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Safety first when drilling into walls
When it comes to drilling into walls, especially tiled walls in a bathroom or kitchen,
the last thing you need is to hit a water pipe or electrical conduit. An electronic detector, such as the Bosch PDO or PDO 6, will
locate electrical cables and water pipes behind tiles, so that you don't have to worry about costly mistakes. Use a detector when
drilling into the walls of your home - every time.
From article by Home-Dzine
Plumbing in Pretoria, Gauteng
Unless you can afford to fork out every time something goes wrong in your home, it pays to know a few plumbing basics just in case
If you take the time to understand your home plumbing from water in to sewerage out, you should be able to tackle most minor plumbing
What to do in case of a leak emergency
Do you know where your stopcock is located? In fact, do
you know what a stopcock is?
A stopcock is a tap that turns off the water supply, either to your home (main stopcock) or to a
fitting in the home. The main stopcock is located on a property boundary, normally close to the water metre. In the event of an emergency
such as a burst pipe, faulty geyser or plumbing emergency, you should acquaint yourself with the location of this valve. The area
around the stopcock needs to be kept clean to allow easy access when required. Additionally, the tap itself should be greased from
time to time to ensure that it does not seize up.
Blockages inside the home
Don't get into a panic when the sink or shower blocks up. It's a fairly simple procedure to unblock a drain in a home.
When a sink
drain blocks up it is normally caused by an obstruction along the pipe - most frequently in the u-trap behind or under the sink. Don
the rubber gloves, grab a bucket and screwdriver (to undo the circlip) and remove the pipe to get to a blockage.
Do not use caustic
soda to remove blockages!
When a shower drain blocks it's normally caused by a build up of hair in the drain. Most drain caps are
either clipped or screwed into the shower floor and are fairly easy to remove. Once the cap is off, don the rubber gloves and remove
any blockage. Run the shower on hot for a minute or so to clean out the drain.
Blockages outside the home
Look at the pipes
outside your home. You will see that pipes have a small, medium or large inspection cap. Use adjustable pliers or screw driver to
open this cap to check for blockages that cannot be solved by cleaning out the drain or u-trap. Once any blockage has been removed,
use a hosepipe to flush the pipe.
If a drain outside your home is smelly it's easy to remove the grated cover at the gulleys
and check for blockages. Use a drain auger or cut off piece of hosepipe to loosen a blockage.
Know where your roding eyes and/or
manhole drainage covers are to check the flow and avoid costly drain maintenance. If caught early, you can improve the flow of your
drains quickly with a hosepipe jet of water.
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