Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Plumbing in Singapore: What You Need to Know

Plumbing is a branch of mechanical engineering that deals with the conveying of fluids from one place to another. Pipes or tubes are connected together with connectors and valves to allow fluids, mainly water to flow. Plumbing is applied in domestic and industrial water supplies, drainage systems, waste removal, and fuel gas piping, among other applications.

The importance of plumbing in the society 

The importance of plumbing in the society cannot be overemphasized. On top of many other things, plumbers are able to install and repair toilets, urinals, bathtubs, showers, fountains, kitchen sinks and any other appliance that is involved in the transfer of water from one place to another. Plumbing is thus very important to the health and sanitation of a society. Improper plumbing work may lead to the outbreak of waterborne diseases such as cholera.

Plumbing systems today at a glance

In the wake of environmental conservation, plumbing systems have evolved from the traditional bulky and rigid systems to today’s light, flexible and easily replaceable piping systems. Precisely, galvanized steel and copper piping dominated plumbing systems traditionally. However, plastic pipes are now dominant. Commonly used plastic pipe types include Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes, Polypropylene Random Copolymer (PP-R) and Polybutylene (PBT) pipes. More eco-friendly plumbing systems are designed every day, and we can only wait to see what the future holds for the plumbing industry.

Tools of the trade

Plumbers work with tubes and pipes. These pipes and tubes are used together with a wide variety of plumbing components such as elbows or bends, tees, valves, unions and sealants to make a path for fluids to flow. For this path to be made, plumbers use a wide variety of tools in their jobs. Some of the common tools include pipe wrench, water softeners and filters, heat exchangers and water meters. More specialized tools include PP-R welding machines, flaring pliers, pipe cutters, pipe bending machines, and soldering torches. The list is long. Sometimes, plumbers also require video cameras to identify leaks in piping systems. A plumber must have all the plumbing tools if he or she is to do a good job.

Must you always hire a professional plumber? 

You must not always hire a plumber for a plumbing task. You can do some plumbing tasks yourself. For example, you can tighten a loose or leaking tap if you have a pipe wrench. However, other tasks may be complicated and may require the services of a professional plumber. Make sure that you can clearly identify the tasks that you can do on your own and those that require a professional plumber. Some plumbing problems may seem simple when they actually need a sophisticated plumbing solution.

Factors to consider when hiring a plumber

We have just noted that you should consider the nature of the plumbing task before you decide whether to do it yourself or hire a professional plumber. What other factors should you consider when hiring a plumber?

• Compliance with the law
Compliance with the law should come first. You want to be on the right side of the law at all times. Precisely, if you are looking for a plumber in Singapore, he or she should be conversant with the Singapore plumbing codes and standards. The plumbing service provider must be recognized by the Public Utilities Board and registered either as a water service plumber or a sanitary plumber.

• The range of services provided
You want a plumber who will be able to provide a wide range of services. Some of the common plumbing services include installation, repair and replacement of sanitary fixtures, pipe installation and leakage repair, re-piping, installation, repair and replacement of toilet accessories and installation of water heaters. Your plumber of choice should be able to offer these and more plumbing services.

• Experience
Ability to offer a wide range of services is not enough. How long has the plumber been in this business? What does his or her previous customers say about the services rendered?

• Availability around the clock
Some plumbing tasks are urgent in nature. For instance, if your toilet is blocked, you need a plumber immediately, even if it is at night. For this reason, you need to hook up with a plumber who will be available at any time of the day to serve you.

• Short response time
Some plumbers take an eternity to respond to your request for their services even if you requested for emergency services. Look for a plumber who will respond quickly, typically in an hour or so, depending on the nature of the services required.

• Guarantees for work done
Be wary of plumbers who will not give guarantees for their work. And for those who offer guarantees, how long are these guarantees? A 10-day guarantee is not a good one, for example. Advocate for a longer guarantee period. Normally, a 3-month guarantee is good enough.

• Cost
Finally, the cost of a plumbing task should be reasonable. If you have a major plumbing task, you can ask for a quote from various plumbers and choose the most reasonable out of the shortlisted ones.

Qualities of a good plumber 

After putting all the afore-mentioned factors into consideration, you still need to look for specific qualities in the plumber that you will finally choose. This is because you may sign a contract with a plumbing services company that has several plumbers. A good plumber is one who:

• Has gotten the requisite training from a recognized institution
• Has all the required tools and equipment
• Shows high levels of professionalism at work
• Does not take shortcuts at work
• Is a good communicator

Where to get a plumber in Singapore

Now you know the qualities of a good plumber and you know what to consider before hiring one. The next question is, where can you get a good plumbing company? There are several plumbing service providers in Singapore, and getting one should not be a problem. Get in touch with the Public Utilities Board and choose from the list of registered plumbers. You can also look for advice online. There are several articles on plumbing in Singapore and you can easily get help from them.

In summary, plumbers are some of the professionals that are ever in demand. For this reason, it may be easier for you to hire a permanent plumber who will be at your beck and call whenever you need plumbing services.