The experienced plumbing team at Service Fox provide a range of hot water services, including full installation and repairs. We work around the clock, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to keep our customers comfortable and happy and we have many years’ experience in the local Sydney and Central Coast regions.
Common hot water problems include tank leaks, weird noises, not enough water, discoloured water, or cold water. Any of these problems can create irreparable damage if they’re left too long so it’s essential you stay on top of them – and get a professional plumber in as soon as possible to fix it. Our team can come to your home or office, complete checks to determine what’s causing the problem, then give you a quote to repair it, fix it on the spot, or offer information regarding a replacement system.
At Service Fox, we can provide services and maintenance, as well as installation of a range of systems, including gas, electric, solar and heat pump hot water systems. We work with quality brands to ensure your system is running efficiently and set to last for years to come.
We want to get your hot water working asap so if you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to ask. If your hot water system isn’t working as it should, or it’s starting to show signs of damage or aging, get in touch with our qualified professionals to assist. We’re more than happy to take your call.
One of everyone’s worst nightmares has to be coming home to flood damage to your home. No matter if you were gone for a day, or a weekend, or a month – clean-up and restoration is a difficult and often expensive process. If you’re lucky, your homeowners’ insurance will cover it.
But you should also try to prevent it in the first place – and to do that, you need to pay attention. If you’ve noticed your hot water leaking, here are the steps you need to take (sooner rather than later).
One of the first things you should do is to call the municipal office and have them shut off the hot water to your home, if you have identified the culprit as your hot water tank. They will usually send a technician out as soon as possible. Alternatively, there may be a lever you can pull yourself on the tank itself that will perform the same action.
However, if you are not confident about this, call an emergency plumber in Sydney’s Eastern suburbs. If you live in an area like Sutherland Shire, there are also options to choose from for your 24-hour plumbing services. The main priority is to stop the flow of water to your home.
No matter what region of Sydney you live in, there’s usually an emergency plumbing service available. Plumbers in Cronulla and plumbers in Sutherland Shire are often always on-hand to help you fix the problem. Your next priority has to be fixing your plumbing issue, before you can proceed with anything else. If you live in Sydney, Emergency plumbers in Sydney’s Inner West neighbourhoods are also available to come and do an assessment. Start making phone calls, no matter where you live and get them out to your location ASAP. The quicker they fix the issue, the quicker you can begin proper clean-up, safe in the knowledge that the problem isn’t going to recur.
You should already have been in close contact with your insurance, now’s the time to arrange for them to come out and do a damage assessment and help start the clean-up process. It’s going to be a long and difficult road, dealing with your home insurance company – depending on the scale of the damage. They will do a thorough assessment of what you have lost due to the flooding, minus personal items of sentimental value only, and give you an estimate on what you’re looking at to cover that loss.
Once your insurance has been contacted and done their own assessment, the next step is repairing as much as you can. Call in all-hands. Get your friends and neighbours to come and help you with the clean-up process, as much as possible, before your insurance gets involved and you can begin to hire out repair services to repair any and all major damage. For example, while you can mop up water till the cows come home, any major structural damages to the home due to the flood, will have to be assessed and repaired by a structural engineer – these costs will hopefully be covered by your insurance!
Once the home is repaired and any damages are thoroughly compensated for, you should really have your plumber come and do another assessment of your hot water heater (which should have been replaced/repaired as part of the previous process). This assessment is just to give you peace of mind that everything is operating as it should and that you’re unlikely to face this problem again anytime soon.
Going through a house flood, whether or not the damage was significant, can be a pretty traumatic event. Not to mention all of the red tape that follows an event like that. You’ve just undergone a very stressful few days or couple of weeks, it’s time for you to relax. Run a nice, hot bath, thanks to your newly-not-leaking hot water heater and pour a glass of wine and chill.
Hot water is a luxury you don’t generally worry about… until you step into a cold shower on a cold winter’s day. Calling an emergency plumber can be a hassle, so it’s always better to prevent any problems to start with, rather than having to repair it after the fact. If you’re not sure whether your hot water system needs an upgrade or repairs, here are some of the ways you can tell:
Changes In Water Temperature
Water temperature that constantly changes between warm and cold while running could indicate it is time for hot water repair. Fixing the alternating water temperature could be simple because hot water systems usually come with a temperature regulator. If the regulator has stopped working, the heater can no longer control the temperature of the water. A build up of mineral deposits could also be affecting your plumbing and, consequently, the temperature of your water.
A Noisy Heater
A well-functioning water heater is quiet. Over time, some mild buzzing may develop. This buzzing is normal. Popping, cracking and banging sounds, however, indicate there is a problem. Sediment build up is the most significant cause of noisy water tanks. As more and more sediment accumulates, the more corrosion takes place, and the weaker your heater becomes.
Blocked Drains And Valves
Sediment can collect in the tank as your water heater begins to age. The longer the residue sits, the more damage it can cause to the interior of your tank. As the inside of your tank breaks down, the drains and valves become blocked. These blockages lead to leaks and decreased hot water pressure.
Water That Is Not Clear
Water that is anything besides clear is not a good sign. Rust can cause your water to look discoloured. This rust indicates that your water tank is on its last legs and needs to be replaced by professional plumbing services. Not only can rusty, metallic-tasting water be a health hazard because of the added metals, it can also do severe damage to other appliances like washing machines and dishwashers.
Poor Efficiency And Increased Demand
If your shower is warm until someone starts the dishwasher or a load of laundry, it means that your current water heater cannot provide enough hot water to fulfil both needs. This lack of hot water could be because the heater is too small or because it is too old and no longer as efficient as it once was. Another sign that your water heater’s efficiency is decreasing is a change in energy bills. If your energy bills have gone up and you have not added new appliances, your water heater could be to blame.
Contact The Pros
There are some minor plumbing problems you may fix yourself, such as a blocked toilet or a leaky sink. But repairing or replacing a water heater is not one of those “do-it-yourself” projects. It is crucial to contact a professional, local plumbers to prevent further damage and ensure that the job is done correctly and up to local codes. Also, keep in mind that only licensed plumbers can repair hot water tanks – it’s the law!
If you notice any signs that your water heater may not be working well, the experienced plumbers at Service Fox can help. We can send a 24 hour plumber to ensure that your plumbing is one less problem you need to worry about. Our team provides maintenance and installation services for all sorts of water heating systems. If we cannot fix the problem, we will help you replace it.
Is a noisy water heater keeping you up at night? Do cold showers ruin your morning? Contact Service Fox today. Our around-the-clock emergency plumbing experts can upgrade your water heater in no time.
Thanks to the wonders of indoor plumbing, we’re able to filter debris while flushing water down the drain and away from our homes. However, drains can, unfortunately, get themselves clogged during this process.
While it usually only starts out as a fairly minor issue, blocked drains and clogged pipes can very easily and quickly escalate into some pretty major problems which require costly repairs, such as pipe corrosion, flooding water, and sewage backing up.
What Does It Mean If Your Drain Becomes Clogged?
Whenever your drain becomes clogged, blocked, or is only draining water slowly, it will usually be caused by some kind of obstruction in the pipes, which will usually depend on which room the drain is located.
For example, the main cause of clogged drains in the bathroom is when soap scum builds up inside the pipes and binds with foreign particles of dirt, skin flakes, and especially hair. This accumulation of gunk continues building up over time as it reduces water flow and eventually blocks it off completely.
On the other hand, clogged drains in the kitchen are usually caused by the build-up of food particles, detergent soap scum, and cooking grease or oil. When food and other substances that are unable to quickly dissolve are washed down the drain, it doesn’t take too long before they create a significantly gunky and stubborn blockage.
While slow drains and blockages are a fairly common problem, they can sometimes be an early indicator of a much more serious plumbing problem such as gurgling drains, bad smells, broken pipes, or a tree root infiltration. These are significant situations that call for professional repair work before they end up causing broken water pipes, extensive interior damage, or raw sewage starts backing up inside your home or business.
6 Easy Tricks To Keep Your Drains Clear
While clogged drains in your home or business are always annoying, even more so when they happen regularly, they’re usually a preventable issue. And it’s much easier to prevent clogged drains by eliminating the problems that cause them than it is to unclog them. So, here’s the best ways to keep your drains clear and avoid clogging them altogether:
By taking these simple proactive measures, you’ll be able to limit how often your drain will clog by noticing any drainage issues before they cause more severe problems that are irreversible and costly.
What You Shouldn’t Do If You Drains Block Up
While something needs to be done if you have a clogged drain in your home or business, there are some things you shouldn’t do. For example:
DON’T keep running water down a completely blocked drain
DON’T use any other drains until you know the problem is with only the one drain
DON’T try pouring boiling water down a blocked drain
DON’T use acid drain cleaners or other dangerous chemicals
How Can Service Fox Help?
Attempting to fix basic issues with clogged drains by yourself is sometimes possible, but can be difficult without the right plumbing tools and knowledge. That’s why you should contact your expert local plumbers from Service Fox when you first notice any issues with slow drainage or clogging. Our professional experts offer a complete range of plumbing services to both residential and commercial properties, allowing us to locate the cause, deal with the issue, and provide your drains with a thorough deep clean.
At Service Fox, we know hot water systems like the back of our hand! We offer a range of hot water solutions, including the following:
We also provide hot water system installation. At Service Fox, our reliable team of tradespeople spend the time checking to ensure that your hot water system is working before we leave. Get in touch today for a quote or to discuss your requirements. If it’s an emergency, call us any time, day or night!