Monday, 3 September 2018

8 Useful Plumbing Hacks

Actually, in any office, one of the necessities that cannot be avoided is pipe connections. This may include sewerage,water and gas. Mostly, these piped connections may sometimes be prone to failing. To secure oneself from this failure menace that may arise, below are useful tips that may come handy during the plumbing exercise.

For a start we will put our focus on the water piped connections. In Singapore, water pipes are probably the most common piped connections in use. Every house needs a sufficient and constant water supply for use in the sinks, kitchen, washrooms and many other places.

1. First people must avoid at all costs the behaviour of pouring food wastes and any other form of solid items at the kitchenette sinks. This prevents sinks from experiencing blockage, clogging and also accumulation of unclean water. But in the case sink clogging occurs, chemicals that are used to clear up the mess should be avoided and a drain snake used to unclog the sink. If at all this method does not work, one can use the shop vacuum which usually helps in sucking out all of the solid clog stuck in the sink drain.

Once the drain has been cleared, one should pour out hot clean water in the sink drain to completely clean the pipe of whatever debris which may have remained. In the case one has a sink that is of the P trap model, one should simply get it out that is the p trap and thorough clean out the clogged debris or any other solid wastes trapped in them and and then fix it back. One should not be paranoid concerning fixing a sink as its not a hard task.

2. Every toilet bowl should be properly sealed to avoid leakages hence at the long run avoid unnecessary water bills. One should check on the taps in the kitchen sinks to ensure that they are not dripping as even a single drop in the long run makes gallons of water go to waste. In most cases leakages occur at the thread where two or more pipes have been joined. To avoid this a sealing compound may be used. In the case where a sealing compound may be inaccessible, the threading tape which serves the same purpose may be used.

3. At the bathrooms, the shower heads may at times also drip. Usually if this occurs, one simply detaches the showerhead then rolls over some tape in an anticlockwise manner round the threads as this is where most of the dripping occurs due to poor connections in the threads. This will make the water connections to become tight and thus the issue brought about with the leak will actually stop. In other scenarios, shower heads may clog due to the presence of solid materials in the water including deposits of minerals that maybe found inside the water. To address this problem, take out the shower head and use some hot water or also vinegar to clean it. A soft brush is normally used to scratch it to make sure that it is properly cleaned.

4. One of the most important factors to ensure durability of an item is by maintaining it so as to ensure of a long life span. For the toilet bowl to last for a longer time, try must be maintained well. When the pipes have rusted they must be replaced with new pipes. Below our kitchen sinks pipes down there usually grow old and rust faster. In the case one has troubles in the loosening of an aged pipe, one should try to use the pipe wrench. If it does not work then one should use some heat to make the pipe dope loose.

5.To ensure effectiveness in the plumbing at Singapore, one should purchase and fix a necessary pipes for specific functions. For example,in a washroom that uses warm water a plastic PVC pipe can't be installed. Also getting the correct size of the pipe one needs for the plumbing job to be done is a must. Ensure you check out on parameters which include the needed carrying capacity of the pipes and also the personal pipe specifications.

One should not buy very large pipes in the terms of the diameter dimensions as in many cases, spaces where the pipes are normally installed in the office are normally small. One should avoid at all cost having too many joined places in the piped network as the more they are, the more the possibility of the presence of leaks. The pipes should be as gentle and straight as possible.

6. Another plumbing must have is the shut off valve as it helps in convenience and comfortability. This valves uses the principle where one does not have to shut off the whole supply so as to fix one area of the house.

7. It is very crucial for one to have knowledge on where the shut off points are located at and also the main switch are located at. This makes it very easy to control the water supply in the event of a major leak in the house. It also enables the most appropriate solution be found with no or very minimal wastage of water.

8. Another important tip will be on how to notice upcoming issues within your piping system. In many cases whenever there are leakages on the piping system passing on top of the ceiling, the ceiling turns to color brown because of the rust that comes from it. In some other cases when the leaking water drips on the walls, paint found on this walls may at times start to peel off. The house may at times produce a certain stench and this evidently shows that there is an underlying problem with the kitchen sink or even the toilet drain.

In other instances the bathroom may have a problem in its drain and hence it brings about the problem of accumulating of water on the bathroom floor.

The toilet too might have some problem in its flushing hence leading to dirty water in the bowl and this shows the problem comes from its drain. This can be solved by using the right-sized toilet bowl.

Friday, 22 June 2018

Qualification For The Right Plumber

Your home is your sanctuary, a place of comfort and harmony. Other than this, it is also your gem and the most valuable asset that you have to service and love dearly. For your home to remain a sanctuary you have always hoped for, your plumbing needs to be well serviced every now and then. This is due to the fact that plumbing is a mechanical system that is subject to eventual failure. When it fails you need to choose a plumber in the right way possible. Not choosing the right plumber is just like adding salt to a very painful injury, which will cause more problems with your plumbing system. 

Well, have you been wondering which plumber to call when your plumbing system fails? Don’t be worried anymore. The right plumber for you is no other than with the following qualifications.

Verify Trust

Isn't it awkward to invite a stranger to your home with your valuables and children and everything indoors to fix your home? How do you ensure that your home is safe when the plumber comes in to service your plumbing system? As much as it sounds crazy, the solution is simple. Trust is everything you need to let a stranger into your home and even leave him/her alone working on plumbing problem as you carry out your daily chores. Imagine that you are out of your home for a romantic weekend and you receive an emergency call from your neighbor claiming of a plumbing system problem with sewage leaking at your home! Will you leave your long-planned weekend and rash to your home to supervise a plumber rectify the plumbing system? No. A trusted plumber is all you need. To get one, ensure that you have a local trusted plumber that you have met before, interviewed, welcomed him/her to your home and of course inquired his/her reliability from other homeowners that the chosen plumber has their homes serviced before.

Education Requirement

Every profession has an education requirement that forms its backbone. Technical professions such as engineering and plumbing require a deep understanding of rules and principles employed in carrying out different tasks at different locations with varied conditions. Education for plumbers ensures that every plumber is equipped with the right knowledge in both theory and practice to enable him/ her carry tasks associated with the plumbing discipline effectively. A college education such as a certificate, diploma or degree is mostly required in every profession. However, in Singapore, to be a plumber one needs to possess a Builders certificate or Advanced Certificate in Plumbing & Pipefitting or Trade Diploma in Plumbing Technology or Nitec Certificate in Facility Technology

Insurance Cover

Plumbing is a mechanical task making it a risky job susceptible to accidents and damages as the plumber proceeds with his job. Sometimes, the plumber suffers minor injuries such as bruises requiring not much attention, as first aid will definitely do the job. At other times, there are huge damages to plumbing system during servicing which will require more costly to repair or even sometimes replace part of the system. 

Major injuries on the plumber such as deep cuts will attract higher hospital bills, which requires expensive medical treatment. Insurance cover comes in handy to cover medical expenses on the side of the plumber in case of major injuries and also compensation for noticeable damages caused by a plumber in the process of fixing a plumbing system in a home. How do you feel knowing that you are not liable for any accidents and damages caused by the plumber in the cause of his/her operation? 

That’s the beauty of employing a plumber with an insurance cover.

Plumbing Charges

In every service, there's always a fee incurred to keep every service provider in the business. Keep in mind that most of the times cheap is considered to be expensive. Cost against quality is the best principle in choosing the right plumber for you. The price that a plumber charge is very important and every aspect of it needs to be explored in choosing the right plumber for you. It is better to use a plumber from a company that uses "flat rate" pricing system. This system means the plumber will come to your home, look at and diagnose plumbing problem and then quote you a price from a printed menu. A plumber that employs the highest workmanship in his job is the best option and worth going for even if sometimes the price might be a bit high but they say sometimes you have to spend more to get more. 

Valid License

A licensing body that awards and verifies licenses to the deserving professionals in that particular discipline governs every profession. Plumbers are no exception. In Singapore, there has been a new licensing scheme effected on April 1, 2018, which requires all plumbers to be PUB Licensed Plumbers and also registered with Singapore Plumbing Society.
Make no mistake in checking your chosen plumber to ensure that he/she is, in fact, a licensed plumbing practitioner because in this era and age, there are many quacks in every sector of our economy posing themselves as someone they are not.

Reputation cross-check

Everybody has got a past either desirable or undesirable. In choosing the plumber to fix your home, you need to do at least a background check through every legal means possible such as checking employee record with the company he/she has worked for who will give detailed information about the plumber in question and recommendations about his reputation. One can also call or visit in person to have a face-to-face conversation with the plumber’s previous customers. Plumber previous customers will give an overview of the service they have received from the plumber in question and even sometimes give a rating for their services. Plumber fellow employee is another rich and primary source of information that one needs to consider in finding more about the plumber before welcoming him/her to your home. 

I have no doubt that if you consider the things mentioned above in choosing your plumber, am certain that you will get the best outcome and maintain your home as a sanctuary to live in it and enjoy with your family and friends as long as you live.

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Various Causes Of Sink Choke and How To Prevent Them

Choked sinks are very common in many houses and commercial areas. Many property owners find it difficult to solve this issue, especially when it overflows, and floods the surfaces. A choked or blocked sink usually occurs due to a build-up of materials in the pipes or a may be poor installation. To prevent this, you must start tracing the root cause then get expert drainage services. Let us look at some of the reasons why a sink may choke and how you can prevent a blocked sink.

Food Particles
Most homeowners just let the food particles dive into the drains when they clean their dishes. The food leftovers may go down and block the piping once they are thrown in the sink. Over time, once the fat accumulates and sticks to the pipes, it hardens and leads to blockage. If you suspect that your sink has been blocked by oily food particles, you can solve this situation by blending different ingredients such as baking soda, hot water and vinegar to melt these fatty substances. Also, you may look for cleaning products that dissolve fatty elements in the kitchen sink.

Foreign objects
Tissue and cotton bands are also one of the main causes of clogging in the sink. Children also throw and push toys, paper, and school supplies that may fully obstruct the sink piping. You can prevent this problem by observing the best sink care. Used supplies such as tissues should be put in the trashcans and not pushed down the sink. A blocked sink may spill dirty water so it's best to fix this situation immediately by contacting the plumbing services.


Another reason why a sink may choke is due to the build-up of hair. Cleaning agents and homemade solutions may not be enough because hair is known to resist decomposition. Hair can also bring unusual smell in the bathroom sink once it has been exposed to chemicals. A plunger can be used to get rid of the hair, but sometimes it sticks with soap and slips down the pipes. Contact your drainage expert to learn more on how to deal with hair stuck in your pipes.

Vegetation growth
Even though this may not be common, this factor can lead to extensive and expensive repairs you may have to deal with. Often times our pipe systems may have been connected when our houses were built long ago and new unforeseen blockages may occur by way of vegetation growth. Due to different materials being pushed down the sink, vegetation may grow in the pipes and thus trigger sink blockage.

If you notice a choke in your kitchen sink it may be due to a build-up of oils. If you wash greased items in your sink, the greases and oils may clog up piping. Do not wash greased equipment in your kitchen sink. The grease will get inside the plumbing in its liquefied form and then later solidify while getting hold of extra debris. This may create a difficult clog that may even damage the pipes.

Broken pipes
Your pipes may collapse once the water can't flow well. Damages like as splits, holes, and cracks may lead to blockage if not given quick attention. These are mostly due to plumbing issues and poor installation. You can help prevent serious spilling and blockages by identifying the main cause. Look for piping professionals who can solve problems in-depth.

How To Prevent A Sink Choke

Many people realize that they may have a choked sink when the sink is overflowing with water that refuses to go down the drain. However, a choked sink can be spotted earlier than this or even stopped from happening at all with a number of measures. It is crucial to keep in mind that if you take some precautions, you can avoid a blocked sink altogether. Avoid flushing any large bits down your drains.

You can do this by installing strainers in your kitchen and bathroom sinks. Also, don't let soap go down the drain. Many people think that if soap goes down the drain, it will dissolve away. That is not the case. Finally, wash your sink more often, by pouring boiling water down the drain or pouring a mixture of baking soda and vinegar down the drain. This will keep you sink clean and smelling fresh.

To spot the first signs of a choked sink you need to look out for the tell-tale signs of a blockage. Foul smells are mostly the most obvious sign. Most sinks are built so that smells cannot come up through the pipes. If there is a bad smell, then it is probably due to something in the drain. The next sign is slow of water. The slow drainage may get worse so it's always good to unblock the drain before it things get much worse.

A large number of people use cleaning agents and chemicals to clear a blockage. These chemicals are mostly a thick liquid that is intended to dissolve the blockage. If your sink has blocked due to grease and other oily products, then these homemade solutions and cleaning agents would come in handy.
You can also use a plunger to try and clear the drain. A plunger creates a large amount of suction and tries to shift the blocking materials out of the way. You can coat the rim of the plunger to make sure that the seal is airtight seal then fill the sink with enough water to cover the cup of the plunger. Then, pump the plunger several times to move the blockage.

If your sink has a U- bend trap then this can be cleared easily by removing it. Place a basin underneath the trap then unscrew it from the pipework. You should be more careful as drain water may spill out as you remove the U trap. Once you have removed the trap, check for the obstruction and remove it. Replace the bend and the sink should work well now. Also, many DIY stores sell 'drain snakes' which you can put down the drain and remove the materials blocking the sink.