Common Plumbing Issues

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Leaking Taps

Single level mixers are usually the first tap to leak in a house, as they get a lot of use and have a swivelling spout. This is often caused by worn o-rings inside the tap. With such a wide variety of taps on the market, finding the correct o-rings can be difficult and time-consuming. It may be faster and less costly to look at replacing your tap. When purchasing a tap, you will need to make sure you choose a tap which suits your high or low-pressure system. I recommend Methven taps, as they are designed and made in New Zealand, for New Zealand conditions.

Pipe Replacement

Burst Water Pipes

There are a number of water pipes that were used 20-30 years ago which have become brittle and tend to break down at the joins. We can repair leaking joins or burst pipes, but ultimately, you will need to re-pipe your house. Insurance will usually cover you for the damage caused by the first leak, but not subsequent leaks.Often the kitchen is a long way from the rest of the plumbing in the house, making a long waste pipe to the drain. When a waste disposal unit is fitted to this, and insufficient water is used to wash this down, a blockage can occur. Also, fats and oils can solidify in the waste pipe if not enough warm, soapy water is used to flush them down. I use a tool which pulsates water down your drain to clear the blockage.

Bathroom Toilet

There are two valves that make up your toilet cistern; and inlet valve and a flushing valve. Your toilet runs because one of these valves has failed. Typically, when one fails, the other will fail within a short period, so it is best to replace both at the same time. You may also need a new inlet valve.  If your toilet is old and in poor condition, this is a good time to look at different options of upgrading.

Running Toilets

Kitchen Sink

Blocked Kitchen Wastes

Often the kitchen is a long way from the rest of the plumbing in the house, making a long waste pipe to the drain. When a waste disposal unit is fitted to this, and insufficient water is used to wash this down, a blockage can occur. Also, fats and oils can solidify in the waste pipe if not enough warm, soapy water is used to flush them down. I use a tool which pulsates water down your drain to clear the blockage.

Red Roof

This is caused by the Ajax valve on your cylinder failing. This happens due to age or from the lack of a filter on the water coming to your cylinder. When this happens, the valve may be able to be cleaned, or it may need replacing.

Low Pressure Cylinder Overflowing