Fun fact: did you know that homeowners call a plumber with a problem at least once every three years? This is, of course, dependent on the age of your home and the frequency of your plumbing checkups, but the fact remains...you're going to have to give your local Wellington plumber a call eventually!
But will it be a panicked call or just a simple problem you need solved? More often than not, the calls we receive are anything but dramatic plumbing emergencies.
So what calls are Wellingtonians making when they have a Wellington plumbing emergency? Let's take a look at the top three shall we?
Leaky Taps and Showerheads
It's not that much of an issue right? A drip here and there? Well, tell that to your unnecessarily steep water rates! Let's take a look at the maths...
If your faucet dripped once every second every day, all day, it would only take four and a half hours to reach one gallon. Every day you would waste 5 gallons of water or 2,082 gallons per year. That is 10% of the average water used by a standard 3.5 gpf (gallon per flush) toilet on a daily basis.
So for Wellingtonians who would like to avoid some serious water (and cash) wastage, we'll receive a common call to fix leaky faucets! It isn't the most dramatic Wellington plumbing emergency, but it's a frequently reported Wellington drainage problem nonetheless.
Leaky Wellington pipes (and water damage)
Burst pipe emergencies in Wellington might sound dramatic, but more often than not they are a 'silent killer'. Stealthy in their damage, you'll see the results in subtle ways like mould and mildew buildup, discolouration in walls and ceilings, and puddles rather than floods.
Water damage to your Wellington home can be a costly plumbing problem, and it's one we get called on to fix all the time.
Weak water pressure (terrible showers)
While you'll see this Wellington plumbing problem pop up more commonly in the winter, it's a common call we get; an issue that nobody should have to struggle with! The last thing anyone wants after a hard day's work is a weak shower. If you can't even wash the shampoo out of your hair, you're in for a miserable and cold time.
Unfortunately this isn't a Wellington plumbing problem that you can always fix in one reliable way. Damaged drains, leaking pipes, blockages and even faulty hot water systems can be causes of low water pressure in Wellington. These are issues that a professional Master plumber can repair with ease, and we can assure you that we have done so on numerous occasions!
Have you ever called a plumber with any of these issues? If you run into one of the above Wellington plumbing problems, give the team at Maxey a call: we know what to do!