When there is a plumbing emergency, it is common for homeowners to call the first available plumber in the directory listing. They do not bother to read reviews or customer feedback because their utmost concern is to have the plumbing issue fixed immediately to avoid further damages. However, not all emergency plumbers are the same.
In Victoria, only one in five plumbing installations that were audited passed the compliance with required standards. According to the building industry regulator of the state, many of the plumbing installations fell short of the required standards. The most common problems were found in three areas: inadequate clearance for domestic cooking devices, excessive heating of hot water in the showers and bathroom faucets and inadequate overflow provision to eaves gutters.
With respect to the first problem, it was found out that the installations did not allow minimum clearance between the highest part of the burner that is associated with the gas cooking appliance and the overhead combustible surfaces, exhaust fans and range hoods. It is very important for installations to observe the manufacturer’s installation instructions.
Plumbing installations must only deliver hot water of about 50 degrees Celsius at the outlet of the fixtures used for personal hygiene like showers and bathroom faucets. To ensure the right water temperature, there must be control devices during the installation of the hot water heater otherwise it creates the risks of scalding from excessive hot water.
The non-compliance issues found in the inappropriate overflow provision to eaves gutters could result into water flowing back into the building. Audits are carried out in Victoria to ensure compliance and to identify and rectify problems with installations. Non-compliant installations usually result in additional work and costs for the licensed emergency plumbers because they have to re-do the installation. On the part of consumers, there are serious safety consequences.
Plum b4 U emergency plumbers ensure the safety and compliance of their plumbing installations as well as the installation of the heating system. They make sure to provide the client with the best possible service with fully guaranteed workmanship. The emergency plumbers believe in the importance of reliable and quality service.
Like it or not, the future that the past generations of scientists and futurists, has finally come upon us. We are now living in the new digital age where everything can now be done by just a snap of a finger, both literally and figuratively. New technologies that aim to make our lives even better than they are already, are popping out like pancakes almost every month. New gadgets such as mobile devices, gaming consoles and even, vehicles are being introduced to us and no, we haven’t come to the part where the trilogy, “Back to the Future” had predicted that there would be flying cars. Yes, there are already prospects for those flying cars and even, unmanned vehicles but eventually, flying cars will happen, soon. Now, among all the industries around the world that are currently benefiting from these futuristic changes that the world is experiencing right now, the moving industry, specifically the furniture removalists in Sydney, who can pack and transport any kind of furniture of any kind from one city to the other at ease, is definitely one of those industries that seems to have taken full advantage of the new trends.
Right now, there are many trends that are being picked up on professional furniture removalists in Sydney and in other cities worldwide and below are just some of them:
- Among the reasons why the moving industry continues to boom up to this very moment is that moving companies around the world now incorporating the use of the advanced technology that is made available at their disposal. And since most of us have our eyes and hands glued on our smartphones, looking for a moving company in case you are moving from one city to another can now be done by using several moving applications that are devised by various moving companies.
- Another popular trend that makes moving so much easier nowadays is that you can use “Uber”-like mobile applications when you need to move your belongings. Applications like Lugg can now be used and you only need to take clear pictures of whatever you needed to be moved, indicate the pick-up and delivery points and then, you’re done.
Plumbing is considered as one of the most in-demand industries in the world today. And let’s face it, who doesn’t encounter problematic water leak in your kitchen sink or, some budget blocked drains which causing flooding in the main roads of the city? To begin with, a plumber is someone who specializes in maintaining systems for drinking water, sewages and drainages. Nowadays, more and more plumbers are becoming up to the job precisely because of the non-stop change that the world is going through especially in highly urbanized areas where more plumbing problems are expected to rise by the number because more and more people are constantly using these water systems such as the toilet, the shower and, the kitchen sink.
Now, the plumbing industry has gone through a lot of sophisticated changes in terms of the way plumbers deal with those budget blocked drains along the main road, the tools they used fix leakages in homes and even, the way they do business. Yes, some plumbers have gone through the social media like Facebook to gain more customers and that has been one of the major trends which have been moving the industry forward. Below are some more of the trends that helped plumbers deal not just with budget blocked drains, but with all problems that require the help of professional plumbers:
- Touchless fixtures- Yes, no-hands fixtures have been around a long period of time already but it’s just starting to make noise in households. This technology uses motion sensor which makes turning on and off water faucets totally hands-free meaning you don’t need to touch the faucet itself. Compared to the traditional valve and faucet, touchless fixtures only need a lesser amount of maintenance so you can actually save more bucks if plumbers install touchless fixtures in your home.
- Tank-less water heaters- These types of heaters only use pipes that are properly heated with gas or use electric burners to be able to supply hot water without any effect from the outside temperature. As long as you have anti-scald devices, you will always have the right water temperature from your sink or shower.
- Self-cleaning toilet devices- Let’s face it. Nobody enjoys cleaning the smelly toilet bowls. The good news is, you can now use your tablets which you can hang at the end of the bowl or inside the toilet tank to do the dirty work for you.
Metro Performance Glass (MPG) is the biggest glass manufacturer in New Zealand. After one-off costs and tax adjustments to offset higher revenue, the glass manufacturer declared a slightly lower profit. Profits dropped by 6% to $19.4 million in the year to March from the $20.5 million profits that it earned last year.
On the other hand, group revenue increased by 30% to $244.3 million. This includes the contribution from Australian Glass Group, a newly acquired company. MPG bought Australian Glass Group for more than $43 million is order to pursue its plans for expansion of the processing business across the Tasman.
If you will set aside the one-off costs, operating earnings were up by nearly 20% because of the construction boom in New Zealand. Sales of glass products increased because of the construction of new houses and renovations in Australia.
According to Nigel Rigby, a chief executive of Metro Performance Glass, the company is building a strong position on both sides of the Tasman. Their competitive advantage remains because of the company’s ability to deliver a wide range of high specification products for short lead times. They also provide a strategic defence throughout the building cycle.
MPG said that while New Zealand is their primary focus, there is long term growth opportunity and growth in Australia. Low interest rates, strong immigration and an improving economy are sustaining the momentum in residential and commercial constructions. A strong position is being built by MPG in Australia’s glass markets after it has processed a record volume of glass products.
The company has also diversified its operations on the South Island and is focusing on automation, processes and costs. Since the building boom is now shifting to the Upper North Island, MPG is now shifting its focus in meeting demands and expansion into the commercial and retrofit markets.
Meanwhile, the focus of economy Glass is to exceed its customer’s expectations and to provide the highest quality products that will match with customer budget and requirements. Some of the glass products offered to consumers include balustrades, showers and pool fencing that is made with the expert workmanship.
To keep your termite inspections in Sydney effective, prepare the area where the inspection will be conducted. This will make the process faster and at the same time have your property and family safe again in no time. Here are some tips to keep in mind before you schedule for a termite inspection in your property.
Choose the most suitable schedule
If you have already chosen a good candidate to conduct pest inspection and eventually, pest extermination, the next step is to conduct an interview with the pest controller. Ask the contractor what you need to prepare for the schedule in order to make it faster and effective. Another point to ask is the cost requirements of the job including how the extermination will be done. The contractor might also ask for some information such as have you identify the kind of pest inhabiting your property and where they are specifically found in your property. If you have already decided as to which contractor you are going to hire, it’s time for you to call the contractor for termite inspections in Sydney. Set the schedule on a weekday when most of yourhousehold are in the office or at school. Set the schedule on a weekend if the termite inspection will be conducted in an office building.
Prepare the area
If you have already identified a schedule for the termite inspection, all you need to dois prepare the area and have it ready for the contractor. Keep your food items in sealed containers. The pestextermination process usually involves toxic chemicals that may contaminate food products and harm those who ingest it. For pest problems involving rodents, it would be best to remove your appliances and furniture near the entry or exit pointsof the pests.
Inform your household about the schedule
Before the schedule of extermination, inform your household about the process and how important it is for them to stay away from the area for a while to keep them from inhaling toxic fumes and harsh chemicals. Have the termite inspections in Sydney during weekdays to reduce the hassle among households.
The removalist company under fire is based in Sydney and is claiming to offer their clients with a five star service. The NSW Fair Trading recently announced a warning to the general public against the company because it has already received around 70 complaints and one of their clients is said to be suffering major damages amounting to $30,000.
The warning was issued by Fair Trading and it tells consumers not to transact with Extra Mile Movers which is a removalist company that services locally and interstates. They are based in the southwestern part of Sydney in Chipping Norton.
According to Rod Stowe, the commissioner of Fair Trading, they have received many complaints regarding company Extra Mile Movers. Consumers said that their services are slow or partial and there are cases where they do not deliver the service expected of them which is unlike reputable removalists in Sydney. There are also clients who complained regarding damages to their property and some belongings that were lost during the moving process. The company demands to be paid more than the agreed amount and does not follow the price as stated on the contract.
Stowe added that despite the complaints coming from the clients, the company did not perform any countermeasures to compensate for the problem they have caused which is why they decided to refer the issue to the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
Last December, the watchdog of the consumer was able to gather 12 complaints directed to the company Extra Mile Movers thus they were included in the Complaints Register of the Fair Trading for that particular month.
Maria shared her experience with the company in June of 2016. There were damages inflicted to her household items amounting to $30,000 but up to this time the company was not able to send her any form of compensation.
Maria said that she did not expect removalists in Sydney to behave in such manner but she was appalled by the way Extra Mile Movers handled her property without care or any type of consideration.
Peter Lafuente’s parents have been Vancouver residents for quite a while and when they began thinking about downsizing their home, Lafuente was on hand to help them find a home where they can enjoy their new lifestyle.
Lafuente spoke about his parent’s decision to buy an apartment at Kindred – a multi-family residential development by Fairborne Homes. Since Lafuente was involved in real estate, he was familiar with the quality of apartments that Fairborne has developed in North Vancouver. The 96- home development includes two 5-storey buildings with one or two bedroom homes in the Moodyville neighborhood.
Moodyville is a traditional neighborhood of small single family homes. For the past 70 years, the area has not changed much and the homes that were originally built for workers during World War II era remained. Kindred happened after the City of North Vancouver approved a new community plan for the neighborhood.
According to Cristy Edmonds of Fairborne Homes, the location is getting popular among home buyers because Kindred is on a Transit Corridor that is walking distance of the SeaBus at Lonsdale Quay. The area is also connected to the Spirit Trail that has a walking and bicycling route right outside the development. But what seems more appealing to buyers is the limited opportunities for new development.
Lafuente wanted a low-maintenance home for his parents. The Kindred home has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathroom corner units with an 11-foot ceiling and a beautiful patio. The kitchen features stainless steel appliances with a Fisher & Paykel counter-depth fridge, a gas cook-top and wall oven.
The bathrooms are luxuriously fitted with quartz countertops, porcelain tiles on the floors and walls, frameless glass shower enclosures and soaker tubs. The homes were really built for people and not for investors. It has all the luxurious features and details that many people do not have in their present homes.
Frameless glass shower screens are now the trend in many new homes because it gives an illusion of a bigger bathroom space. Aside from being aesthetically stunning, glass shower screens are easy to clean and they perfectly match any size of bath and shower room.