Common Summer Plumbing Issues

We all know that there is a range of plumbing issues, with some being more common in the summer over other seasons. Today, we are going to share with you 3 of the most common summer plumbing issues. The ones you should watch out for this summer.

Leaking Taps
It is common for you to notice that your taps begin to leak water more often in the summer months. This is due to there being more stress and pressure on your taps. The usage of our taps increases during the summer months. With most people drinking more, as well as using their taps to fill up their much-loved swimming pools. This can cause a huge rise in your water bill, come to the end of the summer months.

Slow Clearing Drains
Another common issue is for you to notice that the drains in your homes are draining much slower than they would normally. This tends to be due to them becoming blocked. It is likely for you to want to take a trip to the beach. Sand from your toes blocks the drain, making the clearing much slower. Hair loss is also common during the summer months as your hair becomes thinner, this hair loss can also block your drains, making the draining time much longer and slower.

Structural Damage
Structural damage to your outside pipes is extremely common during the hot summer months. This is due to the lack of rain, meaning the ground is dry, making your pipes dry up. This can result in cracks appearing in the pipework outside. This issue can take years to happen, with signs taking a long time to notice. But if you have any signs of a collapsed pipe you should request help straight away.


How to Remove Very Tough Hard Water Stains

Hard water can really do a number on toilets by leaving a tough build-up of limescale that is often incredibly hard to get rid of. You have probably heard of using vinegar and baking soda or Borax and baking soda to get rid of stains and limescale, but what happens when that just doesn’t cut it?

When this happens, the next step you can try for stubborn hard water stains is making a Borax paste. For this to work however you will need to shut the water off to the toilet and flush the toilet to drain the bowl.

You can make the Borax paste by mixing ½ cup of Borax and just enough vinegar to create a thick paste. Spread the paste over all of the hard water toilet stains quickly before the paste hardens. Allow paste to sit for 15-20 minutes then scrub off with a stiff-bristled nylon brush and flush the toilet to rinse.

Using a Borax paste can be the next step to trying to rid your toilet of stubborn hard water stains.


Why Is It Important To Keep Your Kitchen Sink Clean?

We are all guilty of it, our kitchen sinks becoming a dumping ground for all of the dirty dishes just waiting to be washed. This is a bad habit that we all need to get out of, saving all of our dirty dishes for an evening wash is not the way to go forward. While this may be the best option for some, it does come with some downsides.

Not keeping your kitchen sink clean, provides the perfect mating ground for many different types of bacteria. Some of these can be extremely dangerous when breathed in. This is the main reason you should keep your kitchen sink clean, to protect the health of those in your home.

Regularly cleaning your kitchen sink also helps to prevent any breakage. For example, dirty dishes gathering in your sink can cause food to go down your drain causing a blockage. Keeping your sink clear will prevent this from occurring.


All About Eco-Friendly Plumbing

What is Eco-friendly plumbing?
Eco-friendly plumbing is essentially the same as normal plumbing that is better for the environment. It is a kind of plumbing that helps you to use less water, which is overall better for the environment. It also helps you to save money on your water bills due to using less water than you were before. Let’s save money together with eco-friendly plumbing.

Eco-friendly Plumbing Ideas
There are many ways that you can make your plumbing more eco-friendly. Some of these ideas include:

Upgrading Your Boiler
Some of the older styles of boilers use more water than what is necessary. Upgrading your boiler will help to reduce the amount of water your boiler is using. As well as making your whole home plumbing system more eco-friendly.

Install Water Saving Features
There are many ways that you can easily install water saving features to your home. For example, simply changing your shower head to one which uses less water but offers the same coverage. This is a simple and easy way to make your shower plumbing more eco-friendly.

Dual Flush Toilets
Everyone has a toilet in their homes, most with only one flushing option. Meaning no matter what you have done you are always flushing with the same amount of water. Installing a toilet with dual flushing means you will have two options. Making it possible for you to flush the toilet with less water if you need to.

Watch Your Water Meter
A simple way to make your home more eco-friendly with regards to water is to simply watch your water meter. This will clearly show you how much water you are using and how much you are spending. Keeping an eye on this will help you know how you can save money on your bill by using less water.


Tips on Choosing a Plumber

Finding an honest plumber can be a tricky business at times. Especially for the more vulnerable, there are some very unscrupulous characters out there that would come to your house for a simple job, such as replacing a washer, but take advantage by overcharging for the job. Whilst there are still honest and trustworthy plumbers out there, due to the well-documented decline of skilled professionals, there are plenty con artists out there, that are ready and willing to take advantage where they can.

So when it comes time to find a plumber, it is probably pretty obvious that the best way is getting recommendations from trusted friends, family or neighbours, but if your house is flooding or there is some other very urgent issue, you may not have time to ask around. In this case, the best place to turn is the internet. There are a few sound options online that can help direct you to a skilled and honest plumber. One site to check out is the Institute of Plumbing. They are a registered educational charity and they have a directory of registered plumbers that you can search through via postcode.

In a pinch, there are always other ways to find plumbers such as the yellow pages or sites such as mybuilder.com that may be able to help you find registered plumbers. Once you have a few numbers it is important not to use the first plumber you find but to ask them a few questions like:

• How long they have been in business and their credentials
• Ask for references or evidence of similar jobs
• Find out if they have insurance to cover your home
• Ask if their work is guaranteed and insurance-backed
• Find out if they are a member of a professional trade body, like the Institute of Plumbing for example

If time allows, it is important to thoroughly check a plumber out before enlisting their services, to help ensure you do not end up with someone who will leave you out to dry or drastically over-charge.


Common Toilet Issues and How To Fix Them

Toilets, one object in our home that is used daily. An object that can have many issues if not cared for properly. Sometimes the most common toilet issues can cause the most issues if not solved correctly. This is why we are going to share with you the most common toilet issues and how you can fix them.

Blocked Toilet
Possibly the most common toilet issue you can think of is the toilet becoming blocked. Most commonly caused by an excessive amount of toilet paper being used.
The easiest way to prevent this issue from occurring is to simply stop putting an excessive amount of tissue down the toilet. As well as being careful with what is being placed down the toilet.
The most efficient way to unclog a blocked toilet is by using a plunger. This helping to lodge free the blockage, allowing water to flow freely. You can also use a bleach-based toilet cleaner to help break down the blockage.

Low Water Level
Another common toilet issue is low water levels in the toilet bowl. Your water level after the bowl has finished filling after a flush should be 1 inch below the overflow tube. If it is any more than this, you have low water levels.
There are many reasons why this may be caused. The main reason being that the tank fill tube may be damaged or placed incorrectly meaning the bowl is not filling correctly.
The easiest way to solve this issue is to replace or reposition the fill tube so it fills directly into the overflow tube. You may also need to adjust the float in your toilet tank if the tank is not filling with enough water.

These are the two main common toilet issues and how you can fix them. We would love to know any other issues you would like us to talk about.


Reducing Limescale Build-up

One common enemy of UK homeowners it the pesky occurrence of limescale build-up. It can pile up quickly and not only be unsightly but cause issues with faucets, toilets and showers. One helpful, inexpensive and eco-friendly option to ridding yourself of limescale build-up and helping to prevent it, is using lemon juice and vinegar.

Here are a few tips to how to use it:

• Lemon juice and vinegar, combined in equal parts, can be used in many areas. You could use a clean spray bottle to create the mixture and then apply and leave to sit at least an hour, or overnight, if you prefer, then scrub away.

• The lemon juice and vinegar solution can be sprayed regularly on tiles, basins and taps as a limescale preventative. (Do not use solution on plated taps, such as gold and it can damage the finish)

• For kettles simply add half vinegar and half water, leave to sit overnight. then scrub away the following morning.

• For dishwasher and washing machines, add a large cup of vinegar and a large cup of lemon juice into an empty machine then run a normal cycle.


Caring For Your Pipes This Winter

The cold months are creeping upon us all. Today, we are going to share with you some ways which you can care for your pipes and plumbing this winter.

Firstly, it is well known that the colder months can cause some serious damage to pipes in your businesses and homes. This is due to water expanding as it becomes colder. This is why it is extremely important to protect your pipes. One of the main ways to do this is by considering insulating your pipes. This will help to prevent the water from becoming colder and expanding. You should also repair any leakages which you may currently have. You should hire a professional to do this as it can be extremely dangerous to use DIY kits. The final way to help to protect your pipes from winter damage is by keeping your heating at a low level throughout winter. This helps to keep your pipes warm.


What to Do for Slow Drains

Is the water draining very slowly down your sink drains? It is very easy for pipes to slowly build up a sludgy film inside of the pipes. In bathrooms, there is often hair and dirt that builds up and kitchens tend to have grease of food waste build up. There are a few ways you can try to fix these things yourself, but if that doesn’t work, then you will probably need the services of a plumber that has the proper tools for clearing pipes.

Things to try

1. First look into the drain and see if there is a clog of hair or other waste that is near the surface causing the issue. If so, simply remove it and discard.

2. If the issue continues you can then take one-half a cup of baking bicarbonate and pour it in the drain, then pour one-half a cup of white vinegar in the drain. Have a wash cloth available to immediately plug the drain so that the fizzy chemical reaction goes down into the pipes to help break up the build-up.

3. If this does not help, sometimes a plunger could help break up a clog.


Boiler Basics – Upgrading And Maintaining Your Boiler

Boilers can be a very touchy subject. We all seem to be in darkness with when we should upgrade our boilers. I am going to share with you some basic facts on upgrading and maintaining your boiler.

Firstly, your boiler should only need upgrading every 15 years. This is the average amount of time they last. However, I would recommend upgrading before you have reached this mark to keep it to its best quality.

You should always have a yearly check up on your boiler. These will be documented and should be passed on to any new home owners. They help you to know that your boiler is working to the best of its ability. If there is anything wrong they can advise you to help your boiler to last longer. They will also be able to warn you when your boiler is going to be due an upgrade.