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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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What Are You Doing to Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing This Winter?

What Are You Doing to Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing This Winter?

During the autumn season, UK average temperatures don’t approach below freezing unlike when it does during the winter. None the less, it’s important to be prepared and be aware of the problems your home can run into during the freezing temperatures such as the possibility of frozen pipes.

Here are brief guides on the steps you can take to prevent your pipes from freezing this winter. Keep reading for more information.
Protect Your Outdoor Plumbing From Freezing.

It makes complete sense that our outdoor plumbing does tend to suffer the most due to freezing temperatures. So to avoid any damages to outdoor taps or pipes, it would be best to shut off water to those lines and open the outlets to drain all of the water out. This will protect your outdoor pipes throughout winter.
Don’t Neglect Your Indoor Plumbing

Your indoor plumbing should be prioritized as well as winter approaches. Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions a plumbing croydon company can assist you with any of the steps outlined below but wanted to share with you what can be done to fully prep your pipes for the cold.

Add insulation to your plumbing pipes that are in trouble areas—inside walls that are exposed to outdoor elements, or running through a part of your house that doesn’t get much heat, like your basement.
Check all the areas in your home from which piping emerge. These spaces are subjected to air leaks, which can make nearby pipes very cold. Be sure to seal the cracks around these holes by filling them with insulation and then using caulking to properly seal the empty spots around the pipes.
On nights that temperatures are expected to drop below freezing, you might want to think about running a trickle of water from your outlets of concern. This isn’t something that we recommend doing on a regular basis; however, it does, in fact, help prevent your pipes from freezing and could be worth considering for your home.

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Common winter central heating problems that will cost you

The autumn seasons is when we start to use our central heating again, and it’s also about that time we start to notice a few central heating problems which weren’t there last year.

These problems will cause your central heating to function inefficiently, thus increasing your energy bills, so it’s vital to get them fixed quickly before the frost and snow set in.

Let’s taken a look at the most common central heating problems and how you should tackle them.

Cold patches in your radiators

If you notice your radiators are warming up unevenly or that there are cold patches near the top, they most likely need bleeding. The cold patches are caused by air which blocks the flow of hot water, causing them to become inefficient. A gas engineer will be able to make a diagnosis and carry out a radiator bleed.

Frozen pipes

If you have a condensing boiler, the water-filled condensing pipe can freeze if the temperature becomes too low. This will cause your heating to stop working until the pipe is thawed out safely. This should be carried out by an engineer to ensure no further damage is caused to your heating system.

Loud noises coming from your heating

Strange whistles, bangs, and gurgles coming from your pipes, radiators or boiler indicate your central heating isn’t operating properly. Issues can include air in the system; low pressure and limescale build up. An engineer will be able to diagnose the exact issue and repair the fault.

Radiators not warming up properly

If your radiators feel cold and fail to warm up properly, this is most likely due to sludge gathering in the system and blocking the flow of hot water. This could be corroded pipework or limescale and an engineer will be able to recommend either a radiator bleed or system flush, depending on the severity of the problem.

All these problems may seem minor, but they will cause your heating to run inefficiently throughout the winter. Putting off a service will not only worsen the problem but will cost you considerably in the long run.

Give us at Logical heating & Plumbing Solutions a boiler repair croydon a call today to learn more about how to solve your central heating problems or to schedule a time for one of our experienced professional gas engineer to come out and take a look.

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