Using natural drain cleaning methods is a best way to deal with blocked drains. Use of chemicals for drain cleaning can pose a danger on personal health as well as the compromising strength of plumbing pipes. Most drain cleaners have sodium hydroxide or sulfuric acid in them.
For this reason, most drain surgeons in Johannesburg use safe natural methods that do not harm the plumbing system or harm the environment. Additionally, these methods ensure safety to the body during drain unblocking
- Hydro-jetting – uses mostly high-pressure water and a special nozzle to unblock the clog. The pressure can blow away bigger particles, including tree roots. Sometimes, roots force their way and penetrate the pipes, creating a passage block.
Drain snakes are useful for both home and commercial sewer and drain lines.
- Drain snakes – this narrow auger is a useful tool common with drain unblocking specialists. Plumbers use drain snake to access material blocking the drain system, and use it to break down that matter. If you come across a difficult clog while plunging a blockage, the snake will be the ideal next step to take.
- Video Camera Pipe Inspection
This equipment uses a very small camera and has an LED light at the end of a cable, to give light to the dark passage within the pipe.
Underground utilities contractors also make use of this tool in conjunction with other machines to detail their findings. It is very useful to locate the exact position where a clog has occurred. Once you know the position, you will then know which particular tool to use.
Other Good Habits Besides Drain Cleaning Methods
Avoid fatty substances in the sink. Grease is not a good friend of plumbing pipes as it causes blockages. Other common unwanted substances include vegetable peels, such as banana peels or potato peels.
In general, any solids or oily substance should not go down the drain. Isolate these and put them in a bin.
Installing a hair trap in your bathroom sinks, tubs, or showers is a good way of preventing solids from entering from the drain.
Regular flushing of drains with water is also good practice, including realising hot water into the system. For hot water flushing, you need to run water into the sink while the stopper is on, so that the water does not run direct into the pipe at once. You can then lift the stopper after a few seconds and the water will melt fatty substance and flush it away.
Drain unblocking tools: Drain Snakes
A drain snake is a coiled cable that works well in small drains of 25mm up to 50mm. The pipes can either be PVC or galvanized. It is also used by professional drain cleaning companies.
Typically, they can be useful in unblocking sink drains, basin drains and tubs. Plumbers spin insert and spin the cable to create torque in the piping. As the cable moves along the pipe and winds up, it clears debris in the drainage pipe.
A drain snake can be manual or automatic. The automatic is spun by a power tool, connected to electricity
Simple and yet effective tool. The plunger uses pressure to push away debris blocking the drain.
Mostly used for toilets, showers as well sink and bath drains.
They come in different variations such as T handle type.
Manual drain unblocking Tools: Drain rods
A manually operated system of connected drain rods is very useful for unclogging sewer drains.
Drain rods come in different thickness, the thinner ones are able to negotiate bends easily. The thinner rods, however are not as strong in pushing blockages away. Conversely, thicker rods tend to force debris away and break them down although they do not negotiate bends easily
Rods have various other attachments that can be useful for a variety of situations. For pushing away material, professional drain surgeons attach a plunger at the front end. The plunger is a circular rubber that fits tightly on the circumference of the pipes, increasing pressure by trapping all air inside. Most warehouses in South Africa supply drain rods
A worm, or double worm can also be attached in front. This one is most useful in tearing down and breaking down debris. By turning the rods, the worm cuts the debris, such as roots and other foreign objects in the drainage pipes. A hooked end can also be used for the same effect
The drain machine comes with a coiled cable that is similar to the snake, but much thicker and is powered by electricity. Similar to drain rods, the ends of a drain machine can have special attachments to it for effect, such as a cutter, a worm or even a plunger. The drain machine is a very powerful drain cleaning tool, able to cut off roots and clear stubborn drain blockages.
Common Geyser Insurance Cover in South Africa
Most insurances cover damages that are a result of one of the following
Continuous decline of strength of geyser material over time.
Wear and tear of geyser parts
Cracking, splitting, faulty materials and workmanship or hidden defects.
In theory, geysers should not corrode as they have a glazing layer inside. However, in practice there are sufficient conditions that may weaken that protective layer. A further inclusion of the sacrificial anode in the design of the geyser helps in solving the corrosion that may result. This means that, eventually anode replacement has to take place, as the anode gets finished in the process as it is “scarified” to cover the exposed glazed surfaces
The most common geyser insurance cover includes
Geyser parts replacements
Resultant water damage
Full cover for loss or damage caused by burst or leaking geysers.
Some may include full cover for the resultant water damage to permanent fixtures and fittings such as walls, ceilings and fitted carpets
Common Geyser Insurance Cover: How Insurance Companies protect themselves against high claim rate
As insurance companies are in for profit, they will also have certain measures in place to protect themselves. These may include conditions on poor workmanship, so a policy holder may need to have certain aspects looked into. These may include the pipework and general layout of the geyser elements. Having a certificate of compliance makes this easy, as such a certificate can only be issued after thorough checks.
A study of causes of geysers to burst helps insurers to minimize the volume of claims for geyser insurance cover
Proper geyser installation is the first steps to ensure long life of a geyser. Most insurance companies will require a certificate of Compliance as part of documents to submit on a replacement of geyser or geyser installation.
Such a practice also safe guards against the use of inappropriate plumbing piping and methods.
It further reduces water damage as it ensures that dip trays are in place, a full inspection of the system is done before a COC can be issued.
As such, some offer a maintenance plan in their packages that will enable early detection and resolve before it gets bad. The maintenance plan can be once in 2 or 3 years. Typically, such maintenance will mean a geyser installer will drain and clean geyser, as well as check the health of sacrificial anode and replace were necessary. Element and thermostat are also checked, and can be replaced if there is unwelcome built up of lime scale