<h2>About Outdoor Plumbing</h2>
There are many water systems for your property that require outdoor plumbing.
Some of these are mandatory or very common. Otherwise they might be specific to your property. Furthermore some are optional system which you can choose to have installed. The following is a list of the things we can do.
<h3>What we do for your oututdoor plumbing</h3>
<h4>Your water supply</h4>
Your mains water supply is piped at pressure past your property. A valve connects this mains supply to your building to deliver your water. This valve can be shut off to isolate your property if there are leaks or work being done on your pipes. In addition it contains your utility company’s water meter. After that, there are valves and meters that perform various functions. One is a pressure reducer that brings the mains pressure to a safe, useable level for inside your building. You may also have a valve to prevent back-flow into the mains. Further, there may be another shut-off valve for emergencies. Your mains line will then branch to the different parts of the building and grounds to supply water to your systems. We can fix, install, move and test various parts of your water supply.
Your sewerage system is known as a ‘Property Sewer’. This means it is the sewer pipes laid within the boundaries of your property. They carry sewage from your property out into the municipal sewerage system. You’re partly or entirely responsible for the cost of laying the property sewer pipes and maintaining them. We are qualified to do any work required on them, such as blockages, breakages, installations and renovations. Moreover you may discover that you do not have a Sewerage Service Diagram. Or else Sydney Water cannot locate your record to confirm that your pipes are compliant. In either case, you will need a plumber to inspect the pipes and submit the diagram for you.
Your simplest emergency overflow system is a disconnector trap. It’s a pipe that protrudes from the ground outside and is connected to your inside drain outlets. It has an open end covered by a grate to keep debris out. Your wastewater from kitchen, laundry and bathroom sinks and tubs exits the building and often joins into a disconnector trap. They are plumbed in below the grate. Toilet waste never goes to the disconnector trap. The reason for a disconnector trap is that in the event of a blockage, water can escape via the disconnector trap instead of causing leaks inside. Therefore it’s an important, if very simple, little bit of plumbing that you want to ensure is working well. You must also keep it clear and not put anything down it or on top of it.
You have lots of underground pipes and drains outside that can block up. Our outdoor plumbing experts can come and clear blockages in the least messy way. Or we can fix or replace pipes and drains that have become damaged or broken, eg by tree roots, machinery, etc. It is a safer option to get us to come and do it. You might have trouble locating and avoiding the underground structures if you try to do it yourself. Furthermore we know all the compliance rules. Consequently we can do the job without you incurring fines for illegal plumbing configurations.
<h4>Grey water recycling system</h4>
All your water waste is called greywater, except sewage. Sewage is called black water and can’t go into the greywater system. Wastewater from kitchen, shower, bath, laundry and washing machines is part of greywater. About half of it can be recycled, therefore saving a lot of water and expense.
Properly treated greywater can be used for the following:
- watering your garden & lawns
- flushing toilets
- cleaning the building
- car washing
- outdoor fountains & water features
- cold water to the washing machine if treated to a suitable level
Because of hygiene issues and safety, your greywater system must be designed and installed correctly. It will involve the correct indoor and outdoor plumbing of valves, tanks, pumps and filters. Furthermore you should ensure that your installation complies with local guidelines. Your plumber is the best one to make guarantee this.
<h4>Rainwater tank pumps & pipes</h4>
Your outside plumbing may also include the pipes, taps, filters, pumps and valves for a rainwater tank. Once you get a rainwater tank set up properly, you will have a long term cost-saving resource. In addition it supports the environment and helps reduce flooding.
<h4>Fire fighting systems</h4>
Your fire fighting system plumbing may bypass the water meter or even the mains valve itself and have its own supply. After that it may be an outside system that sprays the house, eg during a bushfire. Or it may be an interior system that turns on sprinklers in case of a house fire. Either way, it will require outdoor plumbing by experts who understand the complex factors involved.
We can install, repair and maintain your irrigation systems. Whether the job is as small as a suburban lawn or a big commercial area, we can do the job. You might want popup sprinklers or underground soakers, especially to cover the big areas. They can be installed on timers to provide water at the most efficient times with least wastage and cost.
<h4>Dam floats & pumps</h4>
Your rural water dams probably have floats regulated by the level of the water. These turn pumps off and on to pipe water to livestock watering points, equipment washing stations, etc, as it is needed. We can assist you with the outdoor plumbing of your water storage areas.
Another aspect of outdoor plumbing could be applicable if you have paddocks. Most livestock watering systems these days are automatic at least to some extent. Their pumps regulate the plumbing to keep an even supply of water for the animals. We handle the plumbing for your livestock watering systems.