Hot Water Systems
Mr Drains focuses on the movement towards environmentally friendly, energy efficient hot-water systems and heat-pump hot-water systems. Hot water is essential for any home and we understand that choosing the right hot-water system for your home can be confusing.
There are a wide range of options to choose from- from how the water is heated, life expectancy of the tank, the location of the tank and the size of the tank. All this can be extremely confusing but not to worry, our highly trained technicians at Mr Drains can go over all the pro’s and con’s for the tanks on the market. We can assist you in choosing the correct tank for the size of your home and the number of people living there. We will also take into consideration the number of years you are planning on staying in the home for. The tank you choose may even have a rebate. The Australian government provide an incentive rebate on a few different hot water systems on the market.
Call us today at Mr Drains and we can help you select the right hot-water system to suit your needs.
The days of excavating broken and damaged drains are over. Excavating pipes is an old and dated way to repair your plumbing, involving extensive manual labour and/or heavy machinery which all comes with a hefty price tag. And not to mention that on top of labour and machinery costs there are restoration costs and landscaping expenses once the repairs have been made.
Thank goodness times have changed.
Today, most pipes can be relined. We use industry-leading technology and equipment used by our highly skilled and trained technicians. We simply invert a new pipe into the old pipe. The Brawoliner System Mr Drains uses is one of the only seamless finishes on the market. It has no chance of root ingress or leakage in this system and the Brawoliner System has a 50-year life expectancy and comes with a 25-year guarantee. We can assist you with all your pipe relining solutions. This system will save you time and money and protect your most precious asset.
Typical water pipe problems are bad enough. They cost money with lost water while also reducing service effectiveness.
Broken and leaking sewer pipes are a risk to your home. Sewerage or stormwater leakage near the foundations of the house can cause possible movement and cracking of the structure, root ingress can cause unwanted stress and strain on your pipework causing the pipes to collapse. These issues are costly and can cause untimely blocked drains.
Broken sewer lines can also create more serious problems. These can range from unpleasant smells to the spreading of bacteria that can harm your health. Experts have even found "super bacteria" resistant to antibiotics in areas with broken sewer pipes.
Broken and leaking sewer pipes present a serious health hazard to your home and the surrounding area. We use the Brawoliner trenchless pipe relining solution which is the best performer in the strict quality-control tests in Australia, the UK and Germany. This reliner system is water marked within Australian. The Mr Drains team can quickly respond when called. We will use our less costly relining procedure solution to restore service to your drainage system promptly.
Contact Mr Drains for Pipe Relining Services!
Any Sydney home or business that needs drain or sewer relining can get in touch. Our staff are ready to set up an appointment, answer your questions and send plumbers to your location.
How does a simple little outdoor shower bring so much pleasure and look so great in any backyard? It doesn’t have to be elaborate, in fact the simpler, the more rustic, the better in most instances. And when you stand under it, letting the water fall on your body, after a sweaty session of lawn mowing, or to wash the salty residue from your sun kissed skin, it can be exhilarating.
An outdoor shower can be a great addition to any backyard to beat the summer heat. Not only can they be used to rinse off the chlorine from your swimming pool, or the salt if you are lucky enough to live near the beaches, it’s a great place to clean up the kids from dirt and mud after a long play in the backyard or to wash the kids in summer - bath time doesn’t have to be a chore and there’s no clean up after! Use it to clean the muddy best friend, your dog! Or cooling off after a workout session or mowing the lawn.
The best part about an outdoor shower is you don’t need much room in your backyard or down the side of your house to fit an outdoor shower. You can create a cosy niche or put it on the corner of your deck, they are practical and look great.
The best bit is your outdoor shower ideas don’t have to follow any strict rules. Have some fun and use different materials to add style to a simple shower. They can be as elaborate as you like or simply just a shower.
Now what does it take to install your own outdoor shower?
Just add water –
The simplest and most cost-effective installation is to hook your hose to the outdoor shower. Your showers will be cold and will limit the shower use to summer months only.
To keep installations costs down, install it close to water supply, usually an existing bathroom or the garden taps. The further away the shower is the more the costs in labour to dig the trenches for the pipes and cost of the pipes.
Hot or cold water? This would depend on your personal needs but hooking up to hot water, means you can use it year-round.
Take note of the location of your hot water tank because if it will be some distance from the outdoor shower it will use a lot of water waiting for the hot water to come through. Also ensure the hot water is tempered to 55 degrees as most outdoor showers do not have a tempering valve.
If your outdoor shower will be located against the wall of the house or other building structure or the slope of the land heads towards these structures, it is best to install proper drainage by a plumber. This will stop water affecting the house walls or foundations over time and will prevent mould and moss growing around your shower area.
Garden drainage – this is where the grey water seeps directly into the garden surrounding the outdoor shower. You will need to have permeable ground for the water to drain away at a reasonable rate. A pit can also be dug out and filled with gravel, pebbles or other permeable material so the water can slowly drain into the surrounding soil, instead of sitting on the surface.
Use the existing outdoor drains – connect the drain to the existing outdoor drainage system.
Connect to the wastewater system – this will require a licensed plumber to join the outdoor shower drain to the existing wastewater drainage system. Although this is more expensive than the others, this solution prevents any water damage from the outdoor shower.
If you are unsure, Mr Drains can advise on the type of drainage which will be best suited to your outdoor shower.
Waterproofing will be needed if your outdoor shower will be against the wall of your home or very close to something that could be damaged from the water. If it is free standing or away from your house, there is no need for waterproofing.
As with everything you install that is exposed to the elements, ensure it is durable to stand the weather and harsh climate. Structural or marine grade steel are robust materials suitable for an outdoor shower. Brass and copper can be used as well and will develop a beautiful patina over time. Choose fittings that are designed for outdoor use to extend their life, and look for products that offer a warranty.
You may not need to install an outdoor shower enclosure for a little discretion. Check the view from your neighbours, as they may not like being able to see you showering. Use plants, glass, wood panelling or sheets of corrugated iron for a little privacy.
Slips, falls and burns are the dangers from an outdoor shower. Give some thought to the following -
• Choose non-slip flooring to prevent falls and slips.
• Install the outdoor shower away from powerlines and power points to prevent electrocution.
• During installation, ensure the plumber tempers the hot water to a maximum of 55 degrees as most outdoor showers do not have a tempering valve.
• When using the outdoor shower, run the water for a few seconds before using as sometimes the sun can heat the water and cause scalding.
Add-ons for extra special fun
Do you want to add a bath tub for the ultimate in outdoor bathing! Hours of entertainment for the kids (and cheaper than a pool!) or wash the pooch without the mess.
Will you need a shelf for soap and shampoo? Use bio-degradable products to care for the environment. How about a seat or bench to sit on or use for your clothes?
Have a think about how you are going to use the shower. If it is after a session of surfing, you may want a spot to lean the surfboard on, somewhere to hang up a dripping wetsuit.
If it will be used for swimmers, hooks for towels and wet swimming costumes is a nice touch.
Here are some cool outdoor showers to get your creative juices flowing. Or sometimes, the trusty old hose and tap will suffice!
Call Mr Drains today on 9986 1234, if you have questions or concerns regarding the installation of your outdoor shower.
Blocked Drains – Helpful Tips to Identify and Avoid a Blocked Drain
If you’ve ever had a blocked drain you will know how untimely and disruptive they can be. Before all drains block up there are signs which, unfortunately, we generally chose to neglect. The signs of a blocked drain are slow-draining sinks, basins and showers; the water level in the toilet rising and dropping, gurgling sounds coming from the fixtures - sounding like a monster is living in there. The team at Mr Drains know exactly how irritating blocked drains are so here are some tips to help and prevent your drains from blocking up:
1. There is no such thing as a “flushable wipe”, even if the packet says that it is. Wipes cannot break down the way toilet paper does in such a short period of time. DO NOT FLUSH THE WIPES.
2. General housekeeping - don’t pour hot oil down the drain as it will harden in the pipes and start to cause you blockages. Pour the oil into an old ice cream container and either freeze it and throw it in the bin, or soak all the oil up with paper towel and put it in the bin.
3. Most floor grates in your shower and bathroom (floorwaste) are removable. Generally hair and other objects will get caught in them but the drains can be easily cleared by simply removing all hair and debris with your hand. Once all debris is manually removed get a full bucket of water and pour it down the drain. This large volume of water is used to flush through the last remaining obstructions in the drain.
4. Have a cheap plunger around the house as it can come in handy if your kitchen sink or hand basins are draining slow or blocked. Fill the sink or basin around half-full of water and plunge around 4-5 times over the outlet. Hopefully when you remove the plunger the water drains away at a good pace.
5. If all the above fails call the friendly team at Mr Drains and we can get your drainage system back up and running in no time for you.
BBQ’s have stepped up a notch – from the portable BBQ wheeled into the back yard to full functioning mini kitchens complete with large BBQ, sink, lighting and refrigeration! Now that’s outdoor entertaining made easy (and fun!).
With the growth in popularity, outdoor kitchens are now available to suit most budgets and preferences. From the customised, fully integrated to outdoor kitchen packages complete with sink, BBQ and grills, from your local hardware store or BBQ specialist.
Looking for some outdoor kitchen ideas? There are a few things you need to consider before you start planning and building your outdoor kitchen. Follow these outdoor kitchen design tips and your guests will never leave!
When choosing the location of your outdoor kitchen, there are several aspects you need to consider before you set out to design and build.
Is the ground level? There is nothing worse than sitting on chairs on a sloping block. If you need to level the area, this will be an added cost that needs to be accounted for.
Easy access to utilities - Check out where you would like to install your outdoor BBQ and kitchen. This may have an impact on where the outdoor kitchen will be located. If you are unsure, Mr Drains can help locate your gas and water lines and advise on the placement of your outdoor kitchen to maximise space and minimise installation costs.
‘The rule of thumb is the closer to the house kitchen, the less expensive installation will be’. Luke Coulter, General Manager, Mr Drains.
Check out the direction of the sun at different times of the day. You don’t want your guests to be dining in the setting westerly sun. Also, take into consideration the view from your house of the outdoor kitchen, you still want to maintain the view of your backyard, pool or the views beyond.
Plan on a clear path or easy access to your indoor kitchen, as you will still need to grab extra supplies from it, doing the BBQ or party.
As with your indoor kitchen, safety is very important. Provide enough space around the cooking areas so people do not bump into each other with hot dishes or the appliances with open flames.
Ensure the flooring you use is non-slip, as water and other spilt materials could become a slip hazard.
Design your outdoor kitchen, so the BBQ, grills and ovens are located away from high traffic areas and children playing. These appliances can also create smoke, so ensure they are placed in a well-ventilated area.
3. Decide on the appliances you would like
Purchase good quality appliances that are designed specifically for outdoor use and the harsh elements of the weather. They will serve you well for many years and will be easy to operate and keep clean. Look out for stainless steel and ceramic appliances, they are very durable and are low maintenance under all weather conditions.
Gas BBQ’s, pizza ovens, grills and wok cookers are safer and more efficient when plumbed to the gas line. A licensed plumber can install this in line with building and safety codes for endless gas supply.
Will you need a sink? You can install a small sink for quick hand rinses and access to water or choose a larger sink for washing dishes. You will need to call a plumber to plumb the sink to the house’s water supply and connect to a drain.
For safety reasons, ensure you use an electrician and plumber for the installation of all appliances to meet safety and building code regulations.
4. Storage and bench space
Think about the kind of cooking and entertaining you will be doing in your outdoor kitchen. Bench space is needed for food preparation, serving food and cleaning up. Try to maximise the bench space within your design.
Who doesn’t need storage? Choose storage for items such as cooking utensils, cleaning items and supplies you don’t want to be traipsing into the house for.
What kind of seating would you like to use? You have many options to choose from; table and chairs, sofas or bar settings with high stools. This is likely to be dictated by your preferences and the kind of entertaining you like to do. If your space is large enough, you can combine different seating in zones.
Ensure the seating is comfortable so guests can relax. Chair pads will make dining chairs and stools more comfortable as will extra cushions to an outdoor sofa.
The most successful outdoor kitchens function well and are efficient but also have a wonderful atmosphere – whether your outdoor kitchen will be tucked into a cosy corner of your back yard, or the airy balcony with sweeping water views, or surrounded by established plants or a herb garden.
Choose soft lighting in strategic places around the outdoor kitchen for carefree entertaining. But don’t forget to put in task lighting over the cooking areas so you can see when the chops are done!
Let’s face it, the area should be comfortable for your guests. A night of entertaining involves comfy seating whether that is in the form of table and chairs, or some outdoor sofas and a rug.
What about heating and cooling? If you will be using the space in the cooler months, gas or electric heat strips fixed to the ceiling are a great idea to quickly heat the area and extend the seasons you can use the area. If space permits, a fireplace adds a cosy ambience or install a fire pit for a less expensive option.
Some covered outdoor areas become heat traps if ventilation is not adequate, try installing ceiling fans. There are some stylish ones on the market designed specifically for the outdoors.
• People will always gather where the food is, be generous with the space and provide lots of seating.
• It’s all about emerging nature, with the indoors for relaxing entertaining.
• With every product choice, you make for the outdoor kitchen, ensure it is designed for the harsh elements of the weather so they last long and look good for many years to come. Ensure all materials and products used are UV tolerant, waterproof or dry quickly and can be easily cleaned.
No space or budget for an outdoor kitchen?
If space or budget doesn’t quite permit an outdoor kitchen, just yet, how about opening up your indoor kitchen to the outdoors by adding French doors or sliding glass doors. Alternatively, add a benchtop to the outside kitchen window for an instant bistro bar.
For tighter budgets, try hooking up the trusty BBQ to the mains gas line. This is a great way to ensure endless BBQing throughout the summer without trips to the service station for new gas cylinders – that’s got to be just as good!
Outdoor kitchens will not only give you years of fun, laughs and delicious meals, doing it right can add value to your home. If you need help designing your outdoor kitchen, talk to the plumbers at Mr Drains on 9986 1234. We can help you place the appliances in the right spot for functionality and ease of use and access.