Euro Plumbing Ltd Plumbing, Gasfitting And Drainlaying Thu, 22 Feb 2018 20:48:41 +0000 zh-CN hourly 1 Rheem tankless hot water installation Fri, 20 May 2016 11:28:16 +0000  


Hot water is the biggest consumer of energy in the home, because of this LPG hot water heating is fast becoming the favourite in many homes. With draw cards like instant hot water it’s easy to see why they are becoming the favourite. LPG water heating units save money, time and space. With LPG hot water heating the units are compact enough to put in any size home, and take up much less space than original methods, thus giving you more space in your home because there is no storage needed. You save time by no longer having to wait for the water to heat up, instant hot water is at your finger tips, let’s face it we can all use more time. In areas where there is no natural gas these units are a great stand in, and you don’t have to worry about the cost involved of getting natural gas hooked up to the grid which can be quite expensive. Not to mention LPG is far better for the environment. Plus there is the benefit that it is cheaper. What’s not to love about LPG hot water heating?

Euro Plumbing offer a variety of services when it comes to LPG water heating. We can smoothly convert you to LPG from natural gas with our gas appliance service. If you have moved and taken your gas appliances with you we can advise you on conversion kits before you purchase a new appliance or get one reinstalled. We can supply and install a new automatic LPG change over regulator with manual switchover which includes two flexible connections to existing LPG bottles. We also do a central heating service to ensure you are getting the best out of your central heating, this can save up to $200 a year in energy costs. We can fully service and repair a wide range including Bosch, Baxi boilers, Siemens, Waterware, Vokera, Ferroli, Floorad, Lotte and Radtech.

And remember at Euro Plumbing we are not satisfied till you are. So give us a call, and let us help you save time, money, space and the environment.

What is a bidet? Fri, 20 May 2016 11:12:21 +0000 BidetWell folks it’s now 2016 and we just had an inquiry from a customer asking about us installing a “bum gun”.  We couldn’t help giggling at the term, so friends do you think we should now refer to our bidets as “bum guns”?  You see you going to be hearing the word and seeing bidets more and more as they are now becoming quite popular world wide. What is a bidet? Basically it is a low sink you sit on after using the toilet and you wash with soap and water rather than just wipe with toilet paper.

It was actually invented in the 17th century, and no surprises, in France. No one knows who invented it. The word bidet came from the 15th century where it is actually a pet pony in France. Quite an apt word to use in calling the invention when you do actually straddle the sink, like you would a horse. In 1980 Japan got hold of it then it started off other countries. It is now common in Europe, the Middle East, China and a few others.

So a few questions answered, no it doesn’t replace toilet paper, you wipe first then shift over to the bidet and have a wash, there is normally a towel next to the bidet to dry, (remember this when visiting where you see one what that towel next to the bidet is used for) or just dry with more toilet paper, although you can find them now that air dry you. Yes it is hygienic, you already after all share showers and toilets, think of it that way. You sit on it backwards generally so you can control the buttons or taps, straddling like a horse.

People that may be very interested in it are mothers after giving birth when keeping “down there” clean as possible to prevent infection is paramount. Those with medical issues “down there” can find bidets less abrasive than toilet paper. The older community who need extra help “down there” and then there are those who have actually tried one, understand its value and want one in their own home.

Now bidets are becoming popular worldwide there is more variety in types. You know longer need to install a full bidet in your bathroom where most people don’t have room, you can now buy attachments to your existing toilet. They are now coming out with more options such as adjustable pressure, air drying and so forth. They are also becoming more and more affordable as there popularity grows worldwide.

Radiant central heating is booming in Auckland! Mon, 16 May 2016 22:55:08 +0000 A few weeks ago Auckland experienced a short “cold snip” reminding Aucklanders that winter is quickly approaching. Although temperatures have temporarily risen again (in comparison 1.5 -2 degrees Celsius warmer than last year 2015) , Auckland is expected to be hit by freezing temperatures in June.

Blue Skies Weather forecaster Tony Trewinnard said there was little doubt this month would be warm, although he expected rainy conditions might return later in May or next month.

“The Southern Ocean south of New Zealand is significantly colder now and will likely stay that way through the winter. That means when cold southerlies do arrive, and they will eventually, they could be colder than normal – snow-producing southerlies.”

That being said, Euro Plumbing have experienced a “boom” in regular central heating inquiries throughout May. Existing central heating service and repair work, central heating for new homes and our most popular option, the “retrofit”. Auckland residence have been spreading the word about how life changing and affordable radiant central heating really is. For a quick comparison and benefits, please visit the following page Air Heatpumps VS Hydronic Central Heating.

Euro Plumbing’s central heating systems are designed and installed by EU trained and qualified staff. Think its too late to install a proper central heating system? It’s not! Our systems can be fully retrofitted onto any existing typical Auckland home and can be powered with gas, solar or heat pumps. Of course every situation requires special attention meaning , you wont simply be getting a “boxed” solution, but rather a tailored solution for you and your home.

Our latest proud installation below shows a retrofitted central heating installation in Flat Bush done by our young Ryan. Ryan has shown incredible attention to detail. Despite carpeted or timber floored areas his method of running pipework and achieving connections is immaculate. Well done Ryan!

All pipework below is of course insulated to achieve maximum efficiency and this specific system is powered by a condensing natural gas central heating system boiler to achieve the desired energy savings.

This home will remain nice and cozy during 2016, interested in keeping your home warm and healthy? Give 0800 Team Euro a ring!

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Customer supplied plumbing products Tue, 29 Mar 2016 22:04:10 +0000 Over the last few weeks there has been considerable media attention regarding plumbing and drainage products that potentially may not meet the building code.

Why is this important to YOU, the consumer?

Plumbing problems could hit half of new kiwi homes

After viewing the above video you may understand why plumbers in New Zealand may be changing their policy around warranty or even refusing to install products supplied by the consumer.


Cheap! Cheap! Cheap! Will always come with a high price tag in the end. Products that don’t comply with standards such as Watermark in AU that cause damage to property or health may not be covered by your current insurance policy.

It is currently estimated that over 50% of new Kiwi homes have defective or non compliant products installed.

We hope that New Zealand will soon follow the Australian example and introduce laws that will regulate these products and educate the consumer about what they should and should not buy.

If the plumber knows or suspects that the customer-supplied product is, or appears, defective or faulty, or doesn’t comply with the Building Code, they may refuse to use it and explain the reasons . In this situation, if the plumber continues to use the product, they would likely be found not to have performed with reasonable care and skill, and could be held in breach of the service guarantees in the CGA and the warranties under the Building Act.

If the consumer insists on installation of these supplied products the plumber may ask the customer to sign an acknowledgement which will include:

  • Giving you the option of either purchasing the products from us or of purchasing one of the brands recommended by us from a recommended retailer.
  • Have explained to you the risks of using products that are neither supplied by us nor one of the brands recommended by us, which should also be purchased from a recommended retailer.
  • You have nevertheless decided to purchase the products yourself and wish us to use those products in providing our plumbing services.
  • While we are not aware that the products you wish us to use do not comply with the Building Act 2004, we cannot reasonably be satisfied that they comply with the Building Act 2004.
  • Our services do not include the provision of the products and you are not relying on our skill and judgment in the selection of the products supplied by you, which are to be used in the plumbing services.
  • In addition to the above and to the extent permitted by law, you will not hold us liable for any failures, costs or losses arising from the products you supply. (For the avoidance of doubt, this exclusion of liability does not apply to the guarantees under the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993 (except to the extent you act in trade) or any warranties that apply under the Building Act 2004).

These acknowledgments override any other provision of our contract(s) with you for the provision of the plumbing services.

Both plumbers and consumers should work together in eliminating the use of faulty and non-compliant products products. For more information please dont hesitate to contact us.


Gas Califont for mum Tue, 09 Feb 2016 19:15:12 +0000 instant gas califont to put outside their mums place in order that they have access to a shower when they are staying at mums place. They are currently using the garden hose to shower as mum only has a bath and complains about power if the rest of the family need to bathe. The shower was removed due to the bathroom walls rotting. ]]> We had an interesting email from some self proclaimed smelly customers asking us to donate an instant gas califont to put outside their mums place in order that they have access to a shower when they are staying at mums place. They are currently using the garden hose to shower as mum only has a bath and complains about power if the rest of the family need to bathe. The shower was removed due to the bathroom walls rotting.

Well what an interesting dilemma. A califont is a gas water heater unit about the size of a briefcase. You simply attach it to a garden hose and a gas tank and you have instant water via gas heating, a portable shower. It can pretty much be put anywhere it is needed, but shouldn’t be put in an enclosed space as it does run off a gas cylinder. It is a simple and is very easy to use and can be set up in as little as ten minutes. You connect it to a mains water supply or a 12v pressure pump. It does not need electricity to run as it is powered by two D cell batteries, which makes it great for use in the horse shed. It can heat up to 360litres per hour.

It is a fantastic unit to have for use outside when you need hot water and not just the garden hose. The dog can be washed outside, when coming back from the beach covered in sand you know longer have to have sand tracked through the house, you can take it camping, really it’s applications are limitless.

As to whether we can donate a second hand one…I’m sorry but no we don’t do that. We also don’t sell the cheap ones as we like quality products so we can stand behind them. We can however fix up mums bathroom and easily install a shower unit inside too. We think the califont is a great idea and defiantly better than showering with the garden hose.

Over 400 SQM of warm floor Wed, 02 Dec 2015 01:40:41 +0000 underfloor3 Great day to complete a large style underfloor heating job in Whitford Auckland. Over 2800 meters of pipe covering 400 square meters of mesh to be powered by 2 powerful heatpumps. Herman, Ben and Krishna are obviously very proud of this mint looking installation, well done guys!]]> underfloor3
Great day to complete a large style underfloor heating job in Whitford Auckland. Over 2800 meters of pipe covering 400 square meters of mesh to be powered by 2 powerful heatpumps. Herman, Ben and Krishna are obviously very proud of this mint looking installation, well done guys!

So as an installer, what do you have to look out for when installing underfloor heating?

Here some points to consider:

  • Where are the expansion joints going to be?
  • How big is the heat source and will i need smaller pipe spacing to be laid to compensate for the heat-load?
  • What are the R values and Heat losses?
  • What is the floor finish? For example is it polished concrete?
  • Prevent pipe runs under walls and islands

And the list goes on!

Euro Plumbing have been installing underfloor heating systems in the Auckland area for over 8 years now and all installations are done to EU standards to maximize efficiency and reduce servicing costs.

Need an underfloor Heating quote? Talk to Euro today!

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ALC and public drainage Wed, 21 Oct 2015 20:12:14 +0000 concrete_pipe As ALC registered drainlayers we get to take part in some exciting drainage work. Public sewer and stormwater is what we love doing! BIG PIPE, BIG DIGGERS and BIG HOURS are involved. Experience is an absolute must as one minor mistake can cost the drainlayer tens of thousands of $$$ to put it right, and we don’t want that! The first and most important step is preparation. Understanding the scope clearly will enable us to plan the hours, place the correct quantities and have the right machinery onsite.

On this job for example a specialized manhole stormwater 360 filter weighing over  2.3 tonnes is to be installed. Additionally over 50 meters of concrete RCRRJ 225mm, each weighing over 100KG (2 meter) need to be installed at a perfect fall of 1%.

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Not only is manpower important to deal with the size and weight of this application but also having professional specialized tools is critical. Just to give you an example…

Once the all the pipe is laid several tests will have to take place to enable us to pass council and engineering standards.

  1. The pipe will be air tested using an air compressor and balloon. The installation must prove to be “leak free”
  2. A tractor unit carrying a 360 rotating camera to inspect each joint to ensure the rubber rings have not been damaged during installation and that the gap between each pipe is as tight as possible. No cracks should ever be visible.
  3. Finally a visual inspection is done which must result in a “full moon”. Simply put, you look down the pipe and if the drainlayer did everything correctly then you should see a full moon (light) at the other end, indicating that the pipe is perfectly straight. You can imagine how difficult that would be if the trench was not excavated correctly to begin with. Especially when the depths are over 1 meter!


Do I need a retention or detention water tank? Thu, 08 Oct 2015 00:21:23 +0000 What is the difference between a retention and a detention tank?

The quick and simple answer is that there is no difference between both tanks, rather there is a difference between how they are setup.

You can purchase a 3000L tank (under or above ground) and set it up to be either- or. This will fully depend on the application.


Detention tanks work by temporarily storing the rainwater runoff during a rainfall event and then slowly releasing the water through a controlled small diameter orifice into the public storm water system. This storage and slow release of the rainwater reduces the peak storm water flows during a rainfall event and hence reduces the impacts on downstream infrastructure and/or streams.

Detention_tank_setupDetention tanks are usually council specified in areas where potential storm water flooding risks apply. With the current housing crises and increase, Auckland’s public storm water systems are considerably undersized.  So generally if you are adding roof space by extending or building new in areas the storm water systems have not been renewed, you will most likely require a detention tank.

Detention tanks are also handy when you are managing your storm water onsite. The most common application is in combination with soak holes. Giving the ground enough time to “soak” excess water will prevent any surface or ground related flooding. Often causing damage or nuisance to person and property.

The following is a typical underground detention tank installation



Detention tanks can of course also be used to retain water as retention tanks. The best way to achieve this, is to oversize your detention requirement. Retention would be any water storage below the outlet orifice and can be used for hose taps, toilets, laundry and under certain circumstances for all general plumbing.

A normal water tank is simply considered as a retention tank, water is “retained” for use.

The following is a typical obove ground detention/retention tank installation.


For more information, please download the following relative Auckland city council documentation. NSC07-detention-tanks-v4

How do I calculate how large my detention needs to be?

In Auckland a rule of thumb based on several conditions including “storm of the 100 years” would be to allow for 100 liters per 1 SQM of roof surface area.  Depending on detention requirment and specifications, the outlet orifice could be anywhere between 10mm-40mm.

If you need specialist advice on rentention or detention solutions, dont hesitate to give us a ring on 0800 TEAM EURO and have a chat to our qualified drainlayers!