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3 Things Plumbers Wish You Wouldn’t Do

3 Things Plumbers Wish You Wouldn’t Do | Plumbing Gold Coast | Brisbane | M.J. Walker Plumbing

There are in fact many things that you are most likely doing on a daily-basis, that would make a professional plumber cringe! Here are the top three things you are doing, that your really plumber wishes you wouldn’t!

Ignoring the Problem

One of the biggest, and most common, things that home-owners do that they shouldn’t is ignore that there is even a problem. From a minor leak comes a big flood! The problem is only going to get worse the longer you leave it. As a professional plumbing service, we cannot stress enough the importance of seeking professional plumbing assistance while the problem is still small, and not leaving it until too late!


So, you have plumbing that needs fixing? Well, there are some jobs that simply need to be left to the professionals. When it comes to DIYing your own plumbing, we really wish you just wouldn’t. There is nothing worse than having to spend extra money correcting the problem after the fact. It may save you a little upfront, which will feel like a great idea, but you need to consider the big spend later if you don’t know what you’re doing and everything goes wrong.

Using Harsh Chemical

Silicone and grout is not infallible; it is not superhuman. Please don’t treat it as such! When you pour harsh chemicals down your drains to try and remove clogs and build-up, chances are you’re only causing more problems. You can not only damage your waterproofing (silicone and grout), but even your piping and fixtures can be damaged by these chemicals. The time and money you will spend fixing these things, is going to make you seriously regret not calling in a plumber first!


Give MJ Walker Plumbing a call, our friendly and professional plumbers can help you with all of your local Gold Coast plumbing needs.

What should I do if the water pipe bursts?

What should I do if the water pipe bursts? | Plumbing Gold Coast | Brisbane | M.J. Walker Plumbing

There’s nothing worse than a burst water pipe! Watching your home get seriously damaged can lead to panic on what to do. Here are the steps you need to take when a water pipe has burst.

Step 1: Turn off the Water

Even if you don’t know where the water is coming from, find the stop tap on the water main and turn off the water flow. You also need to turn off the electricity at the main, this will prevent any accidental shocks. Water and electricity don’t mix well, so better safe than sorry. Once the water and electricity is off, you need to drain the pipes by running the cold water on every tap, flush each toilet and (after shutting off the water heater) run the hot water on every tap. Once the pipes are all drained of water, the leak will stop.

Step 2: Locate the Burst Pipe

Once you have located where the leak is coming from, inspect the damage and get in a plumber to assess the leak. A professional plumber will be able to tell you if it is a major water pipe or a single pipe that has burst, the first will be a bigger repair than the last and cost more money as a result.

Step 3: Get Everything Dry

Depending on the extent of the leak and the amount of water that has flooded you may want to consider bringing in a professional drying crew as well as the plumber. Using fans and open windows to dry a soaked area is not going to be enough to prevent mould, mildew and other bacteria from growing.

Unfortunately, water pipes do burst and leaking pipes can cause damage to households whether they are located underground, in walls or in a ceiling space. There are many different types and brands of water pipes, both in existing buildings and new dwellings, in Australia. Copper pipes, Polybutylene pipes, Pex pipes and Steel pipework all have weak points and may burst or leak from time to time. M.J. Walker Plumbing and our team of licensed and experienced Gold Coast plumbers can repair or replace all of these pipes.