winter plumbing tips

Winter Plumbing Tips to Save Money

Frozen water in pipes can destroy your plumbing from the inside out. Here are a few winter plumbing tips to save money.

The cold winter season causes a huge amount of damages on your home plumbing system.

Fix All Plumbing Leaks

The smallest water leak within the plumbing system can completely damages your pipes when temperatures fall below freezing. If your pipes are insulated, feel for potential in the insulation. This moisture might expose hidden leaks in your plumbing. Stopping plumbing leaks will not only save your plumbing, but it will also save you money.

Shut Doors & Vents

A practical tip would be for any homeowners are to include shutting or closing any draft crawl spaces. This includes all doors, window and even your cat flap. This basically prevents any cold outside air from infiltrating your home.

Insulate Your Pipes

Always make sure that all exposed pipes are well insulated before the cold snap arrives. To find any exposed pipes, look in your attic and both inside and outside the house.

Pipe wrap insulation is inexpensive and easy to install. This can save you on heating costs and keep the warm air in. You will be surprised how effective insulating your plumbing is when it comes to protecting your plumbing.

Protect Your Exterior Faucets

This is something a lot of homeowners seem to forget. It isn’t just pipes inside the house that need protecting in the cold winter – it’s also your exterior faucets. So to do this is by installing insulated faucet jackets on all of your outside faucets. These jackets will keep your outdoor faucets protected from the plummeting temperatures.

Call Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions for winter plumbing tips & service.

If you need more winter plumbing tips to save money. Contact Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions a plumbing croydon company today. In addition to providing plumbing, we also offer plumbing installation croydon, under floor heating croydon, and boiler repair croydon.

 

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Effective Boiler Maintenance

As a homeowner, having effective boiler maintenance is critical to your property safety and efficiency.

While there are many types of boilers, having it maintenance annually is important as it combat Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. If you’re looking for tips on effective boiler maintenance, here is a brief guide to help you.
Maintain or Replace
An important factor that many homeowners often don’t always consider is the cost of maintenance versus the cost of replacing a boiler. Most people, they think that annually boiler maintenance costs are too high and are unpleasantly surprised when their boiler does breaks down and needs comprehensive replacement.

If you consider the overall maintenance costs and compare them to the efficiency and lifespan of your boiler, it’s usually more affordable to service your boiler annually.

When considering your boiler, check that it’s currently compliant with all Gas Safety Registered, standards and that it’s certified by registered gas safety engineer regularly.
Lifespan and Durability
With proper maintenance and care, some boilers can last anywhere from 15 years to over two decades. If your boiler is relatively new, it can last even longer. The lifespan of the boiler though, is often independent of the lifespan of boiler parts. Some pumps, gauges, or sensors must be checked yearly and replaced as needed. Don’t assume that a 15 year lifespan applies to every part of your boiler.

To enhance the lifespan of various boiler parts, annual checks and maintenance allow you to calibrate and test all the parts that might be heavily used during normal boiler operations. Making sure everything is still running smoothly helps you catch small issues before they become big problems.

Causes of Failure

There are several common causes of failure that you need to keep your eye on as you conduct essential maintenance. Corrosion, pressure build-up, and leaks are all relatively easy issues to discover and correct.

Instead of dealing with malfunctions, like lock outs, faulty temperature readings, and heating system failures, you can correct any water damage and replace seals and pumps to ensure that your boiler keeps working.

Some signs you can look for include:

  • Cracks
  • Water Leakage
  • Brown Spots
  • Discoloration

These are all small signs of bigger problems. If you see any of these, contact a registered gas safety engineer to help you discover the cause.

Conduct regular boiler maintenance to keep everyone in the home safe and warm.

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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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Keeping yourself and your home warm and safe

The Met Office this week have launched the Get Ready for Winter campaign. Here are a few tips on keeping yourself and your home warm and safe.

Why can cold weather be bad for your health?

The cold thickens blood and increases blood pressure, and breathing in cold air can increase the risk of chest infections. So it’s all the more important to ensure your home and the homes of people you look out for are the right temperature.

What temperature should rooms be in winter?  

You should heat your home to the temperature of at least 18 °C. This is particularly important if you have reduced mobility, are 65 or over, or have a health condition, such as heart or lung disease. Having room temperatures slightly over 18 °C could be good for your health. Age UK recommends that your living room temperature should be 21 °C (70 °F).

If you are under the age of 65, active and wearing appropriate clothing, you may wish to keep your home at a comfortable temperature even if it is slightly lower than 18°C.

Overnight, people who are 65 and over or who have pre-existing health conditions may find bedroom temperatures of at least 18 °C are good for their health; this may be less important if you are a healthy adult under 65 and have appropriate clothing and bedding.

It is important to keep your bedroom window closed at night when the weather is cold.

Heating and insulating your home

Keeping the heat in

  • Insulating your home not only keeps you warm but will also help to keep your energy costs down.
  • Fit draught proofing to seal any gaps around windows and doors.
  • Make sure that your loft has at least 10-11 inches (270 mm) of insulation. Any home with 4 inches (100 mm) or less should have it topped up.
  • If you have wall cavities, make sure that they are insulated too.
  • Insulate your hot water cylinder and pipes.
  • Draw your curtains at dusk to help keep the heat generated inside your rooms.
  • Make sure that your radiators are not obstructed by curtains or furniture.

Carbon monoxide kills

When burning fuel, carbon monoxide poisoning can be a health risk. Carbon monoxide is produced when fuel does not burn properly, and every year around 30 people die following accidental exposure to high levels of the gas, which is difficult to detect because you can’t see, smell or taste it.

To minimize risks, a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm, which meets European Standards EN 5029, should be fitted in any room that contains a gas fuel burning appliance, like a boiler and gas fire, and a solid fuel burning appliance, and tested regularly to ensure that it is working, as effectively as possible. The rooms should be adequately ventilated.

More information can be found at the Logical Heating & Plumbing solutions, a boiler repair croydon company.

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Four Clever ways to cut your energy bills

Four Clever ways to cut your energy bills

Are you worried about your energy bills skyrocketing over the winter months? Here are 4 clever ways to cut your energy bills in half and how it can be one last thing in life to worry about.

Pay your bills online

A lot of homeowners can make serious savings on their energy bills, simply by changing the way they pay them. Most energy companies now reserve their best deals for their online customers, so if you have access to the Internet, make sure you use it.

You are also likely to find that you will receive a big discount just by opting to pay by monthly direct debit through your online account. These small savings soon add up, so it’s well worth taking advantage of them.

Only heat your home when necessary

If you’re going out for the day, then you won’t really need your central heating or hot water on, as no one will be there to benefit from it. We recommend investing in a smart thermostat such as Nest so that your heating only comes on when you need it to. Make sure you also turn off the radiators in any rooms that you are not using and keep all windows and doors shut when the heating is on.

Remember to read your meter regularly

People often end up paying much more than they need to for their energy bills, as they go on the estimates given by their suppliers. If you are looking for a way to cut down your bills, we recommend reading your meter regularly, so your bills will be based on accurate readings.

Upgrade your boiler

Changing your old boiler for a newer model can dramatically cut your energy bills, with savings as much as £240.00 per year. Make sure you get quotes for a new boiler so you secure a reasonable price – the same goes for installation. Feel free to get in touch with Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions. We will be able to advise you on boiler installations croydon and provide you with a no obligation quote.

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