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Why do councils make restaurants install Grease Traps?

As the name suggests a “grease trap” captures all the grease flowing down a restaurant drain line before it goes into the council’s sewer mains.

Without such devices the congealed grease and fat would choke up sewers, cause major blockages and cause havoc especially in high density shopping districts.

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When Gas Goes Bad

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There is an old wives tale that goes “When a LPG bottle is getting low you get a slight smell of gas.”

This is totally incorrect. If you can smell gas in your kitchen, at your bottles or anywhere - chances are you have a gas leak.

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2016 Bathroom Trends

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Photo: courtesy of www.minosadesign.com/ taken by Nicole England

Is your bathroom in desperate need of an update? Be inspired with these must-have design trends for 2016 and get a bathroom you will enjoy spending time in.

We asked six designers for their style predictions.

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Warm Water Systems

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Plumbers protect the health of the community

Article by Ernie Kretschmer, MPAQ

Hot water can be very dangerous for several reasons, mainly through scalding injuries and microbial issues. Licensed plumbers tackle these in various ways but mainly through the installation of tempering/thermostatic valves to control water delivery temperature and correct installation to ensure the deficient free operation of the water heating system to deter microbial growth.

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DIY Plumbing Disaster Makes National News

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A small leak in a hot water system - now a massive hole in his house! PLUMBERS TIMES The dangers of DIY work were graphically illustrated at a suburban home in Frankston this year. The hot water service exploded with the force of a bomb, demolishing the back of a house and catapulting debris half a block away when the home owner replaced a temperature & pressure relief valve with a tap.

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Is Amazon your next source for finding plumbers?

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The new Amazon Home Services wants to help you find help around the house through an invite-only online marketplace of handyman professionals.

Amazon wants to start playing a part in helping you get things done around your home, whether it be  repairs or assembling.

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Plumbed water revolutionises beer

Using sewage water to make beerIn Oregon, USA local brewers have been experimenting with a new recipe for beer, made using sewage water.

Last year, the Hillsboro Clean Water Services (HCWS) in Oregon challenged home brewers to create a beer using 30 per cent sewage water. As part of the competition, which aimed to explore new ways of using treated water, brewers exchanged tap water for purified sewage water direct from the treatment plant.

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'Send us your question'....

I’m beginning to wonder if my aging water lines are ready to break. Should I have the pipes replaced before it happens? 

You may have galvanized lines that are getting rusty and corroded. If you’re worried about it, we can come and do a pressure test on your plumbing or dig down in your yard to do a visual inspection of part of the line to see what’s going on. We can replace sections of pipe that are exposed to weather and have rusted, or sections of pipe that have deteriorated within walls etc. If corroded pipes are already leaking within wall cavities we can use leak detection equipment to pinpoint the leak.