plumbing
tips

1.

Turn off those taps

Your taps will stop running usually long before they are fully turned off. When this happens you run the risk of a burst of high pressure forcing itself through your system causing a huge flood in your home or office premises. Believe it or not, but almost 80% of all home floods could have been avoided by just turning the taps off properly (or watching the bath when its running).

2.

Go for low-flow

Plumbing fixtures that significantly reduce the amount of water released per use are labeled “low-flow” or “low-flush.” These fixtures use just enough water to be effective, saving excess, clean, drinking water that usually goes down the drain. Toilets are one of the main sources of wasted water, accounting for 40 percent of water use in a home with older models using up to six gallons per flush. Faucets and shower-heads are also water-wasting culprits, with shower-heads accounting for 18 percent of indoor water use and 37 percent of a home’s hot water use.

Installing low-flush or dual-flush toilets and flow-reducing faucets and shower-heads can significantly decrease a home’s water use. Low-flush toilets use 1.6 gallons per flush or less and are just as effective as older models that use more than twice that amount. Another option is dual-flush toilets, which offer an ultra-low flush of 0.8 to 1.1 gallons for liquid waste and 1.6 gallons for solid waste. Flow reducers for faucets and shower-heads and pedal-controlled faucets can also significantly reduce a home’s water use, and its monthly water bill.

3.

Expose hidden leaks

It is very important to find hidden leaks in your home plumbing or water system. It can be anything from a shower splashing on the floor to a leaking pipe in your basement that causes water to seep up through the floor or to floor level causing rot and eventually serious damage.

You need to keep your eye on the water pressure in your system to ensure your not cause off guard by a long term leak that could be easily fixed now but may cost thousands in the very near future.

4.

Don't neglect your drains

Many people just assume their drains will last for ever and they take them for granted. You should regularly clean your drains out and pour down liquids to clear the drains as an overflowing drain can take many man hours and a lot of money to repair, where a quick bottle of drain unblocker once a quarter would have avoided the whole problem.

5.

Listen to your toilet

If your toilet is making funny noises or squeaking then that is a sure sign there is an underlying problem. If this is not taken care of, you could end up with an overflowing toilet system that literally floods your entire house causing tens of thousands of pounds worth of damage if not more.

6.

Check your toilet for leaks

Always check around the base and the back of your toilet to ensure there is not a small leak which could easily become a much bigger leak very very fast. If the leak is coming from the top back section of your toilet, then this erupting will result in a constant flow of running water coming from your toilet that wont stop until treated by a professional.

7.

Follow garbage disposal guidelines

We believe you should take these out, they cause blockages and problems in every single home where they are fitted, OK they are handy and avoid needing to throw food waste in the bin or recycling it separately, but the block, they smell they regularly break and with huge amounts of food going down them, they cause serious problems underneath your home and surrounding areas..

8.

Keep fats and oil out of your drains

Don't ever put fats or oils down your drain, the minute they hit cold pipes or cold water they solidify and can not be removed without huge pressure which sometimes causes your pipes to split providing a very large bill from an easily avoided problem.