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Monthly Archives: December 2016

The Gas BBQ that never runs out!

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We have all had the fun experience of having friends and family over a BBQ.  The sun is shining and everyone is having a good time.  The snags are happily cooking for the kids and sending out delicious aromas.  Next those beautiful pieces of steak you’ve been marinading overnight go on and then

uh oh, the gas runs out! What a disaster!

It’s a mad rush to the service station for a replacement gas bottle or a mad dash to the kitchen to get the stove or the oven fired up so you can finish cooking the meal.  Invariably that lovely marinaded steak you were really looking forward to ends up either very well done or chewy from being taken off one heat source to another. Not an ideal picture is it?

If your home is already connected to gas, there is an easy solution to this problem! Convert your BBQ to natural gas by a licenced gas plumber from MJ Walker Plumbing. Natural gas is more cost effective than LPG and will never run out.  If your BBQ is suitable to be converted, you will never need to make a trip to the service station ever again to swap cylinders.  Your BBQ is ready to go, instantly, any time of the day or night.  This means having an impromptu gathering of friends or family will never be a problem in the future.  You can simple fire up your everlasting BBQ!

Should you be about to build your home and will have natural gas piped in for your kitchen appliances, be sure to plan for a BBQ point.  Our gas plumbers can install your BBQ to the BBQ point as only licenced gas plumbers can undertake this work.

A range of conversion kits are available to take your BBQ (if suitable for conversion) from LPG Gas to Natural Gas.  As mentioned, by law these need to be fitted by a licenced gas plumber so for safety reasons never attempt to install these conversion kits yourself. MJ Walker Plumbing’s experienced and licenced gas plumbers will expertly install your conversion kit and ensure your BBQ is professionally tested and operated before completion to make sure there are no leaks.

If your home already has natural gas piped in and your BBQ is suitable to be converted to natural gas, you can take advantage of having natural gas on demand when you BBQ.  Call MJ Walker Plumbing today to see if your BBQ can be converted or to book in an installation.  We will ensure those snags and delicious steaks are back on the BBQ pronto!

What to consider when your water usage has increased.

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Water usage is something that is monitored closely in the Queensland. Whilst we are blessed with a beautifully warm climate throughout the year, this can also lead to severe water shortages at times. So whilst Queenslanders are supposed to keep their water usage to under 200 litres per person per day, what do you do if your water usage is higher than usual?

During the summer months, be mindful that filling the pool or watering the garden can significantly raise the cost of your water bill during the summer months, plus due to the heat many people take extra showers, all contributing to additional water bills.

Unfortunately, if you don’t have a pool or garden you may have to look into whether you have a leak. This may not be visible so could entail a plumber looking at your underground pipes.

A constant running toilet or washing machine can give the same consistent water readings as a leak, so before getting a plumber out have a quick check of the easily remedied issues.

Maybe you had guests over the Christmas holidays that could have contributed to the additional water usage.

If you have looked into all the options and you are still none the wiser you may have just have a faulty reading.

So what do I do next?

Check your water meter at regular intervals and see if the amount used is in proportion to the amount recorded on the metre.

Check your household for any leaking taps or appliances.

If you feel that the issue is due to a faulty meter reading, then call your local council to discuss how it can be rectified. However, if there is a leakage or another plumbing issue to save water and money it is imperative that you call a reputable plumber as soon as possible. MJ Walker Plumbing has serviced the Gold Coast area for more than 20 years, providing great service at a reasonable price.


We haven’t serviced the gold coast for 20 years. He is from Sydney and has only been here for less than 10. Please amend

Queenslanders aren’t supposed to keep their water usage under 200L per person per day, there are no current water restrictions and there is no initiative that I can find that recommends this. There have been no water restrictions in SE QLD since Jan 1, 2013.

Sorry I know most people don’t know any different, but I hate things being wrong