Our Rotherham plumbers care about your home and will treat it with the same level of respect and attention to detail as we would our own. We aim to provide you with plumbing solutions that will stand the test of time and our tradespeople undergo regular continual professional development to stay at the top of their field.
Our friendly team are always happy to help. Here are some handy homecare tips that you can implement to make sure your plumbing system remains in top shape for years to come:
Boilers always tend to break down at the most inconvenient times, such as in the middle of winter! Small issues can become bigger problems over time without proper care and maintenance, and issues that would otherwise be cheap and quick to remedy may cause you stress in the future. To avoid this, we always recommend you have your boiler serviced annually. Our professional Gas Safe plumbers can service your boiler, ensuring it performs at its best, year after year. We have experience working with Valiant, Ideal, and Worcester boilers, and many more, so contact us today to book your annual boiler service!
Be Mindful of Your Drains
Over time, drains become blocked with hair, food, grease, baby wipes, and the like. Clogged drains can start to smell and prevent water discharging from your sink, toilet, or bath. Drain un-blockers may help, but often you will need to spend time and money calling in a professional plumber. Save yourself this hassle by regularly cleaning hair and food out of the tops of drains. Avoid putting anything other than ordinary toilet paper down your toilet and never throw oil or fat directly down your kitchen sink.
Keep Your Pipes Warm
External pipes can freeze in cold weather, so it is best to wrap them with foam insulation as a preventative measure. Most DIY stores sell insulation for pipework and it can easily be fitted to external pipework, including your boiler condensate pipe. If you have a combi boiler, the condensate pipe is usually white pvc and runs to a waste drain on the external wall opposite your boiler.
Keep Gutters Clear
Gutters often get clogged with sediment, leaves, and dirt. If these items get stuck in your drain, blockages can be caused which then require attention from a professional. To avoid this, keep your gutters clear by removing leaves and dirt. This is particularly important if your home is located near trees. It is a good idea to have your gutters cleared once every year.
Think Before You Drill
Pipes and cables can be hidden behind stud walls and under floors. It is important that you know where your pipe runs are situated before attempting to drill or hammer into a wall. A lot of emergency leaks are caused by people not taking the time to do this. Stud wall sensors can be used to identify the location of pipes and cables within walls. These locations can be marked with a pencil prior to drilling or hammering.
Most importantly, you must always maintain excellent standards of health and safety when undertaking any homecare DIY. Make sure you have the right tools and PPE for the task at hand and if you are in any doubt about how to proceed, then we recommend that you contact one of our highly trained professionals. We are only a phone call away and can help with all your plumbing homecare needs.