What is a pressure reducer and when do I need one?
Sometimes we will inform a client that he needs a pressure reducer to which he will reply, "yea, so just close the main valve a bit and that will take care of the problem."
There is a difference between dynamic pressure and static pressure. The client would be correct if we would be seeking to reduce the dynamic pressure, the pressure that one experiences when opening the tap. However, a pressure reducer reduces the static pressure, the pressure that exists when all the taps in the home are closed. Static pressure can only be checked with an instrument called a manometer.
High pressure is deleterious to one's piping and other plumbing fixtures. It can result in multiple and constant leaking at the various pipe connections, can reduce the life of one's faucets, wears out the toilet float gaskets more frequently, wastes water, etc.
Fine, you convinced me to install a pressure reducer if my pressure is too high, but then what will happen to my shower experience?! Well, if the proper piping was installed in the house the flow rate should be fine and your shower should be alright. Also, the pressure reducer can be adjusted to suit the client's preferences.
Have a good week!
Inspect your porch drains before the rainy season begins. Do you really want to find out in the middle of a storm that your porch doesn't drain?
If you hear your toilet running (you'll know by the hissing sound) don't ignore it. Get it fixed. You may waste tens of liters of water every day.
Never throw baby wipes, sanitary napkins or anything other than toilet paper and toilet tissue down the toilet! The latter is manufactured to readily dissolve in the water. The former, on the other hand, will stay in tact, get caught somewhere in the pipe or manhole, and eventually create a clog -- resulting in you calling us when either the toilet won't flush or the sewage backs up.
Try not to put F.O.G. into your kitchen sink. Over time, Fat, Oil and Grease will constrict your pipes to the point where the water in your sink will no longer drain. Either flush it down the toilet or throw it in the garbage.
Use strainers religiously in your sinks. Not only your kitchen sinks but your bathroom sinks and tubs as well.
Never leave your water boiler on for more than a few hours as excessive heating can result in the pipes bursting. We advise installing a special timer for you boiler.
When you have a patio built outside your home ensure that the workers know to create an access point for the sewer (a.k.a they shouldn't seal over the manhole cover). If they do cover it up have them redo the work at their expense. Having a manhole covered by brick and concrete may turn into a horror story some time down the line. Plan ahead. Be wise. Don't say, "we'll deal with it when the time comes." Imagine a backed-up sewer and the plumber asking, "so where is the manhole anyway?"