A utility room is traditionally used for washing dishes, laundry or as an overflow kitchen. While tasks performed in the pantry are usually considered “boring”, your actual pantry doesn’t have to be. Whether you’re looking to breathe new life into this sometimes-overlooked space, or it’s just not up to your standards, here’s how to get started with renovations in your pantry:
YOUR STUDY KITCHEN AND THE PIRB
The South African spoke with Richard Bailie, our plumber expert at the Plumbing Industry Registration Board (PIRB), who suggests calling a PIRB registered plumber before your project gets underway.
When renovating your utility room, there are several things to consider, especially with regard to plumbing. Since the utility room is made for cleaning, it only makes sense that there are a lot of pipes. That’s why Richard says that when renovating your utility room, it’s important to stick with your design from the start.
“What I mean by this is that you shouldn’t chop and change the design,” he explains. “There’s nothing worse than a plumber being told ‘just move that point a little bit to the left’. You may not notice it in the final product, but these changes make pipes complicated, untraceable and prone to leaks and clogs. It also sometimes forces plumbers to use the wrong drain pipes, or to join two or more drains together. A well-thought-out pipeline network ensures good functionality, while a patchwork of pipelines often leads to non-performance.”
Richard says a utility room’s pipes are prone to blockages – due to the nature of wastewater. This is also why you need HOT water.
“For these reasons, it is very important to consult a PIRB registered plumber.”
WHO IS THE PLUMBING INDUSTRY REGISTRATION BOARD (PIRB)
The PIRB is a trusted professional body that regulates the plumbing industry and is recognized by the South African Qualifications Authority. The PIRB monitors the sanitation industry’s level of competence and advocates sanitation practices that protect our environment and the health and safety of consumers. Essentially, the PIRB protects consumers from opportunistic plumbers trying to make a quick buck on home renovations without having the necessary expertise.
IS IT IMPORTANT TO ALWAYS USE A PIRB REGISTERED PLUMBER?
Yes, many people claim to be plumbers, but they are not necessarily competent or properly accredited, which poses a risk to consumers, the environment and the plumbing industry as a whole. A plumber registered with the PIRB is recognized in the plumbing industry and by consumers as qualified and skilled because certain criteria would have to be met before being allowed to work as a plumber.
In addition, only PIRB registered plumbers can issue a PIRB Plumbing Certificate of Conformity (CoC).
WHAT IS A PIRB CERTIFICATE OF CONFORMITY?
A CoC is a self-certification and statement by the PIRB accredited plumber that the work they perform complies with all South African national plumbing standards and regulations. A PIRB CoC must therefore be issued for all plumbing work performed by a PIRB registered plumber, including but not limited to water heaters, solar water installations, heat pumps and more.
It is therefore vital for a consumer or homeowner to ensure that the PIRB registered plumber issues this CoC. Should a consumer or homeowner have a problem with the PIRB Registered Plumber? work, they can file a complaint with the PIRB if a CoC has been issued.
HOW CAN I CONTACT A PIRB REGISTERED PLUMBER?
The PIRB has a search button that can be accessed via: pirb.co.za. On the PIRB home page, look for the green block that reads: “Is your plumber from a PIRB Plumbing Company? Find one today!” Simply enter your city or district, a plumbing company’s name or zip code, and find a PIRB registered plumber or company near you to jump-start your utility room renovation.
Feel free to call the PIRB on 0861 747 275 or 012 654 8245 or email [email protected] for more information.
If you are a plumber who is not yet registered with the PIRB, click here to register.