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Amlec Plumbing Services

Ever since our inception, we’ve been committed to providing our clients with exceptional, affordable and reliable service. It was with our clients in mind and our constant endeavor towards innovation that drove this new venture. We are happy to announce that Amlec will now also be offering plumbing services to our portfolio.

Here are a few good reasons why you should using Amlec next time you need a plumber:

Peace of Mind

Getting the job done the right way means getting the right person for the job in the first place. With a professional Amlec plumber, you have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that the tradesperson working on your home is skilled and experienced.

Guaranteed Workmanship

Amlec plumbers know their trade well and will always supply you with a complete guarantee.

Quality Results

Employing Amlec’s qualified and accredited plumbers’ means that you will get the very best result for your money.

By using a qualified and trained plumber you can be assured that you will receive the highest standards of workmanship. Without risking potential damage to your house or your health.

If you are in of need plumbing services the team from Amlec are fully qualified and always ready to deliver exceptional results. Leave us a message or call us today.

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Home Security

It is estimated that in 2015 alone, just over a quarter of a million homes in South Africa were burgled. Since these were only cases that were reported, that figure could most likely be considerably higher. The statistics are startling, but they highlight the fact that burglary is a crime you need to be aware of. We’ve compiled some information to drive this awareness and help you protect your home and family.

Burglars tend to avoid homes with security systems. The presence of a security system influences their decision to target a home.

Safety Tip: Get a monitored home security system to help reduce the chance of being burgled. Use signs and window stickers to alert potential intruders. Make sure the signs and stickers are visible from every approach to your home.

Most criminals can burglarize a home in less than ten minutes. Burglars look for homes that are easy targets. That’s why it doesn’t take long for most intruders to break into a house, get what they want, and leave before being noticed.

Safety Tip: Strengthen your home’s defense by getting a home security system, keeping all entrances closed and locked, and installing a high-quality front door.

Burglars usually go to the master bedroom first. Unfortunately, most people don’t hide their valuable items carefully, and burglars know it. Once they break in, burglars head straight for the master bedroom, where they look through drawers and nightstands, look under mattresses, and search cupboards. Cash, jewellery, and weapons are some of the things a burglar wants most from your home.

Safety Tip: Store your valuables in a safe that’s bolted to the floor, or hide them in unlikely places.

A surprising number of burglars enter through the front door. Whether they walk through an open front door or crow bar their way in through a locked one, burglars aren’t shy about using your home’s primary entry point.

Safety Tip: Keep your front door closed and locked at all times. To enhance your home against a burglar, use a quality lock set with a heavy-duty deadbolt, mount a security camera or motion sensor light above the door. Never give your house key to workers or hide a key outside your home.

Concerned about the security of your home? Why not contact us; by leaving a message below, we’ll be happy to assist.

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Electrical Safety

Electrical safety is not to be taken lightly; neglect could lead to both electrocution and fire. Because of the inherent risks of electricity, it’s always recommended to use

to carry out any electrical work on your property, whether commercial, domestic or industrial.

Electrical risks can remain unseen until it’s too late to avoid disaster. Amlec has the following tips to help you find hazards that may be lurking around your home:

  • Check electrical outlets for loose-fitting plugs.
  • Check the cords of the appliances in your home, as well as the plugs and connectors. Make sure that they are not frayed, cracked or damaged, placed under rugs or carpets, resting on furniture, or located in high traffic areas. Do not nail or staple cords to walls, floors or any other objects.
  • Extension cords should be used on a temporary basis only. They are not a permanent wiring solution. Have additional outlets installed where you need them.
  • Check your electrical panel to make sure that the breakers and fuses are properly rated for the circuit that they are protecting. If you do not know what the correct rating is, hav identify and label the correct size to be used.
  • Check light bulbs and appliances to make sure the wattage matches fixture requirements. Make sure not to replace bulbs with those that have higher wattage than recommended. Additionally, the bulb should be screwed in securely to prevent overheating.
  • Inspect all outdoor connections, appliances and tools for frayed cords, broken plugs and cracked or broken housings.

If you have any uncertainties about electrical safety in and around your home, do not hesitate to contact Amlec. Please leave a message below and we will get back to you.

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The Road to Professional Certification

It is no secret that the South African Electric Fence Installers Association is looking to become a professional certified body. According to SAQA (South African Qualifications Authority), such an association seeking certification and official recognition as an authority in the field will need be able to represent the industry at all levels and also be able to meet with certain requirements.

These requirements summarised include:

  • The proposed body must be legally constituted.
  • The best interests of consumers and the members belonging to the body must be protected.
  • Various designations and information will need to be available on how members can qualify for certification and a set of rules that must be adhered to and monitored in order to develop and maintain the designation.
  • A membership list must be provided to SAQA.
  • A continuous professional development program must be in place to enhance and constantly improve on the skills of members.
  • A code of conduct must be published along with the course of action to be followed when members are found in violation thereof. There should be strict requirements in terms of designations and the qualifications required to achieve such set in place. This will ensure that members of the organisation will be rightfully certified and quality service providers can be recognised.

SAQA has advised that should the South African Electric Fence Installers Association become a recognised body, they will be responsible for setting standards for training according to NQF standards, but that’s not all. The body will also be involved in quality assurance in the industry, using the code of conduct to effectively discipline members and ensuring that skills are updated according to the continuous development programs in place. Of course the body will not possess authority to issue licenses to practice and can also not control the sector that it is currently operating in. Salaries and services are also determined by service providers, and not the body.

Following a meeting that took place in mid July to discuss the above matters, the association is going ahead with applying for registration, which could take between 6 and 8 months. In the mean time an interim steering committee has been formed which is tasked with ensuring that the association remains within the limitations and guidelines in place for any professional body operating in this particular field. Once the first constitution has been drawn up, industry officials and members will be called to meeting to discuss the finalisation of the body. SAQA will then be able to approve or deny the application.

With the introduction of this particular professional body to the industry we expect to see great things in terms of product quality, workmanship and client services in the security industry.

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Evaluate your Alarm System

Many people do not realise the importance of evaluating their alarm system. What if you need to process an insurance claim and it is rejected? This is one of the major reasons why you need to assess and evaluate your system on a regular basis. While it is always advisable to acquire the services of alarm system installers to assist with such evaluations, there are a few checks that you can manage yourself.

The most important part of your alarm system is your panic buttons! Test each one and ensure your remote panics are working from the furthest point of your premises. This action will also test the communication to the control room.

Making sure that your system is flawless is important. The first thing to check is that you have working infra red sensors to pick up on human movement in all high risk areas. You should have magnetic contact switches installed at every door. All of the equipment that is installed should also be wired with anti-tamper circuits which protect against potential tampering 24 hours a day. All wiring involved should be concealed in a conduit.

To ensure that your transformer, radio, panel and keypad are protected too, you should have them covered by an infra red detector. Make sure that your alarm equipment and system is not in plain sight from the outside and ensure that all the attached items are properly mounted and secured by screws and wall plugs to always ensure the integrity of the system is not compromised.

It is important to check if that the mains transformer should be no less than 40VA. This must be surge protected too. If you are making use of the services of professional alarm system installers, get them to check that the system is not overloaded with too many devices on each zone and that the system has End of Line (EoL) resistors installed.

Don’t be a statistic, cover your basis now with your insurance company. For assistance with evaluating your alarm installation, turn to the professional alarm system installers in the industry – turn to Amlec.

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How Energy Efficient is My Home?

Energy efficiency in the home is something that is promoted by leading electrical contractors across the country. Everyone wants to do their bit for the environment and save on costs at the same time, and with the right systems, products and approach, you can do exactly that. There are a number of systems in the home that can cause a drain on the national grid as well as your pocket, but there are ways to save too.

  • Heating – home heating can carry most of your electricity bill’s costs. You can save in the following ways:
    • Geyser timer – By investing in a geyser timer you can limit the amount of hours that your geyser is on each day, and you will certainly see a difference in your overall electricity consumption.
    • Load shedding devices for stove, geyser and other high consumption appliances – Implementing your own home load shedding where appliances such as geysers, stoves and underfloor heating can be turned off during peak periods is a great way to save on your heating costs as well as saving cash.
  • Lighting – every home needs sufficient lighting at night and you can save on the costs of electricity if you remember to switch off lights in unused rooms, and also if you consider various lighting alternatives and options such as:
    • Dimmers – these use less power to create soft lighting. Perfect for the bedroom or lounge.
    • Occupancy sensors – these detect presence through motion or sound. If someone enters or is occupying a certain area the light will come on, or when the space is vacant then the lights will switch off automatically.
    • Daylight sensors – these are able to sense when it is daylight and no lighting is required. During the day it will switch off and only come back on when it is required – during the night.
    • LED’s – this type of light uses minimal power and can be operated by battery. LED lights also last for a great deal longer than the average light bulb.
  • External – various items are required to be run outside of the home too. If you want to save on costs, consider the following:
    • Irrigation timer – by installing an irrigation system that can be fitted with a timer you can save on the costs to run the system as well as your overall water consumption.
    • Pool pump timer – a pool pump can be a major contributor to your electricity bill, especially if it is left to run all day. By fitting a timer to the pump you can ensure that the system runs efficiently and without costing too much.

It is important to take on the services of professional electrical contractors when looking to make changes or convert certain areas in the home. Chat to us at Amlec for more useful information and advice.

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The Pitfalls of Cheap Alarm Equipment

It may be a tempting idea to purchase a cheaper alarm system. It is never a good idea to settle for inferior quality when the safety of yourself and your family is at stake. Over and above the standard security concerns, cheap alarm equipment can also be more time and money than it’s worth in the long run when it malfunctions and needs to be replaced earlier than quality equipment.

Here are some factors to consider before you spend money on a cheap alarm system.

Standard security concerns

Passives infraRed. Cheap detectors are easy to avoid and criminals know how to avoid detection by cheaper equipment. Everything they need to know is freely available on the internet. This equipment does not normally provide for cats, dogs, masking and unstable conditions. Battery – Cheap batteries are as good as no battery after 6 months and no battery=no alarm. Panel – Did you ever try to squeeze a cow into your Golf’s boot?  How can you squeeze your security into a small panel?

What if the alarm does not detect intruder and the insurance refuses to honor your claim?

Even worse, what if alarm not pick up the intruder and your family gets attacked?

False Alarms

There is no such thing as a false alarm. Either it is a system/device malfunction, triggered deliberately or badly installed by an inferior technician.

Cheap equipment is more likely to malfunction and create false alarms.

If you are connected to a security company false alarms mean having to call or receive calls from the company or having an unexpected visit from a security guard in the middle of the night.

Incorrect Installation

Generally when purchasing cheap alarm equipment, either you or a junior technician will be installing the system. This often leads to situations where incorrect methods of installation are applied.

When buying alarm systems rather talk to Amlec about providing quality equipment and having it professionally installed for a stress free home security experience. Trust your security to a SASSETA accredited provider and don’t spend sleepless nights battling your alarm system.

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Top Ten Myths of LEDs

Myth One: “LEDs give Ugly Light”
Some spectrums of LED have received negative feedback due to their stark intensity but new lighting advances have generated a full visible light spectrum, meaning LEDs now also have warmth and softer overtones.

Myth Two: “LEDs will increase consumption of rare materials”
While LED’ do use rare materials like indium, they are used in such infinitesimal amounts that if the world were to switch to LEDs, the consumption of rare materials would decrease dramatically.

Myth Three: “LEDs have low light output”
Since their first use in smaller products LEDs have proven to have incredible output potential, such as the headlights seen in the Audi A1,  and will in the future only increase in density,  brightness and light output capability.

Myth Four: “LED retrofit lamps don’t work”
Retrofit LED lamps are only a problem when installed incorrectly. A highly qualified professional they will be able to assess your needs and fit your LEDs perfectly in a retrofit fixture without the LEDs overheating,  lickering or any of the other problems seen when cheaper retrofitting is implemented.

Myth Five: “LEDs colour shift with time”

Colour shifting was a problem in the early days when cheaper materials were used, but current LED’s can run for 25,000 hours or more before even a slight variance in colour can be detected.

Myth Six: “LEDs can’t run hot”
The problem with heat in LEDs arises due to the LED chip and package construction. This has become less problematic over time as better materials are utilized in LED production.

Myth Seven: “LEDs have high glare”
Quality LEDs are a less wasteful source of light and actually produce four times less glare than a standard halogen light.

Myth Eight: “LEDs are best left to China”
LED light manufacturing actually requires a deep technical understanding of their complexities to produce a superior product that can live up to its reputation. This means their classification as a mass produced commodity is incorrect.

Myth Nine: “LEDs are expensive”
Many people don’t realise the reimbursement they will receive when using LEDs which use less energy, and have to be replaced less frequently than standard light bulbs. LED’s pay back their purchase tenfold.

Myth Ten: “LEDs are dangerous”
LED light is only dangerous if one was to, as per the conditions of the experiment proclaiming LEDs to be dangerous,  stare into a bulb for twelve hours from four inches away. Otherwise they are perfectly safe for any and all lighting.

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Electrical Compliance – Your Right to Safe and Hassle-Free Installation

It is important to know your rights when it comes to electrical compliance. The Electrical Installation Regulations Act of 2009 regulates who is authorised to carry out electrical work as well as issuing Certificates of Compliance (CoC) and Test Reports so as to protect the users of electricity. It is important for consumers to understand what this means for them in order to remain compliant to electrical usage and ensure they are protected from liability.

You have a CoC but your installation is not functioning properly.

It is very important for consumers to understand that CoC’s and Test Reports ensure the safety of an installation but not necessarily the functionality. A property may have plug points or light switches that do not fully function while still being certified as compliant.

To ensure the quality of the work request your contractors registration documents from the Department of Labour and always use a contractor registered with the ECB(SA) (Electrical Contractors Boards South Africa) as they will mediate disagreements between contractors and clients and guarantee the work of their members up to R15,000.00

You would like to transfer your Certificate of Compliance when selling your home

You are only allowed to transfer your CoC and Test Report if they are less than two years old otherwise the electrical installation will have to be retested to ensure you are selling a property that excludes you from liability and complies with regulations.

Does CoC cover your appliances?

The Certificate of Compliance and Test Report encompasses the point of origin (DB Board) to the outlet and thus does not include external appliances such as air conditioners, lights, geysers, stoves etc but does include the fixed wired appliances like distribution boards, light switches, socket outlets and wall mounted isolators.

For more information please contact Amlec and speak to a certified electrical contractor for more professional advice. We offer a range of electrical services and only employ certified contractors to ensure your experience with us is stress free.

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The Dangers of DIY Alarm Systems and Private Installers

Tough economic times often means making cut backs. What quicker way is there to save a few pennies than to opt for the cheaper installer. This is fairly simple in saving you money, however when it comes to the safety of yourself and your family it is almost never advisable to use a private installer.
Lower Quality Materials

Private installers might use devices which are generally cheaper because they are purchasing inferior devices or devices that are not suitable or sustainable to the consumers needs and environment. The danger that is paramount and often overlooked is “what guarantee” does the consumer have when this private installer is no longer around and answerable.

All alarm systems require maintenance at some point. If the system has been installed by a private installer chances are there are not very many reputable companies are willing to accept the liability of maintaining a system they had no part in installing. This means should something go wrong you are under pressure to either fix it yourself or call out a reputable company that will want to re-install a quality system which is done by maintaining supplier and industry spec.

Due to a lack of industry policing, private installers are not governed. Do not wait for an insurance claim or worse, a burglary to find out your system is inadequate.

Questionable Installers

Often people have systems installed by private individuals only to find their house has been broken into a few weeks or months down the line. A private individual is accountable to no one but themselves unlike technicians from reputable security companies. This means there is a higher chance of this individual scoping out your home, cataloguing your valuables and then creating a hole in the system they install just to bypass it later and steal your valuables.

Trust Amlec with your security needs instead of taking unnecessary risks with your safety. We are a professional security company who provide not only security systems but installation and 24 hour monitoring and armed response too. Trust certified professionals to install your system correctly the first time around and rest easy knowing your safety is in the hands of qualified professionals.