Every good Wantirna plumber knows that the best way to stay on top of your plumbing is to stay informed. We get dozens of questions about plumbing and we’re firm believers that no question is a silly question. So, to make it easier for everyone, we’ve decided to pick some of the more popular questions and publish our answers. What better way is there to usher in the new decade than with a good old-fashioned FAQ blog – let’s dive right in!

How do I know if my pipe is leaking?

Obvious leaks can be detected quite easily. A dripping tap will usually give it away, but it’s not always that obvious. Sometimes leaks can be a lot more subtle and occur outside. If you notice water pooling up in your yard, then you should probably investigate. Look for areas of grass or soil that are lower than normal.

Sometimes pipes can leak within your home, so if you notice a musty smell then that may be the reason why. Discoloured walls could also be a sign of a water leak. This is something you’ll want a Wantirna plumber to look at as soon as possible as a leaking pipe can lead to other issues within your home.


Why is my toilet blocked?

There are several reasons as to why your toilet may be blocked. The most common reason, however, is what’s called a soft blockage. This means that any object or material that has been flushed down the toilet that shouldn’t have been, is now blocking it because it’s stuck in the u-bend. Another possibility is that tree roots have infiltrated the sewer line. This is more likely to happen on a ground-level toilet – for obvious reasons.

If you have a soft blockage, then a simple plunger should do the trick. If the issue is caused by tree roots, then flush sodium chloride or rock salt down your toilet. You should flush approximately 900 grams in even intervals as rock salt is hazardous to tree roots and will dry them out.


How can I prevent my drain from blocking?

The short answer is don’t wash anything down that you’re not supposed to. Try to avoid washing food scraps down or purchase a catcher that’ll stop them from making their way down the sink.

Oils and fats should also be disposed of properly – which some people believe is down the sink. The fact is, however, they should be put into the bin after they’ve hardened so they don’t stick to your pipes and clog them up.

The same goes for any harsh chemicals. Essentially you should just be aware of what you wash down your drain. If subjected to too much pressure from outside elements, they will block up – which can lead to more serious consequences down the track. Have a look at our blog on eight ways to prevent a blocked drain for some more advice on what not to wash down a drain.


Rusty pipes: what should I do?

Depending on the severity of your issue, you may be able to flush out the rusty sediment in your pipes. You can do this by turning a handful of taps on in your house at maximum for about 20 minutes and letting it wash out.

If, however, the problem is more severe, then you may have to consider having your pipes replaced. Rusty pipes can lead to serious plumbing issues down the track so it’s better to address the problem as soon as you can by contacting a plumber in Wantirna.


Are you looking for a plumber in Wantirna?

Sometimes we don’t realise just how important it is, but plumbing is a pretty essential part of everyday life. Issues within your plumbing system can sometimes lead to more severe problems in other parts of your house. That’s why you must ensure all of your plumbing is up to scratch and in working order.

JPG Plumbing is a 24-hour plumbing service that operates seven days a week. We operate within Melbourne’s South-Eastern suburbs and specialise in a myriad of plumbing services. Whether you’re in a commercial building or a residential home, our Wantirna contractors can get to you and sort out all your plumbing issues.

If you’d like to get in touch with a plumber in Wantirna, then please give us a call on 0400 978 442. You can also contact us via the enquiry form found on our website.