The plumbing is one of the most important parts of your home, so it’s crucial it’s always well maintained to avoid complicated problems.
If at any time you do find something wrong with your plumbing, it’s best to act quickly and bring in a plumber to fix the issue. Any delay and you risk the fault worsening and may have to fork out more money to get it repaired.
But how can you prevent problems altogether so you won’t have to worry? Take a look at the recommendations below to keep your plumbing in good nick.
1. To prevent the stopcocks from seizing it’s best to grease them twice a year and turn them off and on.
2. Make sure you’re not mistaking a leaky roof for condensation. Condensation will appear on your windows when moisture is in the air.
3. Ensure to clear your guttering at least once a year. This removes leaves, twigs and other debris that can cause a water blockage.
4. A lemon can help prolong the life expectancy of your taps by removing limescale.
5. If you ever lay floorboards, ensure to mark out where pipes are below to prevent nailing through.
6. If you have any flat roofs then these can be common places for leaks. Sealant is the best way to eradicate leaks so always be on the lookout for any problems, especially after a storm.
7. Try to avoid pouring grease and other food substances down your kitchen sink as this is likely to cause blockages.
8. Always know where your manhole drainage cover is as this can help clear out the system and prevent blockages. Using a hose pipe, the water jet can improve the flow of your drains.
Of course, if there are ever any large scale problems such as your boiler or central heating being on the blink, it’s vital to call out a professional plumber to deal with the problem. It’s illegal to work on your boiler if you are not Gas Safe registered and can cause a whole lot of serious damage.