There is nothing worst than something going wrong with your plumbing at home, and if you’ve sprung a leak or you’ve got a blockage then it’s always best to call out a professional to come and sort out your problems, but there are things that you can do at home yourselves to help keep your pipes and systems in working order: –
- Love your kitchen sink and treat it well! Don’t let food debris go down the plug hole as this will often get stuck and cause a blockage, and if it’s left in the pipes it will start to decompose and give off an awful smell that will permeate back up through your sink into your kitchen! And don’t get us started on grease from your cooking! This is the number enemy for your kitchen sink and the number one reason we see for blockages as the grease solidifies in your pipes and traps everything else coming down there … don’t do it, dispose of any surplus grease or fats into used cooking jars or containers and throw them away with your rubbish, not down your sink.
- Think before you flush! You’d be amazed as to what we’ve seen causing blockages in toilets, sanitary products are the number one culprit here, closely followed by cotton wool, make up wipes and cleaning pads. Foreign objects flushed down that do not break down easily or can snag on the pipework can lead to clogging and even small objects that you don’t think will cause any problems can over time cause a backup in your pipes and lead to a blockage.
- Filter your plug holes! Plug holes in your baths or showers need to have filters on them to catch all the soap and hair that builds up whilst in use. Without these filters these would simply go straight down the plug hole and cause a buildup that over time will block your pipes.
- Don’t leave things hanging! We’re all guilty of using our taps or shower heads to hang something from, be that the shower gel, caddies or dishcloths. These things may not seem heavy but any weight put on a fixture can cause it to become loose over time, and if the object is left wet it may drip water over seals which over time can degrade causing your fixtures to fail or spring a leak.
- Ignoring that drip! If one of your fixtures is dripping, then there is something wrong, and it won’t fix itself! A constant drip over time will cause seals and fixtures to degrade and fail and the problem will only get worst over time not better. It’s always best to call out a professional to take a look at any drips before they become worse and it will probably save you money in the long run.
For any plumbing problems you may have call Home Services Assistance on 0333 313 3134, we’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.