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What Plumbing Do I Need For A Dishwasher?

Here we’ll explain in short, what you need to do when you get a new dishwasher or washing machine – essentially the plumbing in of these two fittings are the same.

Most new machines only require a cold water feed, so you won’t need to worry about fitting a hot water feed. There will be waste water pipe which will need access to a drain and you’ll also need a standard plug socket.

Got all that? Great, let’s get fitting.

If you already have a dishwasher then the process will only involve changing over the pipes and plugging in your appliance, however if you are installing one of these appliances for the first time then you’ll need to find a suitable location for it.

The best place tends to be as close to the sink as possible as you’ll have all the plumbing in place already that you’ll need.

Connecting the cold water feed

For installing for the first time you’ll need some Self Cutting Valves and your property will need 15mm copper water pipes.

Stage 1

Find your nearest water pipe

Stage 2
Take your Self Cutting Valve, place the back plate behind the pipe and fit the top piece on the front. Screw the two together with the nuts provided. Make sure the value is turned off.

Stage 3

Tighten accordingly so the valve cuts into the pipe.

Stage 4

Attach the hose from the washing machine. If your water pipe is too far away and you find that your hose isn’t long enough, it’s possible to buy another hose and a connector to join them together – this will solve this problem.

That’s complete, now your wastewater.

Connecting the wastewater feed

The easiest method of removing the waste water is to connect it to your sink waste pipe.

Stage 1

Locate your sink waste pipe.

Stage 2

You’ll need a trap which fits your waste water pipe provided with your new appliance, if it isn’t large enough you may need to buy a one with a larger inlet.

Stage 3

You’ll need to position the hose so it runs higher than the sink overflow, this will ensure that no waste water can flow back into the appliance.

Stage 4

If you’re install a dishwasher you’ll need to ensure the feet are level in line with the floor surface it sits on. By correctly adjusting the feet of the appliance, it will prevent any unnecessary movements. If not properly fitted during a washing machine cycle the appliance could move too much and could cause irreparable damage.

That’s it! You can pat yourself on the back, turn the water back on and put the kettle on.

If you are still confused then you can give Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions  a call today.

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Is Your Pipes Ready For Snow?

Your home’s pipes go through a lot when the snow falls.

With the temperatures below freezing, preparing your home’s plumbing for the snow season can help prevent water leaks, burst pipes and other problems. The question is your pipes ready for snow.

Insulate Your Pipes

Pipe insulation helps to shield your pipes from extreme low temperatures, and also helps your home operate more efficiently. Pipe insulation comes in self-adhesive tubes that can easily be cut down to the right size and attached to the pipes in your home. If you’re on a budget, you can also protect your pipes by using plastic ties to wrap your pipes in newspaper.

Drain Your Water Heater

People tend to take long, hot showers to stay warm when snow is falling. This might feel good on your body, but it can be hard on your water heater. This is especially bad for your water heater if it’s been a long time since you drained the sediment from the bottom of the unit. Draining your water heater can improve its efficiency and help prevent a breakdown.

Remove the Outdoor Hose

The hose attached to your outdoor spigot is likely to have water in it. When the temperature drops, this water will freeze and back up into your home. This can lead to burst pipes or, at the very least, a damaged hose. To prevent this from happening, remove the hose from the spigot and leave the hose somewhere safe in your garage or elsewhere in your home.

Flush Your Sprinkler System

Your home’s sprinkler system is full of water. Leaving those pipes full of water throughout the snow season can lead to a burst pipe. The best way to prevent your underground sprinkler system pipes from bursting is to fill the pipes with air and flush out the water. This can be done with an air compressor if you have one in your home.

At Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions a plumber in croydon, we regularly perform household tasks like the ones described above. To find out more about how you can protect your plumbing this snowy season, give us a call on 020 8664 9099.

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Tips To Winterize Your Home

It is important to not only to avoid a plumbing catastrophe, but also to make sure your home is as energy efficient as possible.

Here in the UK, winter temperatures can get bone-chilling cold. It is important to winterize your home not only to avoid a plumbing catastrophe, but also to make sure your home is as energy efficient as possible. These tips can save you time, money and hardship.

Make sure you change your furnace filters on a regular basis. This is easy to forget, and often forgotten. It is important to replace or clean furnace filters once a month during the heating season. Dirty filters will restrict airflow and require more energy therefore increasing your energy costs. In addition, this increased “wear and tear” can take a toll on your furnace causing you to repair or replace a furnace sooner than you should have to.

Insulate your homes water pipes. This is especially important for any water pipes located near the elements. Pipes located in a garage, crawlspace, or near the exterior of a basement foundation should be properly insulated to help avoid the chances of these pipes freezing and possibly bursting. You can get pre-slit pipe foam at most DIY stores. Cut it to size and fasten in place with duct tape.

Manage your thermostat. It’s easy to forget to turn down the heat when you leave the building, but by doing it, you can save energy and money. For example, if nobody is typically home from 9AM – 3PM during the day – set or program the thermostat to a lower temperature. The same can be done at night during normal sleeping hours.

Use Caulk, Weatherstripping and plastic when needed. For just a few pound, you can buy a window insulation kit and any DIY store. This can a add a buffer against drafts and can give a nice boost to your home’s ability to hold heat. Home leaks can hurt your homes energy efficiency and could raise up your heating bill.

To find out more information then give Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions, a registered gas safety bromley company a call today.

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Do I need to call a plumber this winter?

When it comes to your home’s plumbing, knowing when to call a plumber can save you from an expensive difficult situation.

There’s nothing wrong with starting the year off with some DIY spirit. It can often save you money on household repairs by doing yourself. However there are times when doing DIY repairs we often make mistakes and things can get out of hands. We all been there and often we somehow figure a way out from a rather difficult situation.

If you have an extensive plumbing problem that requires certain expertise, or it’s a problem that is difficult to pin down, then you need to call a plumber. Here are a few examples of situations that, if they arise in your home, it’s best to call a licensed, trusted, professional plumber.

Low water pressure throughout the property: If your neighbours don’t have the same plumbing problem, then you have an isolated problem on your own property. It can be caused by several factors, such as obstructions in the water lines from rust or debris; low water pressure from your water tank or even a poorly designed supply line system. A good plumber will be able to analyze the problem, determine the cause, and recommend the best solution.

No hot water: If your home hot water tank is leaking then the cause of the problem is rather obvious. But if not, it can be hard for the average homeowner to determine the cause. Electric water heater problems can be the result of: bad heating elements, tripped circuit breakers or blown fuses, faulty thermostats, or a bad overload switch. Gas water heater problems can be due to: bad thermocouples, clogged burners, or failed igniters. Rather than changing parts and hoping that the problem is solved, Logical Heating & Plumbing solutions a plumber in croydon who can quickly diagnose the problem and get it solved without further ado.

Frozen pipes: If a pipe freezes, go ahead and call a plumber. Even if it hasn’t burst yet, and you are thinking about trying to thaw the pipe with a hair dryer, there is an increased risk of future problems. The pipe or fittings could be damaged and if not replaced they’re like time bombs waiting for the most inconvenient moment to burst on you. A good plumber will nearly always recommend replacing a section of frozen pipe rather than only thawing it out and walking away.

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4 time you’ll need an emergency plumber

Undertaking a bit of DIY around the house is something that many of us like to engage in but there are some jobs that are definitely worth calling in an emergency plumber to deal with.

When the professional in question is a plumber, the emergencies often involve water and the heating system of your house.  So, let’s take a look at the 4 most common emergencies that plumbers are called out for?

Burst Pipes

Burst pipes aren’t always a winter problem but they do occur the most often during the coldest months.  Pipes carry water from one part of the house to another and if they aren’t insulated or the insulation has worn away, then the cold air can get at them.  This can lead to the water freezing – and ice expands, fracturing the pipe.

Burst pipes need to be dealt with quickly as there is a shocking amount of water in the average house’s pipe system.  When this water is flowing around your rooms and destroying carpets and furniture, you will definitely want an expert to come out and this will usually be an emergency plumber.

Block Drains

The drains of our homes are responsible for carrying away the worst of the worst and the last thing we want is for them to malfunction. There are lots of reasons that drains don’t work properly and a few of them are down to our own actions – grease in the kitchen, hair in the bathroom and foreign objects down the toilet are three of the big ones.

If you notice that water isn’t draining away from a sink or bath or the toilet isn’t emptying properly, then get in touch with a plumber quickly.  Blocked drains can return all that unpleasantness to the house and cause a substantial amount of water damage so time is of the essence.

Dripping Taps

A dripping tap may not seem like an emergency and in some cases, it isn’t.  it is very irritating, that constant repetitive noise but a gentle drip can be left for a little while before fixing.  However, a tap that is dripping quite steadily can be a bigger problem, especially if it is a hot water tap.  This is because it is constantly drawing hot water from the system and can put strain on the boiler, making it work more than it would normally do.

If you tap is doing more than a gentle drip, consider getting an emergency plumber croydon out to avoid overflowing water and strain on the hot water system of your house.

Faulty Heating System

Problems with the heating system can be an issue at any time of the year but a big one when it turns cold.  Many times, a plumber is required for problems with the heating system though they may need to work alongside a heating engineer if the issue comes from the boiler itself – these are usually gas operated and a Gas Safe engineer is required to deal with these issues.

Strange noises, a lack of hot water and rattling pipes can all indicate problems with the heating system that you might need a plumber to look at.

When you do encounter a problem with your plumbing and you are unable to solve yourself, give Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions a call today. We’ll send our plumber out as soon as possible. Our number is 020 8664 9099.

Stuart Cooke is the Marketing Manager at SpecifiedBy, a tool for both commercial and domestic plumbers to find supplies.

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