Are You Cooking Up A Kitchen Reno?

Are You Cooking Up A Kitchen Reno?

So, you want a new kitchen?

Every morning over a hot cuppa you’re reminded that your kitchen needs a little (or a lot of) love.

Whether it’s a few additions to freshen up the hub-of-the-house or a full on knock down, drag out, ‘eat takeaway for weeks, while the dream kitchen takes shape’ scenario, the reasons we go the reno route are varied.

Do any of these ring true for you?

Signs your kitchen is due a makeover

Old Kitchen Photograph

Deterioration – it’s obvious that it’s the busiest room in the house – it’s showing the wear and tear. It’s outlived its usefulness – it’s just time for a full on facelift.

Value – it’s one of the key rooms in your home that, when renovated well, can add value. So, if you’re thinking of selling, this is especially important.

Lifestyle – You and the previous homeowner obviously have different ideas about how a kitchen should be used. Or, maybe your own needs have changed. Whichever it is, your kitchen and your lifestyle are currently not a match.

It’s outdated – unless retro is the vibe you’re going for, maybe it’s high time you made yours more contemporary and brought it forward a few decades.

It doesn’t look like those on TV – when you look at your kitchen it doesn’t come close to anything you’ve seen on Better Homes and Gardens, My Kitchen Rules or The Block. And, it’s time yours was camera ready, especially seeing you just put in your application for the new cooking show “Plate of Origin”.

Special needs – the needs of an aging or special needs family member may need to be accommodated so some changes are a priority for you.

Energy savings – from more efficient lighting, to energy efficient appliances, there can be some terrific energy savings to be gained from an upgrade and it’s time to make your kitchen more planet-friendly.

2020 top kitchen trends

If you’re going to go the reno route, you’re going to want to be on trend, right?

Here’s what’s on trend for 2020

  1. The use of natural materials – from bamboo to quartz, kitchens’ are boasting natural materials and kicking synthetics to the kerb
  2. Splashes of colour are making a statement in everything from seats, to cabinetry, to multicolured splashbacks!
  3. All area lighting is creating some moody kitchen feels
  4. Incorporating some clever storage solutions is now kitchen status quo
  5. Open shelving provides an opportunity to get creative and make a statement
  6. Clean and fresh benchtops add clean and uncluttered lines to add to the openness of even the smallest kitchen
  7. Stylish tapware that’s both functional and beautiful – from the trust stainless steel to the warmth of rose gold, to the added drama of black or bronze, tapware is adding a contemporary accent
  8. Smart technology, innovations and increased energy and water efficiencies are being built in from the start
  9. Under counter fridges and gas hobs integrated into benchtops are providing improved functionality along with energy efficiency
  10. Scratch and stain resistant flooring is yet another feature of the in style on-trend kitchen that is both functional and Fido-friendly!

The Gold Coast Plumbing Company team knows their way around a kitchen.

Plumber in new kitchen

Not to toot our own horn, (okay, maybe just a little!), the GCPC team is pretty handy to have around the kitchen. Not only do we make a mean cuppa, when it comes to kitchens, we’ll help you:

  • Fix those leaky faucets
  • Clear those blocked drains
  • Install, fix and replace kitchen tapware – from mixers, to filter taps and pullouts and pillars, we’ve got taps on tap for purchase too!
  • Rescue valuables dropped down the drain
  • Install, fix, and supply sinks of all sorts
  • Supply, install, fix and remove garbage/waste disposal units, or Insinkerators and related products
  • Install, fix and supply reverse osmosis unit or standard filtration water filtration systems, cartridges and related products
  • Install dishwashers
  • Install, fit and connect your household gas appliances
  • Install gas lines and prepare gas system compliance certificate submissions

Tips for kitchen reno success

Success doesn’t just happen, it’s planned for. And, that is true with any reno project! So, here are some tips to get it right:

  • Don’t overspend – set a realistic budget and stick to it
  • Complete a section at a time where possible so that it’s still usable
  • If you can’t do it all at once, clarify your vision and bring it to life a phase at a time
  • Avoid an identity crisis – honour the existing style of the rest of your home and work with it rather than against it
  • Keep up with trends, determine what works for you, don’t rush it, let time work for you as it may lead to identifying less expensive options or being able to shop the sales
  • Hire licensed professionals – cabinetmakers, tilers, electricians and of course, us plumbers
  • Consider salvaging existing cabinets, appliances and decor pieces – not everything has to be new
  • Don’t scrimp on new hardware – in a high traffic area like the kitchen, getting the highest quality you can afford will serve you well
  • Take advantage of free advice and tap into the plethora of DIY resources available to amp up your own know-how
  • Use this as an opportunity to Marie Kondo the crap out of over stuffed drawers and cupboards

Kitchen reno costs

When it comes to kitchen upgrades, you gotta ask yourself, “Is the juice worth the squeeze?”

In other words, are the costs worth the added benefit of even a low end budget reno? Usually the answer is yes, but how much will that ‘squeeze’ cost you?

There are no absolutes when estimating a kitchen reno. But, according to the Housing Industry Association’s 2019 report, the average cost to renovate a kitchen is around $26K.

  • Budget renos usually come in under $10k
  • Mid-range improvements can run between $15k and $25k
  • The spic high-end variety can start at $35k and grow from there.

If even the budget end is more than you have to work with, don’t worry. A new appliance, an updated sink and new tapware can go a long way in improving both the look, the functionality and even the efficiency of the hub of the house.

If a kitchen reno is on the menu in your home, we’re here to help!

If you were hungry for some kitchen reno info and inspo, then we hope we’ve satiated your appetite.

If you’re going ahead with a kitchen upgrade or total overhaul, don’t forget, we can provide professional plumbing services and gas fitting services and some sound advice.

And, we can even hook you up with some new fancy pants tapware, sinks, and filtration kits and supplies from our extensive catalogue.

So, if a kitchen reno is on the menu in your home, we’d be happy to help.

From gas fittings, to water filters, from chrome mixers, to goosenecks, we’ve got everything plumbing related for your kitchen reno, including the kitchen sink!

Call us on 1300 390 361.

Bathrooms – Trends, Reno Tips & Costs, and Signs You’re Due a New One!

Bathrooms – Trends, Reno Tips & Costs, and Signs You’re Due a New One!

We’ve all spent far too much time at home over the past few months.

And, whether it’s the lounge room, the master bedroom, the games room, or the kitchen or one of the bathrooms, you’ve probably cast a critical eye over them and let your mind wander for a few minutes of what you might do to spruce things up a bit.

Are you ready for a bathroom reno? Read on to see how you fare.

8 Signs Your Bathroom Is Due a Reno

Pink Bathroom Photo

Renovations done well add value to our homes in the longer term and enjoyment to our daily lives in the short term.

The bathroom is one of the key rooms that are just ripe for a renovation. It’s small enough that it won’t break the bank and it’s one of those rooms that let’s face it, we all spend time in, so why not spruce things up a little.

  1. The Plumbing is Old – outdated plumbing can be a ticking time bomb that could cause some serious damage – like everything, plumbing has a lifespan, so if the house and the plumbing are getting on in years, it may be time for more modern replacements.
  2. Mould Has Made its Mark – Not only can mould be unsightly, it also presents health risks especially as it grows. So if your mould is multiplying your tiles and grout are breeding grounds, it’s time to clean things up for good.
  3. The Layout is Non Functional – do you get frustrated with the cabinet door bumping your knee when you open it? Do you reach to the wrong side for the toilet roll, or is there just not enough room to sit comfortably?
  4. Not Enough Storage Space – every surface is covered with shampoos, body washes, razors, and toiletries of all types and it’s clutter, clutter, clutter. Storage space is way overdue!
  5. You’ve Outgrown The Space – Is your spa-like single gal luxury loo just not keeping pace with the needs placed on it by you, the 2 kids and a partner and it’s just not serving anyone very well?
  6. The Addition of Safety Features – if it’s time to add some safety features, instead of just adding to what’s already there, it might be better to rethink the whole layout to create a total and integrated solution rather than stopgap one.
  7. You’re Tired of Looking at the Same Old Tapware and Fixtures – they came with the house, you’ve never changed them, maybe it’s time to make your mark by choosing some sexy new tapware and fixtures that actually reflect your taste. Yes, it’s a functional room, but it can be fashionable too!
  8. It’s An Outdated Look – so your loo doesn’t look anything like what you’re seeing on The Block, or Better Homes and Gardens, maybe it’s time you bring the look forward a few years!

And, of course, if you’re going to go that reno route, you want to be sure you’re on trend!

2020 Bathroom Trends

It’s 2020 and while it’s been a lot of things (many we could have never predicted) we can still count on the latest in household decorating and design trends emerging to keep us on our decorating toes.

What are some of the best bathroom trends for 2020 and beyond?

Built in hand sanitiser stations?

Kidding. Not kidding. Too soon?

Seriously, now here are the real design trends for the well decorated bathroom of 2020 and beyond:.

  1. Rain showers are creating quite the downpour
  2. Coloured tapware – add some drama with black, gun metal gray or copper tapware
  3. Bathroom skylights are lighting up these small spaces
  4. Orchids – random, but yes, orchids, they provide a soft yet elegant accent and require minimal maintenance
  5. Coloured concrete sinks – a splash of colour helps you make a statement
  6. Unfinished wood is adding a warm organic feel to even the starkest of loos.
  7. Dark statement walls are adding drama
  8. Backlit mirrors create contrast and the illusion of hanging off the wall
  9. Bathroom art – yep, it’s a thing
  10. Stone and wood planked floors are mimicking the day spa right in your home.
  11. Bath caddies, complete with wine glass holder are supercharging the relax quotient
  12. Organiser baskets help manage the mess when there’s not enough storage
  13. A little succulent greenery spruces things up and requires almost no effort to maintain
  14. Whitening it up with white on white on white where textures are the pop!
  15. Exposed plumbing (yes, on purpose) That << >>>look has made it to the bathroom too
  16. And, you may want to sit down for this last one… Shower benches, an idea whose time is way overdue!

Any of these got you thinking? We’ll bet you can’t look at your loo the same way now. Where will you start?

16 Tips for bathroom reno success

We all want our household renos to be raging successes. We want that for you too. So, we’ve identified a few handy dandy tips to help you make it so.

When it’s time to go down the bathroom renovation path, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. Plan a bathroom layout and stick to it – get a scale layout planned and decided before you start
  2. Appoint reliable and professional plumbing and electrical support early so they can help provide advice and guidance.
  3. Salvage any usable components and source the rest
  4. Choose your main components – fixtures, peicesk “sanitary ware” before doing the plastering or tiling
  5. Mixing and matching between suppliers may save you some budget
  6. It’s worth a try to haggle on the quoted costs of both products and services for your reno.
  7. While you’re at it, waterproof the space to limit leak risk
  8. Think about including the latest in smart and high tech features
  9. Remember that mirrors can add some bigger ‘feels’ in small spaces
  10. Never skimp on your tapware and fixtures. Quality is remembered long after price is forgotten.
  11. This is the time to vent! Fans and heat lamps and windows that open will help disperse both the steam and the odours!
  12. Try and stay away from the wall mounted fittings as they can require specialist fittings and drive up the cost.
  13. Lighting is important but don’t go overboard as this can also drive up the budget.
  14. Find a statement piece to help make your bathroom make a statement.
  15. Don’t forget, STORAGE, STORAGE, STORAGE. It keeps the small spaces neat and tidy.
  16. Ensure that materials are bathroom-friendly – i.e. that can withstand the moisture, steam and temperature spikes that are all part of the loo experience.

Costs for a Bathroom Reno

How much does a bathroom reno actually cost? It’s a bit like asking, ‘How long is a piece of string?’ The short answer is. It depends.

In 2018, the Housing Industry Association (HIA) survey found that the average cost of a bathroom renovation in Australia was just over $17K.

A ‘ bathroom could cost upwards of about $25K or more.budget’ bathroom renovation of a relatively small bathroom can come in around $5K While a major renovation of a larger

Generally speaking:

  • A budget reno costs between $5,000 and $15,000
  • A standard reno between $15,000 and $25,000
  • A premium or luxury renovation costs $25,000 and up.

But wait, f your want to keep your budget at the lower end, here are a few tips

Here are a few ideas for what you can do to keep your bathroom renovations under $10,000

  • Spruce up your walls – add some paint, resurface existing tiles and some new ones, add a feature, install some PVC panels or paint them a different colour.
  • Change up a fixture or two – or all of them! Switch up your tapware, your tub, your shower, or your vanity
  • Replace or add mirrors and lights for a different look and feel
  • Tap into the expansive power of natural light/ Bring more of it into your bathroom by installing a skylight or window.

Ideas for bathroom renovations under $5,000

  • To brighten things up, get your existing tiles cleaned and regrouted – the right colour grout can transform a space.
  • Consider having your tub and basin resurfaced
  • Paint your walls.
  • Paint or refinish your vanity and swap out the handles to finish off the look.
  • Modernise your light fittings and tapware.
  • Replace your shower enclosure with a more modern shower enclosure.
  • Replace your shower head

Bathroom and kitchen renovations add value to our homes and can provide added efficiency. They spruce up two of the rooms we use most often, so why wouldn’t you start there and make life at home a little nicer just for your own enjoyment?

If you are embarking on your own bathroom makeover, remember that we have a huge catalogue wide range of bathroom fixtures and tapware as well as the professional expertise to install them.

So, if we can be of any help, call us on 1300 390 361.

Why Do Pipes Burst?

Why Do Pipes Burst?

Having a burst pipe is a nightmare for many homeowners in Australia. The dread of losing valuable property and cost of repairs are reasons to be concerned about pipes bursting in your homes.

Keep reading if you want to know why, how and what to do when there’s a plumbing issue caused by a burst pipe.

Why Do Pipes Burst?

A Pipe can burst open for many different reasons. The most common reason water pipes burst is rust in the case of metal pipes.

Metal pipes tend to corrode over time and become weak as water surges on the walls, which in most cases lead to bursting. Poor installation and hard water are other factors that also contribute to pipes breaking.

Pump problems cause surge flow which leads to high-pressure buildups in valves and pipelines or causes disasters to the plumbing systems in your homes.

What Is The Normal Water Pressure For Your Home?

The maximum water pressure for residential buildings in Australia is 500 kPa. If you are not satisfied with the water pressure in your house, you can choose to increase it.

When adjusting the water pressure, you have to be careful not to damage other appliances. Warranty on appliances damaged due to increased water pressure may become void.

Homes with water-wells as their source of water supply tend to suffer low water pressure. If the water pressure is low, get a plumbing company to check and service the components. You may need to have a new constant pressure system installed in your plumbing system.

To find out if the water pressure in your homes is high, all you need to do is observe. In cases where the water running in your taps seem to have too much force, then the water pressure is high. Damaged appliances and leaking taps are also signs of high water pressure.

Preventing Burst Pipes

Let’s go back a bit and understand why water pipes burst in the first place.

Pipes bursting is often caused by pressure buildup in pipelines or channels that are not eased. Now, most valves are rigid because they are either metallic or PVC and can withstand pressure. On the other hand, the materials used for flexible pipes are made from rubber and is not as sturdy as other pipe materials.

Quality of materials and skill of the plumber

The first thing you have to do is go for pipes of the best quality. Low-quality pipes fail faster than those of high quality. Also, damaged pipes can’t withstand the pressure of flowing water for a long duration.

The experience and skill of the plumber also have a role to play in preventing pipe burst. So if you want to avoid bursts, you must go for high-quality products and skilful plumbers.

How to Prevent Flexible Pipes from Bursting

There are two main reasons why the flexible pipes or hoses in our houses bursts are water pressure and weak points in pipelines.

Flexible pipes develop weak points as they go through manufacture, transportation and installation. The weak points are micro holes which cause leakages and usually develop during installation.

The leaks often cause the flexible connection pipes to bursts. Plumbing services recommend that you always check for leaks in flexible pipes like those under the kitchen sink to prevent them from bursting.

Flexible pipes don’t last as long other pipes. Most last for about five years, while some can last up to 10 years. You should check the flexible pipes in your homes for signs of wears and tears even if it’s not up to the expiry date.

What to Do When You Have a Burst Pipe at Home

Shut the water off

The first step is to turn off the water supply immediately. Leaving the water running can cause damage to your property. Turning off your water supply is important, so water doesn’t get to your sockets and cause fatal accidents.

Open your Taps

The reason pipes burst is because of pressure buildup in the channels and opening your taps eases that pressure.

It would help if you started with the cold water taps first. After draining the cold water taps, turn off the heating system and drain the hot taps too.

Clean up and call your plumber

Remove the water by mopping it up to prevent other things in your house from water damage. Call your plumber so they can fix the pipes, and prevent further damage. Professional plumbers will inspect, find the cause, fix and put in measures to prevent a reoccurrence.

What Are Possible Causes Of Burst Pipes Leading You To Call An Emergency Plumber?

Blockages

Blockages in pipes are the most common cause of pipes bursting.

stop the flow of water, which causes pressure buildup in pipelines. The pressure buildup expands the pipes and eventually causing them to burst.

If you have a main pipe burst, it is best to call a plumber immediately. Further delay may lead to irreparable damage to property. It can even put you and your family out of your home for a while.

Damaged mains can leave an area without a supply of water, so fix them immediately they burst.

Poor Workmanship

Asides pressure in pipes, shoddy workmanship is a leading cause of burst pipes. Pipes get damaged from botched installation to mishandling and sub-par workmanship.

It is best if you always get qualified and experienced plumbers when installing your pipes.

Wear and tear

Pipes wear over time and lose their strength. If you notice tear signs on your pipes, call your plumber immediately to have it fixed. Worn out pipes can cause leaks and burst anytime.

You may suffer damage to property if you are not home when a pipe breaks, so regularly inspecting the pipes in your home is a good habit.

Tree roots

Tree roots can burst pipes, so before installing pipes, get an expert and inspect nearby trees. Water pipes are very sturdy, but they may have tiny cracks where roots enter from and grow, causing them to burst.

What damage do burst pipes cause?

Structural Damage

Structural damage is the most significant damage done when pipes burst in a building. It weakens the load-bearing elements of buildings, therefore endangering the life of occupants. Ignoring or not properly attending to pipe breakages can result in loss of property and life.

Loss of property

Asides structural damage, you can lose important things to the excess water flowing. The floor finishes are also damaged alongside the structural components.

Conclusion

Pipe bursts can be an unpleasant sight for homeowners. But you can prevent most cases of pipe burst by proper maintenance and using good grade pipes.

Professional plumbing and quality pipes will keep you from losing money and property. Be sure that a qualified and experienced plumbing company handles your plumbing.

At the Gold Coast Plumbing Company, we offer you the best plumbing service around with skilled and experienced plumbers. Book your Burst Pipe and Water Leak Repair now and enjoy the best quality of service.

For more plumbing tips from Gold Coast Plumbing Company, check out our blog here.

Love your long, hot, steamy, winter showers? Then show your hot water systems some love!

Love your long, hot, steamy, winter showers? Then show your hot water systems some love!

Let’s be thankful that here in Australia we get off pretty lucky in our experience for what passes as ‘Winter’. We don’t have to endure months of sub-zero temps that can wreak havoc with our household plumbing.

We can rejoice in the fact that pipes that freeze, or worse yet, burst, are not a regular occurrence, especially here in sunny Queensland.

But, even with our version of winter there are a few plumbing precautions we may want to consider.

During the winter months our temps do dip from our usual balmy beach days. And, as the days grow shorter and the mornings chillier, our reliance on our trusty mate, the hot water system, increases.

So, as we are now in our cooler months of the year, it is worth considering some preventative hot water system maintenance to avoid costly repairs and some severely uncomfortable chilly morning showers!

Do you prefer a hot or cold shower?

Are you more of an ‘ease into the day with a long hot shower that warms you up while it wakes you up’ type? Or, are you one of those who welcomes a fullon cold blast from their morning shower ritual that shocks you into the day ahead?

If you’re the latter (and dare we say minority), good on ya! You’re more daring than most.

Cold showers can be a terrific source of increased alertness, stronger immune systems, and improved physical recovery. But, they’re definitely not for everyone!

Hot Water, Cold Water Graphic

There are benefits to both hot and cold showering. If you’re curious as to what they are, have a read of this.

For all you who prefer the welcoming warmth of a long hot steamy winter morning shower, please read on.

Why do hot water systems fail more often in winter?

  • Winter in Australia is traditionally the most common time of year for electric hot water systems to fail.
  • We use more hot water during winter as we tend to spend longer in the shower warming up in the morning.
  • The cold water supplying the hot water system is colder which causes the hot water system to work harder and heat longer to bring the degree of desired warmth.
  • The general temperature overnight is colder, the hot water system, its associated valves and pipes are cooler and this contributes to more work that the hot water system has to do to provide us with reliable hot water each morning.

What causes system failure?

Heating element and thermostat failure

The most common hot water system repairs are due to the heating element and thermostat failure.

A heating element and thermostat in a hot water system is very similar to the working of an electric kettle. Depending on use, the heating element in a hot water system will cycle over 15,000 times in a decade. When in need of repair, it requires a licensed tradesperson to undertake due to the requirement to disconnect electricity during the repair process.

Tank failure

The second most common repair of a hot water system is due to the failure of the tank itself. When water is heated inside of a hot water system it expands. The cooler the water prior to heating the greater the expansion. Over time the tank weakens by oxidising or rusting and expansion causes a weld or the cylinder within the tank to fail.

Some insider info…

Direct from the everything you needed to know about hot water systems but were afraid to ask files…

It is not widely known that inside of electric hot water cylinders there is a sacrificial anode. A sacrificial works by oxidising or rusting as the weaker metal rather than the steel tank.

Sacrificial anodes are commonly found where mechanical components are in contact with water. Sacrificial anodes dissolve due to an electrochemical reaction inside the hot water cylinder and after 5 years they become spent and require replacement.

This again is a task best left to a licensed tradesperson due to the different range of anodes and potential for incorrect fitting to damage the hot water service.

Another method to combat the failure of tank cylinders is with the fitting of Cold Water Expansion valves. Nowadays we are required by law to install Cold Water Expansion valves on any new hot water system installations. Cold Water Expansion valves are set to a lower release pressure than a Pressure and Temperature Relief valve.

This allows the discharge of the expanded water from the cold supply pipes instead of hot water from the Temperature Pressure Relief valve. This saves wasting hot water which you have already paid to heat and discharges cold water instead.

Every homeowner can prevent the failure of their hot water system by regular operation of the Pressure and Temperature Relief valve. (Us older plumbers know them as TPR’s)

Pressure and Temperature Relief valves are essential to prevent devastating consequences such as the rupture or explosion of a hot water system if the thermostat fails and the hot water system continuously heats. PTR’s should be operated each 6 months to check their operation and to keep them in working order.

Most hot water cylinders have a warning from the manufacturer to replace the PTR valve at 5 year intervals. This is to ensure the reliable operation of the valve if it is required. If your PTR has begun to discharge water or leak, it is a sign that there is a problem and should be inspected by a licensed tradesperson. There are other valves on the hot water system which fail and require replacement.

Put simply, preventative maintenance can avoid more serious hot water problems from occurring.

A recommended hot water system maintenance schedule

Hot Water System Maintenance (Every 6 months):

  • Operate the Pressure and Temperature Relief valve
  • Operate the Cold Water Expansion valve (if fitted)
  • Check the operation of the Isolator valve (which is also a non return valve)

Hot Water System Maintenance (Every 5 years):

  • Replace Pressure and Temperature Relief valve
  • Renew the Sacrificial anode
  • Check Isolator valve
  • Check Tempering valve
  • Check Element and Thermostat for correct operation

I hope this hot water system maintenance advice helps you keep those hot showers running through the cooler months!

Need help?

If you’re definitely not a fan of the cold shower and you need to schedule a hot water system service, installation or replacement you can do so here.

If you already have hot water problems check out our hot water system troubleshooting guide or get in touch with the best bunch of plumbers here on the Gold Coast!

The Wipes Debate – Bin or Bowl?

The Wipes Debate – Bin or Bowl?

Most of us were first introduced to the seductive power of the wet wipe as we tended to the tiny (often explosive) bottoms of our bubs. The convenience of the baby wipe cannot be overlooked in the nappy bag arsenal. They’re cheap, easily accessible, portable, easy to use, great at cleaning up our messy babies from one end to the other. Whether it’s removing remnants of their stormy ‘poonamis’ or cleaning up ice cream smothered faces and hands, wipes have become a cleaning staple since the 50s.

Types of Wipes

Since wipes were first introduced, the types, brands, and uses for these handy little cleaning legends have exploded. Today we can easily get our messy hands on:

  • Baby wipes
  • Make-up wipes
  • Cooling wipes
  • Perfume wipes
  • Body wipes
  • Medical wipes
  • Household cleaning wipes
  • Furniture dusting wipes
  • BBQ cleaning wipes
  • Window cleaning wipes
  • Pet wipes
  • Intimate wipes
  • Nail polish remover wipes
  • Lotion wipes
  • Eyeglass cleaning wipes
  • And, the more popular than ever (thanks to Covid 19), antibacterial wipes

They Have Become Our Go-To Cleaning Alternative

Wipes have cleaned up, replacing the use of disposable and non-disposable cleaner-uppers alike. They’ve taken the place of toilet paper, tissues, paper towel, cloths, towels, cotton pads, sponges and even the beloved Chux!

They are obviously handy little things to have around. But when we’re done with them, then what?

Bowl or Bin?

Many of these products are labelled “flushable” or claim that they are safe for septic use.

But don’t believe everything you read or hear.

In general, wipes do not belong in the toilet, regardless of the claims on the label. While flushable wipes may go down the loo easily, they can eventually cause a lot of problems.

Some are better than others and most wipes eventually do break down. But, they just take much longer to do so compared to their toilet paper counterparts.

Since the breakdown of wipes doesn’t happen as fast, their persistent presence can lead to an increased frequency of clogged pipes and blockages in plumbing and septic systems alike.

Once these hit a 45-degree angle in the plumbing pipes, they can begin to clog, collect and then catch other things that would otherwise clear their path. Over time, instead of being flushed out, they end up plugging up the household plumbing. These seemingly harmless little wipes can also end up blocking the sewer completely – both issues can result in an unwanted backup and possibly damage that requires the help of an experienced plumber.

Besides causing blockage around the home, wipes can be equally dangerous to wastewater equipment and facilities. They’ve actually been known to cling to impellers inside a pump, causing it to burn out. This is why wastewater treatment authorities and plumbing professionals alike continue to plead with the public to cease and desist in their flushing these coveted wipes.

We urge you to make the choice to toss the wipes in the bin instead.

You’ve Been Wipe-Warned!

You’ve been warned. If you’ve been flushing away any signs of your ‘dirty’ little wipe habit, you could well be putting your home’s plumbing at risk. And the choice to flush can challenge wastewater treatment facilities too.

So, if you can’t break your wet-wipe habit, please, please, please make the choice to dispose of them in the bin, not the (toilet) bowl. Your plumbing will thank you for it!

5 Fast Facts about Rinnai Hot Water Systems

5 Fast Facts about Rinnai Hot Water Systems

Pop hot water systems quiz: Which company introduced Australia’s first-ever full electronic gas continuous flow hot water system? Answer: Rinnai. Why is that important? Because it was an innovation that revolutionised the way we enjoy hot water today, ensuring that you’ll never face the prospect of a cold shower. It’s just one example of why Australians and Gold Coast locals so often turn to this trusted name in hot water – and why we truly recommend Rinnai hot water systems Gold Coast wide.

Rinnai Hot Water Systems Review

In this Rinnai hot water system review, we’re taking a closer look at the Japanese brand called Rinnai, and the hot water systems that Australians and Gold Coast locals have been trusting every single day for the past 49 years and counting.

Our featured Rinnai Hot Water Systems Gold Coast

Let’s take a closer look at the most popular Rinnai electric hot water systems on the market today.

Rinnai hot water storage systems: The brand has a great range of single and twin-element Rinnai electric hot water systems in a full array of sizes, including gas systems and the super energy-efficient heat pumps.

Rinnai continuous flow hot water: As we said at the top of the page, if you ever wondered who introduced the first continuous hot water solutions to Australia, look no further than Rinnai. Ensuring you never run out of hot water, the first in this series of sleek designs hit the market in the early 90s.

Rinnai solar hot water systems: When you live in Australia, it simply makes sense to use the never-ending and totally free source of energy that beams down from the heavens – the sun. Rinnai’s ultimate range of solar systems is on the cutting edge of innovation, saving you money and helping the planet.

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Rinnai Electric Hot water System

If you’ve seen that instantly recognisable red logo on Rinnai hot water systems, there’s a great reason for that: it’s one of Australia’s leading suppliers and innovators of household products. But here are some facts about Rinnai that may surprise you:

1. Made in Australia

Rinnai may be Japanese, but Rinnai Australia has no fewer than three world-class manufacturing facilities, located in South Australia and Victoria.

2. Made in lots of other places!

But apart from those three facilities, there are about 40 Rinnai manufacturing facilities in Japan and elsewhere in the world.

3. Rinnai does more than hot water

You may love their reliable and innovative hot water systems, but Rinnai also boasts a great range of state of the art air conditioners and heaters.

4. A very old brand

Rinnai has been around for about 50 years in Australia, but the brand is much older than that. Kanekichi Hayashi and Hidejiro Naito founded the company in 1918 when Hidejiro was apparently inspired from blue flames coming from an imported cooking stove.

5. An awful lot of Rinnai hot water systems

Every single year, Rinnai product lovers buy an incredible 12 million Rinnai appliances. The continuous hot water systems are particularly popular, with 30 million sold worldwide to date.

Here at Gold Coast Plumbing Company, we hope you enjoyed this Rinnai hot water system review as much as we enjoyed putting it together! We really do care about supplying and installing only the very best hot water systems here on the Gold Coast wide and would be honoured to give you advice and a consultation today about the full range of Rinnai and other top hot water system brands including Therman and Rheem. Call the friendly hot water team today!