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5 things to do before Christmas – plumbing and roofing maintenance

Whether you call a plumber or DIY your plumbing maintenance, be sure to tick off the following points before Christmas so your plumbing is in tip-top shape for the festive season.

Emergency plumbing can be costly, especially over Christmas. With little trade businesses open over this time, it's best to check for any serious issues before plumbers close for the Christmas break.

Here are our top 5 areas of plumbing to check before Christmas:

  1. Gutter and roof clean Gutter and downpipe cleaning is essential for December storms. A clean stormwater system means less chance of water in your ceiling or falling at your foundations (and more water in the rainwater tank if you have one!) Read why gutter and downpipe cleaning is important here.

  2. Hot water system flush Visually inspect your hot water system for leaks. Flush your hot water system to get rid of the mineral deposits. Getting rid of the sediment not only extends the life of your hot water system but prevents valves getting clogged, causing no hot water.

Read why hot water system maintenance is important here.

3. Remove mineral deposits For the same reason as above, mineral deposits (limescale) can clog fixtures. Read how to clean off limescale here.

Before and after limescale removal bathtub
Limescale can block plumbing fixtures

4. Check fixtures for leaks Taps and fittings can become loose or worn out over time. It's common to find parts that could use an update or a simple tighten.

Turn your fixtures on and off and look for leaks. Fixtures include:

- Kitchen taps

- Shower taps

- Bath taps

- Vanity basin taps

- Outdoor hose taps

- Laundry sink taps

- Washing machine taps

- Toilets

- Dishwasher

5. Check drains are flowing Check that water drains away quickly, and while you’re there – check the water is quickly draining away (and there’s no smelly drains).

Look over:

- Bathtub

- Shower

- Vanity basin

- Toilet

- Kitchen sink


Newk’s Plumbing Gympie are usually open 24/7 for emergency plumbing. Christmas hours could vary this year.

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