When To Call a Plumber in Cape Town

A plumber is a skilled and qualified tradesman who specializes in water systems. Water systems plumbers specialize in include drinking water, sewerage and draining.

While plumbers do not need a formal qualification, it takes many years of experience to become what is considered a qualified plumber. Plumbers need to be aware of water systems, and have sound knowledge of electrical systems as well to ensure that no damage is done to electrical systems.

Plumbers can be called for a number of reasons including burst geysers, blocked drains, leaks and maintenance. Sometimes it may be easier to call a plumber than to fix the problem yourself, but most plumbers charge by the hour, so rates for a plumber can become expensive.

If you have a blocked drain and are not sure whether to call a plumber, there are a few things you can try yourself to save money. Using a trusted drain cleaner or a mixture of baking soda, vinegar and water may be enough to unblock your drain without having to call a plumber.

If you have a trusted plumber, it is a good idea to ask whether they have any yearly maintenance fees. If you often encounter plumbing problems, it may be a good idea to set up annual rates with your plumber to ensure that they can come and ensure that everything is being properly maintained. Maintenance is vital because many of the problems plumbers are called for are due to negligence or wear and tear. Nipping a problem in the bud can save you a lot of money in the long run.

If you live in an area where the temperature drops dramatically during the winter season, you may have had past experiences with a burst geyser. Geysers burst because when water freezes, it expands by up to 10%. Calling your plumber before the temperature gets too cold can ensure that your plumber makes sure that the pipes are insulated, preventing damage.

While many jobs cannot be done by an inexperienced individual, it is worth checking online whether you can solve a problem yourself or need to call a plumber.
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