A guide to finding a reliable plumber in Singapore

Leaking water tap, broken pipes, a choke in the toilet bowl, clogged drain, a faulty heater! These are familiar plumbing problems you experience at home. If you believe in Murphy’s Law, you know anything that can go wrong will go wrong. But the key is to fix these. So, instead of stressing out, you have two options: (1) Fix it by yourself if you have the essential tools, expertise, and time or (2) Hire a reliable plumber whom you can rely on and stay worry-free.

Factors to consider before hiring a plumber

  1. Experience – You should be wary of hiring the services of just about anyone who presents themselves as plumbers on websites like Gumtree, Locanto or similar online portals. When you contact a plumber or a plumbing service company, ask for their years of experience in doing the kind of work that you intend to entrust them with. If possible, check for their reputation online through Google business ratings or customer feedback. Plumbing is an expensive affair, one wrong move will result in disaster and unforeseen additional expenses.
  2. Licence – Since October 2018, Singapore government has made it mandatory for plumbers to obtain a licence for performing services more complex than the installation of a sink or unblocking of floor traps. A licensed plumber or a plumbing company is a sign of trust and expertise. They can also assure warranty for services offered. What else do we need for our peace of mind?
  3. Insurance – Despite hiring the best plumber in town, circumstances may arise where your plumbing job goes wrong resulting in further damage to your property. We recommend you to hire someone who offers you some level of insurance protection.
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4 Tips to Stay Sane While Working from Home

With the spread of coronavirus across the globe, governments have issued international travel bans and restricted public commute and gatherings to encourage social distancing. In line with these policies companies including Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook etc. are recommending their employees to work from home until the foreseeable future to mitigate the risk of contracting COVID-19.

Although flexible work arrangements in the corporate sector have been on the rise in the recent past, for many teams working from home is a first. If you are not used to working from home, the current situation throws several challenges at you from prioritising work versus household chores to staying alone versus going out for a cocktail party with colleagues after work. Inadvertently, you are forced to change your routine and lifestyle.

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Coronavirus: A guide to disinfection for workplaces

In his recent public speech on March 12, 2020, Singapore’s Prime Minister, Mr. Lee Hsien Loong addressed the economic concerns arising from the current COVID-19 outbreak. To support businesses, workers and households in crisis, the government announced a $4 billion support and stabilisation package last month. A second package of measures to keep everyone stay afloat while grappling with the current challenging situation has been promised.

While several economic measures are undertaken in this period, the National Environment Agency (NEA) has issued specific guidelines for cleaning and disinfection for businesses in the non-healthcare sector to keep their premises safe from SARS-CoV-2, the official name of the coronavirus causing the COVID-19 disease.

Studies reveal that the virus can survive on surfaces of different kinds for 2-3 days. The virus can survive on plastic and stainless steel for up to 72 hours and  and on cardboard for up to 24 hours. So, before you start your shift from the office or shared working space:

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A Guide to Cleaning Parquet Flooring

Parquet is a wooden flooring style that emerged in the 17th century in France. To create designs, a selection of hardwoods is cut into geometric figures and arranged in sophisticated novel patterns. These wooden pieces are sanded, polished and glued down into unique arrangements.

Parquet or wooden flooring demanded craftsmanship of the highest level in its early era; only the wealthiest in the society afforded it as it was far more expensive than other floorings. Despite the high cost of installation parquet flooring continued its popularity until 1930s when carpets were introduced, a cheaper, warmer and exotic alternative to wooden flooring. However, with the advent of wooden manufacturing technology, parquet flooring became less expensive and thus clawed back to market popularity in the 1980s.

Parquet flooring is known to make a living room or lounge warm, cosy and elegant. It goes well with several interior styles from classic to vintage, modern or contemporary.

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International Women’s Day: Its history and values

International Women’s Day celebrated on 8th March globally, is a day to recognise achievements of women in political, cultural, social and economic disciplines. It is a collective celebration of womanhood with an aim to campaign for women’s rights. The day calls for actions towards accelerating gender parity

Although there is common consensus that every day is women’s day, let us briefly look at the history of International Women’s Day, the values that drive the celebration, and the theme for this year.

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“Turn off your aircon,” health experts in Singapore say.

aircon servicing, aircon maintenance in Singapore, ventiilation, aircon cleaning

Following the outbreak of coronavirus in Singapore, netizens took to social media raising concerns over the transmission of virus by air. According to the Ministry of Health (MOH) Singapore, there is no evidence to validate the virus is airborne.

However, an air quality expert and professor at Purdue University, Qingyan Chen claimed cruise ships AC systems could promote rapid coronavirus spread. Consequentially, doubts over the role of home and office air conditioning in transmission of the virus cropped up on social media.

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Let’s keep up with the ‘gold standard’ of hygiene practices

Hygiene practices in Singapore during coronavirus outbreak.

A recent preliminary study at Harvard University recognised Singapore’s approach to coronavirus outbreak as the ‘gold standard’ for detection of cases. It comes as no surprise for our country has always been at the forefront of public healthcare and environment protection.

Random calls, and spot checks are conducted by enforcement officers to ensure people on new stay-home notice comply with the regulations. If you violate the rules, you will be prosecuted under the Infectious Disease Act. As a first-time offender you may be fined up to $10,000 or jailed for up to six months or both. If you are a foreigner, your long-term pass may be revoked. If you know of family, friends or colleagues who are on stay-home notice, advise them to strictly follow the rules.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has activated more than 500 general practitioners clinics to provide subsidised treatment for people with respiratory symptoms. Not sure where to go? You may find your nearest clinic here.

While Singapore’s government leaves no stone unturned to disinfect public spaces, personal hygiene is in the hands of each individual; it’s on you! 

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TIPS: How to stop germs from spreading through clothing & fabric.

According to the National Health Service (NHS), UK, there are three main ways by which germs can spread by clothes and towels: when you share clothes with another person, when you mix soiled clothes of varying degree while washing (cross-contamination), and when you handle them with your bare hands.

Germs come from our own body. An anonymous therapist once said: “When you feel lonely, remember there are millions of bacteria, viruses, and other germs living in your body; you mean the WORLD to them.” Jokes apart, most of these germs are harmless, but some of them are guilty of causing infections. If you have a skin problem or wound, keep your clothes extra clean. Let us tell you why.

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Disinfection Service Launched.

In the wake of World Health Organisation (WHO) declaring an emergency over coronavirus spreading from China, it is important for us to stay alert and keep our homes and surroundings germ-free.

We have now launched a special disinfection service in anticipation of your need to protect yourself and your family from any potential infection.

You may choose from the two services listed below:

1.Titan365 – Titan365 gives your home maximum protection for 365 days. Through photocatalytic activity of Titanium Dioxode (TiO2), this disinfection process eliminates up to 99.99% of virus, bacteria, mould, and fungus. Our hygiene specialists will sanitise your home surfaces including hard-to-clean corners.

2.Germclean – Using a proprietary Germclean solution in a specialised electrostatic machine, this disinfection service protects your home including hard-to-reach places for 30 days from viruses and bacteria.

Click on the button below to book your preferred disinfection service.

Alternatively, you may contact us at +65 93875891 or e-mail us at info@sendhelper.com

Save up to $8,000 p.a. by hiring a part time maid instead of a full time maid

Contrary to popular belief, part time maids in Singapore are actually much cheaper to hire compared to full time maids. Add to that issues of privacy, trust, and liabilities, it becomes a no brainer that hiring part time helpers is a better choice. 

To begin with, let us break down the costs involved in hiring full time helpers. When hiring a helper, there are several one-time expenditures which include but are not limited to

One-time costs of hiring full time helper

Now, we look at the recurring expenses that you will have to incur for the duration of a full time helper’s employment with you.

Monthly / Recurring costs of hiring full time helper

So, it turns out that hiring a full time helper will set you back by roughly $22,775 per annum. 

Now let’s compare this to the cost of hiring a part time helper in Singapore. Even with the best part time maid provider like Sendhelper, it costs only $22/hour to hire a part time cleaner on a recurring basis. With additional discount, while paying by credits, the hourly rate for cleaning and cooking roughly comes down to $20/hour. 

What will it cost you per year to hire a part time maid to meet your needs? 

Depending on the size of your home and your specific requirements for home cleaning along with ironing of clothes, the number of hours needed may vary. The following table will give you a good indication of your expenses based on cost of $20/hour. 

Cost Comparison

On average, for a standard 2 bedroom + living room apartment, 3 to 3.5 hours of cleaning is sufficient even after including some ironing of clothes. Now, say you want home cooked meals too, so adding another 1.5 to 2 hours, a sum total of 5 hours of work should be sufficient for an average home with a household size of 3-4 people.  

With cleaning and cooking done every alternate day of the week, using a part time helper will only cost you $1,200 per month or $14,400 per annum. This translates to cost savings of $8,375 per year when compared to full time helper cost of $22,775 per annum!

Apart from the extra cost of hiring full time helpers, there is also the hidden cost of renting or living in a larger apartment so as to provide lodgings for the full time helper. Further, if privacy is an issue for you, then it can be a major turn off as well. The flexibility and zero liability that comes with part time maids is in stark contrast to high potential for disputes and risk of liabilities that come with full time helpers. 

On platforms like Sendhelper, you can always hire part time cleaners and cooks in Singapore at short notice. All service providers on Sendhelper are vetted, verified, checked for criminal records and are legally eligible to work in Singapore. Not only that, there is a healthy diversity in terms of backgrounds, age, gender, race and language abilities that suit your preferences. The helpers are also insured up to $1 million dollars of coverage, so you don’t need to worry about any potential disputes as well. 

The icing on the cake is the flexibility that a part time helper from a platform like Sendhelper offers. This gives you the option to change helpers anytime vs. a full time helper who is fixed for a period of 1 to 2 years. Further, when a full time helper is on annual vacation, you have no one else to take care of their duties. However, helpers on Sendhelper are available 365 days a year. In case, you are going to be on a holiday, as a Sendhelper user you have the option to pause your service for as long as you want. Over and above that, using a platform like Sendhelper has added benefits of bigger discounts on laundry / dry cleaning, handyman, BBQ help, aircon servicing, among others.