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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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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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Simple Tips for Avoiding Clogged Drains

Clogged drains are among the most common of plumbing problems within the home. For a homeowner to completely eliminating clogged drains is not realistic.

What some homeowners fail to realize is that clogged drains are just avoidable and are as common as having other home problems.These following tips should be able to at least cut down on the frequency of clogged drains in your home. When you do encounter clogged drains within the home, Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions a plumber in croydon company are here to help.

Use Drain Covers

While an obvious piece of advice, however drain covers do slip many homeowners’ minds. We know, as often we are the ones that need to remind those homeowners to use them after cleaning out their clogged drains. These simple mesh drain guards are very effective at keeping bits of food and other scraps out of the drains. When it comes to preventing clogs in the first place, trapping such materials before they can enter the drain is the way to go.

Brush Out Your Hair/Clean the Drain Cover

When you are in the shower, chances are that you are going to lose some hair in the process. Regardless of how long your hair may be, so to help this it’s a good idea to brush your hair out before stepping under the water. Doing so helps to remove loose or dead hair before it comes out in the shower. Hair is an extremely common cause of clogs. You can protect your drains further by wiping any whiskers out of the tub or sink after shaving, too. Resist the temptation to simply flush them down the drain.

Dispose of Grease Properly

The next time you fry up a pan of bacon or a similarly fatty food, be sure to dispose of the grease properly. It should never, ever be poured down the drain. That grease will remain in liquid form only as long as it is hot. Once it cools in your drains, it will congeal and cause some serious drainage problems.

 

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Drain Cleaning: Do I Really Need a Professional Plumber?

When you think about it, your home drains are extremely important plumbing fixtures. Even those it’s something that you probably ignored and don’t even think about it within the home. It does require drain cleaning.

And while you may indeed ignore them, your drains do occasionally need an annual professional plumbing service. Just by paying close attention to your drains is a great way to identify whether or not they need professional drain clesning before it becomes a bigger issue.

While a lot of home owners are DIY enthusiasts and they often try to clean their drains on their own. The truth of the matter is that the outcome is not going to be of the same quality as if you hired a professional plumber to service your drains. If you want clogs removed effectively, give Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions a call and let our plumber croydon clean your drains for you.

But Why Hire a Professional Plumber?

Sure, you could go do the drain cleaning yourself; by using drain cleaners however there is a risk by doing this as it might cause unnecessary damages.

Drain cleaners are not as effective and often only clear enough of the clog to allow the remainder of the cleaner to shoot past and down the drain. It won’t be long before what is left behind forms a brand new clog.

Hand augers or “snakes” may be a better option, but again, there is plenty of room for user error. They only have so much reach, so they are not particularly good for clogs that may be deeper in the system. Plus, you could wind up forcing through the clog, but not removing the parts clinging to the pipe. The remainder can trap materials as they pass through, and your pipes can quickly clog up again.

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

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Why hard water is a problem for water heaters

Why hard water is a problem for water heaters

A lot of modern water heaters are now built to resist corrosion and other damage for many years, provided that they have annual maintenance visits from registered gas engineer croydon. There is however, one factor in your home that may not only damage your water heater but also can be a costly replacement in the near future. And that is hard water coming from a hard water supply and this is why hard water is a problem for water heaters.

This is a serious issue, and if it’s occurring in your home you should contact Logical Heating & Plumbing solutions Right away. We not only provide excellent repair service for water heaters around the greater London area, but we can also install water softeners to eliminate hard water trouble.

Hard water is water that contains a high amount of minerals suspended in it, principally magnesium and calcium. These minerals often enter the water supply on its way from the municipal treatment plant through ground water seepage. Hard water is almost never harmful to drink, but it can cause major issues for your home’s plumbing and its water heater.

The high temperatures inside a water heater tank will create a substance called limescale from the minerals inside hard water. Limescale will begin to build up along the inside of the tank. Because limescale acts as an insulator, it will prevent heat from escaping naturally from the tank. The result is a temperature imbalance inside the water heater that will often lead to overheating and high pressure that can damage the system. In addition, limescale deposits will start to block valves and connections in the water heater, creating additional pressure problems that can lead to leaking.

Our plumbers can de-scale a tank to remove the deposits from hard water and restore the water heater. However, if you are encountering hard water issues, you will need to go a step further and get to the root of the problem with the installation of a water softener. This will both protect your water heater and the rest of your plumbing, which will suffer from calcite deposits in the piping that will create spikes in water pressure.

Logical heating & Plumbing solutions is experienced with working on water heaters and installing and servicing whole-house water treatment systems. If you are experiencing trouble with your water heater due to hard water, give us a call on 0208 664 9099.

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