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A heads up ‑ there are delays in the plumbing industry nationwide at the moment due to the global impact of COVID‑19 and a huge increase in demand. We’ve started to see a delay on products with short stock and long wait times. This is true across trades as a whole including construction etc. If you’ve got any projects planned in the near future, this may impact your timing.

So what can you do??

Order Early

Ordering everything in early is your best strategy. Our biggest delay is waiting on shopping and logistics on the products themselves. If you get your products ordered ahead of time through your suppliers, we’ll be more likely to be able to get your job done in a timely manner. The majority of products in NZ are imported or rely on parts that can’t be produced here, so this is even true for NZ manufactured goods.

Book your tradies in

The whole trades industry is seeing a staff shortage. This was true even before the demand boom we’re seeing now! Booking all of your tradies in early will mean everyone can work together to schedule each piece of the puzzle and get your job done as quickly as possible. After lockdown, there will also be a backlog of projects so you’re best to get in touch much earlier than usual. A lot of tradies are booked well into 2022 so this will avoid delays.

Give your friendly tradies lots of notice!

Give us (and your other tradespeople!) plenty of notice of any jobs in the pipeline to make sure we can fit you in. Happy planning and we’ll see you out there!

 

Contact our friendly team of plumbers if you’ve got a job planned here in East Auckland.

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Let’s imagine for a second. You’ve got a plumbing emergency or a water leak going on at your home. Do you know how to turn off your water mains? This is a super useful thing to know as a property owner, as the water pipes are on you.

Sure, you can call a local plumber (we recommend it, of course!), but you’re gonna want to turn the water off til you can give us a bell. If you’ve got a burst pipe or a leak pops out of nowhere, you’ll want to minimise the mess ASAP. It can also be useful to shut off your water supply if you’re heading away to reduce the risk of returning to a water emergency (or hearing about it from the neighbours when you’re elsewhere!).

Find your water toby

Who’s Toby? A toby is the main water valve that supplies your home. Most of the time, leaks are close to the connection to the toby box or where the main line enters the house. We always ask people to look closely around those two areas before we enlist our leak detection team, so it’s a good time saver to know where it is. Find it ahead of time so you aren’t rushing around in a panic if the plumbing needs some urgent attention! Check for a lid around the front of your home or near the property boundary – your water shut-off valve should be in there. To test if that’s the right one, you can turn it off then run a tap inside. If the water stops after a few seconds, you’ve got it! Go turn it back on and go about your merry way knowing you’re well prepared in case of a plumbing emergency.

Isolation valve

If something happens inside, you may also have an isolation valve that lets you turn off the water at one point of the house, while it continues to flow freely in other spots. These will usually be behind the toilet or under the sink. Check if it requires a screwdriver or it’s a hand-operated valve – it’s good to know and have the tools you need handy just in case.

 

Check out some handy guides for finding your water meter/valves and checking for leaks at Watercare and Master Plumbers.

Give us a call for all your plumbing needs. Our plumbing team are based in East Auckland, servicing the Auckland region.

You know that annoying, not to mention nasty, feeling finding a puddle of toilet water on the floor every time you’re off to the loo. If you’ve got a toilet leak, don’t ignore it! Water damage is your main cause for concern here and over time it will cause issues. You’re best to fix it at the source before it becomes a bigger problem for your bathroom – and it’s usually simple if you get onto it quickly.

Find the source of the leak

First up, you’ll be looking to find the source of the leak. Mop around the base of the toilet, and keep an eye on it over a 24-hour period if it’s minor.

The bowl

If you notice water leaking from under the toilet bowl, it could be the pan connector has perished or been installed incorrectly. To fix this, your water supply will need to be turned off and toilet disconnected so that the pan connector can be replaced if it’s not sealing properly. Now this is a job for your plumber.

The toilet valve

If the water is coming out of the valve in the wall, it may need tightening or replacing.

Misaligned pipes/valves could mean the supply line needs repairing. This may sound daunting, and this one definitely needs the attention of a certified plumber! They’ll have a good idea of the problem and how long it will take.

A cracked toilet

If your toilet tank is cracked, it could be dribbling water. In this instance we adopt a replacement policy only as trying to fix it can often be more costly that a full replacement. Your plumber will need to access the damage and let you know your options.

If you’re having trouble finding the source of the leak, you can pop just a few drops of food colouring into the tank. Just don’t leave the food colouring in the toilet bowl too long after you’ve found your leak, as it may stain the bowl.

When you flush

When you flush your toilet and the water keeps running into the pan, you could need a new washer or a new flush valve depending on the age of your toilet.

There are loads of different reasons for a leaky toilet, but these tend to be the most common.

If you need a hand fixing your leaking toilet, call our friendly team at Grace Plumbing. Our local plumbers are fully certified to get the job done right. We offer free quotes and great rates, servicing Auckland for over 20 years.

Contact us today!

We’ve been servicing East Auckland with our team of plumbers for over 20 years.

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