Basic Home Plumbing

Fit a water-wise shower head
Replacing your old shower head with a modern shower head doesn't take more than 30 minutes tops. With a few basic hand tools you can enjoy an entirely new showering experience, and probably save water while you do! You will find a variety of water-saving shower heads at your local Builders Warehouse.
Stop leaks immediately
Rust-Oleum Leak Sealis an easy-to-use, rubberized protective utility coating designed to fill and seal leaks and cracks. It provides a water-tight, flexible seal that prevents moisture penetration, rust and corrosion. Leak Seal dries to a semi-smooth, firm finish that will not sag or drip, and can be top-coated with oil-based paints.
Safety tips for geyser installation
The intention of this article is to inform you, in the interests of safety, what you should and should not see if you happen to stick your head into the ceiling space to check out your geyser. If your geyser installation is significantly different from what is described here, I suggest that you get a reputable plumber to look at it.
Know how home plumbing works
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 ...
Stop banging or vibrating pipes
Where banging noises seem to be in the walls or ceiling, this is commonly referred to as Water Hammer and is caused by a lack of air in the pipes and occurs whenever taps with valves are closed quickly.
Fix a leaky toilet
If there are brown stains or water is dripping from the back of the toilet - where it connects to the outlet pipe - you need to replace the seal.

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How to unblock a toilet
Toilet plungers work in the same way as the smaller sink versions but the head is shaped to fit a toilet pan. You can also hire plungers with a pump action handle that are effective at forcing water around the pan, clearing the blockage.
Know how a toilet works
Most homes have at two toilets, so it pays to have some understanding of how your toilet works. If you have a basic knowledge you could save yourself hundreds of rands on minor repairs. Here are a few things that it helps to know...
Where to find a professional plumber
Research shows that consumers worry about the quality of plumbers in South Africa. It is frightening to acknowledge that many so-called plumbers actually don't have qualifications or experience which tarnishes the reputation of professional plumbers that do. So how do we know if the plumber we hire is qualified and registered or not?
How do I unblock a drain
Imagine standing in the shower with water up to your ankles, or spending essential 'reading' time on the toilet and then it won't flush! While a twice yearly inspection may not stop blockages entirely, it will prevent a big build up that could cause flooding.
How to repair chipped basin
Repairing chips and gouges in a porcelain or enamelled bath or basin is fairly easy if you have the right materials.
Install a new kitchen tap
Installing a new sink and tap is easier than ever thanks to the simple-to-cut-and-assemble white plastic (PVC) drain parts and flexible water supply tubes.

 

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