Published in Case Studies, 6th May 2022
We help a client with water leaking from their roof on their Mt Waverley property Betty is a long term client of O’Shea Plumbing. Betty is an elder lady who O’Shea Plumbing have earned trust with over the years we have been working with her. Betty does not like strangers in her home, especially in the current environment we live in with COVID. Betty has relied on O’Shea Plumbing’s honesty, skill and ability to deliver high standard plumbing work. Betty has trusted Jarett (O’Shea Plumbing service manager) for over 12 years. Sometimes Betty has even rung Jarett to ask for advice on electricians and other trades who she can trust. Betty has had an ongoing issue with a roof leak for some time. O’Shea Plumbing has attempted to patch-fix this many times as per Betty’s request but it was always with the knowledge that to fix this properly a new roof is required. This information was always given to Betty and her daughters who stated that the house will be sold eventually and most likely knocked down and developed into 4-6 townhouses, so the idea of spending big dollars was not really an option. With all the heavy storms we received in 2021/22 the leak has been occurring more frequently and with more water. Betty and her family decided that they didn’t want their mother to have to deal with this anymore and asked Jarett to come around and talk about what is involved in re-roofing. Jarett arrived and had a closer look and went back to the O’Shea office and wrote a detailed quote explaining what was required including removing a section of asbestos roof, laser light and a run down tiled roof. This was explained to the whole family and a few changes/variations of the quote were organised to make it work better for Betty. Betty and her daughters found a nice option and asked if O’Shea Plumbing could start ASAP. Adam (an O’Shea Plumber who specialises in roof plumbing) arrived, measured up and ordered the required materials. Adam got to work once the asbestos was safely removed and discarded and managed to put to bed a roof leak which was causing Betty concern for some time. Jarett and Betty (along with her daughters) were in contact multiple times throughout the process to try and not just get the right price, but all the right materials, the right shape and the right timings. All part of our service guarantee, because we are only happy if you are. Need plumbing assistance? Call O’Shea Plumbing! When you call (03) 9888 2887, you know you are getting the plumber Melbourne locals can rely on for all of their general plumbing, drain lockages, hot water and emergency plumbing needs.
Published in Blocked Drains, 20th Jan 2022
O’Shea Plumbing fix a water leak and blocked drain on a Lilydale property Ankit from Lilydale called the O’Shea Plumbing office in regards to a water leak and suspected blockage for his father. The office organised Andrew to go around and see what is going on at the property. Upon arrival and after initial introductions Andrew went under the house to investigate the problem. He quickly found that he could hear a water leak although could not see it. Andrew measured how far in this was located and went the same distance outside. Scooping out a small amount of dirt with his hands he found that water was bubbling from the ground. Andrew also noticed that the stormwater drain had water in it (filled) and was not draining out into the street. Andrew organised a quote separating the two required tasks as well as presenting a package deal to Ankit which greatly reduced the total costs. Ankit and his father approved the works and booked in for the following morning. Andrew arrived at the organised time and went to work opening up the ground to find that the copper pipe had a slight crack in it allowing the water to escape the pipe making the area wet. This section was replaced and the leak stopped. The drain camera was used to find that there was a dense root ball that the camera could not get through, however, the water jet made light work of this root ball. Once this was cleared the drain camera was used again to find another section of the drain in a much worse state. There was a large root ball that had completely blocked the drain. The large head on the water jet could not get through this root ball so a small head was used/worked in this area to create a small hole in the middle of the roots. Once the small hole had been created, the large head was put back on the jet and Andrew worked this area for some time. Eventually, the roots gave up and came flowing out of the drain as well as the water which was stuck in the drain. Andrew used the drain camera again to show the client the finished job. Unfortunately, there were some low spots that would likely cause issues in the future. Andrew had a conversation with the client about these potential problem areas and options were verbally given. The client and Andrew decided that it may be best to wait and see how this goes as clearing the drain may extend the life of said drain. Andrew also spoke with the owner of the property (Ankit’s father) and talked about other general plumbing throughout the house. There was no quote given, simply some advice and a professional eye to look over things that the client may not have known about. High-quality workmanship and good, honest conversations with our clients is what sets O’Shea Plumbing apart and delivers the 5-star service promised. If you suspect there is a plumbing issue on your property, or you would simply like us to inspect your general plumbing health. get in touch with the friendly team at O’Shea Plumbing! Call us today on (03) 9888 2887 – We are the plumber Melbourne locals can rely on.
Published in Case Studies, 12th Dec 2021
O’Shea Plumbing help an Upwey client with a burst water pipe Sandor had previously used O’Shea Plumbing to do some sewer works many years ago. Since then Sandor has had no troubles with his plumbing until one Saturday morning in 2021. Sandor remembered the great service which was provided previously by O’Shea Plumbing and decided to make contact to see if someone was working that Saturday morning. O’Shea Plumbing has somebody on call every weekend and every public Holiday (except Christmas Day), so Jarett (O’Shea Plumbing manager) answered Sandor’s call for help and organised a plumber to attend as soon as possible. Scott (O’Shea Plumber) arrived shortly after to find a mass of water pooling at Sandor’s front door. A quick investigation found that a section of the galvanised iron water pipe had burst somewhere under the driveway and/or under a nearby retaining wall. Scott mentioned to Sandor that he did not have the correct equipment on that day to dig up the driveway, find the water leak and replace the burst pipe. Instead, he offered an alternative option to bypass the leak meaning that Scott could get another O’Shea Plumber to come out and run a new copper water pipe around the driveway and retaining wall. Sandor thought that this was a great idea as not only would it mean that his driveway and retaining wall would remain untouched, but the remainder of the problematic galvanised iron water pipe would be removed from the system, meaning this sort of problem would likely not happen again. Andrew (another O’Shea Plumber) arrived on Monday and proceeded to dig a trench through the nearby forest on Sandor’s property, placing 20mm copper in the trench and connecting this to the existing copper pipes under the house (disconnecting the old supply pipe from the system). Andrew went around the property after he completed the works and made sure that all fixtures had water supplied to them. We work hard to find you a solution From a call on Saturday morning to having a new water supply pipe run by Monday afternoon – all made possible due to the excellent service and systems O’Shea Plumbing has in place. O’Shea Plumbing genuinely wants to help out people not just by providing good neat and safe work, but also by completing works in a timely manner to minimise the time our clients have to put up with faulty plumbing. No matter what the job is, the team at O’Shea will work hard to find you the best possible solution to the problem. Call O’Shea Plumbing today on (03) 9888 2887 – The plumber Melbourne locals can turn to for all kinds of general and emergency plumbing problems.
Published in Case Studies, 22nd Nov 2021
O’Shea Plumbing assist a client with a water leak on their Reservoir property Dino call O’Shea Plumbing concerned about the water meter which was moving (whilst no taps were turned on) in his mother’s Reservoir home. O’Shea’s Mt Waverley office took the call and sent Andrew (O’Shea Plumber) to swing past as he had just finished a job in the area. Andrew arrived about 45 minutes after the initial phone call to introduce himself, O’Shea Plumbing and of course see what the issue was. Andrew walked with Dino around the property listening closely to hear any unusual water sounds and to see if there were any spots in the grass that were noticeably wetter than others. Andrew had a little crawl under the house and found that the leak appeared to be under the ground. With no obvious areas of concern, Andrew provided a quote to use specialised pipe and water leak detection equipment in an attempt to locate the leak. Dino quickly accepted the job and was booked in for the next available time slot. Andrew took all the leak detection equipment and got to work, he quickly located where the water pipes ran underground. He then connected an air compressor in an attempt to increase the noise which the leak would make. Using the listening equipment, running it over where the pipes ran, he found that there appeared to be a leak under the grass directly under a large tree root which then ran under the brickwork of Dino’s mother’s home. Andrew spoke to Dino about his options to fix this, unfortunately, Andrew had a couple of other jobs in his books which he needed to get to. Andrew spoke with the office who moved his jobs to another plumber giving Andrew the time to fix this water leak whilst not upsetting other clients who were expecting him. A win-win for everyone! Andrew diverted the water pipe around the tree under the house and connected it to the existing water pipe, completely bypassing the water leak. Once all works were completed, tee and trench backfilled, Andrew completed a test to see if there were any further leaks which all proved sound. Dino and his mother were so happy that Andrew not only found the leak but also fixed it on the same visit. Dino’s mum had been very anxious about the leak and was visibly more relaxed when Andrew gave her the good news that it was all fixed. Great work Andrew – another happy O’Shea client! If you would like us to assess and provide options for a water leak on your property, call the team at O’Shea Plumbing! We go the extra mile to get the job done. Call us today on (03) 9888 2887 – We are the plumber Melbourne locals can rely on.
Published in Blocked Drains, 6th Oct 2021
O’Shea help a client in Bulleen with a range of plumbing issues Carrol lives in her Bulleen family home which is quite dated. It is a beautiful home but, unfortunately, the plumbing is starting to become old and faulty. Carrol was concerned about who she could trust to have over as it has been years since she needed a tradesperson. Carrol called the Mt Waverley office of O’Shea Plumbing stating that she was worried about a few general plumbing problems around the house and would like an experienced plumber to listen to her concerns and have a chat with her about potential issues and options to rectify them. Andrew was greeted on-site by Carrol, as she was a new client he introduced himself and O’Shea Plumbing. Andrew explained how the O’Shea Plumbing service works and listened to what Carrol was wanting. The first issue was a water leak in the shower, the second was a rust spot in a box gutter, but her main concern was that during heavy rains the stormwater drain would overflow at her driveway and flood her carport. Andrew provided Carrol with options to investigate the shower leak, replace the badly rusted section of flashing (cover over timber) as well as put a protective paint over the remainder of the gutter. Andrew also provided Carol with options to either use a cable machine or water jet to clear the blockage in the stormwater drain and explained the pros and cons of each. Carol approved the works and asked if they could proceed ASAP. As soon as the flashing came into the office, Andrew and Loc (Luke, another O’Shea Plumber) went to Carol’s property to complete the required works. Andrew looked after the shower leak and roof works, while Loc used the water jet to clear the stormwater drain. Loc used the drain camera first to get a look at the drain before works and found that there were multiple sections where tree roots had infiltrated the drainpipe, as well as a large volume of sludge (broken down leaf matter, dirt and water) sitting in the drain. Loc then worked the water jet back and forth blasting the tree roots and sludge into nothing, when all of a sudden the water (which had started filling the grate drain) started to dissipate. Loc put the camera back down the drain to investigate his work to find that the existing stormwater drain had no more roots in it and minimal sludge – the drain blockage was cleared! To ensure a thorough drain cleaning, Loc put the camera all the way down from the furthest point to the legal point of discharge. O’Shea Plumbing now had the knowledge that there is no more obstructions in the stormwater drain and that they had provided Carrol with very good service. Great work team! For all of your general and emergency plumbing problems, call the team at O’Shea Plumbing on (03) 9888 2887
Published in Case Studies, 26th Jul 2021
O’Shea Plumbing assists the Clarkes with a water leak on their Canterbury property The Clarke family have lived in Canterbury for many years and have relied on O’Shea Plumbing on many occasions ranging from sewer blockages, installing new fixtures as well as renewing horribly blocked stormwater drains to name a few. On this occasion, Mrs Clarke rang O’Shea Plumbing concerned about a tremendously large volume of water pouring into her front yard from under the house. Cleverly Mrs Clarke turned off the water meter which eased the flow, suggesting the water leak was located under their house. Andrew (O’Shea employee) arrived the same day and poked his head under the house only to find that there was a puddle about 500mm deep the whole way along the front of the building (ground slopes from back to front). Andrew decided that the only way to find this water leak was to get wet. Andrew turned on the water meter to allow the leak to present itself. By the time Andrew got under the house, he saw a torrent of water screaming down from the back of the property. Andrew swam up this stream and could hear water screaming from somewhere under the deck. Andrew came back from under the house and went to look through the cracks of the back deck, he found a service cupboard that hid the pipes and valves required for the Clarke’s irrigation. Andrew opened the service cupboard and found that the leak was occurring under the deck through the irrigation pressure pipe. Andrew turned the ball type valve which isolated the water supply to irrigation and in turn stopped the leak. Options were given to the Clarke’s to rectify this which were approved, and work would start once the water dissipated. Andrew came back with another plumber – Nathaniel – to show what was required to complete works only to find that the issue was not as serious as he initially thought. Nathaniel proceeded to fix the issue whilst Andrew adjusted the quote to suit the job (amount decreased due to less work required). The works were completed and the client was able to continue using the irrigation system and the Clarke’s were once again saved by O’Shea Plumbing. Nice work team! If you are experiencing a water leak on your Canterbury property, our team can be there fast to solve it! Call O’Shea Plumbing today on (03) 9888 2887 – The plumber Melbourne locals can rely on to solve their water leak issues.
Published in Water Leak, 2nd Oct 2014
If your pipes are leaking, the next thing is that you won’t have enough water from your taps. It makes everything difficult because you can’t fill your tub as quickly as necessary and even washing can’t be completed in time. Moreover, leaks are very costly. The bill continues to swell even for water that you never used. Surely, everyone would want to bring to an end such problems. Top Household Leak to Save Water From Listed below are 5 of the most common household leaks complete with tips on how to prevent or correct them. 1. Washing Machine Leaks Most people prefer to place the washing machine either on the main floor or close to the living room which is very risky because these are areas where valuable furnishings and most other electronic equipments also reside. Moreover, few laundry rooms have drainage systems that could cause a leak. Consider replacing plastic and rubber hoses with steel braided ones; tighten hose connections whenever you feel that they’re too loose; turn off the supply to your washing machine whenever you leave the house; and if possible replace screw-type valves with dual-ball valves. 2. Water Heater Leaks Water heater leaks, just like washing machine leaks, are very common. The risk becomes even higher if the heater resides on the main floor instead of the basement. Beware that heaters also have a life span – typically about ten years – after which they begin to rust, corrode and eventually leak. To stay safe, consider purchasing a heater with an extended warranty – up to 15 years; occasionally hire a professional to check the system; and flush the hot water tank periodically especially if you use hard water. 3. Plumbing System Leaks Frozen pipes that eventually burst and high water pressure are the two main causes of plumbing leaks. Burst pipes are particularly very costly with repairs often costing in excess of $8,000. The most important thing is to watch out for signs of freezing. Look out for water spots on floors and ceilings; watch out for abnormal bills; and be keen when turning off the faucets – a “banging” sound may signal a breakage. It also helps to check on the pressure and insulating pipes that are prone to freezing. 4. Leaks In Sinks, Bathtubs, and Showers Overflows, clogs, broken plumbing, and faulty pipes are the main sources of leaks in sinks, bathtubs, and showers. To stay safe, regularly inspect you drainage systems and replace deteriorated grout and caulk around sinks, bathtubs, and showers. Look out for soft areas around floors, walls, and bathroom and kitchen plumbing. Finally, fix leaking faucets quickly and call a Melbourne professional plumber for problems that you feel are beyond your capacity. 5. Leaking Roofs, Windows, and Sidings Old roofs, broken windows, and insufficient siding may also cause leaking in the home. When it rains, the rain from outside will easily find way into your house causing several problems. Start by clearing the roof and gutters of branches, leaves, and other debris. The gutters should be cleaned at least twice every year. An inspection of the roof once a year is also recommended. For the windows and doors, repair any damaged caulk and repaint their frames accordingly. Summary There are several other sources of leaks in the home that are not covered here. You are free to find out more about them as it helps you to stay alert and avoid costly repairs necessitated by preventable leaks.
Published in Water Hammer, 30th Sep 2014
Homeowners go to many lengths to keep the cost of their monthly water bill low. This can be such common measures as reducing personal usage or installing efficient appliances. Plumbing Issues Causing High Water Bills One of the most common causes of high water bills that plumbers in Melbourne see is a leak that has developed somewhere in the plumbing. This can be a leak the home owner can see quite obviously such as a dripping faucet. This may be as simple a fix as a seal replacement. It can also be a pipe leak that isn’t as apparent such as a slow leak behind cabinets or outdoors. In this case it is important to look for signs of a leak. Water spots, staining or standing water can all indicate a leak has developed and may be the cause of an increased bill. It is important to try and catch these types of leaks early as they can and will only progress to more serious leaks. Worse problems from an unfixed leak may develop as well and will contribute to an increasing bill as well as a more expensive plumbing visit. One way to avoid this is to have all taps in the house serviced every two years at the very least. This can include cleaning, lubricating and replacing various parts of the tap. Homeowners may feel uncomfortable doing this and opt instead to contact our plumber. Running toilets are another possible place to look for this issue. in most cases it is a simple fix like reattaching the lift chain or closing the flush valve. If these kinds of fixes aren’t helping then a leak might be the culprit and a call to the plumber may be in order. Other appliances to check are washing machines and dishwashers for potential leaks. If there are no leaks and you are experiencing consistently high or rising bills, water pressure could be the problem. Most plumbers in Melbourne would recommend that the homeowner install a controlled pressure system. Besides the advantage of helping conserve water and thereby reducing monthly bills this system can help dishwasher and washing machine hoses last longer. It can also minimize the potential for water hammer to occur. Water hammer is the banging noise that can happen when the tap is turned on. Left unchecked water hammer could result in a burst pipe costing you lots of money for a plumbing emergency call. There are many more advantages to investing in this system which does eventually pay for itself making it a worthwhile purchase. Having several older appliances in the house might be costing lots of money and be the cause of high bills. Water saving appliances like washing machines and dishwashers can help with this. Other options include efficient shower heads. Over the course of a year a water saving shower head could save over 14, 000 litres. Old toilets are horrible consumers. An old toilet in the house could use around 12 litres every time it is flushed. A efficient toilet uses about four litres every time it is flushed. With just five flushes that is a savings of 40 litres and that is an approximate amount for one day and one person. If you are looking for plumbers in Melbourne to help you save money on your monthly bill or diagnose a leak, our family owned company would love to come to your house and help you and also talk to you about some options that might fit your home.