your plumbing in good condition is really important. A boiler that is
inefficient can cost you dearly over the years. A leak while you are on
holiday can be a disaster - even after the insurance has paid out.
Below you will find a few very useful tips and ideas that are not just
for the professional.
Every three years or so you should have your plumber empty out the
water in your central heating system, flush it out with cleaning
compound and replace the water and add an inhibitor. My plumber gets
two visits out of it as he leaves the cleaner in for a week or so. He
informs me that in almost all cases a power flush is not necessary. Jim
If you are trying to unblock a blocked sink, cover up the overflow
holes with a damp cloth. This helps build up the pressure. -- Janet
Adamson, Washington DC.
If you think that your toilet might be leaking slightly, check to see
if the problem is not due to condensation before calling out a plumber.
If you have condensation problems they can be solved by improved
ventilation when bathing or showering. -- Y Chan,
Remember to use PTFE tape when fixing a leak or
The tape should be wrapped around the thread of the pipe. Clockwise
when viewed from the end of the pipe is the correct way to put it on --
Robin Gill Southall England
If the water pressure is very poor in your shower it may be due to
limescale build up. Always clean your shower heads every three months.
If the scale is too bad it may be an idea to get either a new hose, or
a new shower head. -- Scott Ed
I find that the best way to melt the ice in frozen pipes is to put hot
water bottles over them. Using a hair-dryer is good as well. -- Jon
If your water pipes sometimes make a loud "hammering noise" after the
toilet has been flushed or sink, etc. Ask at the hardware store for
something for "waterhammer".
It's a fitting or somesuch thing which is easily installed in the line.
A common problem and not very expensive. -- Anon
Taps , Faucets
If you suffer from dripping taps it is usually due to two things.
Firstly the washer may need to be replaced, or there is a damaged valve
setting. You can buy replacements, but they are difficult to install. -
taking a faucet apart, always keep the plug in, to prevent anything
falling down the plug hole. - Larry Brown, LA.
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