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What Are The Signs Of An Electrical Issue In the Home?

Here is a short guide on one of the home most common problems – the electric. Having electric problems in the home is no fun, so how to overcome this with Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions.

Electrical issues are a pain in the neck, especially when nothing seems to be working. This short guide will discuss a few key appliances that everyone within the home should be mindful of. Many electrical issues do require a professional electrician to look at it; don’t be afraid to give us a call.

Circuit Breaker Issues

Circuit breakers are designed to trip when a circuit is overloaded and overheated. The circuit breaker also prevents wires from starting a fire in your home.

  • If your breaker has tripped, it might be a good idea to try plugging in appliances into a different circuit so the supply isn’t overloaded.
  • Have a breaker that is frequently tripping? It’s best to call LHPS immediately. Even if you shut off your main breaker, power still enters the panel, so if you’ve never worked inside an electrical panel, this is why we ask you to call an experienced professional electrician.

Flickering Lights

Flickering lights are a sign of a defective or loose bulb. If you replaced the bulb and the problem wasn’t solved, there could be two probable issues:

  • the fault may be in the light fixture
  • the connections to the fixture or the wiring in the circuit breaker box may be loose

Both of these issues should be consulted by our professional electrician.

Light Switches/Electrical Outlets Not Working

Light switches that don’t work like normal are another example that you have an electrical problem. Here’s how:

  • The wiring may be loose or be cracked internally.
  • If a plug is loose as in the plug partially falls out, a person could accidentally receive a shock when unplugging the cord

If you think you have faulty light switches or electrical outlets, our professional electrician will inspect your wiring to determine whether any loose connections exist, and replace defective ones.

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A Guide for the Elderly on how to Improve Bathroom Safety

As we age bathroom safety can cause major anxiety. The bathroom was once a relaxing peaceful room in the home, now it can be dangerous if the bathroom is not suitably adapted for elderly needs.

For example, the floor can become slippery, and then there are wet surfaces and small confined spaces to move around in.

It is no wonder that bathroom accidents are one of the most common causes of injury for elderly people at home.

The  bathroom safety issues may be a concerned to a family members or even yourself. So the only solutions might be is to undergo a bathroom transformation. However this can be expensive and also unnecessary to do.

There is a simpler solution, and here is a brief guide on an alternative route you can take on the bathroom.  This will help prevent any unavoidable injuries to an elderly person.

Safety check the floor

Make sure the bathroom floor is always dry. As many accident occur for the elderly around the bath tub, shower or sink. This occurs where spit water has made the floor slippery. So a simple solution is to purchase a non slip mat which can help overcome this problem by increasing someone stability and reduce slipping. Another good tip is place an additional rubber mat in the bath to help maintain balance when getting in and out of your bath.

Purchase hand rails

Another good safety tip is installing handrails. Handrails can provide additional balance and support around the bathroom, especially if someone needs to move around. Handrails come in a great variety of styles, designs and textures. The 2 most common types of handrails are:

Once final tip on handrails is to ensure they have a ribbed or textured surface to give additional grip when wet.

Raise the toilet seat

If the toilet seat slightly too low, did you know it can be modified as a raised toilet seat. This will put less pressure on your joints whilst sitting down or either standing up which will make that person less likely to fall or trip in the bathroom.

At Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions a plumber in croydon company, we regularly perform bathroom safety  tasks like the ones described above. To find out more about how you can protect your bathroom. Give us a call on 020 8664 9099.

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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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