Keep your wa­ter flow­ing

Northern Outlook - - GARDENING -

Wa­ter pumps rank along­side elec­tric­ity and heat­ing for their im­por­tance in homes; it’s just that for most peo­ple the in­fra­struc­ture is out of sight and dealt with by coun­cils.

Not so in ru­ral ar­eas, where peo­ple on farms and life­style blocks need to en­sure pumps, fil­ters and con­nec­tions are reg­u­larly main­tained or risk los­ing their wa­ter sup­ply or, worse yet, re­ceive wa­ter that has been con­tam­i­nated.

Clyne & Ben­nie man­ag­ing direc­tor Mar­tin de Gouw says the need to chlo­ri­nate wa­ter in Christchurch has brought home the im­por­tance for vig­i­lance in ru­ral ar­eas, too.

For decades, the com­pany has been in­stalling, ser­vic­ing and re­pair­ing pump sys­tems across Can­ter­bury. Re­cently, it has also been help­ing a grow­ing num­ber of peo­ple with wa­ter tests.

‘‘Wa­ter test­ing should be done ev­ery two to three years or if house­hold ill­ness is sus­pected to be caused by the wa­ter qual­ity, but peo­ple do need to main­tain their sys­tems,’’ he says. ‘‘If they’ve got a UV lamp, that should be checked an­nu­ally and for fil­ters its 6-12 months.’’

Frost pro­tec­tion for wa­ter pumps is also im­por­tant to pre­vent dam­age caused by wa­ter ex­pand­ing as it freezes and the block­age of pipes by ice. ‘‘It’s never good when you want a hot shower and can’t get wa­ter out,’’ Mar­tin says.

Heat lamps on a ther­mo­stat can be in­stalled in pump­ing sheds to deal with this, and Clyne & Ben­nie can ad­vise on other plumb­ing while on site.

Mar­tin notes that while sum­mer might feel a long way off, now is the best time to look at how gar­dens will be ir­ri­gated when rains ta­per off. Wa­ter stor­age tanks and piping can be set up by Clyne & Ben­nie so prop­er­ties will be well-equipped to han­dle dry spells.

The com­pany also pro­vides gas-fit­ting ser­vices for hot wa­ter and heat­ing, drainage work for block­ages and CCTV in­spec­tions, rou­tine main­te­nance for on­site waste wa­ter treat­ment sys­tems, and elec­tri­cal work such the in­stal­la­tion of light­ing for se­cu­rity and flood­lit back­yards.

‘‘The range of ser­vices we of­fer makes it very easy for peo­ple who aren’t sure what trade to call be­cause they only have to deal with the one out­fit,’’ Mar­tin says.

‘‘It’s not a cliche to say we’re that one-stop shop you’re al­ways hear­ing about.’’

For a free quote on plumb­ing, gas-fit­ting, drainage or elec­tri­cal work, con­tact Clyne & Ben­nie on 0800 37 47 37 or visit clyne-ben­nie.co.nz.

Wa­ter tanks re­quire pumps in good work­ing or­der to avoid sup­ply prob­lems. If peo­ple are in any doubt, Clyne & Ben­nie can help.

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