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Repair or Replace?
Many people complain that things aren’t made the way they used to be. Sadly, this also applies to plumbing fittings. The cost of parts, plus labour, often costs more than replacing a fitting. The average life of a modern plumbing fitting is about 10 years.
Also, with such a wide range of different plumbing fixtures available, finding the parts can be almost impossible, and a plumber can’t possibly stock all the spares parts needed to suit maintenance needs. This is where it helps to use fixtures and tapware from bigger, well-known brands, as they are more likely to carry spare parts in the future, and will have better after sales care for their products.
If you are fortunate enough to have older style taps that use washers, then these can be fixed by replacing the washer. For ceramic-cartridge taps, it can be cheaper just to replace them.
We would love to help you out with advice and products that suit your situation. Feel free to ring and chat about what will fit your needs best.
UPGRADING TO MAINS PRESSURE
The biggest two reasons that people change over to a mains pressure hot water cylinder are that you get better shower pressure, and you have more choice when it comes to choosing tapware and fixtures.
Keep in mind that if you change over, some of your existing fittings that are designed for unequal pressure may need to be changed as well. We can check these for you and let you know.
The choice is whether to stay with an electric hot water cylinder, or change to a gas Infinity system:
If you choose an infinity, you will need to have a gas connection, and infinities are usually fitted on an external wall, which will require your plumbing to be altered.
If you choose a cylinder, people usually choose a larger size as you will use more water on mains pressure. This also requires a drain to be added, which can be difficult if your house is build on a concrete slab. We come in, remove the old cylinder, alter the pipe work and remove the roof vent. Then fit the new cylinder and a tempering valve which protects people from being scalded.
A great thing to do when planning a renovation is to have all the needed tradesmen come to your house before you start, to help you plan and give advice that suits your needs.
If you are planning to renovate your whole house, you may like to consider upgrading your hot water to mains pressure, as this will allow you to use any plumbing fittings you like, and of course increase the pressure in your hot shower! Often, mains pressure fittings are cheaper than unequal pressure fittings.
For any plumbing that you are installing, it is good to consider how easy it will be to replace for future maintenance. An in-wall toilet cistern, for example, is very difficult to work on once installed. Also, if the parts are no longer available for whatever fitting you have chosen, your wall or tiling may need to be removed in order to replace it.
If you’re updating your flooring, it is best to remove existing plumbing fittings first, rather than laying the flooring around them. Later, if you need to update or replace your plumbing fittings, it can be very difficult to find fittings that cover the holes in the flooring, and it can end up looking bad.
Not sure where to start?
Give Dart a call and talk through what you'd like to achieve. He can help you plan your course of action and give you options that suit.