Drainlaying is a highly professional and regulated business, as it is an extremely important component of the public health of any community. Most homeowners will only encounter a drain layer during a sewerage emergency, and they will be generally extremely grateful and very impressed buy the professional work that the drainlayer performs. They will also of course be very happy to pay what is probably a fairly steep fee for the emergency work, simply because there is no way they could have performed the work themselves, and the work was extremely urgent because they would have had to move out of the house into temporary accommodation otherwise.
Homeowners who are having a new house built will at some stage see the drains being laid, and they will also be impressed because the work looks very tough and physical, and also looks complex and technically challenging. It will also dawn on the homeowner that at some stage the drainlayer has had to tap into the main sewer for the neighborhood, and that is something that most people prefer not to think about.
City and town councils also rely on drainlayers in Auckland to build and maintain their existing stormwater and sewage systems, and they will be just as grateful as the humble home owner when the drainlayers come out and attend to an emergency. The Council staff and the elected officials are well aware of the urgency of any repair work, and the elected officials will be aware that their jobs would be at stake if the repairs were not carried out properly and professionally.
Sometimes a homeowner is able to observe a major project in their neighbourhood, such as installing a new underground flood barrier or replacing a major stormwater or sewer pipe section. This will almost always involve disruption to traffic and a fairly large scale excavation in the middle of the road. For the casual Observer the work can look very challenging both technically and physically, but to the professional drainlayer this will be just another day at work. They have a complex set of procedures to follow both in terms of work safety and in terms of technical practice, but they will have modern and hefty machinery to carry out almost all the work.
Any homeowner lucky enough to observe one of these projects will almost always find that the foreman or staff on site will be more than happy to explain what it is they are doing and what problem they are solving. Like any professional tradespeople they are proud of the work they do and particularly of the fact that they are making their community safer.
New Zealand has a wet and windy climate particularly in certain locations, all the houses in those locations need to be built to be able to sustain bad weather. A number of specialist tradespeople are required in the process when building a new house or weatherproofing an existing house.
The builder is the obvious first tradesperson, as they need to build the house so that it can sustain high winds and driving rain. The most important requirement is that the house does not change shape in anyway during high winds, is this can open up small cracks in the cladding or the roofing that will let in cold air and moisture. The house must therefore be built as a rigid structure, aided must be firmly attached to it’s foundations it also must be built rigidly underground so that the house does not shift relative to the ground during an earthquake.
The regulations for building Framework and roof trusses and for attaching the frames to the foundations pretty much make certain that the house will not move or twist during high once. Almost all New Zealand Residential Housing using timber framing, and in previous decades the builders wood construct diagonal nogs in which wall to make sure that the wall cannot trust. In modern times diagonal bracing is simply a thin metallic strap that is attached between the floor and ceiling at opposite corners of each war.
Once the solid and rigid frame has been built then the Builder also needs to install cladding. Whether the cladding is brick or timber or some other product, it is absolutely vital that the cladding is firmly attached to the wall and cannot move during high winds. The cladding also needs to be isolated from the wall with waterproof paper so that anymore moisture that does get in behind the cladding can not get into the wooden framing. The choice of type of is very important in New Zealand’s climate, and the most popular cleaning by a long way is the trusted weatherboard which is relatively low cost and which reliably prevent moisture Ingress.
The roof and Gables and eaves also obviously vital to make a house weatherproof, and the choice of roofing material is very important here as well. The most popular roofing material in New Zealand is corrugated Steel, nowadays with a pre bonded colour, with tiles being a popular second choice. The early steel roofs had the problem of rust and leakage and movement of the lead head nails, and they require periodic maintenance and painting. However early tile roots also attract Moss and lichen, plus the tiles can move during high winds and the tiles are relatively fragile, so can break during high winds. A vital aspect for any roof is the flashings at the roof Peaks, corners, changes with angle, and around rooftop structures such as chimneys and skylights. It is the roofer’s or plumbers job to make sure the flashing is installed securely and will remain waterproof with a tight seal during the highest winds. The Builder also has to make absolutely certain yep the house is sealed around the gatherings in under the eaves.
What’s the roof and the cleaning has been securely installed then it is the painters job to make sure that the roof and cladding is painted in a professional manner that means it will be a good weatherproof seal for the next decade at least.