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Getting Started On Your Home Plumbing Projects
Well, you’ve decided to perfect the plumbing of your house. Good for you! However, there is so much information that you may not know where to begin. Don’t worry, plumbing tips are here! Listed below are some tips that will help you get started and organized, so that you can become a plumbing expert.
On very cold winter nights, allow your faucets to trickle slightly, especially if your pipes are located in a crawlspace. The running water prevents the pipes from freezing as quickly as they would otherwise. You can catch the water and use it for other household needs to prevent wasting it.
As the weather begins to get cold, attend to all of your exposed pipes by adding insulation to them. Pay particular attention to pipes located in crawl spaces and the outside walls of your residence. Taking this step will help ensure that your pipes continue to function throughout the winter.
You need to winter-proof your house. You have to make sure you switch of the master circuit breaker or the shut-off valve before you leave your house. Since one small hole or congested water can quickly freeze and cause pipes to break and expand, you need to drain and open all outdoor and household water lines.
To help you find a good plumber, you should get recommendations from people whom you trust. Asking a friend or a neighbor is usually more trustworthy than picking a random plumber out of the phone book. You need a competent plumber, otherwise you could be in for a much bigger problem down the road.
Try not to use drain cleaners too often, it at all. They have chemicals in them that are corrosive and can harm your pipes if they are poured down them frequently. If you believe your drain is seriously clogged, have a professional plumber examine the line.
Some people have problems with their plumbing system in that the pipes sweat and drip condensation. You do not have to hire a plumber to take care of this nuisance. You can purchase self-adhesive drip tape from your local hardware store. This drip tape will insulate your “sweating” pipes which are dripping with moisture built up from condensation. To make sure the tape sticks firmly, dry the pipe thoroughly before applying the tape.
Treating your drains every month is a great way to avoid future clogs and other problems, and it’s a very simple procedure. Just run one to two gallons of hot tap water down each drain in your house.
In cold climate areas, sometimes the pipes in the plumbing system freeze. You can thaw them out without calling a plumber. Before beginning this process, open the faucet and begin thawing closest to the faucet and then move down the line as sections thaw out. One method you can use is to wrap the pipe with a heavy towel or burlap and then pour hot water over it, set a bucket underneath to catch the water.
Don’t run the water while putting food through your garbage disposal. A common misconception is that if you flow water into the disposal while you’re putting solid items down there, the process will be smoother, but that just isn’t true. Running water can help clear debris and keep the disposal’s temperature down, but it can also cause sticky materials to clog the disposal.
Make sure that any exposed pipes in your home are insulated, especially those found in crawl spaces on the outside walls of your home. This will help keep them from freezing and causing you tons of problems. Frozen pipes can often be devastating and leave you with problems that are expensive to fix and no water in the middle of winter.
It doesn’t have to be as hard as you may think. Like most subjects, plumbing has a lot of information available to learn from. It’s good to get an idea of where to start. Then you can move forward logically to unravel your problem. Hopefully, the tips above have given you the information you need.
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ABUBAKAR PAPONETTE found his calling about 14 years ago, when it was time for his toddler to enter preschool.
His chance attempt at plumbing eventually secured a comfortable life for him and his family.
“The first plumbing job I did was putting in two toilets in Addae’s (his son’s) daycare to help pay for the fee. I did a pretty good job and the teachers and parents told me I should look into it.”
Now, Paponette, who turns 40 in April, is a master plumber, having completed several courses locally and abroad, earning licences that are recognised by the Water and Sewerage Authority. He is also a licensed sanitary constructor, project manager and businessman with substancial contracts under his company, Apap Plumbing and Construction Co Ltd.
The Arima-based business, he said, gained traction last year because his son, a budding athlete, is abroad studying and playing football and requires less of his father’s attention. “I definitely have more time to focus on things like social media, best practice, to work harder, become more efficient and grow my business.”
While many small companies have been forced to close down and large corporations are downsizing, Apap is fortunate to be among the small to medium-sized enterprises to have done the opposite, thriving in otherwise uncertain times. In fact, he managed to hire more workers at times, depending on the size of the task at hand, not just dealing with plumbing, but also renovations, masonry, tiling projects and new construction.
Some of his clients included Massy Food Stores, Food Masters, Disco Mart, Massy Distribution and Geddes Grant. He was also a plumbing foreman with the Ministry of Works and Transport. But he takes on small jobs too.
His slogan “No job is too small; We do it all 24/7,” he said, is no exaggeration. He takes on projects of all sizes and frequently works very early or late hours to facilitate his clients’ schedules.
Paponette also shares his expertise by offering affordable courses in person, and free tutorials and tips through his company’s social media page.
“The main thing (for me as a plumber) is to educate the public, and (traditional) media and social media is the best way.” He said the courses are particularly practical for beginners, with the first one starting on February 15 in west Trinidad and will cover the history and importance of plumbing, installing and maintaining basic plumbing systems, and the equipment and materials used in waste lines, supply lines and vent systems, in a do-it-yourself-type series.
“What I have is a world of experience and knowledge, and to back it up, I have what you might say is the support from the plumbing community.”He wants to get the public to give plumbers due respect, something he said is lacking, not just in TT but worldwide, given the association of plumbing with sanitation or “dirty work,” or the assumption that plumbing deals primarily with broken pipes.
He said building expertise is partly about knowing the experts who came before. So he studied the work of Charlie Mullins, founder and CEO of Pimlico Plumbers, and one of the most recognised masters in the trade anywhere in the world.
“I took a model from Charlie Mullins to bring to Trinidad,” he said, “to give people that experience of expertise, quality, excellent service and advancement in all aspects of plumbing you can think about. I want to repackage plumbing in the eyes of TT. That is my edge.”
“In five years’ time, I want to see the company up the Caribbean islands,” he said, essentially putting TT on the regional map for its expertise in waste water management and the most intricate aspects of plumbing and construction.
And his life has had positive changes in other ways too. He told Newsday he has come a long way since his checkered past. Up until his early twenties, he was involved in a gang. But after the birth of his son he decided it was time for a change. He needed to find legitimate work.
He worked for the Unemployment Relief Programme as a foreman. He then did a course in commercial diving, which might have offered him another promsing career path but for the collapse in the oil and gas industry.
“I used to work, most of the time, between his school schedule. So I used to do my plumbing (part-time) to the best of my ability and made sure I allocated time to him before and after school.”
He was always training. Not just anyone can call him or herself a master plumber. He also has a diploma in plumbing.