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How to tell if you’ve got a costly window leak too worry about

Leaky doors and windows are the bane of any cosy, energy-efficient home. A drafty home is like a drafty wallet, seeping air in and out like lost dollars.

During the summer, we spend hundreds of dollars running air conditioning units and fans to keep cool air in, and during the winter we run heaters and heatpumps to keep cool air out. When your windows and doors are leaking air through cracks or worn fittings, your comfortable temperature becomes a majorly unnecessary cost to maintain.

In today’s blog, we’ll let you in on a few trade secrets to sussing out whether or not you’ve got leaky windows or doors, and what to do about them.

Look and listen

Leaking windows and doors can be seen and heard if you know where to look and listen. Wellington throws a fair few windy days at us, so spend some time with your ear to each window and door next time strong winds are tearing at your home. Can you hear that tell-tale whistling sound around any of the windows and doors? Check to see if they open and close properly, because if they do then the only explanation is a leak!

You can inspect indoors and outdoors for cracks or worn waterproofing in and around your doors and windows. Decaying wood is a common culprit, so if you live in an older home then you should do an inspection regardless of whether or not you suspect a leak; if you don’t have one now, it’s only a matter of time!

If your home has old single-paned windows then turn your attention the glazing (the hard putty that holds the individual panes of glass in place). If every inch of the perimeter of each window and door is not sealed tight against air and water, then your home is vulnerable to expensive heat or cool air loss.

The ‘smoke’ trick

Time to get a little bit smart, scientific, and just a tad mystic in your hunt for leaks! For this experiment you’ll need an incense stick and a calm, still home. Close all doors and windows, keep all heaters, fans and air conditioning units off. Turn on your kitchen vent/fan and bathroom fan, then light your incense stick.

With the fans in your kitchen and bathroom working to suck air that is currently in your home out again, you’ll create a natural pull that draws outside air in through leaky windows and leaky doors. To locate these leaks, hold your burning incense stick up to and around each door and window. Notice any wavering in the smoke, even though you’re holding the stick still? There’s your leak!

Call in the pros at Trito

With the goal of saving money by sealing up all your home’s leaks, you’ll need a team of professionals to ensure your home stays comfortable and energy efficient.

The team at Trito have ample experience with leaky windows and doors in Wellington: we’ll inspect your home for leaks or deterioration, and fix and seal everything good and tight to keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Contact Trito today!

My roof doesn’t need waterproofing…does it?

Chances are, if you’re a building manager, property-owner, landlord, or homeowner, you’ll expect your roof to keep doing what it was made to do… be a roof! You’re not getting dripped on when it rains, so everything’s ok right? Actually, there are some really good reasons to consider waterproofing your existing roof, even if it… Continue Reading

Scaffolding: raising the cost of your project

In 2015, the New Zealand Initiative estimated that government safety regulations have added a whopping 50 percent to the cost of replacing a roof on a house. The New Zealand Initiative, a think-tank of researchers who analyse how government policies affect New Zealanders, reported that the new workplace safety rules were stoking the cost of… Continue Reading

Nature’s own waterproofing

It was the poet, Wordsworth, who said, “let nature be your teacher”. And fair enough. Nature’s developed some ingenious solutions that have inspired technologies like velcro, turbine blades, and boat hulls. Even when it comes to a concept like waterproofing, our furry and feathered friends in the animal kingdom have a lot to teach us… Continue Reading

Common kiwi plumbing problems (and how to get them fixed) Part 2

Thanks for tuning in to part 2 of our ‘common kiwi drainage problems’ series! Today we’re tackling two more Wellington plumbing emergencies that we find ourselves frequently fixing as local Wellington plumbers. Hey! Where’s the hot water?  Do you find yourself waiting for what seems like a lifetime just to get some hot water out… Continue Reading

Common kiwi plumbing problems (and how to get them fixed) Series

Because our pipes are working behind the scenes, its easy for us to forget that they can be just as susceptible to damage as our home’s exterior. Many of us take the freedom to flush a toilet or run a tap for granted. That is, until something goes wrong. Today’s blog will tell you what… Continue Reading

Tips from the Trito Team for picking the perfect roof: part 3

Our final chapter on roofing options brings us to the two styles of roof that work with the TritoFlex membrane that our team so expertly applies: Green Roofing and Membrane roofing. Green Roofing Probably the most eco-friendly modern roofing option is the beautiful, functional green roof. The green roof is – once established – self… Continue Reading

Tips from the Trito Team for picking the perfect roof: part 2

In our last blog, we took a look at a few budget-friendly roofing options that you might like to consider for your Wellington roof. While cheaper options save dollars in the early days of your project, investing more money upfront in your roof could save you some expensive repairs in the long run. Today, we’re… Continue Reading

Tips from the Trito Team for picking the perfect roof

New Zealand is a cool little country, but our location invites a whole world of wicked weather. Because of the crazy, colossal storms we’ve come to expect it’s vital that we stay weather-conscious when we select building materials. The most important part of a building consider in this regard is the roof, and we’ve got enough… Continue Reading

Taking control of mould with Wellington Waterproofing

Not-so-fun fact: did you know that dampness after a long, cold winter can contribute to the levels of mould, condensation and dust mites in your home? To add another not-so-fun fact to the mix, it’s been estimated that over one third of of kiwi homes have mould in at least one room! Where does this mould… Continue Reading

TRITOFlex waterproofing… what don’t we cover!?

TRITOFlex is a liquid rubber that can be sprayed onto your roof to create a fully waterproof membrane. It’s tough, but environmentally friendly. It can withstand water indefinitely, and will protect your roof from weather damage for years. It’s also a great fix for leaks, and is so lightweight it can be sprayed onto the… Continue Reading

Sprung a leak?

Up and down the country, we’ve experienced some pretty wild weather over the winter months! The Insurance Council of New Zealand recently reported that Cyclones Debbie and Cook resulted in $84 million of insurance claims for damage to property! These included claims made about water damage from torrential flooding, trampolines and outdoor furniture being tossed… Continue Reading

A few things to consider about green roofing

  While useful for both residential and commercial application, using green storm water infrastructure means considering a few important points. It’s alive! Probably the only downfall that comes with green roofing is the fact that you’ll need to be patient while the grass grows. Your Wellington roofing experts can install pre-grown plantlife, but it takes… Continue Reading

Winter plumbing problems in Wellington

While we feel the cold, crisp Wellington winter winds…our drains tend to feel it too. Fortunately for us, we can ‘rug up’ to battle the cold, but it’s going to take a lot more than that to ensure your drains are maintained. Here are our top winter-proofing tips to keep your drains in a positive… Continue Reading

What’s involved in a Wellington Roof Inspection?

Each and every high rise building owner in Wellington will need a regular building inspection. This inspection is vital for the safety and longevity of the structure, and should always be carried out by a professional, such as the team at Trito. Perhaps the most important (and most dangerous) aspect of a high rise inspection… Continue Reading

Myth Busting: Basement Waterproofing – Part Two

There are plenty of misconceptions about waterproofing out there, some of which we’ve already covered in the first instalment of this series. There we covered two of the most common myths about basement waterproofing. Today we’ll be setting the record straight on two more myths about basement waterproofing, so you and your buildings aren’t left… Continue Reading

Myth Busting: Basement Waterproofing – Part One

There are plenty of misconceptions about waterproofing out there, all of which serve to leave you and your buildings vulnerable. The internet, and half-done DIY jobs have spread these myths like water seeping through an unsealed concrete foundation. We’re here to set the record straight, this is the first of a series addressing waterproofing misconceptions.… Continue Reading

TritoFlex Plumbing Services in Wellington

In addition to waterproofing, we offer professional plumbing services in Wellington and its surrounding regions. No matter what your plumbing emergency, we’ll be there with a solution for you in no time! What makes us the right team for the task? Over thirty years of hard work and experience as master plumbers make us the… Continue Reading

Why you don’t want to DIY your Waterproofing

In New Zealand, we pride ourselves on our ‘do it yourself’ prowess. That’s why a Bunnings is essential in every town – it’s almost as vital as a local 4 Square! While we don’t doubt that homeowners can be talented and thrifty when it comes to home improvement, there are some jobs best left to… Continue Reading

A bit about Trito Access: leaving it to the pros

Able to reach the unreachabNeed to reach for the sky to get your building clean, glossy and practically new? While commonly used equipment such as water-fed poles might be effective on your average residential window, it takes a team of tough, daring professionals to hang from the top of your building in order to get… Continue Reading

Wellington roof repairs: fixing your flashings

What are ‘flashings’ and why do I need them operational? Flashing is a protective tool used to keep surfaces of your roof watertight where two walls or points join together. Often constructed with a thin metal, flashing will protect your roof and joints from any water infiltration…for a limited time, of course. Unfortunately, due to… Continue Reading

Leaky homes in Wellington after a sad summer

After a long, rainy and altogether poor excuse for summer, your house has probably taken on a little more water than it bargained for in the past year and three months. Usually our homes get a grace period in which a good dose of dry, sunny summer will see to all the dampness accumulating in… Continue Reading

Water damage to your New Zealand home

Water damage to your New Zealand home

Do you own a home in New Zealand that you’re either living in or renting to tenants? If so, you’ll be wanting to ensure that home is fit and future proof to avoid major repairs (and the major costs that these accumulate). One of the most common damage-causing dilemmas found in kiwi homes is water… Continue Reading

In or out: negative waterproofing in Wellington

When water meets basement, the entirety of the space and all the contents you store within it are – unfortunately – compromised. A leaky basement can devalue an entire property by thousands of dollars (in the case of hugh industrial buildings storing valuable gear in the basement, times those thousands by tens…even hundreds). Oh, and… Continue Reading

TRITOFLOW: Wellington Green Roofing for 2017

If you’re looking to make an eco-friendly and positive change to your home in the new year then we would highly recommend Green Roofing. To some, the concept of green roofing inspires the image of a Hobbit home under a grassy hill, but modern green roofs are canvases for stylish landscaping potential. Green roofs –… Continue Reading

TRITOflex: keep your roof waterproof

TRITOflex is an instant-setting liquid rubber membrane that is water-based and environmentally safe. It is a tough yet extremely flexible material that is efficiently sprayed to any thickness in a single pass, creating a fully-adhered, monolithic waterproofing membrane with no waste. TRITOflex is lightweight so it can be applied directly over an existing roof system… Continue Reading

What is a green roof and how do I get one?

If you’re building or renovating a house in Wellington and you’re looking to explore more eco-friendly options for your build then we strongly suggest green roofing. Green roofing is a popular roofing option in Europe, and it is one that we are looking to endorse in countries like New Zealand where we build a lot… Continue Reading

Summer’s heated assault on your roof

Finally, after a long and miserably cold winter we can look forward to a gorgeous warm summer. Does this mean all our weather worries are over in regard to our roofs? Unfortunately, it would seem that extreme summer heat can be just as damaging for your roof as those cold bitter winters. Both extreme cold… Continue Reading

Waterproofing against Earthquake damage

New Zealand straddles a faultline, a fact we were all reminded of early last Monday morning. Especially in our capital city and throughout the Canterbury region, it is tremendously important that we keep our buildings safe and stable. They need the strength to not only survive an earthquake, but to be safe again afterwards. With… Continue Reading

Spring Commercial Building and Home Upkeep and Cleaning (Part 2)

A fresh start for your bathroom and kitchen Spring also happens to be the season of property sales. Finally you have the perfect excuse for you to get those renovations started in the bathroom and kitchen! Nothing sells a home like a brand new bathroom or kitchen, but you’ll want to ensure that the professionals… Continue Reading

Spring Commercial Building and Home Upkeep and Cleaning

After a rather nippy winter, New Zealand buildings have withstood a wealth of hard weather. Icy rains, snow, and relentless winds have pelted the exteriors of our homes and commercial buildings for months, leaving lasting damage. If we don’t get on top of property maintenance during the warmer months, then next winter might bring an… Continue Reading

Plumbing Pitfalls When Remodelling the Kitchen

Whether you’re building a new home or remodelling an older one, the kitchen is always going to be vital. It’s the ‘heart of the home’, often where your day both starts and ends, and most importantly, its where all the food comes from. It’s vital when you’re considering building or renovation a kitchen that you… Continue Reading

Water and wind: protecting your roof in Wellington

You can get as creative as you like with the walls and windows of a home. Have a dozen entrances or just one. Have a roof to floor window, or a tiny porthole – the design choice is entirely up to you! The one aspect of of a building that you’ll always need, however great… Continue Reading

Spring Waterproofing: how to Spot a leaky Bathroom

We all know the dangers of leaky house syndrome, especially in a city as wet as Wellington. Water damage isn’t just a risk to the outside of your building, though, your bathroom is just as at risk and just as important. Nobody likes a leaky bathroom, it’s unsafe and deeply unhygienic. But short of constant… Continue Reading

Spring is coming: waterproofing for the windy/rainy season

It can almost be considered comical how little importance is placed upon waterproofing when it comes to the overall design and upkeep of a house. While the waterproofing work itself might only appear to be a meager ‘add-on’ of the final product, it just so happens to be the defining factor as far as seeing… Continue Reading

The benefits of ‘Industrial Abseiling’

While the TRITONZ team is comprised of professionally qualified applicators; the team also double as confident, seasoned abseiling specialists. Our people can abseil from the humble roof of your 2 story flat, to the mighty 100+ floor walls of skyscraper buildings. It’s all in a day’s work! It’s important for kiwis to have the option… Continue Reading

How to identify a sneaky leak in your roof

Sometimes your house can be like that fickle friend you had in highschool: one semester they’re your best buddy, then the next they won’t have anything to do with you! In the same way, your roof is going to play nice in the summertime, but as soon as winter hits it can stack a whole… Continue Reading

Tips for smart landscaping for natural stormwater drainage: part 1

Tips for smart landscaping for natural stormwater drainage: part 1

With winter well underway we all know that it only takes one solid downpour to invoke some seriously inconvenient damage on our stormwater drainage. What’s worse, years of bad flooding can eventually compromise the foundations of your home, as well as any walls that come into contact with the ground surrounding your property.    Continue Reading

What is a ‘waterproofing specialist’ and why should I hire one?

You may have heard the term floating around in talk of tradie’s, but have you ever stopped to ask what a waterproofing specialist actually is? In short, the jobs of a waterproofing specialist include (but are not limited to) the application of waterproof membranes to roofs, decks, foundations, gutters, and other such areas exposed to… Continue Reading

Flat roofing: why it leaks and what you can do about

When it comes to flat roofing and green roofing there will always be several factors that can bring about frustrating leakages. The issues begin when these roofs are waterproofed with only single ply membranes. These single ply membranes tend to have seams that run the risk of not being completely bonded, or heavy Asphalt that… Continue Reading

Weatherproofing for Winter: Roof

Each and every roof requires a certain level of attention. From the day of installation, your roofing system undergoes continuous weather-induced deterioration. The elements are the most notorious villains your roof system will face over its service life. Foot traffic on the roof and the installation of mechanical and other equipment can also weaken the… Continue Reading

Weatherproofing for Winter: Pipes and Hot Water Cylinders

An age old enemy of the pipe has always been the cold. As with any plumbing, pipes and drains can often feel the bitter bite of plummeting winter temperatures and nippy frosty periods. We recommend having your pipes and drains repaired as soon as possible (preferably prior to winter) to prevent cracking, bursting, and reduced… Continue Reading

Weatherproofing for Winter: Foundations & Basements

Foundations can also become victims of winter’s watery wiles. Your building’s foundations commonly leak due to poor drainage as outside water can easily penetrate poorly waterproofed floors and walls. After heavy rain it is common for the soil surrounding your foundation tp also be a leak-causing culprit; eventually causing the walls of your basement or… Continue Reading

Weatherproofing for Winter: Windows & Doors

Could your house be in need of some weather maintenance to keep it in optimal shape this winter? In this four part blog we cover a few key ways Trito NZ can help you button up your building this winter; helping you avoid risk and save and repairs or power bills! Investing in weatherproofing for… Continue Reading

Foundation waterproofing is an essential consideration

Foundation waterproofing is an essential consideration

Your property’s foundations are often out of sight, but they should never be kept out of mind. The foundation of your building is what’s holding everything up and in place. You need to make sure these foundations will stand the test of time and hold against it’s biggest threat; water. Foundation waterproofing is an essential… Continue Reading

Wind proofing your roof is just as important as waterproofing it

Wind proofing your roof is just as important as waterproofing it

It’s hard to admit that Summer is behind us, as Autumn brings cooler temperatures and gusty winds to Wellington. Autumn however, is the perfect season to ‘Wind Proof’ your roof. While ‘wind proofing’ is no where near as common as water proofing, for residents of the world’s windiest city, it should be essential. Each Winter… Continue Reading

Waterproofing at a Height

Waterproofing at a Height

Difficult to reach places take on a whole new meaning when you’re assessing a multi story building. Whether you have flashings on your roof in need of repair, or your foundations need waterproofing, the job seems 10 times bigger when you’ve got to go UP to fix it. Luckily, these jobs are quick and easy… Continue Reading

Choosing a New Roof

Choosing a New Roof

Looking to replace or repair an existing roof or build a new residential house with a shiny new roof? We have ongoing contracts for roof maintenance, repair, rubber waterproofing, and new built houses. A new roof is a big investment and it is important to think through which type of roof you want. These are… Continue Reading

Tips for Choosing Roofing Materials

Tips for Choosing Roofing Materials

Most New Zealand houses are exposed to a wide variety of conditions and this also impacts how the roof lasts over time. Choosing the right roof is an important yet complex part of building or renovating, and there are a lot of types of roofing materials to consider. For a guide to choosing roofing, look… Continue Reading

5 Reasons to Give Your House/Business a Green Roof

5 Reasons to Give Your House/Business a Green Roof

Whether you’re looking to build a new home or just jazz up your current house, a green roof is a fun thing to look into doing. New Zealand home owners often don’t think about putting one in, but often It provides your house a lot of benefits you wouldn’t expect, so is worth considering, especially… Continue Reading

How to deal with a flooded basement

How to deal with a flooded basement

One of the most devastating home accidents is a flooded basement. It can be caused by a burst in your plumbing, poor floor and wall sealings, or an improperly installed drainage system. Rather than dealing with it, many people prefer to wait and try to let the problem go away on its own. Such an… Continue Reading

Waterproofing – It’s no DIY job

Waterproofing – It’s no DIY job

Kiwis are great at DIY. The average ‘Do-It-Yourselfer’ is pretty capable when it comes to small repairs around the house and property. However when it comes to the bigger jobs, you need to call in the experts. The foundations in your home need to stay waterproofed. Small leaks might be easy to ignore, but eventually… Continue Reading

The leaky school crisis rages on

The leaky school crisis rages on

Leaky Schools have been in the news quite a bit recently, with Arrowtown’s Primary School stating they have waterproofing issues in seven of the school’s nine blocks. A Christchurch company in liquidation is being chased by the Government for $800,000 over allegedly defective and leaky school buildings dating back to 2005. However, it feels like… Continue Reading

Preventing mould: Our top waterproofing tips

Preventing mould: Our top waterproofing tips

Summer is on it’s way and that means, sun, beaches and unfortunately allergies. With the increase of pollen in the air; nose, throat and skin allergies get gingered up. While it’s hard to prevent which way the pollen flies you can help your family this summer by combatting mould with the following waterproofing tips. The… Continue Reading

Learn about TRITOflex NZ

Learn about TRITOflex NZ

We recently had our friend Bryson from Stem Creative make a video to explain what TRITOflex is, how it works, and why we just LOVE our jobs here at TRITOflexNZ! Hint: Getting to climb up and abseil around buildings is our favourite part! Learn more here: Continue Reading

Commercial Waterproofing

Commercial Waterproofing

You might have seen the video we made to show what TRITOflex™ is, and what TRITOflexNZ can do. The video was shot on a big commercial building we were waterproofing. The best part of a commercial waterproofing job is when we are able to save the owner a significant cost in not requiring scaffolding as… Continue Reading

Negative waterproofing job

Negative waterproofing job

Here’s another great photo montage of the process of a negative waterproofing job. Negative waterproofing is when you waterproof from the inside out, which can save huge excavation cost where it is hard to waterproof from the outside. You can read more about negative waterproofing and see some photos from that waterproofing job here. Continue Reading

Waterproofing concrete tiles and a copper valley

Waterproofing concrete tiles and a copper valley

We had a pretty tough job on our hands waterproofing some concrete tiles and a copper valley. Here’s an image slideshow of how we tackled a job that has been difficult to waterproof in the past. With TRITOflex™ NZ and TRITOtrowel™ what was a difficult job to keep waterproof is now super easy to waterproof with TRITOflex™ ! You can… Continue Reading

Kiwi Cres

Kiwi Cres

This job involved repairing and waterproofing an existing butinol roof. Butinol tends to rip after a while, as it doesn’t expand and contract in different temperatures and the sun can break it down. This means after a time, a butinol roof is likely to leak through and need comprehensive roof repairs, or a good waterproofing… Continue Reading



The butynol roof and deck had been leaking for a while. The client had been given another price to completely re-design the existing roof – i.e. to completely build another roof over the existing one to maybe stop the leaking. We were instead able to retain the existing structure and simply waterproof it with TRITOflex™. That was achieved… Continue Reading

Oriental Parade

Oriental Parade

The oriental parade job had lots of different components – repairing a roof, creating a new deck, changing a glass roof dome. The important part, however, was waterproofing the roof as well as waterproofing the wall up the side. We started by making a temporary roof for the job. Next, we peeled back the existing… Continue Reading

Crofton Downs

Crofton Downs

This job involved a concrete external wall, where above ground waterproofing had failed the first time. Water was leaking into the house through the ground and there were too many groves and angles for flashing to be the right solution. To fix these leaks up, we had to clean up the area, remortar it, and… Continue Reading

Johnsonville Roof

Johnsonville Roof

This project involved a tiled roof where the haunching (the mortar part that supports the tiles and connects them to the roof) had completely gone. The mortar was cracking – this is a pretty regular occurrence in roofing, as roof tiles tend to expand and contract in different weather but the mortar connecting it together… Continue Reading

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