Whether it be a blocked toilet, basin, shower, drain grate, sewer or stormwater blockage; Smith Brothers Plumbing has the experience and technology to determine the cause and location to fix the problem as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Blocked or overflowing drains not only smell and are inconvenient, but are also potentially serious health risks. Stagnant water, particularly waste water breeds bacteria.
Extensive damage from flooding can happen during heavy rain with blocked stormwater drains.
Blocked drains don’t happen overnight, they usually build up over time so take the time to understand why drains block and how you can help prevent the problem, saving yourself inconvenience and money.
Blocked drains generally don’t happen overnight, they get gradually worse until the completely block and it is an emergency call out at an inopportune time. If you suspect you have a drain that is partially blocked, call us to clear it as soon as possible, don’t wait. It will save you money by reducing the work involved and in some cases prevent damage to pipe work.
Smith Brothers Plumbing operate equipment ranging from electric power drain cleaning machines to high velocity water jets to de-scale and/or de-root sewer or storm water drains from household pipe work to major sewer and stormwater assets.
In most cases, the high pressure drain cleaner reveal that tree roots searching for water have broken into the sewer or stormwater line and caused the blockage. In some cases a camera inspection of the line may be necessary to determine exactly where the problem is.
A major burst pipe with gushing water is a common enough plumbing problem. The solution is to stop the water flow and repair or replace the section of burst pipe. A more complicated plumbing problem occurs when the location of the water leak is less obvious.
Unidentified, buried or enclosed pipe leaks can cause extensive property damage and high costs in water usage. Leaks are usually found to be underground, under concrete and within building structures. Particularly in apartment buildings, the location of the leak may be difficult to determine with the eventual escaping water appearing far away from the cause.
We have state-of-the-art technology to locate leaks which reduce the guess work of sourcing leaks and helps to reduce the cost of repairs by establishing more clearly where the leak is rather than by extensive excavation or demolition.
This minimises damage repairing and replacing tiles, concrete paths and driveways. So now there's no need to have a plumber cut a hole in a tiled wall to locate a water leak only to find he is in the wrong place and has to start over again causing more damage.
A dripping tap can waste 2,000L of water a month
Efficient disposal or collection of stormwater is essential to the maintenance of your property.
Broken or cracked stormwater pipes can cause the ground to subside, buildings to shift and walls to crack. Broken roof tiles, leaking or blocked gutters can cause water damage to the interior of your property or with heavy rains, cause extensive damage from flooding.
Take the time to regularly check your roof, gutter and downpipes or book in with us for a regular check and clean of your gutters. Install a gutter guard to prevent leaves and other debris from causing the gutter to overflow when it rains.
Check your ceilings and walls for water marks or stains, peeling or bubbling paint. These are signs that water is leaking into your home and needs attention to prevent further damage.
Smith Brothers Plumbing cleans, repairs and replaces:
Gas leaks are dangerous. For safety and to save money and fossil fuels, gas leak detection should not be delayed. If you can smell even a faint smell of gas or your gas bill seems high, it is possible that you have a leak. Contact us to test for you.
To check for yourself, turn off all the appliances in your house that use gas, including those with a pilot. Find your gas meter and take a reading before you go to bed and then again in the morning before you use any gas appliance. If the reading has changed you may have a leak and should call us to investigate further and repair as required.
A gas leak detection system would be to firstly pressure test the line. A device called a manometer can then be used to test your line to and from the meter. It is also possible to check the service with special gas leak detection fluid.
A registered plumber with the necessary license, training and experience should be used for all gas-fitting. There are strict compliance regulations to adhere to so don't risk a dangerous installation by using an unlicensed handyman or DYI. For installation and upgrade of gas meters and regulators, contact your local gas authority.
Our licensed and qualified plumber/gasfitters carry out installations and repairs including:
Simply installing a rainwater tank with a tap will save water and money.
To take it to the next step and have rainwater plumbed into the building to use for flushing toilets; use in the laundry or other approved uses is a consideration for those with large water usage and/or are serious about environmental concerns and sustainable living.
For new buildings and some additions/extensions this is now a requirement in most states, including South Australia.
Retrofitting to an existing building is a substantial commitment and involves much more than simply installing a tank. It may include installing the tank; a pump and rainbank system, excavation and extra pipework, backflow control, UV treatment, electrician and labour costs. Call us to discuss your particular site and situation for an estimated cost and quote.
For those with large water usage and/or are serious about environmental concerns and sustainable living. Rebates are available under the scheme administered by SA Water. sawater.com.au or contact us on-1300-650-950
We have installed many rainwater plumbed systems to schools, particularly for flushing toilets.
Community Water Grants are available.
Rainwater tanks need regular maintenance, including:
Backflow devices are installed where required by Water Authorities to prevent contaminated water flowing back into the mains water supply. By regulation, these devices must be tested annually by a licensed tester.
We are qualified to do so and regularly carry out tests for numerous clients. Penalties are substantial for non-compliance with these regulations, and testing is relatively simple and inexpensive.
Contact us to arrange for your testing and for inclusion into our computer diary for ongoing regular maintenance.