I caught a glimpse of an article from the States and it appears that plumbers from all over the world have the same problems when it comes to problems exacerbated by their customers. So I thought that I would put together a list of mine.
The Do it Yourselfer.
This is the customer who sees a special on at a hardware store and thinks ok I will have a go at installing it myself.
It is illegal to install and connect any sanitary device or connect to a water supply i.e toilets, baths, sinks, taps etc. The reason for this is to protect the public’s health.
There are rules and regulations about how and when a plumber can do things. In a nutshell our training protects you and your family from getting sick or in the worse case death.
Draino or Drain Cleaner
This is a big NO NO!
If you are using this you are pouring acid down a drain. Give yourself a swift uppercut! These type of chemicals can damage drains by eating the pipework out. But worse off all when you can’t unblock the drain you call us.
What happens is that the drain is then full of draino and then you forget to tell us and next minutes we have acid burns!
In the trade we use chemicals, but as an absolute last resort.
Flushable Wet Wipes
Wet wipes are the bain of a plumber’s life. Yes they are a marketers dream and really handy and hygenic.
But i’ll let you into a little secret. Even though they are biodegradable they cause most blockages in toilet waste pipes.
If your waste pipe has minimal fall they will not flush all the way and then they start to set like concrete and stick to the bottom of the pipe and then after that everything else that is flushed down starts to build up until eventually you either get a partial or full blockage.
You have no idea where to turn the water or gas off.
The first thing when you have a plumbing of gas emergency is to turn the water or gas off. Murphy’s law has it that one of these events will occur on a wet windy night at 2 in the morning.
The last thing you need is to be floundering around trying to find where to turn the water off when your house is flooding or filling with gas.
Familiarise yourself where and how to turn these valves off. It will save you a fortune and possibly your life
She’ll Be Right Mate
This is in particular with gas safety checks and regular servicing of gas appliances. There are two aspects of this one is the Gas Safety aspect. If you don’t service your appliances in all likelihood they will either become blocked or fill up with lint or cobwebs. This has the effect of starving the gas appliance of the air it needs for the correct combustion. In other words no air means carbon monoxide.
Carbon Oxide means death!
We recommend that every house that has gas appliances be fitted with Carbon Monoxide detectors.
The other aspect of this is Economy. Every manufacturer recommends that appliances be serviced on a yearly basis or at a minimum every 2 years.
Not only do we have the gas safety aspect the main other reason is the operation of the appliance. For example, if you don’t have water heaters serviced then copper sulphate builds up on the heating chamber, meaning the water heater won’t work efficiently costing you money.
And in the worse case scenario the appliance breaks down and comes to the end of its life prematurely.