Pipe Leak

Quick Fixes for a Pipe Leak during Lockdown:

Never work on the geyser in your home. Leave geyser repairs to a suitably qualified plumber!

Being prepared to protect your home against a sudden burst pipe can save you thousands of Rands in damage. The following tips will slow or stop pipe leaks long enough to get hold of an emergency plumber.  However, you may have to wait until the lockdown is over.

The first thing you should do is switch off the water supply. You might find this valve where your water supply enters your home or in the valve box on the pavement.

To temporarily stop a pinhole pipe leak on a water pipe, you need to seal the pipe at the leak point. If you have self-tapping screws you may need to widen the hole. Using a small piece of rubber or plastic pipe as a washer screw the self-tapper into the hole.

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If you don’t have one or can’t “borrow” one from appliances in your home! Alternatively, wrap electrical or duct tape around the pipe a few times. In addition, if the pipe leak is on a PVC or galvanised waste pipe, almost any type of tape can be used as a temporary fix.

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Home Maintenance

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Regular home maintenance is important!

You should not allow minor repairs to mount up. Your home maintenance plan is essential to creating a safe environment and protecting your investment. As part of your home maintenance list the following safety precautions are essential:

Install the following

  • Change the locks on all exterior doors for security purposes if keys have gone missing.
  • Install smoke detectors on each level of the home. Install carbon monoxide detectors where any fossil fuels may be burned i.e. near the heater, gas stove, garage entries, fireplaces, etc. This is an important part of home maintenance and safety. If these devices are already present, change the batteries and make a note of when you did to schedule future battery replacements at the same time next year.
  • Install fire extinguishers near stoves, in garages, and keep one handy near fireplaces and woodstoves.
  • Create a fire exit plan to evacuate your home or business in a fire or other emergency.
  • Clean and check your main shutoff points of water, gas, and electrical systems. These locations would have been pointed out to you if you joined your inspector during your home maintenance inspection.

Monthly home maintenance

  • Check that your fire extinguishers are fully charged and serviced.
  • Remove and replace heating and cooling filter elements. If they are the reusable type just clean and replace.
  • Test all Earth Leakage devices.
  • Inspect and clean electronic air cleaners and humidifiers.
  • Clean your gutters and downpipes to ensure proper water flow.
  • Check plumbing fixtures for leaks. A leak can happen quickly.
  • Check your water bill and energy bills for excessive costs. Often times these can point to a leak or even a failing electrical device, such as your refrigerator.

Spring and Autumn home maintenance

  • Check your roof and flashings for signs of damage.
  • Check your roof space for evidence of leaks. Make sure vents are not clogged.  Level out the insulation if necessary.  Often when windy the insulation around your vents will move around.
  • Clean gutters and downpipes and check for signs of leaks.
  • Trim back trees and shrubs away from the home.
  • If you have a basement check for evidence of leaks.
  • Check all walkways for movement and repair any trip hazards that may develop.
  • Clean and operate all windows and doors.
  • An important part of home maintenance is to check exterior hose taps for leaks and repair.
  • Test your pressure regulating valve on your hot water geyser or cold water service in your home.
  • Inspect for the evidence of vermin, termites and insects, and treat as needed.
  • Test your garage doors and clean and lubricate all moving parts.
  • Clean or replace exhaust fan filters.
  • Service, clean or inspect all major appliances in your home per manufacturer recommendations.
  • If you have a swimming pool, check the pump and pool filter operate properly.
  • Test the pool water.

Annual home maintenance

  • Replace all smoke detector batteries and carbon monoxide detector batteries.
  • Have all heating, cooling and water systems serviced and cleaned.
  • Inspect chimneys and clean them.
  • Examine all electrical panels and operate breakers to ensure they are not sticking. FOR THE SAKE OF SAFETY, DO NOT TAKE THE COVER OFF THE PANEL!!
  • If you have a borehole, have your borehole tested and have your pump and service tank inspected for leaks or evidence of wear.
  • All homes are suspect of wood-destroying insects (termites, carpenter bees, carpenter ants, etc.). Have your home inspected annually by a professional and treated if necessary.

Every home should be inspected at least every third or fourth year as part of a regular homeowner maintenance and safety program.

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