Jul 18

Water rates in Brisbane and throughout South East QLD are going up. This is a perfect opportunity for you get a water audit on your fittings. This will let you know where in your house you can save water and money.

For more information on water rates see the link below:

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/news/queensland/water-price-set-to-surge/2008/05/12/1210444307823.html

For more information on Water Audits click here.

Mar 24

FOUL STENCH: The overflowing sewer at her Morningside home has Megan Richardson holding her breath every time it rains.

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Every time the heavens open, Megan Richardson holds her breath. For the past two years, the backyard of Ms Richardson’s Morningside home has flooded with sewage after heavy rain. A multitude of plumbing work, council visits, insurance claims, letters and phone calls have failed to fix the problem she says is caused by ageing pipes clogged with fatty deposits and tree roots. “It’s really just horrifying because we got home after the most recent torrential downpour and the toilet in the laundry was almost overflowing with water and the bathroom sink and kitchen sink had dirty water in it,” she said. “It just makes you cringe because you don’t want toilet water everywhere? Queensland Urban Utilities spokeswoman Cheryl Gray said it planned to undertake an electronic camera inspection to assess the condition of the mains. Ms Gray said the inspection was a high priority but the utility company needed to wait for the current wet weather to end before the camera could be passed through the pipes. Ms Richardson said sewage first overflowed into her Lawson St house in 2008. After replacing carpets and furniture, her family installed a disconnector pipe which funnelled overflow into the backyard instead of the home. “In my opinion, the fact it first happened in 2008 and that it’s been occurring ever since, l think has to do with the big development happening in the area and the sewer system hasn’t been upgraded to cope,” she said. Ms Gray said development did affect sewerage capacity, but applications were checked for any impact on the sewerage system which was upgraded if needed.

Article written by BELINDA SEENEY, photo taken by RIC FREARSON, and article taken from South-East Advertiser Wednesday, March 24, 2010 Edition

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Mar 16

As you have probably heard on the news over the past few months there have been some very dramatic changes to the federal and state rebates regarding hot water and insulation. To make things as simple as possible the changes are listed below.

Federal Government Rebates:

Insulation rebate – Scrapped due to Mr Garrett’s poor planning and execution of the scheme.
Solar Hot Water – Reduced from $1,600 down to $1,000 due to budget blow outs.
Heat Pump Units – Reduced from $1,000 down to $600 due to budget blow outs.

State Government Rebates:

The state governments proposed 200,000 Solar Hot Water Units for $500 has been scrapped because of he federal governments reduction of their Solar Hot Water Rebate leaving a $100M gap in the budget. However Anna Bligh has promised a new scheme to be introduced by the end of April. We will keep you posted.

Mar 16

ANSA Plumbing is now an alliance partner with Green Plumbers. This means that was have met all the criteria to be certified as an environmentally conscious business providing top notch service and performance whilst having as minimal effect as possible on the environment. To find out more about Green Plumbers, click here.

Nov 09

The SQID ® (Stormwater Management Device) range of products is designed with durability and UV stability built-in.  Constructed of polyethylene and stainless steel, these products are designed to last.  Once manufactured and installed, these products contribute no more pollution to the environment, and are made of 100 percent recyclable materials.

Authorities have begun to act to ensure that storm water pollutants are captured at the source.  With this in mind, the SQID ® range of litter and sediment traps (LST) were developed.

The SQID® litter and sediment traps would become an integral part of a storm water treatment plan that councils are being urged to implement.  (See: Modern urban storm water quality management plans and guideline, March 2001, Queensland Government Environmental Protection Agency.)  It is envisaged that this will help reduce the impact of urban development on the ecosystem.  This will greatly improve the likelihood of sustainable development.  Developers will also benefit by installing the SQID ® systems, as this may facilitate development plans if they are seen to be ecologically sound.

The benefits to the environment are immeasurable. Many of these have been discussed in lengthy papers and reports by environmental agencies over time. Some of these include the reduction of discarded and trimmed vegetation that depletes the oxygen levels in water as it decomposes, thus contributing to the blue green algae problem.  Cigarette butts are stopped at the source.  These cause immeasurable damage to the ecosystem as they have life expectancy far exceeding that of natural components.  Plastic bags, broken bottles, discarded wrappers, and all forms of litter otherwise known as gross pollutants are stopped at the source.  All these items have been found to be trapped by the SQID ® systems.

It has been found with field observation and experiments that as the litter and sediment is trapped, there is a tendency for Pollutants such as nutrients, trace metals, free oil and grease as well as smaller particles below 2 mm to be entrapped in the litter is well, thus reducing further pollutants to the ecosystem.

The systems are primarily designed to capture and maintain sediment and pollutants from areas such as industrial areas, car parks, courtyards, driveways and kerbside channelling.  There are many various applications that the SQID ® systems may be useful.

For more information visit http://sqid.com.au/

Nov 09

Due to the amazing response for the governments stimulus package, as of the 2nd November the federal government’s rebate for insulation for existing homes has been reduced to $1,200. This however can still substantially reduce the cost of insulating your home in most cases $1,200 will insulate approximately 110 square meters. Leaving in most cases only a few hundred dollars left over for the consumer to pick up.

If you have any questions regarding the rebate and what it covers please see our earlier blog or go to http://www.environment.gov.au/energyefficiency/insulation/index.html for more information.

Nov 03

The Queensland Government is introducing new sustainable housing laws to improve the water and energy efficiency of our homes and encourage smarter more efficient designs.

What is a sustainable house?

Sustainable housing is a simple concept, the trick is working out how to make the home use as little, water and energy as possible. Utilising smart design and clever room planning. Queensland attracts thousands of new residents each year putting an ever growing strain on our resources. It is for this reason a number of new laws came into effect on the first of March 2009, with others being introduced throughout the year until March 2010.

All new houses, townhouses, units and any major renovations will be required to hold a 5 star energy equivalence rating or higher. This rating takes in consideration the design of the building, the roof, walls, windows and floors as well as many other factors. It does not however include the use of efficient fixtures such as lighting, water heating etc.

Ways in which your home can improve it’s star rating are, northern orientation of living rooms, natural ventilation, insulation, treated glazing and many more. It is estimated that 5 star housing will save over 500,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases by 2020 equivalent to taking 119,000 cars off the road.

The 5 star homes not only benefit the environment but they are also more comfortable to live in cheaper to heat and cool minimising your electricity/gas bills and reducing your carbon footprint.

Aug 26

ANSA Plumbing is now installing ceiling insulation, and the good news for you is that you can get it installed by our quality insulation installers for free. Using the governments rebate most homes can get insulation installed with little or no outlay at all. The government is offering $1,600 for owner occupiers which can cover the matieral and labour costs of most 145m2 houses. There is also a $1,000 rebate for rentals, holiday homes and alike which can cover the materials and labour costs of most 100m2 houses.

Since the change in legislation on the 30th of June 2009 businesses that install the insulation can now claim the rebate on behalf of the customer which means that in most cases you won’t have to outlay any money at all. Just sign a few forms and will can book in a time and fill in all the paper work for you. NO hassle NO worries.

Click here for more information, or call ANSA Plumbing now on 1800 My ANSA.

** Update **

Due to the enormous response to the Federal Government Energy Efficient homes rebate scheme (over 120,000 households have had their application approved.) the rebate for rental/holidays homes has been increased from the original $1,000 up to $1,600. The owner/occupier rebate remains at $1,600.

Any questions regarding this rebate or any other of ANSA Plumbings services feel free to call us on 1800 My ANSA or Click here for more information.

Aug 16

Glenn from Holiday Inn Brisbane

Rick, Craig, Mat and team have been quick to respond on a few recent emergencies that have risen. A big thankyou. They have given me great service in the short time I have been at this site. Regards Glenn

Sally from Kenmore Hills

I have been using ANSA plumbing for about 7 years and have been very happy with the level of service they have provided, and will continue to use them in the future.

Aug 13

Mosquitoes can make your water tank into a disease breeding ground!

However with modern, well maintained tanks that have been installed correctly and to Australian standard this can be prevented. According to the Australian Rainwater Industry Development Group (ARID), today’s high quality, modern tanks ensures that even people who live in the tropics can enjoy the benefits of home rainwater storage without the fear of mosquito infestation.

Modern Slimline Tank

Modern Slimline Tank

The key is ensuring your tank is well maintained and installed by a professional plumber. The current anti-mozzie Australian standards includes:

- Mosquito proof screens no larger than 1mm on all outlets, overflows and other openings.

- All lids, covers and inlet downpipes must be close fitted to ensure mosquitoes can not enter the tank.

- The water must be inspected at regular intervals.

For extra peace of mind, there are even treatments available that can be added to your rainwater to alter the surface-tension of the water preventing mosquitos from landing and laying their eggs and killing any larvae that may be present.

ARID recommends anyone with old watertanks contact a professional plumber immediately to quote on a solution to mosquito proof or upgrade to a modern tank.

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