Get on Top of Plumbing Maintenance in Wet Wellington Weather

Heavy rain has been causing flooding around the country recently and Wellington is no exception as the region receives one dousing after another. Downtown Wellington was drenched during a lunchtime deluge last month with10mm to 20mm of rain falling in Wellington by 1pm. In the hill suburb of Kelburn, 14mm fell in just one hour.

Plumbers in Wellington are advising of the benefits of a smoothly operating, efficient plumbing system in these heavy weather events. Of course access to clean water is always essential to good health, hygiene and well-being and modern plumbing and drainage can help us all in times of both water shortages and flood events.

That means keeping on top of your plumbing maintenance is important. Most people don’t think about their plumbing until a problem arises. Seasonal plumbing maintenance is something you should do regularly to catch small problems early and avoid more expensive issues later. And spring is the ideal time to get started.

With spring seasonal plumbing maintenance in Wellington, you should be servicing your water-using appliances — water heaters, hot water cylinders, washing machine and dishwasher and inspecting your drains to ensure they are kept clear.

Drains are the key to effective indoor spring plumbing maintenance. Water from heavy storms can seep into cracks in your sewer system causing backups. You can prevent all these problems with regular plumbing maintenance.

When a drain is clogged it adds extra pressure adds on the system. Even a slow drain can cause problems, so avoid a headache in our wet spring Wellington weather and get a clog cleared before it becomes a complete blockage.

So if you do regular checks and find a problem, contact a local Wellington plumber to fix it as soon as possible and you’ll be prepared for more spring downpours.

You don’t have to handle all of your plumbing inspections and repairs alone. When you don’t know what’s wrong, you need assistance with water-related issues, you’re too busy to worry about plumbing maintenance, or the job is too difficult for you to do, contact your local Wellington plumbers to help you.

Wellington plumber Jason Brown Plumbing are your courteous plumbing professionals. We recommend these kinds of regular plumbing maintenance services to all our customers.

Best Kitchen Renovation Tips

No matter how big or small, a kitchen is always the heart of a home. Which probably explains why we love to pour our hearts, and our hard earned cash into plans for new or upgraded kitchens. We’ve put together some great tips to help save you money on your kitchen renovation or new build, without sacrificing quality.

First, decide on the layout of your kitchen. It may sound obvious but a simple design will help to keep your costs down. And if you keep your existing plumbing and electrical items, especially gas stoves, in the same location that will certainly simplify your kitchen build.

Best Kitchen Renovation Tips

When it comes to choosing your kitchen appliances consider buying all your kitchen appliances at once as a package, even if it’s before you’re ready to install. You might be able to negotiate a better overall price.

When you have put together a list of tasks, it’s time to start talking to kitchen contractors, plumbers and designers. They may have useful suggestions and solutions to improve your kitchen design and other recommendations.

Dealing with contractors can feel like a daunting task so it’s important to choose the right team who are going to be easy and professional to work with. Working with a reliable team you can trust like Wellington plumbers Jason Brown Plumbing & Gas will ensure your kitchen renovations are not only more enjoyable but more efficient and cost effective too.

New Zealand’s Top Bathroom Trends for 2017

A nice bathroom can feel like the most luxurious thing in the world. In 2017 the opportunity to renovate or build a new bathroom is seen as an opportunity to create a retreat, a sanctuary for body and soul.

In terms of design, expect to see new ways of separating bedrooms and bathrooms. Instead of traditional fixed walls, movable glass or timber screens are dividing sleeping areas from bathing spaces.

New Zealand's Top Bathroom Trends for 2017

Sculptural freestanding baths and black tapware are taking centre stage in 2017. Often on tiled, or polished concrete floors. Freestanding baths are available in many different styles, from clawfoot to oval based. While black tapware is also surging in popularity, it has been known to develop water marks over time and lose its shine.

New Zealanders are also making the most of small spaces and minimalist designs and simple materials in their bathroom. To generate a greater sense of space, think about installing hung vanities and toilets along with recessed wall cabinets. Wet areas are another smart and trending solution to increase the sense of spaciousness in your bathroom.

Dark bathrooms are out and multiple lighting is hot this year. We see showers having lighting installed within them, recessed lighting around the bath and even floor lighting installed for night time visits to the toilet.

Above all it’s great to see New Zealanders celebrating this small but essential room and finding exciting ways to make their bathroom a beautiful relaxing space as well as functional.

Lack of Wellington Tradesmen May Slow Housing Projects

A number of big housing projects in the Wellington region could be held up by the shortage of plumbers and other tradespeople in the building industry.

In February, Wellington City Council announced plans for 750 social and affordable housing units. And Housing New Zealand recently announced plans to build and refurbish a further 713 houses in Lower Hutt.

Wellington City Council Housing Task Force chairman Paul Eagle said increasing the number of qualified builders was essential in order to achieve its new housing targets. His main concern was that shortages could lead to a serious issue around affordability.

Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) chief executive Warwick Quinn said forecasts estimated 50-60,000 new construction workers would be required in NZ over the next five years, across the spectrum of trades.

Housing NZ development strategy manager Garry Looker acknowledged there was a strong demand for skilled tradespeople, including plumbers in Wellington, but believed its systems would cope.

Friday Homes owner Mike Friday is struggling to recruit more tradespeople and said he was always looking for apprentices. However he said getting jobs finished on time is also about good organisation and project management.

Here at Wellington’s Jason Brown Plumbing & Gas, we also believe in good organisation and the importance of managing projects on time and on budget. That’s why we can give you regular progress updates – so you know your project is running to schedule.

Tips for Saving Water, Energy and Money

We’d all like to save a little money. One thing you can do is try to reduce water and energy bills. Here are some top tips to help save water, power and money in your home.

Quick showers

Showers account for a lot of the water used in the average household, so by keeping your shower time down you won’t need to heat as much water.

Repair leaks and drips

Leaking water is like watching money drip away. It might not look like much but over time those constant drips add up, so call a plumber to repair those leaks and dribbles.

Use your dishwasher and washing machine wisely

Wait until your dishwasher is full before using it and set your washing machine to use a cold wash as often as possible to avoid unnecessary water heating.

If you don’t have a dish washer, you could put a bowl in the sink and fill that up with water when you wash your dishes, and then use this leftover water on the garden.

Install water-efficient appliances

There are many products available to help you to reduce water usage, from water-efficient shower heads to dual-flush toilets and eco-friendly washing machines, so make sure you shop around or get some advice from your local plumber.

If you do find that you have a leak that needs fixing, or you’d like help installing your new efficient appliances contact the team at Jason Brown Plumbing & Gas.

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