Conrad Martens Plumbing and Hot Water Blog

Finding Value in Plumbing Services

Finding value in plumbing services. In this post, we will explore some of the important factors to look for when selecting a plumber for maintenance plumbing work. This will assist you to make an informed decision and achieve value from your chosen service provider. We also consider some of the essential elements you should ensure [...]

Rheem 315L Electric Hot Water – Case Study

Rheem 315L Electric Storage Hot Water - Case Study Every home relies on hot water for comfort, especially with school-age children. Learn how the reliability of Rheem’s Electric Storage water heater stood the test of time for Andrew’s family in a recent hot water replacement. About the Job  Andrew lives in New Farm, with his family [...]

Burst Pipes: Expert Tips & Fixes

Stop the Flood Before It Starts: How to Prevent Water Pipe Bursts! Burst pipes can be a nightmare for homeowners. They can cause significant damage to your property, lead to high water bills, and create an overall inconvenience. In this blog post, we will discuss the causes of burst pipes, the impact they can have [...]

Top Signs Your Hot Water System Needs Repair

Top Signs Your Hot Water System Needs Repair A well-functioning hot water system is a cornerstone of modern living, providing us with the comfort and convenience we rely on daily. It's often only when this essential system falters that we realize how much we depend on it for our showers, laundry, and household tasks. The [...]

Queenslanders to Benefit from New Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate

QLD Energy Rebate: Unlocking Savings on Your Electricity Bill   Brisbane residents, there's exciting news on the horizon! The Queensland state government has rolled out a new Qld energy rebate program to make energy-efficient appliances, including hot water systems, more accessible to households. This initiative aims to help more Brisbane homes enjoy the cost-saving and [...]

5 Simple Ways to Reduce Your Hot Water Costs

5 Simple Ways to Reduce Your Hot Water Costs Upgrading Your Hot Water System Energy efficiency has become a major focus for manufacturers in recent years and as such, newer hot water systems tend to be more energy efficient than older appliances. If your water heater is nearing the end of its lifespan, consider upgrading [...]

Common Hot Water System Problems

Common Hot Water System Problems With the cooler months upon us, now is when your hot water unit will be working hard. Thankfully, modern hot water units are more reliable than ever, however things can and still do go wrong. So, what do you look for? And how would you go about getting your hot [...]

Why DIY Isn’t Recommended For Hot Water System Installation

Why DIY Isn't Recommended:Risks of Hot Water System Installation DIY (Do-It-Yourself) repairs have gained popularity in recent years, thanks to the abundance of online tutorials and how-to videos. While DIY repairs may seem like a cost-effective and convenient option, they are not always the best choice. In Queensland, it is a legal and regulatory requirement [...]

Emergency Hot Water Repairs

Emergency Hot Water Repairs: Fast Help from Conrad Martens Imagine this: it's early morning, and you stumble into your bathroom, eagerly anticipating a hot shower to kickstart your day but, the water refuses to heat up, leaving you icy cold. Whether it's a broken water heater, a faulty thermostat, or a leaking pipe, the need [...]

Hot Water Installation

Hot Water System Has Failed? Here's What to Do Next! My Hot water system has failed. The feeling of waking up to find that your hot water system has failed is incredibly frustrating. It's one of those unexpected problems that can really throw a wrench in your daily routine. At Conrad Martens Plumbing and Hot [...]

Solar Hot Water vs Solar Electric

Solar Electric vs Solar Hot Water:Which Is Best for Your Home?   As the world continues to transition towards renewable energy sources, solar power has become a popular option for many households. Solar energy can be harnessed in two ways: through solar hot water systems and solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. While both systems use the [...]

Plumbing Pipe Comparison – Copper, Pex & Polly

Exploring Different Plumbing Pipe Types:A Comprehensive Comparison If you’re reading this article, chances are you’re wondering what type of plumbing pipe you should be using in your home or unit. Before we dive into the nitty gritty, let’s make sure that you’re in the right place. The information we cover in this blog is targeted [...]

A Guide to Hot Water Systems

A Guide to the Different Types of Hot Water Systems Repairs, Maintenance and Installation. Your home's hot water system is one of those things we often take for granted...until it stops working. Suddenly, cold showers become the norm, and we're left scrambling for a solution. But don't worry - with the right knowledge and care, [...]

What is the ideal place to install my hot water system?

Optimal Hot Water System Placement:Key Considerations and Recommendations   If you’ve found yourself in the unfortunate situation of needing to replace your old hot water unit, or you building a new house and wondering what is the most ideal hot water system placement, here we’ll go through a few important considerations you should make. Firstly [...]

Can I change the temperature on my hot water system?

Can I Change the Temperature on My Hot Water System? Tempering Valves 101: Ensuring Hot Water Safety & Efficiency Have you ever wondered what controls the temperature of your hot water? If your first guess is the thermostat - guess again. In this blog we’ll be answering some of the most frequently asked questions about [...]

A Guide to Hot Water Safe Trays: Installation, Benefits, & Maintenance

A Guide to Safe Trays in a Hot Water System Installation, Benefits, & Maintenance Water leaks are often not given much thought around the house. However, in Australia, they have quickly become the leading cause of damage and the most claimed issue for insurance companies. A recent report by Chubb outlines that 34% of all [...]

Why is my Hot Water not Working?

Why is my Hot Water Not Working? Common reasons and solutions Hot water is a crucial part of everyday life, providing convenience and comfort to your home. Our hot water systems last for years and rarely cause concern, but what happens when your hot water system suddenly stops working? This blog will explore what to [...]

How to Protect your Home from a Burst Flexible Inlet Hose.

Burst Flexi Hose Dangers:How to Safeguard Your Brisbane Home Brisbane is no stranger to floods. Unfortunately, many homeowners are also all-to-familiar with the stress and heartache caused by water leaks. We understand that protecting your home is a top priority and want to help shine a light on one of the most significant risks we [...]

The Future of Heat Pump Hot Water Systems in Queensland

Heat Pump Hot Water Systems:Queensland's Energy Revolution Renewables and energy-efficient technologies are well and truly in the spotlight in 2023. More than ever, people are looking outside the mould of traditional energy sources to chase cheaper electricity bills and reduce their carbon footprint. One of the most accessible and familiar technologies Queensland homeowners are adopting [...]

Storage Vs Instantaneous Hot Water Systems. What’s the difference? Which is better?

URGENT: I NEED A NEW HOT WATER SYSTEM! Instant vs Storage Hot Water System: Which Suits Your Home Best? We all love our hot water. Today’s hot water systems are essential to our modern way of living! There’s probably nothing worse than waking up in the morning or coming in from a long day, ready [...]

Flood Affected Hot Water System Guide and FAQ – Brisbane 2022

What to Do with Your Flood-Affected Hot Water System: A Comprehensive Guide for Brisbane 2022   Following the significant flooding event which has occurred in Brisbane, Conrad Martens Plumbing & Hot Water has compiled a guide for dealing with hot water units that have been submerged or partially submerged in floodwaters. This information is based [...]

Rheem Electric Hot Water Systems with a 12 year warranty

Discover the New Rheem Electric Hot Water Systems: Offering a 12-Year Warranty and Advanced Features Rheem, Australia's favourite hot water brand, has released their 491 and 492 series of electric hot water systems. They're new and improved versions of the existing 250-400 litre 191 series models offering a variety of features designed to extend their [...]

Need a local plumber? 10 reasons to use us

Why Hire Conrad Martens Plumbing? Discover Brisbane's Top 10 Unbeatable Reasons! If you are looking for a plumber in Brisbane, here are a few reasons we believe we can help!  Above all, we are your local family plumbing and hot water business with over 40 years of experience, and we aim to provide every customer [...]

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