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Top 10 Plumbing Tips

1. Get to Know Your Valves

Find out where your main water valve or stopcock is so that it can be switched off in an emergency. It’s so much easier to do this when you’re not under pressure with a pipe leaking away. Take the time to find out what other stop valves you have in the house and label them.

2. Deal with Drips

Don’t leave a dripping tap or ball valve. It’s far better to address the problem early rather than leave it till the problem gets worse.

3. Look After Your Boiler

Regular servicing of your boiler and heating system each year is vital. This will ensure that it’s working at its best and safety checks will be carried out to make sure there are no poisonous gases escaping. If you can see the flame in the boiler it should be a clear, strong, blue flame – a yellow flame would indicate a problem and should be checked.

4. Guard Against Freezing

Make sure any pipe work which may be exposed to freezing conditions is properly lagged. Check pipes in the attic and basement if you have one. If you have an outside tap, isolate it during cold weather.

5. Machine Hoses

The flexible hoses connecting appliances like washing machines should be checked annually for signs of wear. These hoses can suffer from a fair bit of pressure as the water is drawn and closed off.

6. Waste Outlets and Gullies

In order to keep waste water pipers flowing freely they should be checked and cleaned at regular intervals. Bath and shower waster outlets are prone to clogging particularly from hair. Don’t leave it until they become blocked.

7. Hard Water

If you live in a hard water area, you’re likely to have lime scale deposits build up around taps and shower heads. Use a suitable lime scale remover regularly to prevent the problem becoming too bad. Vinegar is a great alternative to expensive cleaners.

8. Emergency plumbing

If you know how to deal with a plumbing emergency, you could save a lot of stress and expense.

9. Emergency Flush

Well maybe not exactly an emergency but if your toilet cistern fails for some reason, a bucket of water poured into the pan does a reasonable job of flushing until its fixed.

10. Put the plug in

If you’re replacing tap washers, there are often small components like the grub screw holding the tap head in place. They have a habit of disappearing through plug holes.

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