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Why is my water bill so high?

If your water bill has increased unexpectedly it could be an underground water leak such as a broken water line outside your house or it could be a leaking tap, toilet cistern or shower. At Ryan Old Plumbing we use drain inspection technology to investigate the problem, then, once identified, we can

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Why does WELS save water in your home and give you more money in the bank?

When WELS (Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards) began in 2005, projections were made on the reduction in the demand for water and energy to the year 2021. Since then, a study completed in 2008 showed even greater savings than the 2005 projections. By 2021, Australians could save more than one

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What are the new plumbing Notifiable Work Laws?

The new plumbing Notifiable Work Laws allow plumbers to carry out certain jobs without receiving local government approval and inspection prior to work. The law came into effect on 1 November 2012 and allows all plumbers and drainers (licensed by the Plumbing Industry Council) to begin work essentia

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Why is it important to keep gutters clear?

Gutters and down pipes play an important role in rerouting rain. If rain is not rerouted, it is likely that three problems will occur: The rain water can gather in ‘pools’, which are not only a breeding ground for mosquitos but also lead to rust and, over time, holes in gutters The rain water can

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How can I determine if my toilet is leaking water?

One way to determine whether or not your toilet is leaking is to put a few drops of food colouring into the cistern (the top part of the toilet, sometimes called a tank). If your toilet is leaking, over the next 30 minutes or so, coloured water will appear in the toilet. Make sure no one flushes the

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What can I do about low water pressure?

The pressure and flow rates in your home can be affected by a number of factors: The height of the property above the water main and its height in relation to the local storage reservoir (the higher the elevation of the property the less pressure you are likely to receive) The condition of the servi

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