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PLUMBING

We’re qualified and experienced plumbers. So whether it’s a plumbing emergency, a small domestic job, or a more significant project planned, give Adams a call.

  • Unblocking toilets, drains, sewers, or pipes

  • Fixing leaking roofs and other leaks

  • Solving roofing problems

  • Dealing with drainage & blockage issues

  • New home plumbing consultation

  • Installing appliances – dishwashers, washing machines.

  • Installing hot water systems – solar, electric, or gas

  • Installing taps, showers, bathroom fittings, and toilets

  • Installing septic tanks and water tanks

  • Advising on home heating and installing heat pumps

  • Working with other professional trades companies

​Commercial

For servicing, installing or advising on what to buy, Adams is your go-to commercial plumbing expert. Adams is renowned region-wide for its ability to handle industrial-sized projects, from food outlets to office buildings and any commercial situation.

 

At Adams, we excel at commercial building maintenance. Our portfolio includes Cutlers Real Estate, Ray White Real Estate, Click Property Management, Chatsford Rest Home, Birchleigh Rest Home, Housing New Zealand, Presbyterian Support, University of Otago, Darling Reality, and Edinburgh Realty.

For a plumbing quote, call Michael Brown 03 477 0077

Frequently Asked Questions:

What Do I do if I have a burst pipe?

The first thing to do is turn the water off. This is generally done at the toby (usually on the pavement outside your boundary). Next, if you have a tank with a pump, turn off the power supply to the pump. Next, turn off the power top on the hot water cylinder.

If the leak is only the hot water - you can isolate the hot water cylinder by turning off the inlet valve to the bottom of the hot water cylinder tank. Turn on a hot water tap to release any pressure. Isolate the power supply to the cylinder.

Can leaks get bigger over time?

Yes. Water leaking out of your pipes or fixtures will eventually cause enough corrosion that even a pin-hole-sized leak can subsequently grow and potentially cause damage to your home.

What do I do if my toilet overflows?

An overflowing toilet is usually caused by a leak in your tank's fill valve or the shaft or wire deterioration that sets the fill level. Whatever the cause, call us to help solve your problem easily!

My toilet sounds like it is constantly running. What do I do to fix it?

It just depends on what's going on.

- If you've even opened your toilet tank, you've probably seen a metal or plastic ball resting on the top of the water. This is called the float, which governs how high the toilet fills. If the float is cracked, water will seep inside, and the ball won't sit above the water. As a result, the toilet can overfill, and water can leak into the overflow tube, creating an endless cycle of filling and draining that will wreak havoc on your water bill. Sometimes, fixing the float involves bending the attached metal arm so the float sits on top of the water - be careful not to snap it! The float rides up and down in a plastic tube in newer toilets. While these are generally more durable than the float arms, occasionally, the ball gets stuck on grit or debris and may need to be moved a few times manually to remove the obstacle.

- If you have a cistern with a button flush, it may also be the case that the washer at the bottom of the flushing valve is not sealing properly, allowing water to flow into the toilet.

- If that's still not the case, you probably have a leaky flushing valve. The flushing valve is located at the bottom of the tank and is generally pretty easy to replace - pop it off and put a new one in.

How can I tell if I have a gas leak?

Your appliance may have a leak if you can smell gas. Signs that your gas appliance is working correctly and needs checking include burning with a yellow or orange flame or the pilot light keeps going out.

What are some of the biggest continuous hot water systems offered over conventional heaters?

One benefit of continuous hot water systems is that they never run out of hot water, unlike conventional water heaters!

While storage tank water heaters have a limited capacity, continuous hot water systems heat water as it passes through the system, meaning you'll never run out of hot water - essential when the whole family is in town!

 

My kitchen tap runs soooo slow! 

The first thing to check is that the spout isn't blocked. You can do this by simply unscrewing the end piece of the tap spout, which holds a gauze filter that can often be clogged and stopping the water flow. Clean out the grit, and you'll have a much better water flow. There also may be a filter on the inlet side of the tap under the bench, which could be blocked up. The water must be shut off and the filters removed and cleaned to repair this. 

If either of these options doesn't work, it could be that your tap is incorrect for the type of hot water system you have. In that case, call us to arrange for Michael to come and discuss your options.

Why is there poor water flow in my shower?

If you have poor shower pressure, it could be because your water supply tank is mounted to your hot water cylinder or in the roof space. Or you may have a pressure-reducing valve supplying the water to the hot water cylinder.

there are several ways you can boost the hot water pressure in the shower

- Change the shower mixer

- Change the shower rose - they get clogged up with deposits over time and restrict water flow.

- Change the method of supplying water to the shower by using a pressure-reducing valve with an open vent

- replace the low-pressure hot water cylinder with a medium-pressure or mains-pressure type gas or electric system.

My toilet is blocked. Help!

You can attempt to plunge the toilet, but this can also cause unnecessary pressure on the joints.

No hot water!

Check that the hot water cylinder is turned on. The switch may have been knocked.

Check the fuse board, and the circuit breaker should be on. 

No hot gas water!

The unit is not functioning correctly, and could mean no gas, water, or electricity.

Check that it is getting gas. If natural gas, is the isolation valve at the meter open? If LPG, is there gas in the bottle?

Many gas water heaters require power to ignite - check the power to the house - check the circuit breaker to the unit. 

Still no hot water. . . . Call us now!

How do I know if my drains are blocked?

Sewer Drain - Your sewer drain takes all toilet waste, including shower, bath and vanity, kitchen sink and laundry water. If your sewer drain is blocked, you may notice some of the following symptoms

- Slow-draining toilet or toilet water rising when you flush

- Gurgling sound in toilet pan or outside in the gully trap

- Discharge from the gully trap outside; discharge may contain toilet waste and toilet tissue

- Slow-draining sinks or shower

It is crucial to rectify this problem as soon as possible as this can be a health hazard.

Storm Water Drain - Your stormwater drain takes rainwater from your roof, gutters and downpipes. If your stormwater drain is blocked, you may notice some following symptoms, especially in heavy rain.

Flooding from gutters and downpipes

Surface flooding in yard sumps, driveways, channels

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