Our goal is to provide our readers with valuable information on a wide range of plumbing-related topics, from DIY projects and home maintenance tips to industry news and the latest advancements in plumbing technology.
Kitchen renovation NZ often uses the following Kitchen Contractors to carry out all processes of the Kitchen Renovation: Plumbers, Gasfitters, Electricians, Builders, Plasterers, Painters and of course Kitchen Fitting companies. [...]
Water Storage can help cut costs on your water bills, which is becoming more and more viable in this day and age. There are a number of applications that can be used from Installing water systems that can be Fairly low cost that will allow you to use your own [...]
A closed coupled toilet suite refers to a toilet where the bowl and the tank are closely connected to form a single toilet entity. This toilet feature minimises the required area of operation, simplifies the cleaning process, and decreases water consumption. [...]
The best time to prepare your home and its plumbing system for the New Zealand winter is before the winter weather arrives. There are a number of preparations and maintenance checks you can do (or have your plumber do) in order to avoid plumbing or heating problems in winter. [...]
When we talk about "sustainable" living and having a "sustainable" home, we're referring to practices that work towards the goal of helping to sustain the planet's natural resources. [...]
Gas Water Cylinder Hot Water
There are several things to consider if you’re trying to decide whether to heat your water with a gas or electric hot water system. You may be looking at buying a new home and are wondering if the existing hot water system is right for your family. Or you may [...]
Stormwater is water that comes from precipitation (rain, snow, sleet, and hail) that does not infiltrate into the ground but instead runs off urban surfaces such as roofs, roads, pavements, and landscaped areas into streets and stormwater drainage systems. [...]
A gas califont is the name used by plumbing professionals for a tankless hot water heating system. These are sometimes also called instantaneous gas hot water, instantaneous hot water or continuous flow hot water. [...]
When it comes to choosing a plumber, most people ask around and choose a company that has been referred to them. So we don't usually talk ourselves up too much – we prefer to let our quality work speak for itself.
Recently, however, Sumich Plumbing & Drainage was rated as one [...]
There's no denying that having a good shower is a game changer – possibly even a life changer!
Okay sure, that might sound a bit dramatic, but we all know the difference a great shower can make. Having a good shower to start your day sets you up in the best [...]
f you notice a pool of water around your hot water cylinder, you may have a leaking hot water cylinder. There are a few signs that may indicate a leaky hot water cylinder:
water is dripping from or pouring out of the bottom of the cylinder
water is coming from the top [...]
Generally speaking, your hot water cylinder is a low maintenance appliance. When it's working properly, you usually don't think about it at all. In most instances, a hot water cylinder that is looked after will last for anywhere between 10 and 15 years. Some even last as long as 20 [...]
If you use natural gas or LPG/bottled gas as a form of power or heating in your home or in any rental properties that you own, it is essential that you arrange regular gas safety inspections. Don't wait until you smell an unexpected or concerning gas smell. Don't wait until [...]
You might be wondering what a gas fitter does. It's a very common profession in New Zealand, but it's not necessarily one you're familiar with unless you have gas heating or appliances in your home or have had any issues with a gas appliance.
The NZ Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board [...]
Did you know that there is legislation in New Zealand that determines and regulates how hot water should be in your home? Your hot water guidelines are governed by the Building Code
The temperature of water in homes and other buildings is part of the New Zealand Building Code, sitting under [...]
It's essential to keep all of the plumbing and drainage systems in and around your home working properly during winter. For us in Auckland, winter is wetter, colder and darker than any other time of year.
While we can't control the weather, we can control how to feel warmer and drier. [...]
Most people understand how important plumbing is in their home, but don't often think about how important regular plumbing maintenance is at work. In some ways, it's quite similar.
In a commercial setting, you and your staff rely on a range of plumbing and services. To run a business (and to [...]
For most pet owners, our little furry friends are treated like another member of the family. We love them and they love us back, but they don’t always do as they’re told. We love their playfulness and curiosity, but there are some areas we need them to stay away from.
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At Sumich Plumbing & Drainage, we love giving our clients a range of options when it comes to your plumbing and drainage needs. We’re often asked for recommendations about the best way to heat water for the home.
We offer a full range of hot water heating systems, so in this [...]
If you’re building a new home or are considering changing or upgrading the hot water system in your home, there are several options to choose from. We’ll look at a few options here that the team at Sumich Plumbing & Drainage can help you with, and will help you sort [...]
In recent years many of us have become a lot more aware of what we’re putting down our drains and how we’re using/recycling our water. We’ve been told about the need to keep wet wipes and microfibre particles out of our water system. And we’ve been introduced to easier and [...]
Your home is made up of a complex, interconnected system of pipes, drains and appliances that use and discharge water.
Think about the rooms in your house, and you’ll realise how much you rely on properly running plumbing and drainage. In your kitchen you have a multitude of appliances that rely [...]
If you have trees on your property or near your home, you may be prone to plumbing problems caused by tree roots. Root cutting is a specialist area of plumbing and drainage that the team at Sumich Plumbing & Drainage can help with, so let’s take a closer look at [...]
If you’ve ever had a toilet that continually won’t stop running, you know what a nuisance it can be. Not only is it noisy, but it is also an unnecessary waste of water.
Most modern toilets have an overflow drain at the back. If the water flowing in is not coming [...]
When house hunting or looking for a flat to rent, there's one thing almost everyone checks – the water pressure. And when we stay in a hotel, we almost always comment on the shower pressure. Why is that? [...]
Many people don't think about their hot water heating system very often. They don't give it much thought because they know they can turn on a tap at any time and have hot water. [...]
Using gas is an easy and efficient way to heat your home and water. There are many benefits, so let's look at a few Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) you may have if you're a first time gas user. [...]
In most instances, gas appliances, gas heating systems and gas hot water systems are very safe. Modern appliances include safety features and automatic shut-off precautions that make them easy and safe to use. [...]
Bathroom Bathroom Renovation
Remodelling or renovating a bathroom can do wonders for your home. It can make your morning
routine more efficient, and make your bedtime wind-down much more relaxing. [...]
If you're wondering how much you need to spend to renovate a bathroom, we suggest you start by thinking about why you're renovating and get clear on what you're trying to accomplish.
Before you set a budget for your Auckland bathroom renovation, it's helpful to consider a few different reasons why [...]
When you need the help of a plumber, it may feel like everything is an emergency. At the very least, everything seems like an urgent job. You don't want plumbing leaks, clogged pipes or blocked toilets left for any longer than necessary. [...]
When you need to call a plumber, it’s usually an urgent situation. You may have an overflowing toilet, a leaky tap or a burst pipe. If you have an emergency plumbing issue, you want to know who to call right away. [...]
As Auckland plumbing and drainage experts, we have seen the incredible effects that Auckland rain can have on a property. It’s vital that your home is protected with a regularly maintained roof along with spouting that will help extend the life of your roof. [...]
Having a clogged toilet is something that happens in every home or workplace, unfortunately. Because it can be such a common occurrence, it’s a good idea to know ahead of time what to do when you have a clogged toilet. [...]
There are certain jobs that you don’t really want to learn under pressure – how to change a tire, how to put up a tent, how to unclog a toilet. They’re basic survival skills that everyone should learn at some point in their life. [...]
It’s very common to have plumbing or drainage issues that are caused by tree roots. If there are trees near your drainage system or sewer lines, their roots will eventually find a way towards the pipes and cause damage. That’s because tree roots crave water and oxygen, and they find [...]
On average, a household toilet should last around ten to fifteen years. It's probably the most used fixture in your home, yet you don't think about it much until something goes wrong. You may not even consider buying a new toilet unless you're doing bathroom renovations.
When something does go wrong [...]
As professional plumbers, we're used to dealing with unpleasant bathroom smells. But that doesn't mean you should have to deal with them. First of all, however, remind yourself that some odours in the bathroom are perfectly normal. It may be an embarrassing topic, particularly if you have guests staying or [...]
People often think of a plumber when they have an urgent plumbing issue, like a blocked drain or a leak. There are many other signs, however, that you need the services of a plumber. You may not see an obvious problem, but there are some clear signs in your home [...]
If you own or manage a business in Auckland, it's essential that you know an experienced and reliable commercial plumber. You don't want to start researching "expert commercial plumber" on Google when you have a commercial plumbing problem – you want to be able to pick up the phone as [...]
The plumbing and drainage system in your property is quite complex – you have kitchen and bathrooms sinks, drains, waste disposal units, toilets, showers, a bathtub, laundry basin, washing machine, hot water cylinder, outdoor taps and drains, underground sewage and wastewater systems, gutters, downpipes … the list goes on.
So when [...]
Have you ever been in the shower and noticed that you were standing in a puddle of backed up, murky water?
Blocked shower drains usually happen gradually. That puddle is barely noticeable at first. But eventually, you notice that the shower water isn’t draining down as quickly as it should. Before [...]
If you’ve ever tried to clear a blocked drain, you’ll know that it’s not fun. It’s smelly, messy and a bit stressful if there are larger drainage issues to deal with. So it’s best to try to prevent your drains from getting blocked or clogged in the first place. This [...]
There are two main prompts that get people thinking about replacing a water heater:
Your hot water heater is not working properly
You’re paying too much for hot water
Let’s take a closer look at these and share some helpful information about figuring out when is the best time to replace your water [...]
Have you ever heard a sound coming from your pipes that sounds a bit like jack hammering? You may hear it after you turn a tap off, or once a washing machine or dishwasher cycle has finished the water intake or fill part of its cycle. It is often a [...]
If you’re shopping around for a new hot water cylinder, there are a few different things to research and understand in order to make an informed decision: [...]
One of the most important features of your house to look after is your roof. It protects you from the elements and keeps you safe, warm and dry. Many of us, however, don’t give much thought to our roofs…. that is, until something goes wrong. [...]
Having a blocked drain is a hassle we all dread. It’s smelly, unsightly, stressful and usually means an interruption to our day-to-day activities. But did you know that a blocked drain can also be a hazard to your health? [...]
Roof maintenance is probably not something that you think about very often. You possibly look after your garden, decks, and other parts of your property – there is always a list of jobs to do around the house. But how often do you take the time to look after your [...]
Discovering you have a leak somewhere in your roof will likely cause a range of reactions – frustration (I don’t have time to deal with this), fear (oh no, how severe is the damage?) and worry (how much is this going to cost me?).
With Sumich Plumbing & Drainage you’re in [...]
One of the most common questions we get asked about hot water cylinders is, how do I know whether I should repair or replace my hot water cylinder?
There are quite a few things we factor into the decision, and we’ll ask you the following questions before helping you decide whether [...]
Finding a leak in your roof is a hassle that no one wants, but unfortunately, they do happen with homes of all types. If left unattended, a roof leak will lead to further, costly damage and possible health issues from the build-up of mould.
The most obvious signs that you have [...]
There are a number of things that can go wrong with the taps in your house. Some things you can fix yourself and other issues may require the help of a professional plumber Auckland. It's important to investigate any issues you notice. As they may be a sign that there [...]
Leaking taps are both frustrating and fascinating. If you’ve ever been disturbed by a tap that won’t stop dripping no matter how hard to try to shut it off. You’ll know how infuriating it can be. Apparently, in the early 1900s, dripping water was used as a form of torture. [...]
Issues can cause blocked drains, either inside the house or outside, on the surrounding property. Blocked drains can be caused by something being washed down the drain that shouldn’t be there. Or by a gradual build-up of fat or grease. If neither of those is the cause. However, it may [...]
If you haven't jumped on board with the latest health trend of taking cold showers. Then running out of hot water may be an unwanted and frustrating annoyance in your home. There are several reasons why you may be running out of hot water sooner than you expect.
Let's take a [...]
When you need a plumber, think Sumich. No matter how large or small your job is, we'd love to help. Sumich Plumbing & Drainage are your go-to plumbing, drainage and gasfitting experts in West Auckland. Servicing the wider Auckland area, we're there when you need us for whatever job you [...]
If you're considering putting an offer on a house that needs a new kitchen, or you're at a point where you're ready to renovate the kitchen in your current property. One of the first things you'll want to know is how much it will cost.
The cost of a kitchen renovation [...]
A blocked drain is a huge hassle and inconvenience. Not only does it mean you can't use your kitchen or bathroom sink until the blockage is cleared, but a blocked drain may also cause damage to your property if it happens regularly.
A clogged or blocked drain means that water and [...]
When it comes to renovating a kitchen in Auckland, there is no end to the number of design ideas and features you can include. The kitchen is the heart of the home, and we spend a lot of time preparing food, cooking, eating, doing homework, entertaining, having drinks. You name [...]
Having a blocked toilet stinks – literally! No one enjoys having to unblock a toilet, and everyone dreads the sight of water (and other debris) rising in the toilet when you flush, instead of going down.
If you’ve ever had a blocked toilet, you know the mess it can create and [...]
There are certain rooms in a house that add value and appeal to a home when it’s up for sale. The bathroom is definitely one of these. If you’ve ever been house hunting, you’ll know that a bathroom can make or break a home purchasing decision.
The bathroom is one of [...]
The household toilet – if you live in Auckland, chances are you have one (or more) in your home. It’s a functional item that you probably don’t think much about until something goes wrong. If you find you’re getting frequent toilet blockages, a leaking toilet, hear any strange sounds coming [...]
Design is an expression of your personal style, tastes and preferences. We believe that you should follow your own taste and design your home in ways that you enjoy. There’s no point following the latest bathroom design trends just because they’re trends, or using certain colours or themes just because [...]
Gas Water Cylinder
We all know that looking after our household appliances, tools and equipment makes them last longer. We know that taking our car in for maintenance helps it run longer and safer. We look after our phones and laptops to make sure they work properly when we need them.
But there is [...]
Are you tired of having regularly blocked drains? Would you rather not have to pour toxic chemicals down the sink or shower to stop them from clogging up? Wouldn’t you rather just have drains that don’t get blocked, and avoid the messy, smelly blockage of dirty wastewater in your kitchen [...]
The decision of whether to repair or replace a roof is a major one. Not only is a new roof a significant expense, “keeping a roof over your head” is something that will keep you and your family safe, warm and dry. You want to make well-informed decisions and know [...]
Have a leaking toilet is more than just an annoying inconvenience – it can also be the cause of serious water damage to your home. If a toilet leak is not detected and repaired properly or quickly, you could be looking at unwanted repair bills and serious property damage.
Like any [...]
Gas water heaters If you’ve done your research on hot water heating and you’ve decided to install a gas hot water heater, you’ll need to engage with a gas fitter to install your unit. Gas hot water heaters are some of the best options on the market, a high quality [...]
There is a range of hot water cylinder manufacturers that make the highest quality models, each manufacturer also has a variety of models in different sizes to suit your household’s needs. Getting the size of your unit right is extremely important as it can save you money. The sizing information [...]
Califont gas hot water heaters have increased in popularity in recent years, thanks to their top-selling point: instant hot water. Here are some things you should know about this type of hot water heater to see if it’s suited to your house. What is a califont? A califont is a [...]
Strict industry guidelines state that all gas connections require a qualified and licenced gas fitter to undertake the work to get the appliance connected, installed and working; this applies to natural gas and LPG. Each installation also requires a certificate of compliance to be completed when the work is finished. [...]
Heat pump water heater is gaining popularity in New Zealand as they provide alternative means to heat your water. Popular systems at the moment include gas and electric hot water cylinders and gas continuous flow systems.
Heat pump water heaters work very similar to a heat pump heating your home, where [...]