Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Two Most Common Plumbing Emergencies in Pretoria


Water Pipes

The two most common Plumbing emergencies, when dealing with plumbing problems.

i) Water leaks are in most cases the no1 problem all people have to deal with. Whether it is a faucet dripping, toilet leak, water pipe that burst or leak even a small leak on a connection, no matter how you look at it, any uncontrolled water dripping is a leak, and any leak has a cause. Many people tend to classify a dripping as a minor leak, but unfortunately the water meter on your plumbing system read it as water used, and you end up paying for that dripping.
 
Garden tap leak     leaking stop valve
The fact is If you do not take care of your plumbing system or ignore that so called minor leak, it will end up costing you huge, while the repair would have been a much affordable and wiser way to go. Not all leaks on your plumbing system are visible to the eye, you might have a small leak which you are paying for without knowing it.  There are a few ways to help you check for any unknown leak or leaks on your plumbing pipes and fittings. Any minor water leak, will sooner or later show you it is there, either visual or on your water bill and when this happen, it is going to make a big dent in your wallet.
Water meter closeup
 
If you suspect you have a leak, do thorough inspection to see if you are able to identify the leak. Check the area around your water meter if it is wet or damp, check around the outside of the buildings pay attention to the areas where the water pipe emerges from the ground also where it enters the building. Look for wet or moist patches on the walls inside and outside the buildings pay attention to the floors in the bathroom and toilets, inspect all appliances that operate with water also check faucets, shower head, toilet cistern, pan outlet seal and the ceiling for signs of leakage.
 
mold in corner   Geaser Leak
 
Most of the older houses do not have a drip-tray installed with the geyser,  if there is a leak on your geyser you should be able to see a stain on the ceiling, however it could also be a pipe running to or from a connection point inside the roof, which calls for a inside roof inspection.
 
150l drip tray
 
Now any leak can at anytime without warning turn into a disaster, when this occur you have to act fast. First of all turn off the electric supply to the geyser or water heater and all appliances. Shutdown the main water supply to the building, remember every second count because you are in the process of getting damage to your property, carpets and furniture or whatever the case may be. In other words you have a emergency situation on hand. Call a plumber immediately.
If your hand are good at DIY then go ahead, inspect, test and repair your plumbing system if needed. But for those who would rather have it done by a plumber, you can call us for a proper inspection, testing and repair we will give you a full report of our findings and priorities.
 
WARNING: Never make use of so called “street corner Plumbers” not only it is a safety risk for you and your family, but you will end up calling real plumbers to repair what they have fixed.
 
ii) Blocked drains also a common problem. Having to clear a blocked or clogged drain is a issue we all experience at some stage, some of us more then others, For our Plumbers it is part of our daily plumbing routine. There is absolute nothing pleasant about a clogged drain or blocked pipe Fortunately, you have VIP Plumbers that will have things running smoothly again in no time.
 
Blocked zink     Plunge the sink
 
Drain block on the inside of the house needs a different approach then a blockage on the outside on your home. Should you have a blockage on the outside of your home, it will be wise to make use of a plumber. Clogged sinks and toilets are the biggest plumbing problems suffered in homes across Pretoria. Plumber DIY involving clogged drains can be a nightmare for the resident, but luckily they are fairly easy to fix for the expert! On some occasions you may be able to clear the blockage with a plunger, however, if the blockage do not  budge then you will need to call out a plumber to deal with the problem professionally.

 Plumber clean bottle trap     Plumber unblock toilet

A house has three types of waste drains: fixture drains, such as those at sinks and showers, then the main drains, which lead from the fixture drains to the main pipe that carries waste from your house to the main sewer line. Then in some cases there are sewer drains, which run underground to the sewer or septic tank. A blockage may originate in any of the three, so your first task is to locate the blockage. Usually it will be in a trap or next to a pipe connection that makes a turn. Open a faucet at each sink, bathtub, or other fixture,  if only one problem fixture is clogged up, the problem is nearby. If two or more drains will not clear, something is blocking the main drain. If no drains work, the blockage is near the point where the main drain connects to the sewer drain or in the sewer drain itself. Once you find out where the clog is, you have to decide: get ready for a messy job get your drain tools use your snake or plunger and work your way through the blockage, or call the Plumber to do it for you.  BANNER