The township of Diepsloot is situated about 40—45 km north of Johannesburg. It was established in 1995 as a temporary living arrangement for just over 200 families evicted from other areas in Gauteng.
Over a very short period of time, Diepsloot saw an incredible increase in size and population. Modern-day Diepsloot is home to more than 800,000 residents, plus offers a variety of amenities such as shopping centres, public parks, and its own police station.
Diepsloot, the Afrikaans word for “deep ditch”, consists of fully government-subsidised housing, brick houses built by landowners (mostly in extensions 2 and 7), partially government subsidised houses, and some shacks. It is estimated that over 45% of Diepsloot residents rent their property from a landowner who has subdivided their land.
Professional Plumbers are trained to fit and repair anything from water systems in residential homes to heating appliances in corporate businesses. Although their day-to-day duties may differ depending on employer and project, the general duties of a Plumber include:
· Setting up and servicing water supplies, heating systems, and drainage
· Locating any issues in piping equipment and repairing them
· Installing and fixing home appliances such as showers, dishwashers, etc.
· Servicing air-conditioning and ventilation units
· Attending to emergency call-outs to fix leaks, clogged piping, etc.
· Fitting weather-proof materials to roof, chimneys and walls
· Using various hand- and power tools to do their job properly, including welding equipment
· Reading a building’s technical plans and understanding safety rules.
Professional Plumbers might specialise in sheet metal work for industrial, commercial or historical buildings.
· For low-water pressure in the house: A range of factors can be responsible for this, like obstructions in water lines or even poor supply line design. Professional Plumbers will be able to instantly recognise the problem and come up with a viable solution.
· For a lack of hot water: Unless the hot water tank has a leak, it could be tricky determining the cause – and just about impossible for anybody not trained in plumbing, water piping, etc.. Issues with electric heaters could be anything from faulty heating elements to a bad overload switch, while gas-heater problems could include thermocouple burners and igniters.
· For a water heater needing replacing: Plumbers are trained to carry water heaters to the basement (or wherever it’s located), hook them up, ensure they work properly, and dispose of the old one the proper way.
· For any sewer line stoppage: This could be the result of a bad plug in the line that runs out to the main sewer, of which tree roots are often the cause. And there’s always the risk of damaging the drain or sewer lines if you rent a big sewer rodding machine.
· For frozen pipes: Do the smart thing and check first to see if the pipe has burst or cracked. If so, a Plumber should be called right away.
· For considerable water line damage: Often caused by freezing, repairing water line damage can take up a lot of time. Rather get a Plumber in who’s paid and trained to do this job.
Taking charge of certain household tasks via DIY projects is all good and well, but there are some jobs that only a professional should be in charge of. And these typically involve anything to do with electrical wiring and/or water pipes. Thus, if you still feel that you’d rather save money than hire a professional Plumber, keep the following in mind:
1. Personal safety: There’s a major difference between replacing a leaky faucet and digging around inside your house’s walls to find out what’s causing a leak. For that type of task, we advise letting a professional take charge to avoid personal injury.
2. Permanent solutions: Professional Plumbers bring skills and experience to the table, which is why they are able to provide long-term solutions when it comes to fixing plumbing problems.
3. Comprehensive plumbing services: Bringing a Plumber on board means having a reliable source for installing new pipes, replacing old ones, spotting blockages, repairing leaks, etc.
4. Emergency plumbing issues: There’s never a good time for a plumbing problem, but experiencing a burst water pipe at three in the morning is just plain torture. So, for those unforeseen issues at really inconvenient times, it’s best to rely on a trained and experienced Plumber rather than attempting to find a solution yourself.
5. Detailed diagnosis: A professional Plumber in South Africa will provide you with a detailed diagnostic report to inform you what the actual reason was for your plumbing problem.
6. Cost-efficient: If you attempt to fix a plumbing problem yourself, you will be responsible for the costs of the materials, such as sealant. And the longer it takes you to rectify that leaky toilet or faucet, the higher your water bill is pushed. Because they know right from the start where to look for a plumbing problem, professional Plumbers guarantee savings on your water bill.
7. Property protection: A simple broken pipe can cause unbelievable damage to a property. Just like you would trust a professional Electrician for anything relating to electric wiring, so too should you rely on Plumbers for your property’s plumbing issues.
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