Local West Auckland Plumber For Toilet Replacement Or Repair
Without doubt, one the main needs in a house is a working toilet. You may be living in an older home, the toilet keeps getting blocked, maybe it drips after it has been flushed, or perhaps it is a 1970s olive green. Maybe now is the time to replace a toilet in your bathroom.
Choosing A Replacement Toilet
There are three main steps in replacing a toilet. They are:
- Water usage
Here are some thoughts on those three steps.
The Aesthetics Of A Replacement Toilet
As plumbers, we can’t really advise on the look or style of toilet you want. You know the colour scheme, and the style you are looking for. However, what we can do is advise on the type of toilet to suit your bathroom.
There are essentially three types of replacement toilet:
- Close coupled where the pan and cistern hide the flush pipe.
- Wall-hung toilets which are very modern in appearance and don’t have a floor mounted pedestal.
- Wall-faced toilets which take up less space.
We can advise on the type that will work for your bathroom.
Reducing Your Water Bill
The toilet in an average house consumes about 30% of the total water consumption. With the increasing cost of water in West Auckland, any increase in water efficiency will be welcome.
Modern replacement toilets have three- or four-star water efficiency ratings. The difference between their performance is considerable.
For example, a 3-star rating will consume 6 litres for a full flush or 3 litres for a half-flush. A 4-star toilet will consume four litres for a full flush.
In an average household that can be up to 50 litres less per person per day.
So, it makes sense to choose a replacement toilet wisely. If you are unsure, we can advise which toilet system will give you the best water efficiency to lower your water bills.
Installing A Replacement Toilet
The aspect we can help with most is installing a replacement toilet. We are the leading plumbers in West Auckland and have been providing plumbing service since 1961.
There have been horror stories about some plumbers ripping-off customers with exorbitant bills, unagreed items, inflated materials costs. That will never happen with our toilet replacement service.
We visit your home, look at your situation, and give you a written quote of the work and materials you will need. If there is any change, we will only carry-out the work with your agreement so that there are no nasty surprises in your final bill.
And of course, you are covered by the guarantee for our work.
If you want a replacement toilet, we can help. Whether you want to know the type of toilet to look for, the water efficiency of different models, and of course the installation with replacing a toilet, we can help.
Call Heron Plumbing on 0800 888287 to talk about replacing a toilet in the West Auckland area.
Replacing A Toilet? Hire A Qualified West Auckland Plumber
In times when money is tight and you want or need to upgrade your home, there’s always the temptation to take a cheap route. It’s easy enough to go online and look up the instructions, or go to your local DIY store and pick up a guide for those little jobs that we need done around the home. For many jobs this is a sound approach for some jobs which are non-critical but for other tasks, it can be a dangerous and very expensive choice.
DIY is free but is expensive
DIY can be a great approach, saving you a significant amount of money to outlay. Many jobs look easy so why spend all that money on hiring a pro?
Take for instance plumbing. Although an experienced plumber may make changing a tap or fitting bathroom fixtures look easy there’s a god, and expensive, reason for that.
A professional plumber has usually been in the business for years and earned that speed over a long time. Alternatively, they will have undergone months or years of training and he or she will usually have a diploma and accreditation to show that they have had formal training and are up to date with the latest techniques, tools and approaches. When they change a tap in your home, it is not the first time they will have done it. What they make look like child’s play might be much more complex than it looks.
No room for trial and error with plumbing
With plumbing, this level expertise and experience is essential. With plumbing the margin for error can be incredibly small. Make a single mistake and you may be looking at a bill for thousands of dollars to repair the damage. A dripping pipe doesn’t immediately cause a problem but over time, it can lead to rotten floors, walls, ceilings, and more. And remember if you take on the job as an unskilled amateur and something does go wrong it’s possible that your insurance company is not going to come to your rescue.
The thing about plumbing is that the entire system in your home is connected. A mistake in one area can have a knock-on effect. Not only (as mentioned) can this be expensive but it will also almost certainly lead to a lot of inconvenience.
Take for example replacing a toilet.
Replacing a toilet
Two of our plumbers
There are many reasons that you might want to replace an old toilet. This can range from simply replacing a damaged toilet bowl, to a full-scale bathroom renovation and upgrade, but this is definitely one of the instances where you would be well advised to call in a professional plumber.
Firstly, the plumber will be able to quickly install and replace a toilet. As we mentioned above, our plumbers have years of experience replacing toilet cisterns in west Auckland.
Secondly, they will get it right. There will not be any drips, leaks, or problems with flushing the toilet when it is installed by a qualified plumber. Can a DIYer guarantee that? At Heron Plumbing we guarantee all of our work so you be confident that any job will be completed accurately, with no ongoing cost to you.
Third, and often overlooked by keen DIYers is that we buy in bulk and as a result, we can often give a better price for equivalent toilets, or other bathroom ware.
Lastly, a reputable plumber will carry insurance to give you that peace of mind that is so important when replacing a toilet or any other fixture in the bathroom. As a member of the Master Plumbers Association, we are required to carry liability insurance so you are covered in any event of an accident.
Looking for a plumber in west Auckland to replace a toilet
So what should you be looking for when you’re in the market for a plumber to replace a toilet?
Firstly, make sure that the person that you select is accredited by a local or national authority such as the Master Plumbers Association. In this way you know that are going to get a qualified, well-trained, professional plumber. Also get a written quote – that way you won’t be in for any nasty surprises. Also if you have a big project, ask for contactable references who will vouch for the levels of professionalism from that plumbing company. If the plumber can also supply images or videos of projects that he or she has worked on in the past that would be great.
All-in-all the name of the game is to ensure that the repairs or replacement of a toilet take place in a timely fashion, for a reasonable price, giving you good value for money compared to a cheap DIY job. Hire a professional so you don’t lose any sleep over whether the job has been done right.
For a quote for a toilet replacement in west Auckland, call us on 09 836 4009.
A Beginner’s Guide To Clearing Blocked Drains
One of those unwanted eventualities to occur in almost every home is the blocked drain. Caused by hair, soap and other types of blocking agents; the blocked drain is an obstacle that can result regularly if a person doesn’t take care to clear the drain. The clearing of a drain can be a very unhygienic and plain gross task, but it is a necessity if you wish to remain free of sink or toilet flooding. This article will provide information on the various methods that can be used to effectively clear a blocked drain.
The Toilet Plunger
Contrary to the name of the gadget, the toilet plunger is not to be used exclusively on toilet blockages as the method of unblocking by this piece of equipment makes it useful on all drains. To clear a blocked drain with a plunger, it is necessary to cover the top of the drain completely with the rubber. This will create a vacuum around the opening of the drain which will contribute to the sucking motion when pushing the plunger up and down. Dependent on the severity of the blockage, the plunging may take a few minutes before any items are dislodged.
The Plumbing Snake
The plumbing snake is another tool that can be used to clear different types of drain blockages. It presents as a flexible wire to be forced down the drain and rotated in order to grasp the offending materials. While the use of this gadget sounds simple, it can be quite difficult to control and inexperienced users can experience serious injury if dealing with severe blockages. It is best to leave plumbing snakes in the hands of professional plumbing technicians if you are unsure how to utilize the item effectively.
The Wire Hook
Using a similar technique to the plumbing snake, the wire hook is a basic gadget used to clear blocked drains. This method is most effective when clearing blockages caused by clumps of hair. The process is to shine a flashlight into the blocked drain and once you are able to view the blockage, use the hook to capture the hair and pull it out. Ideally this technique would be used in the case of blocked sinks and bath tubs or showers.
The Kinetic Water Ram
The kinetic water ram removes clogs from the blocked drain by releasing air through the drain. To utilize this tool, it is essential that the drain pipe is full of water as the air is pushed through to release the blockage. It is also important that the air compression in the gas cylinder is carefully regulated to ensure the pressure is not too high or the drain may be damaged. Due to the technicalities, it is recommended that the kinetic water ram be used by professional plumbers.
Final Words On Clearing Blocked Drains
As can be seen, there are various tools to be used for effective clearing of a clogged drain. While there are chemicals that can be utilised, the above equipment would be the more beneficial options.
However, sometimes the problem is just too big for people to try themselves. In these situations, you need to call in a professional, Master Plumber to clear your blocked drains. We will be happy to give you a quotation for your blocked drains and we also guarantee our work.
Call us on 836 4009 for more help with blocked drains in Albany.
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