Tips & Advice

Advice, tips and tricks of the plumbing kind

Did you know that sanitary plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying must be done by authorised tradespeople? Follow our blog for expert advice on plumbing repairs, renovations, servicing and seasonal maintenance.

Don't risk it! If you have a plumbing problem, contact a Master Plumber.

  • plumbing
    22nd of September 2016 0 min read

    Disposing of 'flushable' wipes

    Consumer NZ says it wants flushable wipes' manufacturers to drop claims that they are flushable. This follows a Consumer test of 11 flushable wipes, which found they don’t break down...

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  • drainlaying
    22nd of September 2016 1 min read

    Keeping NZ waterways clean

    If your home is connected to the public sewage system, wastewater from your from your toilet, bath, shower, sink, basin, washing machine and dishwasher will run through your sewage pipes into...

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  • gasfitting
    2nd of August 2016 0 min read

    Staying safe with gas

    While gas is instant, reliable and efficient, it needs to be used properly.

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  • roofing
    3rd of June 2016 0 min read

    Remember your roof

    Spouting, downpipes and gutters can become blocked with all sorts - from dead birds and rodents to plastic bags, balls and dirt build-up.

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  • plumbing
    3rd of June 2016 0 min read

    Can I do my own plumbing?

    Short answer: No. There's not much you can do without running into trouble with the law. Changing a tap washer is fine, but that’s about it.

    Tags: DIY plumbing  
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  • plumbing
    3rd of June 2016 0 min read

    How hot should my water be?

    Water coming out of the tap too hot can be quite dangerous, especially if you've got young children.

    Tags: Safe water temperatures  
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  • plumbing
    3rd of June 2016 0 min read

    Do I need a building consent?

    Some plumbing, gasfitting and drainage work doesn't need consent - as long as you use an authorised plumber, drainlayer or gasfitter. They'll know what can and can't be done without consent.

    Tags: building consents  
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  • drainlaying
    3rd of June 2016 0 min read

    Avoid frozen pipes this winter

    Don't get caught out by a cold snap!  Frozen pipes can burst, causing a lot of water damage that could be avoided with a bit of preventative maintenance.

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  • drainlaying
    3rd of June 2016 0 min read

    Don't pour that down the sink

    Don't pour cooking grease into drains. It blocks them when it cools and firms up. Instead, chill the grease in an empty carton or tin then put it in the...

    Tags: blocked drains  
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  • plumbing
    3rd of June 2016 0 min read

    Unblocking a basin

    If your basin gets clogged, don't panic - try using a plunger. Keep a damp rag over the overflow while you do it. If the problem persists, contact a Master Plumber.

    Tags: clogged sink  
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