Published in Blocked Drains, 8th Nov 2021
We assist a client from Brighton with a blocked drain Greg called the O’Shea Plumbing Mt Waverley office regarding an issue that his parents were experiencing in their Brighton home. Whenever one of his parents showered, the shower would slowly become a bath as the shower base slowly filled up until it overflowed into the bathroom. This was a clear concern as it only took about 2 minutes for the bathroom floor to become wet each time. O’Shea Plumber Andrew arrived in the organised time slot, introduced himself to the clients and then got straight to work. Andrew found out that the remainder of the house’s sewer pipes were not affected by the blockage suggesting that the blockage was localised to the bathroom area. After further inspection, Andrew found that the Disconnector Gully (DG) was filled and overflowing near the shower (top end of sewer). He provided Greg with some options to rectify the blocked drain issue and told them he could start the job on the spot. Greg spoke with his parents, who were so happy that Andrew could proceed with the fix then and there. Once the job was approved, Andrew ran the cable machine down the DG clearing the blockage just that had occurred just after the trap. All the water dissipated from the drain and the water seal (water that sits purposefully in the bottom of the trap to stop sewer gases coming up) was sitting at the correct height. Andrew then changed the cutter on his cable machine to a larger one to give the drain the best chances of staying blockage-free for a longer period of time. Andrew let the client know that there was a possibility that this particular drain may back up again, he told Greg to call the office again if it did as there could be something a little more sinister happening in the drain. Greg was so happy with the service that Andrew and the O’Shea Plumbing team provided that he left a nice review as well as offered Andrew a job. Another happy O’Shea client! If you would like us to assess and provide options for a blocked drain on your Brighton property, call the team at O’Shea Plumbing! Call us today on (03) 9888 2887 – We are the plumber Melbourne locals can rely on.
Published in Uncategorized, 23rd Jun 2020
Leon, from Blackburn North, rang the O’Shea Plumbing office in Mount Waverley and spoke to Chelsea. He could smell gas and was sure it was in the front garden of his rental property. Lawrie (owner of O’Shea Plumbing) and Kevin (O’Shea Plumber) called out and met Leon on site. Lawrie and Kevin got straight to work, firstly conducting testing to detect any gas leaks. Carrying out gas pressure tests of the entire gas installation from the gas meter did prove that there was indeed a bad gas leak on this property. Further investigation of the situation showed that the old galvanised gas pipes were badly rusted and lying on the ground under the house. These gas pipes should be securely supported to keep the pipes well above the ground and away from potential damaging factors. The team prepared a quote and emailed it to Leon, who accepted the quote and gave Lawrie and Kevin the go head to begin works. Works were commenced straight away. The team worked quickly and efficiently to solve the problem and the works were completed the next day. The gas piping was replaced with solid copper tubes and copper and brass press fittings. As always, O’Shea Plumbing checks their work to make sure the job is done. Pressure testing of the gas installation was conducted again and now proved that the gas installation was safe and sound. All of the gas appliances were now re-lit and checked for correct and efficient operation. Lawrie really appreciated that Kevin could speak fluent Mandarin so that he could easily communicate with Leon, this made it so much easier to clarify what needed to be done. Thanks, Kevin! A VBA Certificate of Compliance was supplied to Leon for this work. This compliance certificate gives a 6-year warranty that the work was done to comply with the standards. Leon was very happy to have the gas supply restored on his rental property and as a result, his tenants were very happy. If you believe you have a gas leak on your property call the professional gas plumbers in Melbourne – O’Shea Plumbing! We can provide you with a fast quote. Call us today on (03) 9888 2887.
Published in Case Studies, 15th May 2020
Terri has called upon and relied on the expertise of the O’Shea Plumbing team for many years. Lawrie the owner and manager of O’Shea Plumbing has built trust up with Terri over these years through providing her with expert advice and premium workmanship. On this occasion, Terri asked if Lawrie could come over and have a look at an issue where water was entering garage when it rained but with no way for it to drain out of the garage. Andrew and Lawrie arrived and had a look at reasons as to why and where water could be entering the garage. They came up with some ideas to remove any water that entered the garage and also an idea to attempt to stop the flooding from occurring in the first place. Lawrie and Andrew worked on the quote and provided options to not only do the required works but options that would make Terri’s plumbing better in general. The works that O’Shea Plumbing completed for Terri on this occasion were as follows: Cut a section of the concrete garage and installed a grate drain to catch any water that entered the garage. The grate drain would then run to a stormwater pit outside the garage door, which was newly installed by O’Shea Plumbing. A little more concrete was cut out so Andrew could connect the new pit up to the existing stormwater drain. And finally, pressure control was installed on a water meter as well as on the Hot Water Unit to control the water pressure and protect the pipes and fixtures from excessive pressure. As well as changing over the very old Pressure Temperature Relief Valve. The reason why Terri trust O’Shea Plumbing is that Lawrie and Andrew did a thorough investigation and multiple visits to make sure that the investment Terri was making was going to be the right solution. Andrew and Lawrie in their multiple visits checked the existing stormwater pit and made sure the pump was in good working order, cleared the very large existing stormwater pit of any dirt/silt which could potentially block the pump. They used the drain camera to inspect the quality of the drain they proposed to connect up to, and that there were no blocked drains that were the cause of the problem. The two plumbers looked at different types of grate drains to choose the most ideal one for this situation. Not only were they involved in the plumbing side, but they also spoke with our trusted concretor – Enzo – to make sure he could re-lay the new section of concrete with reinforced steel to make it stronger. They also asked Enzo to make sure that there was a slight fall on either side of the drain so as if water was to enter again that it would simply run into the new grate drain and then through the stormwater system. “It would have never have looked like there had been major works done in my garage” – Besides the brand new drains, Terri was amazed that after all the works were complete she could hardly tell that O’Shea Plumbing had been in her garage, as Andrew made sure that the place was left in an immaculate condition. If you want to experience first-class plumbing in Melbourne, get in touch with the team at O’Shea Plumbing on (03) 9888 2887 or submit an enquiry online.
Published in Case Studies, 13th Apr 2020
George rang up O’Shea Plumbing on behalf of his elderly parents with as there was hot water seeping out of the wall of their house and onto the ground outside. The friendly O’Shea operator scheduled in a time and told George that there would be an O’Shea plumber at his parent’s house at 8am the next morning. Andrew (O’Shea Plumber) arrived and introduced himself and the company as this is the first time that George had used O’Shea Plumbing. Once Andrew received permission to enter the building and was showed to the spot, he quickly realised that there was definitely a water leak coming from the hot water pipe feeding the kitchen sink. Unfortunately, he could not see the exact location of the leak but he could partially see the hot water pipe behind the rendered concrete. Once Andrew knew what the problem was, he came up with some options to resolve the issue. Andrew provided George with the options and prices to fix this leaking pipe. This meant that George could choose how he wanted the pipes in his home fixed. George signed off on his preferred option and the O’Shea plumber got straight to work. Andrew removed some of the render and found that the flared nut was leaking so went to remove this to have a look at the flare. The flare had split at the base and a section of the copper pipe needed to be replaced fix the leak. Andrew removed a bit more render from the house to access the leaking hot water pipe. Once it was within in reach, he cut out a small section of the copper pipe, replacing the section with new copper and a new flare which would solve the leak. Once he had finished fixing the water leak, Andrew re-connected everything and turned the hot water unit back on, ensuring there were no more leaks. George was so happy with the service provided by the O’Shea Plumbing team that he got on the phone to organise O’Shea Plumbing team to have a look at some issues he was experiencing at his own house. Well done team! If you suspect you have a water leak or are experiencing another general plumbing, get in touch with the professional team at O’Shea Plumbing on (03) 9888 2887.
Published in Case Studies, 13th Feb 2020
Mrs Mac from Blackburn South found one day that her gas space heater had stopped working. As she had used O’Shea Plumbing in the past for her plumbing needs and had been very happy with the work done on those occasions, she decided to ring them again. This time, she spoke to Jarett, the Service Manager, who arranged to call out the next day, check what was going on and give her a fixed price quote and options to repair the heater. Upon investigation, Jarett discovered that the gas space heater was very old. Although he recommended she replace the unit with a new, more efficient one, he still gave options to service and carry out a carbon monoxide test on the old heater. He gave Mrs Mac an option to replace the heater with a highly efficient and very safe room sealed Rinnai Energy Saver heater. The benefits of these heaters (besides being highly efficient) is that they are room sealed, meaning that all the air for combustion is brought in from outside, and the products of combustion are exhausted to the outside. Mrs Mac decided to proceed with the installation of a new heater. Jarett went ahead and ordered the heater from the Plumbers Supplies Co-op in Mitcham. Once the heater was delivered, he met Adam (one of O’Shea’s senior plumbers) on site. The first thing that they did – as is what O’Shea Plumbing always do on gas installation work – was to pressure test the gas installation from the gas meter for gas leaks. Adam proceeded with the installation of the new gas heater, conducting another gas pressure test and the commissioning of the heater, to ensure that the heater was operating according to manufacturers specifications. Within a few hours, the new heater was completely installed. Mrs Mac was delighted with her new gas heater installation. Although it was summertime, we all know that there are some cool nights in Melbourne when people – especially older folks – need to turn on the heater. O’Shea Plumbing provides the most professional and expedient gas repairs and services Melbourne residents could ask for, call us today on (03) 9888 2887. We’ll come running!
Published in Blog, 7th Feb 2020
O’Shea Plumbing has completed quite a number of jobs for Andrew from Vermont over the years. Included in these jobs was the supply and installation of Caroma toilet suites, installation of tap sets, the replacement of a hot water heater and the installation of a vanity unit that Andrew had selected and supplied. Andrew is one of many loyal clients of O’Shea Plumbing, who value the quality work and reliable service that this company delivers. Things like; always turning up on time, doing exactly what was detailed in the quote, and fixed price quotes so the client can relax in the knowledge that they won’t be charged any more than the total amount of the quote that they approved. Clients such as Andrew also rest assured in the knowledge that O’Shea Plumbing check and guarantee all of their work, for example, all gas installation work will be pressure tested before, during and after each job to ensure that there are no gas leaks. Andrew recently rang our office again. He has purchased another vanity unit that he would like installed by the plumbing professionals that he trusts – O’Shea Plumbing. For more of our loyal clients’ plumbing stories, check out the case studies on the O’Shea Plumbing blog. Contact O’Shea Plumbing today to get a fixed quote for your plumbing needs. For peace of mind and 100% satisfaction guarantee call us today on (03) 9888 2887.
Published in Case Studies, 28th Oct 2019
‘Frank’ from Mount Waverley rang the O’Shea Plumbing office, as his toilets were blocked and the water was not flushing properly. Lawrie and Max (Plumber and Apprentice) made their way to Frank’s property to conduct an inspection. After assessing the situation and checking the extent of the blockage they found that all the fixtures were blocked. Lawrie and Max began making some calls in order to get some solutions for the problem. A copy of the sewerage plan and a phone call to Yarra Valley Water confirmed the location of the connection point to the Yarra Valley main sewer. Lawrie and Max discovered that Frank’s drain was combined with their next-door neighbour’s and the connection point was located on the neighbour’s property. A quick visit next-door revealed the neighbours were not home, and a note was left on their door to contact Frank and O’Shea Plumbing as soon as possible. Frank later rang to say that O’Shea Plumbing could access the neighbour’s property the next day. Lawrie and Max visited the two properties again. Now that they had access to the neighbour’s property they were able to clearly deduct that the blockage was actually in the Yarra Valley Water main sewer. Lawrie rang and referred the job to Yarra Valley Water, and was informed that they would be on-site within two hours to get Frank and his neighbour’s sewer cleared and running again. Thanks to the quick work by Lawrie and Max from O’Shea Plumbing, the blockage was able to be solved quickly and Frank could go back to living in a home free from plumbing issues.
Published in Blog, 29th Aug 2017
Australia is a country that is growing rapidly. The 2016 census, released by Australian Bureau of Statistics, found Australia’s population has grown by 8.8 per cent to 24.4 million people since the last time it was measured in 2011. If you live in Melbourne or Sydney, the city landscape scattered with cranes and construction sites is so normal you probably don’t even notice it anymore. Rapid population growth equals rapid expansion of both the central business district and suburbs. While this exciting expansion has offered a tremendous amount of opportunity for the city, it also comes with risks in how quickly growth is occurring. A construction site may just seem like large metal building machines and concrete blocks, but behind what is visible to the eye are hundreds of specialists, tradesman, and essential regulations. A recent concern to the Senate from Master Plumbers is how regulations are being upheld amidst such fast-moving growth. Below is a quick look at the concern, how it could impact you, and what needs to be done.
Published in Uncategorized, 26th Apr 2017
All across Australia, homeowners are dealing with the aftermath of poorly installed plumbing. Whether it’s the product of an amateur job or a professional service which just isn’t up to scratch, it is important to respond quickly to problems with residential pipework. At O’Shea Plumbing, we see low-quality installations all the time and they can cause a lot of damage if not repaired in the right way. It is why we’re trying to help homeowners recognise the signs of bad pipework and take practical steps to fix it. Keep reading to learn about the most common plumbing mishaps and why they might be playing havoc with your house.
Published in Uncategorized, 28th Feb 2017
Plumbing plays a huge role in our society. Without plumbing, we wouldn’t have the infrastructure and civilisation that we do. Since the Romans and the aqueducts in 312 BC, we have grown as a society and now safe plumbing is the norm for most Western countries. It must be said though, that while we in the Western world enjoy the supreme luxury of being able to turn on a tap to get water, many others in developing countries and even in modern countries have to boil water, travel for many kilometers to get water; and with sanitation being an issue, waterborne diseases are the biggest killer worldwide. A recent study found that 4,000 children die every day from ingesting filthy water and water that is not fit for drinking due to contamination. While we are lucky enough to not face these kinds of sanitation concerns and can enjoy a high standard of cleanliness in our society, there is a concern which – luckily – modern plumbing is able to help with as well. The Zika virus is something that came to light in 2016 as people struggled around the world in the United States of America and Singapore. The disease of Zika virus is caused by infected mosquitos biting a person and transmitting the disease on to them through their skin. Where there’s water… In order to get Zika virus there needs to be mosquitos present, and the plumbing industry has been leading the charge in providing an innovative and effective solution. When flash flooding and heavy rainfall happen, it has resulted in flooded buildings and swamped areas. When this water is left to be stagnant for a period of time, it can quickly turn into a breeding ground for mosquitoes. To combat this, key players in the plumbing industry have stepped up with dewatering pumps which have been deployed throughout Southeast Asia, as a means to help remove stagnant water and emptying out potential risk areas. As plumbers, we often have to clear out contaminated water quickly and efficiently, and it’s vital that we have the right tools for the job to ensure we can work quickly and safely. This is just one such example of how our industry can lead the charge in keeping our world safe against threats. The threat in your home doesn’t have to be huge – but it can come from things like standing water turning into mozzie breeding grounds, or perhaps you have a leak that’s causing potential damage to your home. Whatever the problem, at O’Shea Plumbing we can help you out. Why not get in touch with us today and get a free quote? Call us on 03 9888 2887 and we’ll hit the ground running.