Landlords and Property Managers – We’ve Got Your Back!

Whenever you sign a tenancy agreement, as a landlord or property manager, you hope your new tenants are going to take care of the home you have provided them.  Some tenants are great, but some don’t particularly care about looking after your investment.  Over his time as a plumber, Craig has encountered shocking plumbing issues in rental properties that have gone unreported by tenants, often leaving small issues to become big, expensive problems for the landlord.

Well, we’re here to help and to give you some peace of mind that your investment is in good shape from a plumbing perspective.  Last year, we developed a new service – our Plumb Warrant of Fitness.

What is checked in a Plumb WOF Inspection?

In a warrant inspection, all aspects of your plumbing are checked.

  • Hot water system
  • Bathroom, kitchen & laundry plumbing
  • Spouting & downpipes
  • Water & drain pipes
  • Water pressure

Only accessible, visible plumbing can be checked – Craig will not be digging up your lawn or opening your walls!

 

The WOF Report

After Craig has done the inspection, you will receive a thorough written report, itemising what has been checked and making professional recommendations.  All recommendations will be fully explained so you can make an informed decision about any plumbing work you would like to have done.

 

How Much Does a Plumb WOF Cost?

It costs $59+gst per house/flat – that’s it!  Should you decide on receiving the report that you want to go ahead with any of the recommended work, the cost of that work would be additional.  As many plumbing issues aren’t obvious until they’ve already caused significant damage, a Plumb WOF is money well spent.

 

For landlords and property managers, we recommend an annual Plumb WOF for your property.

Take a look at our leaflet and book your Plumb WOF today!

Craig & Julie

Give me a Strong Shower!

Why would I want to switch from a low pressure to a mains pressure hot water system?

The most common complaint people who have a low pressure system make is that their pressure is poor at the tap.  They want to luxuriate under a decent spray for their morning shower, not shiver under a dribble.  Another problem some experience is difficulty controlling water temperature with mixers.

 

What’s the difference between a low pressure and a mains pressure hot water system?

It used to be that all houses had low pressure hot water systems. The cold water from the street “main” usually went into each house’s supply tank, most commonly in the ceiling.  The water was then gravity-fed down to the hot water cylinder.  Alternative to a supply-tank set-up, a pressure-reducing valve was installed.  These systems were designed to reduce the water pressure because the hot water cylinders couldn’t withstand the high pressure of the water coming from the mains pipes.  More recently, hot water cylinders that could withstand the pressure from the mains were developed.  Water could be fed  into them straight from the mains pipes with a pressure-limiting valve, instead of via a supply tank or through an old-style pressure-reducing valve.

 

What does switching from a low pressure to a mains pressure hot water system involve?

The supply tank is disconnected or the pressure-reducing valve removed.  New pipework is then installed to carry cold water from the mains pipe to the new hot water cylinder.  A number of valves are also installed.  The pressure-limiting valve controls the pressure of the water as, ironically, it can also cause problems if it’s too high.  (You may be interested in our post Get Your Water Pressure Checked!Craig would be happy to come and look at what would be required to make the change at your home and provide you with an obligation-free quote at no cost.

 

Enjoy your showers,

Craig & Julie

Save Money on your Power Bill!

Winter is officially here!  It has certainly made its presence felt in Wellington over the past week. As we dig out our warm coats, turn on heaters and stay an extra few minutes under the shower to warm up, we also brace ourselves for a hike in our power bills.

On average, heating of hot water accounts for 1/3 of your power bill! There are a number of ways to make your hot water system run more efficiently and reduce costs. Craig can check over your system and make power-saving suggestions that fit your budget.

Some of the affordable measures Craig can take are to:
  • insulate hot water pipes with lagging to reduce heat loss.
  • install flow restrictors in showerheads and taps to reduce the amount of water used.
  • adjust the settings of the thermostat and tempering valve on your hot water cylinder so it’s not heating more than it needs to.

In recent years, plumbers have switched to a new system for running water pipes from the hot water cylinder to taps and showerheads. Using 12mm pipe to run water to each tap directly from the hot water cylinder saves 2/3 of the hot water consumed by the old way of doing things (which was to use one 20mm pipe to serve all taps and showerheads in an area).  Using the new method, less water has to be drained from the pipes before hot water arrives at the tap. This might be worth considering if your pipes are accessible (such as under the house or in the ceiling space), need replacing anyway due to a burst or other problem or you are renovating.

You might want to consider installing a hot water heat pump as we have done recently in our family home. Manufacturers guarantee they save 2/3 of your water heating costs, making heat pumps a good option for those who intend on staying in their current house for many years to come.  Your existing hot water cylinder may able to be used with a new heat pump.

Craig would be very happy to pay you a visit and make opening your power bill an easier task!

Keep warm this Winter,
Craig & Julie