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5 Reasons to Upgrade Plumbing When Renovating


If you are planning an extension or renovation to your home, don’t forget to think about how you can upgrade your plumbing at the same time.  Updating your plumbing might not be top of your renovating checklist, but it can be more easily attended to at this time, and there are many ways it can improve your lifestyle. Plus if you are getting a plumber in to do work on your extension, it can be cost-effective to get them to complete other jobs as well.

Here are five (5) ways plumbing upgrades can benefit you.

1.       Install a Water Tank

A renovation or extension is a great time to consider installing a water tank if you don’t already have one. The benefits of this are obvious – clean, fresh rainwater, to make use of our incredible natural resource and, of course, the savings a water tank can offer if you connect the tank and use rainwater for flushing toilets, for outdoor taps and to laundry taps to wash your clothes.

2.       Installing Water Efficient Fittings

Water efficiency is becoming more and more important, both ethically and for cost-effective reasons. When you extend or renovate, be sure to consider the water efficiency of toilets, taps and shower heads. Your plumber will be able to advise you on your best options.

3.       Improved Water Pressure

Water pressure can be low due to leaky, cracked pipes. Upgrading the plumbing can help fix this problem. No more screaming when someone flushes the toilet while you are in the shower!

4.       Plumbing Issues can Affect the Layout of Your Renovation

Right back at the planning stage of a renovation it is particularly important to consider plumbing issues. For cost reasons it can be very effective to keep your plumbing changes in similar or even the same layout to avoid budget blowouts.

5.       Improve the Resale Value of Your Home

While it is true that the plumbing in your home is largely invisible, an upgrade to plumbing is certainly something worth mentioning to your real estate agent when you sell. Prospective buyers will be reassured to know the plumbing in your home is top notch and has been recently updated.

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July 22, 2016 |

Install Water Efficient Taps and Shower Heads and Save Money


Stop dripping taps and save water in your home todayInstalling water efficient shower heads and taps in your home is one of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce your water and energy bills.

Water usage is something we should all try to limit – both for the sake of the environment and our wallets. There are many things we can do on a daily basis to stop wasting water – from fixing leaking taps to having shorter showers. But to really make a difference, consider installing water efficient taps and shower heads in your home.

The Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme (WELS) shows the consumption of water by appliances. It rates products and appliances on a scale from one to six and also provides a number showing the comparative water consumption in litres.

A plumber can help you install a shower head or flow controller without the hassle of DIY installation. According to savewater, an Australian alliance working with both business and government, showering uses large volumes of water in the home. A standard (non water efficient) showerhead uses 12 – 22 litres per minute. In contrast, a water saving showerhead (three-starred WELS rated) uses 9 litres per minute or less. A water efficient showerhead can save more than 26 litres of water for an average 7 minute shower, which is more than 9,000 litres of water per person in the household per year.

A plumber can help you install a shower head or flow controller without the hassle or problems that may arise with DIY installation. Common DIY mistakes, such as forcing fittings or over-tightening a new shower head, can damage the wall or plumbing fittings, resulting in costly repair bills. If you have gravity fed hot water or an older instantaneous hot water service, flow control devices (in the shower head or the inline flow controller) may not work effectively. You may need to seek assistance from a plumber to ensure your shower quality is not diminished.

To find a local plumber who can start saving you money today, have a look at Build Local’s plumbing listings.

Other Useful Links to Help You Save Water

Visit Hunter Water for other smart water-savvy solutions, including tools to help you calculate your water usage and details of Water Wise Rules that came into effect in the Hunter region on 1 July 2014.

Choice can help you with information about water saving options for the home and to choose the best water saving appliances.

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August 18, 2014 |

Kitchen & Bathroom Plumbing


Completing a full kitchen or bathroom renovation is an expensive task but the end result will be well worth the effort once complete. Some of us are happy with the existing layout of our bathroom or kitchen and just want a new modern space to freshen up the home.  This is a great way to keep the plumbing and electrical costs to a minimum by avoiding the need to re-configure services to other areas.

For those of us who have decided to extend a room or change the entire layout, you will need to be mindful of the additional costs involved to install new electrical cabling and plumbing to the area.  Depending on the amount of work involved it can take several days for each tradesman to complete the installation work resulting in additional cost to your project.

When you are designing your new space think about whether you need to completely re-design the whole room or whether you can keep the plumbing on the same wall or a toilet in the same position. The same applies to the electrical wiring in consideration to your oven and stovetop.

If you are looking for ways to save money and time on a bathroom or kitchen project you should take a good look at your design and see if you can use some or all of the existing layout.

Sometimes the advantages of re-configuring the entire room can outweigh the extra cost, especially if you are planning to stay in the home long term.

It all comes down to your budget and what you are willing to compromise to keep the costs down!


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