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

Help! My Drains Are Blocked!

When your drain is blocked, you need help straight away!  Although the problem may have been brewing for a while, there’s no way of knowing until you start having issues.

Causes of Blocked Drains

Some of the main causes of a blocked drain are –

  • a buildup of debris, such as toilet paper, soap and cooking oils
  • tree roots growing through joins and/or crackers in the drain pipes and water and/or debris not being able to flow past them
How do I Know My Drain is Blocked?

The main tell-tale signs of a blocked drain are –

  • water taking a long time to drain down a plughole
  • the water level in your toilet bowl rising
  • the water level in your gully trap rising or overflowing (gully traps are designed as an overflow point for when the drain blocks)
What Will a Plumber do to Deal with my Blocked Drain?

Craig would initially try to clear the block with his manual tools.  If this didn’t work, he’d call in a drainage subcontractor.

Craig works with reliable, trustworthy tradesmen who have specialist equipment for diagnosing and clearing blocked drains.  They have cameras to see what’s going on in the pipe and what’s causing the problems, as well as high-pressure water sprays to clear roots and other debris away.   There is also a locating tool which accurately measures the position and depth of the drain so that it is quick and easy to find if Craig needs to dig down to it. At the end of the job, the subcontractors supply you with a recording of the drain to show you the condition.

Craig can then carry out any necessary work, based on what the drainage subcontractor’s camera showed.  Once Craig has cleared/repaired your drain he will spray the drain and surrounding area with disinfectant to keep everything hygenic.

 

Keep and eye on those drains,

Craig & Julie

 

 

 

 

 

 

Autumn Playing Havoc with Your Spouting?

Time to get the guttering cleaned out!

The Autumn leaves are beautiful but…they fill our guttering with leaves.   If you’re not a plumber, you may not be aware of some of the problems these leaves can create.  If not cleared from guttering/spouting, they can cause:

  • guttering to overflow when it rains
  • deterioration & rusting of metal guttering (due to dampness caused by accumulated debris)
  • blocked downpipes and stormwater drain pipes (if the debris gets dislodged by heavy rain, for example, and travels through the system)
Is it time to get your guttering cleaned?

The most obvious signs that you may have a build-up of debris in your guttering or downpipes are:

  • guttering that overflows when it rains
  • grass or small plants growing in your guttering

By getting your guttering cleaned and your downpipes checked for blockages, you can protect your guttering to prolong its life.  You could also avoid blockages in your drain pipes, which can be difficult & expensive to clear.

If you have trees near your home that regularly deposit leaves in your gutters, you may want to consider having gutter guard installed to prevent blockages.

With Winter around the corner, it’s a great time to get Craig to clean your guttering and check you guttering & downpipes for leaks & blockages.  Being over 6 foot tall and good with heights, he’s just the man for the job. He can also wipe your spouting clean while he’s up there to save you a job.   Or you may like him to install gutter guard so you won’t have to think about cleaning out your gutters again.  Alternatively, Craig can check your guttering for leaks and blockages as part of a Plumb WOF.

Keep dry,
Craig & Julie

Rainwater Tanks – for Emergencies & General Purposes

Be prepared! - Rainwater tank for emergency water storage.

Be prepared! – Rainwater tank for emergency water storage.

Craig has just installed a rainwater tank at the back of our house.  It will save us the tedious task of washing and filling numerous bottles of water each year for emergencies as we now have 200 litres of stored water.  It’ll be handy for watering the garden too and our boys will enjoy having water to use right by their play garden.

How do Rainwater Tanks Work?

Once the rainwater tank and supplied fittings are installed, rainwater travels off your roof, into your spouting, down your downpipe, through a diverter and into the tank.  Near the base of the tank is a hose tap through which water can be accessed.

Using the Rainwater Tank Supply for Emergency Drinking Water

When using water from the rainwater tank to drink, the usual precautions are recommended – either boil the water or add a few drops of household bleach.  Our tank holds 200l of water, giving us well over the advised 3 days’ worth of emergency water for each member of the family. The tanks can be strapped to protect your water supply in earthquakes.

Where Can I get a Rainwater Tank?

We got our rainwater tank from the Wellington City Council service centre for $105.  It came with the necessary fittings for a regular install.  Ours was a bit complicated and required Craig to use some extra plumbing know-how and fittings but most tanks should be straight-forward to install.  The WCC tanks come in two colours – light brown and dark green.  Some plumbing and building merchants sell them but we found it reassuring that these ones are endorsed by the council and they are well-priced.

Craig is keen to help others get prepared for emergencies by installing rainwater tanks.  For a usual, straight-forward install, he can get yours up-and-running within a couple of hours.

Be prepared,
Craig & Julie

Clean guttering: avoid blocked drains & protect your spouting

Time to get the guttering cleaned out!

Now that Winter is here, the beautiful Autumn leaves have left their trees bare and…our guttering full of leaves.   If you’re not a plumber, you may not be aware of some of the problems these leaves can create.  If not cleared from guttering/spouting, they can cause:

  • guttering to overflow when it rains
  • deterioration & rusting of metal guttering (due to dampness caused by accumulated debris)
  • blocked downpipes and stormwater drain pipes (if the debris gets dislodged by heavy rain, for example, and travels through the system)
Is it time to get your guttering cleaned?

The most obvious signs that you may have a build-up of debris in your guttering or downpipes are:

  • guttering that overflows when it rains
  • grass or small plants growing in your guttering

By getting your guttering cleaned and your downpipes checked for blockages, you can protect your guttering to prolong its life.  You could also avoid blockages in your drain pipes, which can be difficult & expensive to clear.

If you have trees near your home that regularly deposit leaves in your gutters, you may want to consider having gutter guard installed to prevent blockages.

As Winter settles in, it’s a great time to get Craig to clean your guttering and check your downpipes for blockages.  Being over 6 foot tall and good with heights, he’s just the man for the job. He can also wipe your spouting clean while he’s up there to save you a job.   Or you may like him to install gutter guard so you won’t have to think about cleaning out your gutters again.

Keep dry,
Craig & Julie