It is important to consult with a PIRB registered plumber as your scullery will need a well-thought-out pipe network.
A scullery is in its essence a separate room, set off the kitchen, designed specifically for cleaning and storing. The scullery is something that not all of us are privileged enough to have, but its function is vital to any home as it ultimately gives you a separate room to store dishes and clean them.
Our expert on everything regarding the plumbing industry in South Africa, Richard Bailie, provides insight on the best way to start your scullery renovation project. Richard – who is a technical consultant at the Plumbing Industry Registration Board (PIRB) – has been active in the plumbing industry for many years and is in the best position to answer some of the pressing questions you may have before embarking on your scullery renovation project.
Apart from making sure to call a PIRB registered plumber in order to kick off your project, here are other factors to consider when starting your scullery renovation journey:
First things first. The design. Richard says that it is important to set out a design and stick to it.
“Don’t chop and change the design. There is nothing worse than a plumber being told to ‘just move that point a bit to the left. You may not notice it in the finished product, but these changes mean that pipes become convoluted, untraceable and prone to leaks and blockages. It also sometimes forces plumbers to use the wrong waste pipes, or join two or more waste pipes. A well thought out pipe network ensures proper functionality, whereas a patchwork of pipes often result in non-performance.”
Yes. A PIRB registered plumber should be well aware of the South African National Standards and requirements and follow them. It is very important that a plumber knows what he/she is doing as scullery waste pipes are often the most prone to blockages in any home due to the nature of the wastewater (as it is almost always fatty). Pipes that have been properly selected and installed should not block easily. It also has to be accessible should maintenance become necessary.
Yes. Kitchen waste means fat. Fat will clog your pipes quickly and is very difficult to remove. For this reason, the hot water source that supplies your scullery should be set at least to 60°C in order to melt the fats.
In the unlikely event that any PIRB registered plumber executes substandard work, a consumer can raise a complaint with the PIRB who will take the matter further. It is important to note that a complaint can be logged if the PIRB registered plumber issued a Certificate of Compliance (CoC) on the work done. A PIRB Certificate of Compliance (CoC) is a written declaration confirming that the plumbing work executed is according to the required standards expected of qualified and registered plumbers. It safeguards the consumer that the plumbing work is compliant with all the plumbing laws and regulations in South Africa.
Therefore, if a CoC has been issued, consumers and homeowners can phone the PIRB at 0861 747 275 or 012 654 8245 and ask to speak to the PIRB’s complaints department. Otherwise, they can email email@example.com and follow the necessary steps to lodge a complaint.
To ensure your renovated scullery will give you joy, make sure you ask for a professional PIRB registered plumber and a PIRB Certificate of Compliance (CoC) today when starting your renovation journey.