sewer pipes, showers drainage and other, more in-depth jobs, are best done by a licensed plumber with the right tools and experience to ensure the work is done right, the first time.

As tempting as is can be to try and do everything yourself in an attempt to save a bit of money, the truth is, guessing your way through bigger jobs on your own can end up costing you more in the long run. If something goes wrong, you may not have the right equipment or knowledge to fix it and this can result in larger, more expensive problems.

Licensed plumbers use specialized tools which they are properly trained to use. If things don’t quite go to plan, they can often fix it on the spot and can do so in a timely manner. Most professional plumbers are also insured so there is no need to worry about costly errors.

At C.S Crown Plumbing, our fully trained and qualified plumbers are always at hand to help with your plumbing needs. Whether that be assisting with your DIY bathroom renovation or even for emergency plumbing, we are on call 24/7 so you can always rely on us to lend a helping hand.

Based in Dural, NSW, we service the greater North West of Sydney so feel free to get in touch with our friendly team today!

The Top Four Reasons Drains in Kitchen Sinks Become Blocked

A blocked drain in your kitchen is not only an inconvenience, if not fixed promptly, can result in flooding and property damage costing you a fortune in the long run. The best thing to do is get in contact with a reliable, licensed plumber who can resolve the issue quickly and effectively. There are a number of reasons your kitchen drains can become blocked but, here are the top 4.

  1. Root Damage

If your sewer pipes are old, they may have small cracks or holes in them. Tree roots can find their way into these holes because the pipes are full of all the things they need to survive such as water, nutrients and oxygen. Once the roots have made their way inside, they quickly grow causing blockage of the pipes.

  1. Grease

Grease builds up in your kitchen sink from washing your dishes and cooking equipment. Grease and oil may go down the sink in liquid form but by the time it gets further down into the colder parts of the drain, it begins to solidify, restricting the flow of water through your pipes.

  1. Food

It’s easy for food to make its way down our kitchen sinks, especially when we are washing and rinsing dishes on a daily basis. Foods such as rice and pasta can cause havoc in your drains as they swell when left in water, then eventually turn into a paste that sticks to the insides of your pipes.

  1. Coffee Grounds

Surprisingly, coffee grounds are another common reason for blocked kitchen drains. Over time they build up and compact in your pipes, oftentimes stopping the flow of water completely.

For expert plumbing services in Sydney and North Sydney, contact C.S Crown Plumbing today!

Steps to Take When Faced with an Overflowing Toilet

An overflowing toilet can be a nightmare, particularly if you are not equipped with the right tools and information to properly handle the situation. Here are some tips to help you if you happen to find yourself dealing with a blocked or overflowing toilet.

Firstly, locate the valve that shuts off the flow of water from your toilet. You will usually find this at the base of your toilet but if yours doesn’t to have one, open the tank at the top and set your float to stay in its position so that it doesn’t allow any more water to escape.

If water has overflowed from the bowl onto the floor, try and mop it up as quickly as possible, either with a mop and bucket or a water vacuum, if you have one accessible, to prevent it from spreading throughout the floor. If you decide to soak up the water using towels, make sure you wash them thoroughly with disinfectant. Also, disinfect the entire area and surrounding areas where the water has leaked to avoid the spread of germs.

If the culprit is a foreign object stuck in the toilet, make sure to wear protective gloves before reaching in to pull it out. You may need to use a plunger to help with this. If this doesn’t solve your issue, contact a licensed, professional plumber.

At C.S Crown Plumbing, we are experts in dealing with these messy, unpleasant situations. With 20+ years’ experience in the plumbing industry, we have gained a fantastic reputation in Sydney and surrounding areas.

Our aim is to make your experience as stress free as possible whilst providing exceptional services at affordable prices.

Contact our friendly team today for more information about how we can help.

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