K-Plumbing https://k-plumbing.co.za Taking plumbing to the next level Tue, 24 Mar 2020 15:23:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 https://k-plumbing.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/k-plumbing-on-white-copy-75x75.png K-Plumbing https://k-plumbing.co.za 32 32 Take the Power Back: Going Green https://k-plumbing.co.za/2020/03/24/take-the-power-back-going-green/ https://k-plumbing.co.za/2020/03/24/take-the-power-back-going-green/#respond Tue, 24 Mar 2020 15:23:12 +0000 https://k-plumbing.co.za/?p=1445 In recent weeks, the coronavirus outbreak, has certainly been on everyone’s mind and has had a severe impact on our day to day.  The question remains, will its aftermath eventually enable humanity to reset its values for the benefit of the planet? The coronavirus is now causing a paradigm shift that will usher in a […]

The post Take the Power Back: Going Green appeared first on K-Plumbing.

]]>
In recent weeks, the coronavirus outbreak, has certainly been on everyone’s mind and has had a
severe impact on our day to day.  The question remains, will its aftermath eventually enable
humanity to reset its values for the benefit of the planet? The coronavirus is now causing a paradigm shift that will usher in a “better system” for the environment and people. The measures taken were drastic, to the point and quick, showing that it is certainly possible to make the necessary changes when crisis knocks on our door.

In China, the virus lockdown led to a dramatic decrease in pollution from commuting and
manufacturing. Dolphins and certain fish species have appeared in the canals of Venice again. Can
we use this emerging pandemic to do some good and reset daily habits to be more sustainable?

The concept of green plumbing is still relatively new in South Africa, but in recent months with
increasing loadshedding issues and lack of rain this is changing.

What does green plumbing mean?

Green plumbing is environmentally friendly plumbing that utilises the use of energy saving
appliances, low flow fixtures, and new innovative technologies that are known for costing less and
lasting longer.

In terms of conserving energy, solar geysers and heat pumps are devices that can be installed to
reduce costs and have a positive impact on the environment. Water harvesting systems on the other hand allows for water to often be reused or not go to waste when we experience rainfall. Whatever the need may be, during this time of self-evaluation and changing our ways. Green plumbing is something to be further investigated.

What are some of the global trends?

Water recycling is currently enjoying the most attention on the international green plumbing scene. Australia once again leads the charge with an innovative programme in this regard, with a focus on recycling water. Recycled water can be used for watering the garden, flushing toilets, washing cars and firefighting.

K-Plumbing is passionate about green plumbing practices and our team of experts will work with
you to custom design the perfect package for your specific application, needs, and budget.

Be on the lookout for more posts on renewable energy and ways to ensure you can continue with
your day-to-day, whilst Corona lockdown looms. Visit our blog at www.k-plumbing.co.za

Sources:
www.rainharvest.co.za
www.greenqueen.com

The post Take the Power Back: Going Green appeared first on K-Plumbing.

]]>
https://k-plumbing.co.za/2020/03/24/take-the-power-back-going-green/feed/ 0
Take the Power Back: Making an informed decision https://k-plumbing.co.za/2020/03/16/take-the-power-back-making-an-informed-decision/ https://k-plumbing.co.za/2020/03/16/take-the-power-back-making-an-informed-decision/#respond Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:14:31 +0000 https://k-plumbing.co.za/?p=1440 It seems these days we are forever playing a game of hopscotch through the loadshedding stages. Whether it is stage 1,2 or 3, the burden is heavy on all of us, and nobody knows when things will return to normal. With these disruptions, we are looking for better ways to keep our businesses and households […]

The post Take the Power Back: Making an informed decision appeared first on K-Plumbing.

]]>
It seems these days we are forever playing a game of hopscotch through the loadshedding stages. Whether it is stage 1,2 or 3, the burden is heavy on all of us, and nobody knows when things will return to normal. With these disruptions, we are looking for better ways to keep our businesses and households running. Solar geysers can save you money and eliminate these unforeseen inconveniences. Below is a list of pros and cons of installing a solar geyser in your home.

Pros of Solar Geysers

Reduced electricity bills as a geyser makes up 40% of your total electricity bill.
Up to 90% of your water heating is sourced from the Sun.
Free and renewable energy always – solar geysers will continue to heat your water even on cloudy days.
Solar power reduces a dependence on fossil fuels, allowing us to use renewable energy that would have been wasted otherwise.
The quality of the water doesn’t influence the solar geyser system.
Since you don’t have to rely on electricity to supply the hot water, it will benefit homes with no access to electricity.
Solar heating systems are strong and weather resistant. Tubes can withstand frost and hail.

Cons of Solar Geysers

It requires an upfront investment that can be costly
Routine maintenance on the valves are needed, but not on the system itself.

The pros of installing a solar geyser in your home far outweigh the cons. For more information or if you are interested in a free quote, speak to the team at K-Plumbing today.

Be on the lookout for more posts on renewable energy and ways to ensure you can continue with your day-to-day, whilst load shedding looms. Visit our blog at www.k-plumbing.co.za

The post Take the Power Back: Making an informed decision appeared first on K-Plumbing.

]]>
https://k-plumbing.co.za/2020/03/16/take-the-power-back-making-an-informed-decision/feed/ 0
Take the Power Back: Water Harvesting https://k-plumbing.co.za/2020/03/09/take-the-power-back-water-harvesting/ https://k-plumbing.co.za/2020/03/09/take-the-power-back-water-harvesting/#respond Mon, 09 Mar 2020 06:30:11 +0000 https://k-plumbing.co.za/?p=1435 Water harvesting is an ancient practice with many modern-day benefits. Whether you are an avid gardener looking to supply your lush garden with additional water or if you simply want to take advantage of the wonderful rainfall Gauteng has recently experienced, here are some benefits to water harvesting. Rainwater and greywater harvesting are the two […]

The post Take the Power Back: Water Harvesting appeared first on K-Plumbing.

]]>
Water harvesting is an ancient practice with many modern-day benefits. Whether you are an avid gardener looking to supply your lush garden with additional water or if you simply want to take advantage of the wonderful rainfall Gauteng has recently experienced, here are some benefits to water harvesting. Rainwater and greywater harvesting are the two biggest forms of water harvesting and when installed correctly can save you lots of money and can reduce the frustrations of the current governmental water supply.

What are the benefits of greywater reuse?

Greywater serves to substitute fresh water for specific purposes allowing for water conservation and reducing the amount of fresh water used.

Greywater has been reused for irrigation purposes for many years all over the world and specifically in countries with very similar climatic conditions to South Africa, such as Australia and Europe. Below are just a few of the many benefits of greywater reuse.

  • Less fresh water is used and saves thousands of litres of drinking water. It reduces the impact on natural water resources by reducing water consumption.
  • You can save money on your water bills.
  • Ensure a constant water supply for the garden.
  • Possibly add nutrients from the greywater that are beneficial to plants and soil. Depending on the source, greywater may contain small and varying amounts of nitrogen and phosphorus, which are potential sources of plant nutrients.
  • Reduce the flow to the sewerage system, thereby reducing water treatment costs.
  • The soapy nature of greywater can sometimes act as a pest repellent.


Why rainwater harvesting can be beneficial to you?

  • Collecting and using rainwater to replace municipal water, reduces your water bill.
  • Rainwater can be used for irrigation or indoor non-drinkable supply.
  • For a drinkable option a water filtration system should be installed.
  • Rainwater from a drinkable harvesting system that has been properly filtered and disinfected is some of the best tasting water available.
  • Harvesting rainwater can provide an independent water source in areas when other water sources are unavailable, or where the water quality is unacceptable.


Be on the lookout for other posts on renewable water harvesting to ensure you can continue with your day-to-day, whilst water interruptions and supply shortage looms. Visit our blog at
www.k-plumbing.co.za

The post Take the Power Back: Water Harvesting appeared first on K-Plumbing.

]]>
https://k-plumbing.co.za/2020/03/09/take-the-power-back-water-harvesting/feed/ 0
Taking the Power Back https://k-plumbing.co.za/2020/02/28/taking-the-power-back/ https://k-plumbing.co.za/2020/02/28/taking-the-power-back/#respond Fri, 28 Feb 2020 11:14:55 +0000 https://k-plumbing.co.za/?p=1431 There are few pleasures to rival the rare, innate idleness and exquisite stillness of a soak in a bath. After a long day’s work soaking in a bath, have the remarkable power to instantly transform how we look and feel. With load shedding once again knocking on our backdoor and the frustration of not being […]

The post Taking the Power Back appeared first on K-Plumbing.

]]>
There are few pleasures to rival the rare, innate idleness and exquisite stillness of a soak in a bath. After a long day’s work soaking in a bath, have the remarkable power to instantly transform how we look and feel. With load shedding once again knocking on our backdoor and the frustration of not being able to take a warm bath has unfortunately become a reality.

Switching to a solar geyser could be the way to ensure you are able to soak in your tub whenever you choose.

What is a solar geyser and how do they work?

A solar geyser is a sun powered water heating system (heat pump) that is generally installed on rooftops.

They are heated directly or via light-concentrating mirrors and can be independent systems or part of a hybrid system (using gas or electric heaters).

There are two broad types of solar geysers, active and passive. In both types, there is a collection tank for the water and a solar collector which is the dark black solar panels that you often see on houses’ roofs. These collectors have water channels or pipes running through them and have a special glaze on them that helps keep heat inside. The sun’s heat is then used to heat the water in these channels.

Solar Water Heating is about as green as hot water can get and is an excellent clean energy source: its fuel, sunlight, is limitless, free and emits nothing when converted into energy.

A geyser accounts for about 40% – 60% of your electricity and by switching to a solar geyser, you can save on your electricity bill.

Be on the lookout for more posts on renewable energy and ways to ensure you can continue with your day-to-day, whilst load shedding looms. Visit our blog at www.k-plumbing.co.za

Sources:  

https://thedharmatrails.com/solar-geysers-are-they-worth-the-cost/
https://thegeyserconnection.co.za/how-solar-geysers-work-29112013/

The post Taking the Power Back appeared first on K-Plumbing.

]]>
https://k-plumbing.co.za/2020/02/28/taking-the-power-back/feed/ 0
The Benefits of Greywater Harvesting https://k-plumbing.co.za/2019/12/17/the-benefits-of-greywater-harvesting/ https://k-plumbing.co.za/2019/12/17/the-benefits-of-greywater-harvesting/#respond Tue, 17 Dec 2019 11:20:28 +0000 https://k-plumbing.co.za/?p=1397 Over the past couple of weeks, we have explored greywater harvesting and greywater quality. This week we will continue to explore the benefits of harvesting greywater. What are the benefits of greywater re-use? Greywater serves to substitute fresh water for specific purposes allowing for water conservation and reducing the amount of fresh water used. Greywater […]

The post The Benefits of Greywater Harvesting appeared first on K-Plumbing.

]]>
Over the past couple of weeks, we have explored greywater harvesting and greywater quality. This week we will continue to explore the benefits of harvesting greywater.

What are the benefits of greywater re-use?

Greywater serves to substitute fresh water for specific purposes allowing for water conservation and reducing the amount of fresh water used.

Greywater has been re-used for irrigation purposes for many years all over the world and specifically in countries with very similar climatic conditions to South Africa, such as Australia and Europe. Below are just a few of the many benefits of greywater re-use.

  • Less fresh water is used and saves thousands of litres of drinking water. It reduces the impact on natural water resources by reducing water consumption.
  • You can save money on your water bills.
  • Ensure a constant water supply for the garden.
  • Possibly add nutrients from the greywater that are beneficial to plants and soil. Depending on the source, greywater may contain small and varying amounts of nitrogen and phosphorus, which are potential sources of plant nutrients.
  • Reduce the flow to the sewerage system, thereby reducing water treatment costs.
  • The soapy nature of greywater can sometimes act as a pest repellent.

**Follow our water-wise series on greywater harvesting on our blog at www.k-plumbing.co.za

The post The Benefits of Greywater Harvesting appeared first on K-Plumbing.

]]>
https://k-plumbing.co.za/2019/12/17/the-benefits-of-greywater-harvesting/feed/ 0
Greywater Harvesting: The Importance of Greywater Quality https://k-plumbing.co.za/2019/12/07/greywater-harvesting-the-importance-of-greywater-quality/ https://k-plumbing.co.za/2019/12/07/greywater-harvesting-the-importance-of-greywater-quality/#respond Sat, 07 Dec 2019 05:38:20 +0000 https://k-plumbing.co.za/?p=1382 We are currently exploring greywater harvesting, its uses, and how it can possibly save you money.  This week we will look at the quality of greywater and what is required for it to be safe for use. By reusing bath and laundry water, homeowners can tend to their gardens, in times of drought, without spending […]

The post Greywater Harvesting: The Importance of Greywater Quality appeared first on K-Plumbing.

]]>
We are currently exploring greywater harvesting, its uses, and how it can possibly save you money.  This week we will look at the quality of greywater and what is required for it to be safe for use.

By reusing bath and laundry water, homeowners can tend to their gardens, in times of drought, without spending extra money on their water bill. Greywater, however, is different from fresh water and requires different guidelines for it to be reused.

The quality of water needed for irrigation and other nondrinking applications does not have to be of the same quality as required for potable water. In South Africa, the common practice is to use drinking water for non-drinking applications such as washing vehicles and irrigating gardens. Which is not sustainable or eco-friendly!

Water quality is described by physical, chemical and biological characteristics:

Physical quality includes clarity of the water, temperature and the total suspended solids in the water.
Chemical quality includes pH (acidity or alkalinity of the water), chlorine (found in disinfectants and cleaning products), the amount of dissolved oxygen in the water and chemical oxygen demand (COD) – a measure of the amount of organic material in the water.
Biological quality mainly relates to the presence of bacteria and viruses, and the presence of E. coli, which indicates the presence of faecal contamination and thus biological water quality.

National legislation does not prohibit the reuse of greywater and, at present, there are no formal standards or guidelines for the reuse of greywater for irrigation in South Africa. The disposal of wastewater is subject to regulations and by-laws of relevant local councils and as there is currently no known regulation or by-law prohibiting the reuse of greywater in the Rand Water supply area, greywater can be reused. However, use must not contravene the National Health Act 61 of 2003 and allow greywater to create a nuisance, which is defined as fly/mosquito breeding, objectionable odours, the surface ponding of water and/or the entry of polluted water onto a neighbouring property.

**Be on the look out for more posts by K-plumbing, www.k-plumbing.co.za **

The post Greywater Harvesting: The Importance of Greywater Quality appeared first on K-Plumbing.

]]>
https://k-plumbing.co.za/2019/12/07/greywater-harvesting-the-importance-of-greywater-quality/feed/ 0
Greywater Harvesting https://k-plumbing.co.za/2019/11/22/greywater-harvesting/ https://k-plumbing.co.za/2019/11/22/greywater-harvesting/#respond Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:48:04 +0000 https://k-plumbing.co.za/?p=1376 Greywater Harvesting: A water-wise series Using water wisely has become a national priority. Over the next couple of weeks, we will continue with our series on water harvesting but specifically greywater harvesting. What is greywater? Greywater is used water from your bathroom sinks, showers, tubs, and washing machines. Greywater may contain traces of dirt, food, grease, […]

The post Greywater Harvesting appeared first on K-Plumbing.

]]>
Greywater Harvesting: A water-wise series

Using water wisely has become a national priority. Over the next couple of weeks, we will continue with our series on water harvesting but specifically greywater harvesting.

What is greywater?

Greywater is used water from your bathroom sinks, showers, tubs, and washing machines.

Greywater may contain traces of dirt, food, grease, hair, and certain household cleaning products. While greywater may look “dirty,” it is a safe and beneficial source of irrigation water. If greywater is released into rivers, lakes, or estuaries, its nutrients become pollutants, but to plants, they are valuable fertilizer. Aside from the obvious benefits of saving water (and money on your water bill), reusing your greywater keeps it out of the sewer or septic system, thereby reducing the chance that it will pollute local water bodies.

Benefits of greywater harvesting?

  • Lower freshwater usage
  • Less strain on septic tank
  • Greywater has effective nutrients for plant life
  • Ground water recharge
  • Cost effective, up to 80% of waste re-used
  • Avoid penalties on water restrictions
  • Connect to existing irrigation

Reusing greywater for irrigation reconnects urban residents to the natural water cycle and ensures natural resources are utilised effectively.

*Be on the look out for more information on water harvesting at www.k-plumbing.co.za

The post Greywater Harvesting appeared first on K-Plumbing.

]]>
https://k-plumbing.co.za/2019/11/22/greywater-harvesting/feed/ 0
COMPONENTS OF A RAINWATER HARVESTING SYSTEM https://k-plumbing.co.za/2019/10/28/components-of-a-rainwater-harvesting-system/ https://k-plumbing.co.za/2019/10/28/components-of-a-rainwater-harvesting-system/#respond Mon, 28 Oct 2019 10:25:29 +0000 https://k-plumbing.co.za/?p=1371 This week we conclude our series on rainwater harvesting with the 7 different components and stages involved in harvesting rainwater. Water shedding has already become a reality, and alternative methods to store water will have to be explored. We hope that you have found the series helpful to equip you to make an informative decision […]

The post COMPONENTS OF A RAINWATER HARVESTING SYSTEM appeared first on K-Plumbing.

]]>
This week we conclude our series on rainwater harvesting with the 7 different components and stages involved in harvesting rainwater.

Water shedding has already become a reality, and alternative methods to store water will have to be explored. We hope that you have found the series helpful to equip you to make an informative decision on harvesting rainwater.

1. Catchment

The catchment of a water harvesting system is the surface which directly receives the rainfall and provides water to the system. It can be a paved area like a terrace or courtyard of a building, or an unpaved area like a lawn or open ground.

2. Coarse mesh at the roof to prevent the passage of debris

3. Gutters

Gutters are channels all around the edge of a sloping roof to collect and transport rainwater to the storage tank. They can be semi-circular or rectangular and could be made using locally available materials. The size of the gutter should be according to the flow during the highest intensity rain. It is advisable to make them 10 to 15 per cent oversize. Gutters need to be supported so they do not sag or fall off when loaded with water.

4. Conduits

Conduits are pipelines that carry rainwater from the catchment or rooftop area to the harvesting system. Conduits can be of any material like polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or galvanized iron (GI), materials that are commonly available.

The following table gives an idea about the diameter of pipe required for draining out rainwater based on rainfall intensity and roof area:

5. Sizing of rainwater pipe for roof drainage

Diameter Of pipe (mm) Average rate of rainfall in mm/h
  50 75 100 125 150 200
50 13.4 8.9 6.6 5.3 4.4 3.3
65 24.1 16.0 12.0 9.6 8.0 6.0
75 40.8 27.0 20.4 16.3 13.6 10.2
100 85.4 57.0 42.7 34.2 28.5 21.3
125 80.5 64.3 53.5 40.0
150 83.6 62.7

mm/ h – millimetres per hour; m – meters

6. Filter

The filter is used to remove suspended pollutants from rainwater collected. A filter unit is a chamber filled with filtering media such as fibre, coarse sand and gravel layers to remove debris and dirt from water before it enters the storage tank or recharge structure. Charcoal can be added for additional filtration.

7. Storage facility

There are various options available for the construction of these tanks with respect to the shape, size and the material of construction.

Source: http://www.rainwaterharvesting.org/urban/components.html

The post COMPONENTS OF A RAINWATER HARVESTING SYSTEM appeared first on K-Plumbing.

]]>
https://k-plumbing.co.za/2019/10/28/components-of-a-rainwater-harvesting-system/feed/ 0
Water Fun Facts https://k-plumbing.co.za/2019/10/21/water-fun-facts/ https://k-plumbing.co.za/2019/10/21/water-fun-facts/#respond Mon, 21 Oct 2019 20:06:31 +0000 https://k-plumbing.co.za/?p=1366 When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water. – Benjamin Franklin October is rainwater harvesting month at K-plumbing and we are busy with a series of posts on best methods to harvest water, its benefits and how it can save you money. Below are some fun facts on this scarce resource we are […]

The post Water Fun Facts appeared first on K-Plumbing.

]]>
When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water.
– Benjamin Franklin

October is rainwater harvesting month at K-plumbing and we are busy with a series of posts on best methods to harvest water, its benefits and how it can save you money. Below are some fun facts on this scarce resource we are so dependant on.

  • Only 1% of the earth’s water is available for drinking, 2% is currently frozen.
  • Water is the only substance on earth found naturally in three forms – solid,
    liquid, and gas
  • 70% of earth is water
  • 70% of our skin is water
  • You can survive about a month without food, but only 5 to 7 days without water
  • Tomatoes are 95% water
  • Watermelons are 93% water
  • A dairy cow must drink 15 litres of water to produce 1 litre of milk
  • The koala bear and the desert rat do not drink water
  • On average, a person uses about 378 litres of water a day
  • A five-minute shower takes 37 to 94 litres of water
  • A silent toilet leak can leak as much as 1892 litres of water a day

Source: http://www.harvesth2o.com/funfacts.shtml

*Be on the lookout for more posts on rainwater harvesting from K-Plumbing at www.k-plumbing.co.za*

The post Water Fun Facts appeared first on K-Plumbing.

]]>
https://k-plumbing.co.za/2019/10/21/water-fun-facts/feed/ 0
Using the weather might save you more money than you think! https://k-plumbing.co.za/2019/10/11/using-the-weather-might-save-you-more-money-that-you-think/ https://k-plumbing.co.za/2019/10/11/using-the-weather-might-save-you-more-money-that-you-think/#respond Fri, 11 Oct 2019 10:50:18 +0000 https://k-plumbing.co.za/?p=1355 As part of K-Plumbing’s Rainwater Harvesting Series We are currently exploring rainwater harvesting its benefits and how it can be implemented at home. Rainwater harvesting not only helps to reduce your water bill but also ensures you have adequate water supply when water is scarce. This week we will cover indoor use of rainwater harvesting. […]

The post Using the weather might save you more money than you think! appeared first on K-Plumbing.

]]>
As part of K-Plumbing’s Rainwater Harvesting Series

We are currently exploring rainwater harvesting its benefits and how it can be implemented at home. Rainwater harvesting not only helps to reduce your water bill but also ensures you have adequate water supply when water is scarce. This week we will cover indoor use of rainwater harvesting.
When using rainwater for indoor use, water is filtered, treated and then pumped directly to the appliances or to a header tank. Below is a diagram of water usage in a household, broken down per category. Showers, toilets and washing clothes in a washing machine, makes up 66% of a household’s water usage. By switching to rainwater harvesting your water bill can be drastically reduced.

The quality of rainwater is relatively unpolluted and is a soft water source, which means, it is more effective for washing machines and dishwashers as soaps lather better.
However, it is important to note, harvested water cannot be used for domestic consumption without prior treatment, which must comply to industry standards, using the appropriate household water treatment technology. It is necessary to be done responsibly to avoid health risks, contamination of drinking water supply and environmental damage.
A dual-mode rainwater harvesting system, where the water harvested is to be integrated with an existing network system must be regulated. Furthermore, in terms of design and construction, rainwater harvesting infrastructure must be consistent with the National Building Regulations Act of South Africa. It is imperative to be familiar with applicable legislation before installing a rainwater harvesting system.

If water- shedding becomes a reality, should the country run out of the limited water supply it has, there will be a guaranteed uptake of rainwater harvesting.

Sources:
• https://www.greencape.co.za/assets/Uploads/Alternative-water-installation-guidelines-29-Nov-2019.pdf
• http://plumbingafrica.co.za/index.php/your-industry/official-bodies/232-legal-framework-and-institutional-arrangements-for-rainwater-harvesting
• http://www.rainharvest.co.za/2013/08/what-can-renters-do-to-harvest-rain-water-without-breaking-the-law/

The post Using the weather might save you more money than you think! appeared first on K-Plumbing.

]]>
https://k-plumbing.co.za/2019/10/11/using-the-weather-might-save-you-more-money-that-you-think/feed/ 0