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With staff dedicated to providing a true customer service experience; Wollongong City Plumbing offers a 24 hour emergency maintenance and plumbing repairs.

REMEMBER, SAFETY FIRST! If you are unsure about any plumbing, electrical or gas items, contact a licensed professional such as Wollongong City Plumbing immediately.

Gas Escapes or Leaks – In the event of a gas leak or escape…

  • DO turn off the gas at the meter control valve and open all doors and windows.
  • DO keep people away from the area and call your licensed gas fitter to stop the escape as quickly as possible.
  • DO NOT turn on/off any electrical switches.
  • DO NOT smoke or introduce an ignition source.

Stop Valves – Plumbing stop valves or cut-offs can be found in various locations about the house. The most important one is the main water cut-off. Know where it’s located. Major damage from a plumbing mishap can be avoided if you can get the water shut off quickly.

Stopped Drains – Use drain-cleaners as a last resort, because they often don’t work, and if they don’t you will have to deal with a sink full of caustic liquid. Always use a plunger first, and if you have to call a plumber after using drain cleaner, be sure to let them know!

Showers – If the water pressure is very poor in your shower it may be due to lime-scale build up. Always clean your shower heads every three months. If the scale is too bad it may be an idea to get either a new hose, or a new shower head.

Split Pipes – If your water pipe has split, a temporary fix you can do whilst waiting for a qualified plumber is to wrap torn strips of fabric very tightly around the break. Keep a large saucepan or bucket underneath the join to catch any drips.

Toilet Leaking? – Put a few drops of food colouring into each toilet tank. Without flushing, watch for a few minutes to see if the colour shows up in the bowl. It’s not uncommon to lose up to 10 litres a day from one of these otherwise invisible toilet leaks. That’s more than 3,500 litres a year!