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Air Conditioning – How to Recognise a Faulty Air Conditioner

Who doesn’t love a bit of air conditioning? These useful systems are a great way to stay cool in the summer and a fantastic way to enjoy warmth during those colder months – but try as we might, there really is no way to guarantee that our units will stay functioning well into the future. It’s easy to look at the internal fan unit and think that’s all there is to keep an eye on, but what you might not know is that there are a multitude of cables running within your walls, not to mention an external unit that will have its own responsibilities.

When can problems arise?

When can’t they, right? Electricity is great to have access to, but one of the drawbacks is that any device or appliance that relies on it can suffer with an issue at any time, and for any number of reasons. Technically speaking, there are three systems that all air conditioning units consist of. There’s the internal fan, the cables and ventilation shafts and the external unit.

If you’ve spotted that your system could be suffering with a problem, then you’ll undoubtedly want to have it rectified as soon as possible. A good electrician will be able to help with air conditioning repair in Melbourne – but there’s really no harm in trying to find out the cause of the problem yourself. As long as you stay well away from the electrical outlets and avoid cables; recognising the issue can be as simple as you’d imagine.

What types of problems can these units face?

Have you noticed that your unit isn’t turning on when you want it to? If so, then the first place to check is your remote control. It might just need new batteries and this is something that you’ll be able to take care of with ease. If the problem isn’t remote-related however, then you might want to give a local electrician a quick call – as the issue might be a little more electrical in nature.

It’s also not unheard of for air conditioners and HVAC units to suffer with water build-ups internally, but as you can imagine liquid and electricity don’t mix, so if you suspect this – avoid touching the unit at all costs. The most common sign of this event will be a fine mist being emitted from the internal unit when it’s on – or the smell of damp coming from the unit itself.

The most common problem actually doesn’t occur indoors, but outside where the fan and cables are exposed to the elements. If your air smells like leaves, then foliage may have been sucked into the external fan, or if the air supply isn’t as strong as you’d imagine – then there could be a blockage in the pipes. In any event, it’s always a good idea to get in touch with an expert and have them take care of the fault.

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Blocked Drains – What Should You Do If You’re Facing a Blockage?

People like to say that there are only two guarantees in life; death and taxes. We like to think a little outside of the box however, so we’ve thrown an extra ‘guarantee’ into the mix – in the form of blocked drains. These events can occur at the most inconvenient of times and if left untreated, there’s no telling just how substantial the cause of the blockage can become.

What might have started as a few stray hairs can soon lead to a huge clump; heaven forbid if sand or oil manages to make their way into your pipework, too! In these events you’ll typically have just a few options, but what might they be exactly?

Call out the professionals

This is by far the most beneficial (and potentially effective) option at your disposal. By getting in touch with a trained and qualified plumber you won’t have to face damaging your drain and pipes further by attempting to rectify the matter, nor will you need to deal with the unsavoury cause of the blockage either!

It can be pretty appealing to try to remove the blockage yourself, but considering the damage that you might cause if the problem travels further into your pipework – this is the last thing that you might want to do.

Turn off your water supply

As briefly mentioned above, if you allow the blockage to travel further into your pipework; this could result in a larger problem, or even unnecessary damage. Instead of switching the shower head on and turning it to full-blast, it makes much more sense to switch your water supply off to stop anyone else from inadvertently affecting the blockage in your drain.

With the supply off, you won’t have to worry too much about the clump travelling further down into your pipes; and you can then get in touch with an expert to have them take care of the event for you.

If a little DIY is on the cards, then only try the most reputable blockage removers

Sometimes you might find that calling an expert is out of the question – especially if you’re keen to dislodge the cause as soon as possible. It is worth noting that plenty of plumbers offer emergency services, so you could still give them a call if you need them urgently. But if you really are keen to take care of the cause yourself, then your final option will be to invest in a sink and plughole un-blocker.

These products are readily available in stores; but as most will rely on oil-based chemicals to shift the blockage to another location in your pipework (whilst hopefully breaking it down), we wouldn’t blame you for getting in touch with the professionals instead.

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Electrical – How Important Is It to Maintain the Electricity in Your Home?

What’s the one thing that most home owners rely on more than anything else in their homes? Electricity of course. Sure, we all need water on a daily basis – especially when staying hydrated, showering, or taking care of the next load of laundry – but without electrical power, we’d really be left in the dark.

There are three main reasons when electric cables and connections will need to be addressed.

First; if a new home is in the process of being built, then a reliable electrician will need to be called out to take care of the connectivity.

Second; if your home could do with a new set of power outlets, then you will undoubtedly need an expert to pay you a visit and take care of this requirement.

Third; if you’ve noticed issues with certain cables, power outlets, or electrical appliances – then a quick spot of maintenance could well be on the cards.

Why is it so important to leave these tasks to the professionals?

Electricity might be one of the most versatile resources in the world, with uses that are still being discovered; but boy oh boy can it be dangerous. Every single year, hundreds of people die as a result of electrocution and although most homes are well-equipped to moderate the flow of energy within walls, under floorboards and inside of devices – there’s really no guarantee.

Even if the job seems fairly straight forward, it’s never a good idea to attempt a repair or check-up unless you have the right amount of experience. All good electricians will boast a range of licenses and certificates and without these, they simply wouldn’t be able to ply their trade. Knowing that the person that’s dealing with your maintenance is as highly trained as they are experienced can be very reassuring.

Is there anything that you can do to help?

For those of you that might hate having to rely on others to get the job done and would like to play a part in the project; the good news is that you can! Instead of unscrewing ports and outlets, or removing cables to expose any areas that may have suffered with damage; it’s best to leave these tasks to the experts.

But what you can do is direct your electrician to your fuse box when they turn up. Rather than risking flicking the wrong switches off, you might just want to take a back seat and let the pros do what they do best. They’ll be able to almost instantly identify which switches control which parts of your home and once they turn them off – they’ll be able to take care of the maintenance with relative ease.

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Plumbing – Three Uses for Plumbers That You Might Have Not Guessed

What do you think about when you hear the word plumber? If you’re anything like us, the first thing that might spring to mind is a man dressed in overalls, with a hammer in his belt and a few pipes to hand. There are some tasks that these experts are well-known for dealing with, including the installation of water systems and repairing boilers, but what you might not know is that these services are just the tip of the iceberg.

There are plenty of other, lesser known options available to those in need and as most plumbers will have specialised in the majority of them – you can rest assured that your task will be in the best of hands. What are these services, you ask? Well, here’s a closer look at three of them that you’d simply have to see to believe!

Underground water flow installation

When it rains the majority of water will be absorbed by soil, or it will evaporate back into the atmosphere. But what about times where rainfall is especially heavy? Where does the water go then? Well, you’ve undoubtedly heard of the horror stories relating to water damage underground and if you happen to have foundations, whether concrete or wood – they might suffer as a result.

A good plumber will be able to install water flow features, runners and underground pipelines to all but eliminate the concern of liquid build-ups.

Irrigation system installation

There are plenty of home owners out there that enjoy growing plants and crops, in fact anyone with a little bit of garden space could take part. Irrigation systems are a great way to provide a consistent level of water to flowers, herbs and any other type of plant – and as plumbers have an uncanny amount of expertise in the field of water-management, they could help to install features of all sizes.

Even if irrigation isn’t up your alley; you could opt for a similarly suited water-supply feature to add a little something to your outdoor space.

Household tasks

Now we know what you’re thinking… household tasks are some of the most common that plumbers offer, but did you know that rather than chucking out an old, worn, or rusted pipe – you could hire a plumbing company to come out and take care of almost anything water-related. They could reline an existing pipe to keep it functioning, even if the outside one is damaged; or they could even repair a faulty cistern and switch out its internal components.

When it comes to the day to day running of your home, your options will be almost endless – and considering that all plumbing agents are well versed at regular tasks, you’ll undoubtedly find a reason to get in touch with one of them.

How to Re-Use Your Grey Water

shutterstock_156930869It has been estimated that every household could save up to 50,000 litres of drinking water a year simply by re-using their grey water. This article looks at the benefits of grey water and how it can be recycled in the home.

What is grey water?

Grey water is the waste water that is produced from showers, baths, basins and washing machines. While not suitable for drinking, grey water can be re-used to water gardens, saving thousands of litres of valuable drinking water.

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No Plunger? Find Out How to Unblock Your Toilet Without It

shutterstock_145945508Blocked toilet? No plunger? Here’s what to do if the unthinkable happens.

Improvised tools

When your toilet bowl fills up or is slow to drain it is probably blocked somewhere, but the question is where? The first thing you can try is to use the toilet brush, in case it is only a minor blockage just inside the hole. Jiggle the brush around in the hole to try and dislodge whatever is in there.

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Dishwasher Maintenance Tips

shutterstock_140821096The dishwasher is a modern day miracle, relieving householders of the tedious chore of the daily washing up. But just like any other household appliance, a dishwasher needs a little TLC to keep it running smoothly and looking its best. This article provides useful tips on how to clean and maintain your best friend in the kitchen.

Cleaning your dishwasher

Just as you would wipe down your bench tops and other kitchen surfaces, so your dishwasher will benefit from a regular clean with a damp cloth soaked in mild dishwashing detergent to keep the finish shiny and scratch-free. Clean the top, sides and door as part of your cleaning routine, and pay particular attention to knobs and controls where dust or food scraps can collect.

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Wet Wipes or Toilet Paper?

shutterstock_68474017These days, we use tissues instead of handkerchiefs, paper towels instead of cleaning cloths and now more than ever, wet wipes instead of toilet paper.

The argument by manufacturers is that these products are more hygienic and can be disposed of after use, reducing exposure to germs. And while that may well be true, where we dispose of them is becoming a real issue.

The wet wipes phenomenon

In recent years, certain sections of society – typically those with high disposable incomes – have taken to using wet wipes instead of traditional toilet paper, having been convinced by the makers that they provide a deeper more thorough clean.

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Water Usage Statistics Australia

contentThe average Australian household uses around 900 Litres of water a day. Given the growing scarcity of this precious resource and the potential for it to cost us a lot more in the future, now’s the time to be looking at how we use water at home and where we can reduce our consumption.

Water use statistics

Statistics show that we use a lot of our water at home in the following ways:

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Bathroom Renovation Tips

Dollarphotoclub_18015976Renovating your bathroom is one of the best and most cost-effective ways to add value to your home. If you’re considering having it done or planning to do it yourself, here are some tips that can help smooth the process and improve the end result.

Design

Resist the temptation to go with the latest bathroom trends. While they may look striking now, trends pass and what is fashionable today may be the height of bad taste tomorrow. Stick to tried and true neutral colour schemes and simply add accessories such as towels plants, pots, and feature tiles that reflect current trends and can be easily replaced later on.

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