Plumbing Maintenance

We handle all general plumbing requirements and maintenance. Our experienced plumbing teams are on the road servicing clients in Durbanville, Bellville, Brackenfell, Parow, Monte Vista, Goodwood, Edgemead, Bothasig and surrounding areas of the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town, South Africa.

All general plumbing requirements and maintenance

By giving your plumbing a little regular attention, you can prolong its life, prevent leaks and prevent simple fixes from turning into costly repairs. As homeowners, we often take toilets, faucets and drains for granted until they stop working on us. By scheduling regular plumbing maintenance, you’ll save plenty of money and frustration in the long run.

Problems like these are completely avoidable if the right steps are taken. By giving your plumbing a little regular attention, you can prolong its life, prevent leaks and prevent simple fixes from turning into costly repairs. Here are a few of the benefits of regular plumbing maintenance:

  • Ensures smooth running of systems
  • Prevention of water temperature spikes
  • Protective warranties and guarantees
  • Assures that your plumbing is up to code and safe

When you enlist the experienced professionals at The Plumbing Company to perform annual plumbing maintenance on your home, we are careful and thorough to ensure we spot any issues, big or small. Here are some services we offer to make this possible:

  • Inspect for leaks and corrosion in exposed pipes
  • Test household water pressure for indications of sediment buildup or problems with water lines or valves
  • Inspect and clean water heater burners
  • Inspect water heater vent pipes for safe operation
  • Drain and flush the water heater to remove sediment buildup
  • Check each sink, shower and bathtub drain for slow drainage that can indicate a clog or blocked vent pipe
  • Check the flushing handle and inside parts of toilets to make sure they are working properly
  • Inspect caulking around bathtubs, sinks and toilets
  • Test gaskets and seals in toilets for water-wasting leaks

Leaks and leak detection

You take great care of your home. From making sure the lawn is in tiptop shape to the interior staying clean and tidy, you understand the importance of homeowner maintenance. But, hearing the “drip, drop,” of the faucet in your bathroom is a nuisance that just keeps getting pushed to the backburner. This telltale sign of a leak could be linked to a deeper-rooted issue in your home that you can’t see for yourself. The plumbing experts from The Plumbing Company have advanced leak detection technology that helps diagnose or prevent huge leaks in your home’s plumbing.

Water Leak Consequences

A tiny leak in your home is seemingly uncomplicated. But what many homeowners don’t realize is that tiny, visible leaks can lead to larger, unseen leaks that may cause serious damage inside your home. Some consequences of untreated or undetected leaks include power failure, equipment failure and water damage that can lead to wood rot, rusting, or mould.

Signs of a Water Leak

There are two kinds of water leaks in your home, and both are damaging.

1: The Leaks You Can See: Some leaks are easily detectable. For instance, if your water bill has skyrocketed recently or you can see visible water damage on your ceiling, you most likely have plumbing issues that need to be addressed.

2: The Leaks You Can’t See: Even diligent homeowner leak checks can miss the leaks hiding behind your walls. These unseen leaks can promote mould growth, putting your family at risk for health issues, and cause interior water damage that compromises the structure of your home.

Drainage and blocked drains

Professional drain cleaning on a regular basis to treat the accumulation of drain pipe build up is one of the best ways to avoid these issues and ensure that your home has a safe and efficient plumbing system.

There are a lot of reasons that your drains may become clogged or blocked. Grease and food particles may build up in your kitchen sink drain. Hair and soap scum can accumulate in the drain from your bathtub. Whatever the cause of the blockage, though, it is possible for damage to be done as a result. Blocked drains can throw off the balance of pressure in your system, leading to cracked or burst pipes. Having your drains inspected to locate any clogs and scheduling professional drain cleaning is the best way to prevent such problems.

You rely on the drain system in your home to dispose of wastewater in a clean, effective manner. Sometimes, though, an accumulation of contaminants in your drains can make this an impossible task. If you experience any problems with the drains in your home, contact The Plumbing Company right away. Our professional plumbers have the tools and experience necessary to thoroughly unclog your drains. No problem with your drains is too minor to ignore. From slow moving drains to burst pipes, we will ensure that any necessary services are handled with the skill and expertise you deserve.

Geyser installations

An incorrectly installed hot water heater is the most common defect discovered by HouseCheck inspectors in South African homes. These defects can be very dangerous. Most new geyser installations are typically high pressure (400-600kpa) system – by far the most common type in South Africa.

Trust our experienced plumbing teams for the correct installation of your geyser.

Plumbing compliance inspections (C.O.C. inspections)

A Plumbing Certificate of Compliance is required when selling a property in Cape Town. It is a set of By-Laws introduced by the City of Cape Town to prevent water wastage, remove the unnecessary load from the sewerage system and to make sure your geyser works properly. Here is a checklist to ensure compliance:

  • The Hot Water Cylinder is plumbed correctly, PRV of the correct value, vacuum breakers correctly installed, emergency overflow installed with a metallic pipe, all overflow to be plumbed to the outside and discharge to atmosphere.
  • The water meter registers when a tap is open and stops completely when all taps are closed. If there is movement on the meter with all taps closed, this points to a leak somewhere on the property.
  • None of the terminal water fittings leaks, when they are in the OFF position, and they are correctly fixed in position.
  • No stormwater is discharged into the sewerage system.
  • There is no cross connection between the potable supply and any greywater system which may be installed.
  • The water pipes in the plumbing installation are properly saddled.
  • The private isolating valve is in place and operational.

It is important to understand that the Plumbing Certificate is limited only to the above seven checks and is not concerned with other general plumbing maintenance issues e.g. Blocked pipes, secondary leaks water pressure issues, the general appearance or condition of fittings, baths, sinks, toilets etc.

Secondary Leaks are leaks that occur beyond, or, after the terminal fitting (tap) during usage, outlet pipes from bath, shower or kitchen sinks etc. are deemed home maintenance issues, not water wastage as the water has already been “utilised for its intended purpose”.