Essential Plumbing Tips for your Home: Part 3
Preventing Pipe Freezing
When the water in your plumbing freezes, it will expand putting pressure on the pipes. If the water expands enough, it can cause the pipe to burst causing flooding in the home or putting your company out of business until it is fixed.
You can avoid your pipes from freezing by using pipe insulating foam or electrical pipe insulation. You should especially protect pipes which are exposed to the outdoors or which feed through the wall to outdoors.
Essential Plumbing Tips for your Home: Part 2
Problems with a Dripping Tap
A leaking tap is often overlooked as a major plumbing problem. But every drop of water that drips down the drain is costing you money on your water bills.
Most dripping tap problems are caused by worn washers, seals or O-rings. To repair a dripping tap you will need to turn off the water supply to the tap. Disassemble your tap and identify which part is causing the problem.
Essential Plumbing Tips: Part 1
Causes of Discoloured Water
Discoloured water coming from the taps in your home can be the result of
algae, iron, resin beads or magnesium in the water and it should be tested by a water specialist.
Causes of discoloured water include:
- Rusting from galvanised or steel pipes (rust colour)
Resin beads escaping into the water from a water softener (black residue)
- Iron in the water (pink and orange colour)
- Blocked drains
- Old pipes degrading
Plumbing Tips on Saving Water in your Home or Business
Saving water in your home or business can help you reduce your water bills and energy bills whilst also having a positive effect on the environment.
Each household in the UK currently uses an average of 360 litres of water a day. By reducing the amount of water used in your home you can have a direct impact on the energy used to pump, treat and heat the water that you use and reduce the amount of carbon dioxide that is produced in the process.
These plumbing tips offer realistic advice for homes and businesses on how you can reduce the amount of water that you use.
What are the most common emergency plumbing problems in the home?
Most plumbing emergencies are a result of letting small problems become large scale catastrophes due to them not getting attended to early on. There are some small plumbing jobs that can be undertaken by the homeowner such as unblocking a toilet with a plunger, but attempting to cure larger issues can escalate the problem if attempted by someone who is not fully trained.
How you can prevent plumbing problems from becoming an emergency
One of the most useful ways in which a home owner can prevent plumbing problems from becoming expensive jobs that require emergency call outs is by conducting a regular maintenance check throughout your home to spot any sign of leaks or plumbing damage.
Renovating your Master Bathroom
One of the most effective small scale renovation projects which can make a big impact on the look and value of your home is to refurbish your master bathroom. Changing the usefulness and design of your bathroom will help to improve the experience of your daily routines and make a positive impact on visitors to your home.
Top Plumbing Tips for Saving Energy and Money on Heating Bills
What are the best ways to save energy without any extra costs?
The following methods can be applied to any household to help reduce the amount of money that you spend on your central heating bills. Many of these ideas involve breaking old habits and learning to adapt to a more energy efficient lifestyle.
Energy Efficient and Renewable Heating
What is the Greenest way to heat your home? Part 4: ground source heat pumps
Ethical Consumer has been the leading organisation in the UK offering assessments of the environmental and green credentials of companies. Following research into ground source heat pumps, Ethical Consumer has produced a guide to the most efficient models including their companies overall impact on the environment.
How can you spot the symptoms carbon monoxide poisoning?
Carbon monoxide (CO) is produced when your supply of Liquid Petroleum gas (LPG) fails to ignite properly. Carbon monoxide leakage occurs when gas appliances are badly fitted or not maintained.
Carbon monoxide causes serious long term damage to your health or even death if you are exposed. The safest way to prevent poisoning is by installing a carbon monoxide alarm.
Remember, carbon monoxide is odourless and can go undetected for a long period of time. Many of the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning resemble that of flu, food poisoning or viruses so they can be mistaken for other problems.
You must contact the Gas Emergency Helpline on 0800 111 999 if you notice any of the following symptoms:
Loss of consciousness