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Sanitize and Disinfect Food and Home Areas to Kill Viruses and Bacteria

The fear of what we’re facing seems to spread faster than the virus itself. The corona virus threatens every household all over the world and no one is exempted.

It has gone from Asia to Europe and the US. From a person who had a close contact with someone from Wuhan to someone who has never left home for weeks. Threatening as it is and contagious as the virus can be, we must not live in fear.

The “circuit breaker” that’s been going on for a week now in the whole Singapore has given us more time to research on the internet. And yes, there are tons of articles giving us tips on how best to protect ourselves at this time.

Since it has been proven that the corona virus can be transferred through hand-to-hand or hand-to-food contact, we’re going to talk about sanitizing your home and some of the food you bring from outside.

Let’s start with meat and vegetables.

Sanitizing meat and vegetables

Washing fresh vegetables for a salad with an alive oil

Imagine touching meat products, whether sealed or not, and vegetables from the market and bringing it to your home.

Choose properly packed meat and vegetables

It will be better to purchase frozen meat that’s properly packed and labelled. Make sure that the vegetables you buy have been kept properly and safely by the seller. Check the packaging and label if there is.

Wash your hands before preparation

Knowing how the virus can be transmitted, the first step you need to do when you arrive home is to wash your hands. Do this even before preparing the food you bought.

Running tap water or baking soda solution

Clean the vegetables in running tap water thoroughly. You can also make a water and baking soda solution where you can submerge the vegetables for 5 minutes before washing them in running tap water.

Peel the vegetables

Peeling some vegetables like carrots, onions, potatoes, and the like is also a protective measure against viruses and bacteria.

Clean the kitchen surfaces often

Kitchen surfaces like countertops, tiles, and grout can be a breeding ground for bacteria and viruses. They should all be cleaned regularly. At least once a day, spray disinfectant on them and wipe them with clean towel.

Clean kitchen utensils too

Chopping boards, knives and food containers should also be thoroughly cleaned. One useful tip is by disinfect the sponge used for cleaning the utensils.

Clean your sink often

The sink is primarily used to clean food, plates, and kitchen utensils every single day. Therefore, it’s but right to clean and disinfect your sink regularly. One effective way to do that is by using detergent mixed with bleach on the surface of the sink and scrubbing the whole area with a sponge or a brush.

After that, disinfect using vinegar, which is a safe, natural, an effective way of killing bacteria and viruses. Use natural fresheners afterwards to remove the strong vinegar odor.

Thoroughly clean the drain too

The sink drain usually houses lots of bacteria and viruses because they are not often cleaned. These impurities can reach up to the inside of your pipes and plumbing. As mentioned above, you can use vinegar as a cleaner because it’s great in killing germs and in disinfecting plumbing parts.

However, if you notice a slow draining of water in your sink, better get help from professionals who provide clogged repair services. Your drain needs to be unclogged first before any cleaning methods become effective.

Disinfect towels and rags

We often forget that viruses and bacteria also attach to dish towels, table rags, sponges, and towels. In fact the World Health Organization says the corona virus may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. Therefore, it’s a good practice to wash them with a regular detergent and a few drops of bleach.

 

Disinfect gadgets

Since you bring your gadgets outside the house whenever you buy necessities, you should also disinfect they using gadget cleaners that kill viruses and bacteria.

 

Toilet bowl disinfecting

Disinfecting is different from simply cleaning. For a surface as dirty as a toilet bowl, you really need to disinfect it, with our without the Covid 19 pandemic. After cleaning your toilet bowl using your regular method of cleaning, follow it up with a surefire way of killing tough bacteria and viruses. You can also refer to one of our previous posts where we talked about 10 plumbing maintenance tips for homeowners.

Use either vinegar or a bleach and water solution. You can simply pour vinegar on the sides of the toilet bowl. Allow it to rest for 30 minutes then rinse with warm water. You may also spray a solution of 1 liter of water mixed with 1 tablespoon of bleach on to the sides of the toilet bowl. In the same way, let it rest for 30 minutes and rinse it with water.

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Doable Plumbing Tips For Offices and Commercial Spaces

Having a constant supply of clean water isn’t just for homeowners or those with condominium units. Those who run an office or a commercial establishment need it as well. The presence of this resource is vital to providing a clean space, nourishment, and in some cases, a part of a company’s operation. To preserve the benefits given by a reliable water supply, one must have a functional plumbing system.

Basically, this particular system consists of various fixtures and pipes that work together to deliver water to an office or a commercial establishment. Over the course of time, these components may sustain wear and tear. When this happens, you might experience one or several plumbing-related concerns. For this kind of problem, there’s no better way than to contact a professional plumber in Singapore for help.

Apart from repairs, company or business owners should also consider these tips to improve the performance of their respective plumbing system. Shown below are some of them,

 

Add stoppers to your drains

There are instances when the water in your sink doesn’t drain as fast as you want. If this is the case, your sink and the pipes under it might be clogged with bits of food or trash. Restaurant-owners are more familiar with this predicament than other types of businesses., since they deal with the operation of preparing meals. No matter what kind of work you’re doing or the business you have at hand, it’s vital to keep your sinks from clogging. 

A simple solution is to place a stopper to catch those small pieces of food or trash.Once this tiny contraption if full of those things, you can just scoop them all up and throw them in the bin. You may consider this as a cost-effective solution when dealing with clogs.

 

Use water-efficient faucets

Any company or business owner would have to deal with bills at the end of every month. The same can be applied to your water usage. It’s always wise to find a way to lower costs and maximize profit. When it comes to your plumbing system, this is possible via the installation of water-efficient faucets. This is also one of the tips we provided when we talked about the top plumbing supplies homeowners should have. These fixtures release water using stronger pressure. This will result in lesser water droplets coming out of the faucet without any noticeable difference in use. Thanks to these water-saving faucets, you’ll save more money that can be used for other purposes.

 

Place large containers in your office or place of business

In rare circumstances, water may run out at the most unfortunate time. During this situation, having one or several water containers in your place of business may mean the difference between success and failure. These items will provide a steady water supply, especially during emergencies. 

Moreover, these containers can act as a tool to help you save more water. You can choose to take water from these things, rather than open a faucet. In this way, you get to save more money and reduce your water bill at the end of every month.

 

Have a professional plumber help you out on a regular basis

There’s no one more competent or credible than a plumber to help you with your plumbing-related problem. You should hire this contractor to inspect and install plumbing fixtures for any irregularities. He or she comes with the appropriate tools and sufficient experience to resolve any challenge you have with your plumbing system. At the same time, this professional has obtained a license to operate from the Singaporean government. Thanks to all of these attributes, you would have more peace of mind as you focus more on running your office or business.

 

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Plumbing supplies and tools that you need at home

Yes, the tedious job to replace water heater and toilet bowl and to unclog sink and drain belongs to the professional plumbers. But even when you can rely on these pros to solve your plumbing issues 24/7, it’s very important for you, as a homeowner, to have the basic plumbing tools in your basement or under the sink.

Every household in Singapore and anywhere in the world should have the essential tools that will help them solve even the most basic plumbing problems at home. Things like plunger, sink auger, pipe wrench, and hacksaw are tools that you must have and know how to use.

Here’s a list that you’ll need for your own home:

Plunger

No matter how highly advanced or modern your bathroom or kitchen may be, you better have a plunger somewhere in your house. A plunger is your first resort, the first thing to get hold of when your drain clogs or when your toilet bowl don’t flush water and dirt normally.

Take note that you should have at least two plungers at home –  one for the sink and one for the toilet bowl. Additionally, you can have another extra for the floor trap. There are different kinds of plungers out there that are specifically designed for each plumbing component where it is needed. The one in the photo for example is specially created for  sink and basin.

 

Plumbing tape

Hate that sound of a leaking faucet on the sink? We do too! But you wouldn’t normally call a plumber for something as simple as that, right? There are certain things you need to take into consideration when calling for a plumber, like your time to spare for the job to be done or whether you have the new faucet to replace the old one with.

In cases like a simple faucet leak, you can delay calling a plumber and for the meantime, tape the part of the faucet where it is leaking. It’s a different story, of course, when he leaking part of the faucet is the spout, for which you might need immediate repair. A plumbing tape is always helpful for faucet leaks, pipe leaks, and some other plumbing fittings because they prevent leaks and help thread plumbing connections together.

 

Screw, Pipes, and Plumbing Fittings

Sometimes, you don’t really need to hire a plumbing professional to replace some basic parts of your sink or toilet bowl. With a little research and  instructional youtube videos, you can fix them yourself. Just make sure you have screws and spare plumbing fittings such as pipes, faucet, faucet handle, couplings, plugs, valves, adaptors, and more. Ask your plumber who installed the original fittings in your home about the specifications or sizes of fittings that you need should a repair be necessary.

 

Adjustable spanners

These tools are truly useful for any household whenever a minor plumbing issue confronts you. You don’t need plumber skills to do this at all. It works pretty much like any simple handyman tool to turn nuts and bolts in place.

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10 Basic Pipe Maintenance Tips for Homeowners

Have you recently encountered a pipe leak or a bursting pipe at home? Or maybe something like that happened to your neighbour, friend or relative? No matter what brought you here in this post, we’re glad you’ve found your way. Today, we’ll share a helpful 10-item list of things that you can do right now to prevent any pipe-related plumbing problems in your house. Notice, we said, “right now” because these tips are easily understandable and applicable and you can do them right after reading them!

 

Clean the sink and bathroom drain

The most important step is sometimes the simplest, like regularly cleaning your sink and bathroom drains to avoid drain clogging. Drain clogging is directly connected to pipe leakage because when your drain always clogs, your pipes will also be weakened. Regular cleaning can be as easy as once a week.

 

Clean the P-trap

If you always cook and wash the dishes with heavy stains and food particles all the time, you must check the condition of your p-trap as well. Sometimes, the drain does not clog, but the p-trap is in danger. A clogged or even a nearly clogged p-trap under the sink can cause a pipe damage that requires water pipe leaking repair pros to solve.

 

Inspect for leaks

Needless to say, you have to have routine inspections of your home plumbing to see if there are leaks. Check the faucets, the connections under the toilet bowl, the steel plumbing under the bathroom sink, the pipes connected to the bathtub and all the hidden plumbing pipes that you can check. See if there are leaks because pipe leaks do not only damage your home plumbing system but degrades the structural integrity of your home too.

 

Insulate your pipes

Consider insulating your home plumbing pipes to protect them from extreme weather.

 

Regulate water pressure

Try installing a water pressure regulator in your main water valve and set the intensity to normal or lower than normal. This regulated setting can protect your plumbing pipes from bursting when there’s a sudden rise in water pressure within your home plumbing.

 

Consider a grease separator

Do you know that there’s actually a so-called grease separator that you can install in your home plumbing system? This plumbing equipment works by letting oil and grease particles float on top so they can be separated from the water that flows out of your house from the drain. This way, you can prevent clogging at home.

Consider installing this grease separator at home or in your restaurant, shop and business as part of your role in maintaining a good drainage system in the country. As you may know, the PUB itself carries out structural repairs of drains, canals and waterways to ensure the correct and unimpeded water flow from domestic sources to the sewers.

 

Avoid cleaners with harmful chemicals

You may have loved the immediate and obvious effects of chemical-based cleaners in your own home. But take note that these chemicals may harm your plumbing. Some of them are listed here:

  • Phthalates
  • Perchloroethylene or “PERC”
  • Triclosan
  • Quarternary Ammonium Compounds, or “QUATS”
  • 2-Butoxyethanol
  • Ammonia
  • Chlorine
  • Sodium Hydroxide

These and more chemicals can harm your cast iron pipes and your septic system. In may occasions, toilet bowls get clogged because of the plumbing parts residue that get chipped off caused by harmful chemicals. This plumbing problem requires toilet bowl choke Singapore pros’ expertise to be fixed.

 

Try natural cleaners

The alternatives to chemical-based cleaners are all over the internet, but for us, the most effective ones are baking powder, lemon, or white vinegar along with hot water. These natural cleaners have 0% chance of

 

Do your research

At the end of the day, each household has its own unique traits. Each family and each business has people in it with their own unique lifestyle and we understand that some of these tips may not work for you. Therefore, this second to the last tip we’re giving you is to do your research about the best applicable pipe maintenance tips in your own home.

 

Hire licensed pros for a maintenance checkup

Who says you need the pros every now and then? No! If you are diligent enough to get your home plumbing inspected annually, you will save yourself from repeated repairs.

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Measures to Solve Floor Trap Choke & Drain Choke Issues

One of the widespread plumbing problems in every household is floor trap choke or drain choke. The most common reason behind this problem is accumulation of residue and dirt in the pipes. Often excessive amount of dirt and hair stuck over the drain and smaller particles go inside the pipe, leading to clogging.

With clogged pipes, comes the problem of floor trap choke and drain choke, which implies the floor traps are filled with these particles and the water is not draining properly. The question is how to fix it easily. Fast plumber in Singapore help households avoid these chokes by sharing the valuable remedies in this article.

Measures to Avoid/Fix Drain Choke/Floor Trap choke

Get the Right Tools

 

Fixing a clogged pipe or clearing a clogged floor trap choke requires the right set of plumbing tools. You can easily find these tools in the market. Most of the professional fast plumbers in Singapore are using high-quality plumbing tools to fix these problems in no time.

Regular maintenance

Regular maintenance helps your drainage pipes avoid clogging. Sometimes items like dirt, hair, dust particles and other elements enter the pipes and cause a clog. A professional and reliable plumber that is expert in solving common plumbing problems like pipe clogging (click here to know how to avoid the common pipe problems), can help you detect the early signs of the clogs and prevent it from worsening, with timely pipe inspection and maintenance.

Lint catcher Installed on washing machine

Lint are small fabric pieces that sometime get into the washing machine. They work their way through the drain and clog the floor trap. Installing a lint catcher on the washing machine would help you catch these pieces to dispose them off without damaging the drainage system.

Use Anti-bacterial drain cleaners

Periodic use of anti-bacterial drain cleaner keeps the drain clear from organic matters like food or hair that are trapped in the drainage pipe. Most of the bacterial drain cleaners are usually non-corrosive, so they don’t cause any harm to the pipe lines.

Don’t dispose cooking oil down the sink

Cooking oil gets easily accumulated in the pipe and forms a semi-solid state if left unattended or untouched for long time. If you pour oil down the sink, it clogs together with other materials that get stuck on it, eventually causing a choke. To avoid this, dispose the used cooking oil in the trash.

Don’t dispose food down the sink

Here food means the food waste; the tiny pieces of grains, rice or anything left on the used plate/bowl. The food waste also gets accumulated in the drainage with time because of its natural properties. Installing a waste catcher in the sink will stop any food stuff entering the drainage. 

Install Hair catcher

Soaps and hair are the key causes of shower drain clogs. Installing a wire mash over the drainage will catch any hair before it enters the drainage. You can easily dispose of the collected hairs in the trash by removing them from wire mash from a floor trap.

Following these measures will surely help you solve floor trap or drain choke problems, up to a significant extent. For professional plumbing services, please contact us at http://fastplumber.sg/

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Everyday Plumbing Tips – How to Avoid the Common Pipe Problems

Now that we have entered the season of chill winds and freezing temperature, chances are we are going to face the common pipe problems encountered every year. Flooded basement, leaking ceilings, and choked drainage are some of the horrible scenarios almost everybody faces by the end of the year. Among these, the worst case is the burst pipe. The good news is that such costly scenarios you can easily avoid by acquiring little knowledge and ensuring regular maintenance.

This is what plumber Singapore industry is known for. Having an advice from a professional plumber in Singapore will help you avoid all common plumbing problems this year. This article presents everyday plumbing tips, based on the advice taken from several professionals, to avoid the common pipe problems. These tips will help your pipes work smoothly throughout the year.

 

Toilet Trouble

Excessive toilet paper and unsatisfactory flushing can clog the toiler’s pipes fast. Indeed, flushing toilet papers and other objects is going to bring some consequences. If you have children at home, you need to be extra cautious while they use the toilet and facilities. Educate them about how to use the toilet properly, how to use toilet tissues and teach them what would happen if they don’t obey these guidelines. The toilet is just for one thing; and not a place to play. Make sure all users flush properly. You can paste signage just above the WC to remind users for the same.

 

Kitchen Clogs

The worst enemy of your kitchen pipes is fats (oil). The bulky shape of the kitchen pipes under the sink can easily accumulate fatty materials. If you are cooking in the cold months with freezing outside temperature, the problem worsens. Using strainers in the sinks is the best solution. It helps you ensure that oils and cooking grease are not getting disposed through the drain. No matter how cautious you are, there would still be some amount of oi land greasy soap element in the pipes. Hence, running hot water for at least 5 minutes down the drains on a periodic basis is mandatory to avoid this problem.

 

Bathtub Clogs

The most common elements that clog the sink pipes and bathtub quickly, are soap and hair. The best solution is to prevent their storage there in the first place. Put a strainer on the bathtub drain and remove hair from it every time you use the tub. Pour hot water down the tub drains and sink at least twice a month to avoid problems down in the pipes. It is advised not to use chemical solutions for the same as they can damage the pipes’ walls.

 

Bursting Pipes

As mentioned earlier, this is the worst of all pipe plumbing problems and plumber Singapore receive this complain from most of the households. To avoid this problem, first, try to know the pipes that are most vulnerable to freeze. Usually, these are the ones running along the external walls on the side of the home that doesn’t get enough sun. Using pipe insulators can help avoid freezing or you may also install the electric heating tape. If these pipes are unreachable, you may leave the sink water dripping. If you are going on vacation and there is no one in the home, just turn off the main water valve.

A lot of pipe problems can be avoided in the first place if you ensure regular maintenance and little prevention. For all your pipe plumbing problems, get professional services from fastplumber.sg