Whincup Plumbing

General Plumbing

Hot water not hot? Too hot? Running out?

Getting your home hot water system to be running just right can be hard sometimes. In a perfect world, as soon as you turn on the tap, hot water rushes out at the perfect temperature.

However sometimes you may run into problems such as the water is only warm, the hot water takes a long time to heat up, or the hot water doesn’t last very long and runs out before going cold.

Hot water that is inconsistent can be really annoying. Getting in the shower after a long day at work, only to have the shower head dribbling out lukewarm water can put anyone in a bad mood. Whilst these issues are annoying, they don’t have to be permanent, and most issues can be fixed quite quickly and easily but a professional Perth plumber.

When the water is too hot

Storage-type hot water systems are required to maintain water temperature above 60 degrees Celsius to prevent the growth of bacteria such as Legionella, which can be dangerous to your health.  However, if this super hot water makes it to your taps at this temperature, you are faced with a further risk of burns, especially to children, elderly people, or simply people who are unaware of the issue.

So how do you fix such a problem? A plumber can install a device between the hot water storage and your taps, called a tempering valve. This valve mixes a portion of cold water int the hot water before being delivered to your house taps so that water is, and maintained to approximately 50 degrees Celsius.

When the hot water is not hot

Getting lukewarm or cold water from your “Hot” tap can be really frustrating! Changes in hot water temperature can be caused by a variety of things – thermostat issues, heating element issues, or gas supply or burner faults. Your Perth plumber will be required to inspect your system and identify which fault is causing your hot water going cold. In most cases the problem is resolved quickly and easily and lukewarm showers will be a thing of the past!

Hot water runs out too fast

If you’re the last person to have a shower in your household, this can be especially frustrating. In this case, something to first consider is of any recent changes to your hot water usage. A lot of small changes to your hot water use during the day can have a big impact on how much is left in the hot water storage later when you want it. For example, changes to your dishwasher’s hot water cycle, or using a hot water wash too many times on your washing machine can mean the hot water running out later. Perhaps your household has outgrown the size of your hot water system? Teenagers and young adults tend to use the bathroom and showers longer than younger children. Upgrading your hot water system size may be necessary to overcome your hot water storage issues.

If not any of the things above, you may find the culprit to be one of the following:

  • Build up of sediment in the hot water storage tank, which will effect how well the water is heated
  • Faulty parts of the hot water system, i.e. damage to the heating element, or blockages
  • Solar system backup system not working effectively during winter due to faults

If you’re sick of not having enough hot water, or any at all, in your Perth household, don’t hesitate to call Whincup Plumbing to check your system for faults and fix the issues at a reasonable price.

Weird noises in your pipes?

Splashing noises are normal noises you can hear in the bathroom in the mornings, but how about when those noises occur in the pipes over-head or in the kitchen drains?

When you hear weird noises coming from your pipes, it usually means trouble. The best scenario is that you may have water pressure issues or the beginning of a blocked pipe. Worst case scenario – you may want to call septic experts for that one! Problems with plumbing are no longer just a problem for Perth’s old houses, so don’t pretend those noises will just go away on their own.

Noises in your pipes

Groans and squeals that come from the pipes in your house are usually signs of pipes struggling under pressure. When water moves from large pipes through to smaller pipes, pressure is created and when the pressure becomes too high, its common to hear the pipes squealing. In these instances, you should call a plumber straight away, and show them where your pressure valve is (if you have one). If the problem is not fixed professionally, you risk the build up of pressure and bursting pipes.

Water hammer

When you turn off the water, you might hear the pipes bang loudly, and/or rattle. This usually means the water pressure inside the pipes is too high. Furthermore, if the banging happens when the water is still running, it could also be a pressure or it could also mean some pipes are coming loose and will need to be fastened.

Water hammering should not be ignored or you could eventually end up with a burst pipe and serious leaks. When you call a plumber to have a look at the cause, they may need to install a pressure regulating valve on your mains pipe, and possibly an anti-hammer valve in the tap itself. The issue turns out to be loose pipes, the plumber can simply fasten the pipes in the area of the problem to stop them moving around.

Gurgling drains or toilets

Slow and gurgling toilets can make any seasoned plumber a little worried. It could either be a simple fix in the cistern, or it could be something even worse. If the toilet still runs even though it is gurgling, a plumber may simply need to replace some parts that have worn.

If the toilet gurgles and doesn’t run or drain properly, it means that the sewer pipes could be blocked. These pipes may then need to be replaced (not the cleanest jobs!). It’s also common to have these types of blockages in sinks and drains, so it’s important to call a plumber in to have a closer look. The problem may be caused by objects or debris getting stuck in the pipes, which will need the pipes to be taken apart. It could also be as a result of bad plumbing which can mean even more work.

If you do hear any unusual noises from your plumbing or pipes, don’t wait! Call Perth and Mandurah’s most reliable plumbers at Whincup Plumbing right away. Don’t forget that all plumbing jobs in Perth need to be done by someone with a plumbing license, however it helps to know roughly where the noise is coming from so you show our plumbers where to look. Call us anytime and we will be glad to help you get rid of those worrying plumbing noises!