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Plumbers in Johannesburg

Johannesburg (known to locals as ‘Jozi’, ‘Jo'burg’, and ‘eGoli’) is the provincial capital of Gauteng as well as the largest city in South Africa. The city was established in 1886 after gold was discovered in the area, which was then a farm.

Modern-day Johannesburg enjoys a sunny climate. Its summer months are characterised by hot days and afternoon thundershowers, while the winter months usually have dry and sunny days and cold evenings/nights.

The residential suburbs of Johannesburg resulted due to urbanisation. They are grouped into northern, southern, eastern, and western zones. The greater Johannesburg area has more than 500 suburbs in an area covering over 520 km².

What does a Plumber do?

Plumbers face a variety of responsibilities every day, since it is their job to ensure clients can enjoy running water again. But working as a professional Plumber means much more than simply fixing leaky pipes, as every day can pose new jobs, challenges, and clients. Some of the typical tasks that a Plumber can carry out include:

·         Installing or maintaining heating systems

·         Repairing sanitation systems

·         Fitting domestic appliances like dishwashers and washing machines

·         Installing air-conditioning units

·         Fitting bathrooms and/or kitchens

·         Implementing emergency repairs.

Plumbers can work in residential houses and commercial sites, where they will be responsible for the planning and location of pipes during construction.

When is it necessary to call a Plumber?

While it is all good and well to flex one’s DIY muscles for certain household tasks, others (especially those involving electric wiring and water pipes) should really be left in the hands of a trained professional, like a Plumber and Electrician.

And these are some examples of when it’s time to phone up a Plumber:

1.   When only a small amount of water comes out of the faucet or shower

This can be due to a blocked pipeline or inefficient water supply. And since it’s quite difficult finding out where exactly a pipe is blocked, best leave this to a seasoned professional.

2.   When a pipe is damaged

It’s not uncommon for water inside pipes to solidify during winter, which could lead to a burst pipe due to the pressure. To prevent costly damages and/or personal injuries, never attempt to fix this issue yourself.

3.   When your heating system won’t work

As a faulty appliance has electrical and gas components, the safest thing to do would be to find someone who has been trained on how these sorts of things work. This will prevent costly repairs or even the replacement of the heating unit.

4.   When a pipe is blocked

If the water goes up instead of down, it may be a sign of a clogged pipeline. The next step is to remove the sediments, tree roots, and other objects that are blocking the passage, which is also the responsibility of a professional since they already have the knowledge and the tools for the job.

5.   For important installations

Just got a brand-new dishwasher? Rather let a professional Plumber install it correctly to ensure it works 100% from day one!

Five questions to ask a Plumber before hiring them

1.   “What is the estimated total cost for fixing my plumbing problem?”

Always be careful about quotes you receive over the phone. A professional Plumber must come out to inspect the problem and job site in person. That way, they have more information to help them calculate the total cost of the plumbing issue. And remember that true professional Plumbers also include the cost of any new parts needed to complete the repair.

2.   “Who will be doing the work?”

If the Plumber you are speaking to has helpers or subcontractors, ask about their credentials and experience. You don’t want anyone with minimum training and knowledge to work on your plumbing issue all by themselves.

3.    “Are you licensed?”

Ask the Plumber to produce evidence of their license, as that shows they underwent the necessary training in order to do their job properly. Some people are a bit wary of newly licensed Plumbers without much experience, even though they may provide a better rate than the more seasoned professionals.

4.   “Are you bonded and insured?”

It makes sense that a client doesn’t want to be held responsible for any injuries suffered by a Plumber while busy with a job on their property. You have the utmost right, and duty, to ask this question.

5.   “Is your rate hourly or fixed?”

You don’t want a costly surprise after that plumbing job has been completed. This should also be included on their quote before they are even hired. If the Plumber tells you that their rate is hourly, ask them, in their experience about how long it would take to finish the job. The more experience the Plumber has the better, as it will help them to give a more accurate estimate of the amount of time it would take the complete the repair, assuming that those pipes are accessible.

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