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.


Five Major No-No’s to Put Down the Drain

To help avoid clogged or smelly drains and protect the water systems, there are a few items you should definitely avoid putting in your sinks or drains. Some of these things may seem harmless but can actually cause quite a bit of trouble.

1. Stickers- from food items or any other stickers may seem ok but really even small amounts of glue, like on the back of stickers can cause build-up. They can also cause issues if they get into wastewater pipe and pumps.

2. Chemical fluids- such as household cleaners are not a good thing to put down the drain as they may contain toxic contaminants that should not be introduced into the water system. If you must dispose of these chemicals in the drain, consider switching to all-natural cleaning products which are less harmful.

3. Paint- not only is it illegal to pour paint down a drain it is very harmful due to the toxic chemicals inside that can contaminate water. Paint can also coat the inside of your pipes causing them to narrow and make blockages more likely.

4. Medications- can contaminate water, streams and lakes which could harm wildlife and ecosystems as wastewater treatment systems are not designed to extract medicines from the water. Unwanted medications should ideally be turned in to a pharmacist or if unavoidable, thrown away in a bin.

5. Coffee grounds- are not water soluble and can cause major clogging problems in your pipes. Instead, you can either compost coffee grounds or put them in flower beds and pots as fertiliser.


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.


Maintaining Your Water Pipes At Home

Today I am going to share with you some easy tips to help to maintain your water pipes. Helping you keep professional plumbers away for longer!

1- Keep Them Clean
Keeping your pipes clean helps to prevent any blockages and damage occurring. This involves keeping your sinks and toilets clean too. A cleaner area like the toilet will help to prevent the build up of limescale which damages your pipes.

2- Not Using Chemicals To Unblock
When we first discover a pipe is blocked in our home, the first thing we turn to is chemicals. Especially drain unblocker. However, this can cause much more damage to your pipes. Try using a basic plunger or even sticking some thick rubber gloves on and getting your hands in there. Sometimes this can do the trick just as well.

3- Get Your Pipes Winter Ready
In the winter water freezes. This means the water expands, which can cause damage to our pipes. Having your pipes winter ready can help prevent this.


Getting Rid of Limescale Build-up

Limescale is one of the most common problems for much of the UK. It can pile up quickly and not only be unsightly but cause issues with faucets, showers etc. 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 and leave to sit overnight and 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 and run a normal cycle.