Why You Should Get A Professional Roof Inspection

Professional roof inspections are important

The condition of your roof isn’t always easy to gauge just by looking at it. In order to determine what could potentially be a more serious problem, arranging a professional roof inspection is a must.

By identifying common roof problems before they start, you can save yourself a lot of trouble – and some hefty roof repair costs – down the line.

7 common problems that could turn costly

1. Missing, dislodged or slipped tiles

Even if the opening is small, a missing or dislodged roof tile (or two, or ten!) could lead to some pretty serious water damage in your home if not replaced before the next rainfall.

Roof tiles can slip or become dislodged for a number of reasons. Common causes include strong winds, heavy rains, poor workmanship or general foot traffic from tradesmen who may have been up there to install aircon units or do other maintenance work.

2. Drooping or sagging

When your roof is weakened, whether by water damage, structural damage, poor ventilation or the use of heavy tiles, it can start to droop and sag.

If nothing is done to fix this problem, your roof’s sagging could become a dangerous hazard and result in an unexpected collapse.

3. Blocked gutters

Blocked gutters can come about for all sorts of reasons, but they can usually be chalked up to one thing: debris.

Whether it’s leaves, dirt, rubbish or broken tiles, blocked gutters can be disastrous for your roof. To allow for proper drainage, clearing out the gutters is key.

4. Leaks

Roof tiles are cleverly designed to keep rain from coming inside, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be free from leaks in your home.

Leaks can be caused by many things, including rotting wood, mould or an exposed opening. A professional who specialises in leak detection will be able to identify the cause for you.

5. Moss or plant growth

While moss and plant growth can look pretty, neither are any good for the structural integrity of your roof.

Moss buildup can cause your roof’s tiles to weaken, deteriorating them over time and leading to constricted water flow and broken tiles.

6. Weathering or natural aging

All things age in time, and your roof is no different. Being exposed to the elements 24/7 can leave it looking a little worse for wear.

Porous tiles caused by weathering and natural aging could potentially allow water to leak through in places where it shouldn’t.

7. Storm damage

After a big storm, there could be damage to your roof that you don’t even know about.

Calling in a professional to take a look will ensure that any damage, including clogged gutters and broken or missing tiles, can be fixed as quickly as possible.

Make a regular professional roof inspection your priority

With a regular professional roof inspection, you can sleep (or work!) easy knowing that the roof above your head is structurally sound.

A professional roof inspector will be able to identify any potential problems and help you to stop any roofing complications before they start.

By maintaining the integrity of your roof, you can prevent any unexpected damage and spare yourself having to pay for any costly repairs.

Time for a professional roof inspection? Talk to our team

6 Hidden Indoor Plumbing Problems

Identifying indoor plumbing problems can be a tricky task

Indoor plumbing problems can be hard to find, especially if you don’t know where to look. We’ve made things easier for you by putting together a list of 6 common indoor plumbing problems – and how to spot them.

Slow drainage

You’ve finished washing the dishes, taken out the plug, cleared away any food debris and noticed that the water is taking a while to drain out of the sink. When you come across this problem, you’ll find that it’s usually due to a clog in the pipes.

The clog could either be in the attached pipes or in the main sewer line. A professional plumber will be able to identify the source and get your drains running smoothly once again.

Bad smell

A bad smell in the kitchen or bathroom can be caused by a variety of factors, like bacteria buildup, a bucket of food scraps or a stray dirty sock. But when the bad smell is coming from the drain, the solution might not be as easy as simply doing the washing.

Bad smells emanating from drains can often be chalked up to a clog in the pipes. If not a clog, it could be a result of sewer gas rising up through the drain. Either way, taking action is a must if you want to get rid of the smell.


Having mould in the house is a pretty clear indication that somehow, water is getting in – and it isn’t drying up. Leaking pipes are one of the key reasons for having mould around, as is a damaged roof or damp basement.

While the cause might not always be linked to plumbing, it is still important to understand why there is mould showing up in your home and how you can get rid of it.

Low water pressure

Low water pressure in the house could be due to a water leak, blocked pipe or faucet, or having the shut-off valve in the wrong position.

While it’s possible for you to resolve the minor issues on your own, we recommend calling in a plumber to help with the more serious ones (like water leaks).

Brown spots, bubbling paint or peeling wallpaper

Brown spots on the ceilings or walls can only mean one thing: somehow, somewhere, there is a water leak.

Bubbling paint can also point you in the direction of a leak, as can peeling wallpaper – although it’s best to check whether peeling wallpaper is because of water damage, or because of general wear and tear.

Discoloured water

When the water coming out of your tap is brown, murky or riddled with debris, it could be unsafe to drink.

Discoloured water usually means corrosion or rust in the pipes. If you find yourself faced with this problem, we highly recommend bringing in a professional to help get your water back to normal.

Keep an eye out for indoor plumbing problems

Indoor plumbing problems might start off small, but they can escalate quickly. In order to keep your house in good condition – and your plumbing functioning as it should – be sure to call in a plumber if you notice any of these issues in your home.

Talk to our team about indoor plumbing problems today

Checking For Water Leaks

It’s a leaky business

The thing about water leaks is that often, you don’t even know they’re happening. A dripping tap is obvious because you can see and hear it. But a concealed, undetectable leak? Those are much harder to spot.

Identifying whether you have a leak means checking for the following:

  • Can you hear running water even though no taps, appliances or evaporative coolers are turned on?
  • Has your water bill been climbing over the past few months?
  • Are there any unidentified, foul-smelling odours around the house?
  • Do your walls or floors have unexplainable wet areas?
  • Is your water metre changing even when you aren’t using water?

Leak detection


Faucets: Using a torch, look for moisture under the sink. If you find any, clear out the cupboard and search for water stains, mould or peeling/swollen material.

Toilets: Remove the cistern lid and listen for a hissing sound. Alternatively, try putting some food colouring in the cistern and seeing whether it leaks into the toilet bowl.

Showers and bathtubs: Inspect the floor around the shower and the bathtub. If there is a crawl space under the tub, check there as well. Look for loose tiles, peeling paint, mould or swollen floorboards or vinyl.

Hot water tanks: Check the hot water valve or listen for a hissing sound. Remember that these tanks contain hot water – keep a safe distance and avoid getting burnt.


Outdoor taps: Easy to identify, a leaking outdoor tap is also easy to fix. The issue is when the leak is coming from somewhere else, like underground pipes.

Underground pipes: Search for irregular damp spots on the ground that are far from any outdoor water sources. Can you see a puddle even though it hasn’t been raining?

Swimming pools and spas: As with underground pipes, look for damp, sunken or eroded spots around the pool area. Check around the filter, heater and pipe valves.

Sewerage: Sewerage leaks are often the hardest to detect because the pipes run underground. Causes could include tree roots that pierce or move the pipes, or leaking joints. A plumber can identify the problem by inserting a camera into the drain.

Call a plumber

Finding the source of a leak brings you one step closer to fixing the problem. If you can identify the cause or the location, you’ve done well!

Knowing when to bring a professional into the mix means admitting when you might need help. If you have found the leak but don’t have any knowledge around how to fix it, we’d recommend calling in the experts.

Hiring a skilled plumber to detect and fix a water leak in your home is the best option for many reasons. Not only will it save you time, but also money spent on exorbitant water bills and any further deterioration to the area.

Call Plan B Plumbing for help with leak detection in Melbourne

Reasons To Hire a Licensed Plumber For Repairs

Plumbing emergencies can strike at any time and can be a costly, time consuming and stressful experience. Sometimes even small plumbing repairs can create a major inconvenience, so it’s natural to want to rectify the issue for the cheapest price or even attempting to fix it yourself. The issue with DIY plumbing, however, is that by neglecting to utilise the skills and expertise of a plumber, you could end up causing further damage and costing yourself more in the long run.

An underground leak detection, for example, is a procedure that only plumber with the correct knowledge and equipment can undertake thoroughly to make sure an investigation leads to a solution. If a leak goes undetected for too long because a plumber was not engaged, the problem can become enormous. Without the sufficient expertise, an underground leak can cause masses of leak damage not only to your property, but potentially your neighbours’ properties, too, and it can also cost you money if there is an increase in your water bill. However, when you hire a plumber who is equipped with an underground leak detector and expert plumber knowledge in underground leak detection such as Plan B Plumbing, we can assess the area and locate the leak as quickly as possible to rectify the issue and prevent any further problems.

In Victoria, plumbers must be registered and/or licensed to carry out plumbing works. You may think you can undertake a quick plumbing repair by yourself at home, but the practical and theoretical knowledge plumbers have gained through their education, training and hands-on experience is invaluable and should not be underestimated.

What may seem to you like a small plumbing issue could actually be far greater than you realise, attempting to fix the plumbing issue by yourself may cause you much bigger issues down the road. By hiring a licensed plumber you will be provided with a high level of service and specialised knowledge to ensure the problem is fixed right the first time.

When you are looking for a local plumber in Oakleigh, take the safest option and ensure you hire a plumber like Plan B Plumbing. We are Licensed Plumbers who possess the specialist plumbing knowledge required to be able to provide the most appropriate plumbing solutions that will leave you with a long-lasting and cost-effective answer to your needs.



This year we are sponsoring Lea in the School Sport Australia Pacific School Games Softball Championship (“PSG”).

PSG is a multi-sport school competition for Australian and international students and will be held in Adelaide from 2nd – 8th December.

We are passionate about promoting an active healthy lifestyle so when we heard that Lea needed assistance raising funds to get to the games we jumped straight in to help !!!

Lea has been playing Softball since she was 12. She love’s softball because it’s both mentally challenging and physically demanding. Most importantly she adores the friendships she has made, her teammates have become her sisters and together they are making memories that last a lifetime.

Lea is currently concluding her final year of high school and eventually wants to pursue a path to obtain a PhD in Biomechanics, combining her passion for education, sport, medicine and writing ! (WOW)

We wish Lea all the best for the games. GOOD LUCK FROM THE TEAM AT PLAN B !!!

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If you’re moving into a new home, renovating an old home or have simply purchased a new plumbing appliance, we can help with disconnecting the old appliance and then reconnecting the new one.

If you’re looking to install a new hot water service, dishwasher, washing machine, laundry trough, kitchen sink, bathroom sink or toilet, it needs to be done right. The alternative is leaking water and eventually permanent water damage which can be very costly to repair.

We can also assist with disconnection and reconnection of gas appliances such as ovens, stoves and heaters.

We will ensure the job is done right the first time and installed to strict current day Australian Standards and Codes.

We will also quote you a fixed price so you don’t get stung at the end of the job with fees you didn’t expect, after all we are Plumbers not Bees 🙂

Contact us today to find out how we can help you with the installation of your new plumbing appliances.

Plan B Plumbing Solutions offer leak detection services, damage assessment reporting and plumbing repairs throughout South Oakleigh, Oakleigh, Oakleigh East, Chadstone, East Malvern, Glen Iris, Bentleigh and South Eastern Suburbs.

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Introducing our newest Plan B Plumbing Solutions team member “Mr Drone”.

This fast but little guy will make Roof Inspections for properties above three stories easier, safer, faster and less costly.

Mr Drone can access almost any part of the building, and collect more useful information by using high-quality image and video.

Mr Drone transmits the data to the inspection team on the ground or through the Cloud – which allows us to analyze the data and generate reports faster without putting anyone at risk.

Stay tuned for updates on Mr Drone and his adventures with Plan B.

If you would like us to conduct your next Roof Inspection with the help of Mr Drone contact us today on 1300 075 262.

Our roof plumber will also examine the interior of the house including the ceilings and walls for any dampness or water leaks, as well as any roof and attic spaces for any internal evidence of wind, water or hail damage.

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Martins Manfelds has joined the Plan B Team and in our usual style, we asked him a few “Get to know you” questions.

Who is your hero and why?

My hero is Latvian celebrity chef Mārtiņš Rītiņš, he was the one who taught me good work ethics, I went from worst jobs in kitchen to cooking for presidents.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

I would live anywhere in Victoria on a self-sustainable farm where my family could live off the land.

What is your biggest fear?

My biggest fear would be losing my family.

What is your favourite family vacation?

Favourite vacation would be anywhere I can camp in the bush,as long as there are mountains and water:)

What would you change about yourself if you could?

If I could not take everything too close to my Heart.

What really makes you angry?

Adds during my favourite TV shows.

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Welcome to Rielly O’Dowd, the newest team member at Plan B Plumbing Solutions.

I asked Rielly a few “Get to you know you” questions, so keep reading to find out more …..

What makes you laugh the most?

My Dog

What was the last movie you went to?

Star wars haha

If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would it be?

Train with McGregor and Muhhamad Ali

What is your favorite game or sport to watch and play?

Boxing and UFC

What would you sing at Karaoke night?

Katy Perry – Firework.



This year the best plumbers in Melbourne have jumped on board as sponsors to the the official publication of Police Citizens Youth Club Victoria – Street Smart Handbook.

Since 2002, the Streetsmart Handbook has been delivered to teenagers at secondary schools with the aim of educating our youth on important topics relevant to them as they transition into adult life.

The Street Smarthandbook is a practical life guide for 16 and 17 year old school leavers that is designed to help prepare today’s youth for life after school.

The handbook covers important topics from sexual health and the effects of drug and alcohol abuse to legal rights and applying for a loan. It offers information specific to the school leaver.

The handbook provides information to teenagers about social, mental, and physical issues and topics whilst also engaging the NHWA goal in creating safe, connected and inclusive communities; allowing people to feel empowered, informed and engaged with one another and the local police.

Plan B Plumbing Solutions  – Give back to the children, they are the future.

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