Plumbing Advise for your Home or Business

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

Preventing Plumbing Issues

Usually when confronted with a dripping or leaky tap, a person’s initial response is try and fix it themselves . Stop for a moment and just think about it, unfortunately, this rarely works and, in many cases, causes a lot more harm than good. Applying too much force when closing a tap’s valve can cause it to sheer off, snap or burst completely. . If your taps are indeed dripping or leaking, it is recommended that you seek out assistance from a professional plumber instead of going down the ‘DIY’ route or putting your head in the sand.  A leaking pipe left unchecked can cause untold damage.  The best advise here is if you see a small leak. Get it fixed or looked at by a professional plumber. This will save you more money in the end.

Shower Head Racks Be Careful

Shower heads do not respond well to having excess pressure applied to them. That is why the use of shower head racks is not widely recommended. Their weight puts excessive force on the additional strain on the shower head and can, over time, cause it to begin to separate from the wall. These have been know to fall down and crack the bath tub. This can cause so much hassle. This can result in leaks occurring.

Stop Your Shower’s Drains From Clogging

The purpose of a shower  trap is to remove and dispose of dirt.  Over time this can result in hair, dirt, soap and grease resulting in blockages in your shower’s drain. People tend to shed hair while showering and this can then accumulate into clumps which will stop water from passing through the drain. It is fairly easy to tell when your drain is beginning to block. You will see a slow drain of water from the shower tray or bath. A common and simple cheap way of preventing your shower’s drain from becoming blocked is to install a filter on top of your shower’s draining hole. You can purchase one of these in just about any hardware store and they are fairly cheap to buy. It will prevent hair and all but the finest dirt from making its way into your pipes and allowing water to pass through preventing your shower tray from filling up with water.

Be very careful when using any form of chemical unblocked, take into account the fact that they are expensive to buy as well as environmental factors (they are extremely bad for the environment),  they do not come across as being a particularly sound investment.

Don’t Use Your Toilet For Rubbish

A blocked up toilet is a serious pain that can cause untold amounts of disruption in any home. You should really be doing everything in your power to ensure that such blockages do not occur. The interesting thing about blocked toilets is that, in the vast majority of cases, the problem could have easily been avoided had people not attempted to flush non-flushable items down their toilet.

Far and away the most commonly encountered source of toilet blockages is kitchen roll and industrial strength blue roll being flushed. Where tissues and toilet paper dissolve in water for ease of flushing, blue roll and kitchen roll do not. Instead, they tend to ‘clump’ and accumulate, getting stuck in piping when flushed.

While blue roll and kitchen paper is the most common source of blocked toilets, they are far from the only thing people carelessly try to flush away. DeWAR Plumbers have encountered some very strange items in toilet piping down through the years.

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Sinks Are Not For Waste Disposal

Much like the toilets, sinks are also commonly mistaken for bins. The most common reason behind blocked sink piping is leftover foodstuffs from cooking and preparation. A big one also is when you have painters, plasters and tilers cleaning out there brushes and tubs when finishing works. The grease and plaster can become as hard as cement. Sometimes you would have to remove the pipework completely to get rid of the blockage. Liquids should only ever be poured down the drain of a sink. Solid items should be appropriately disposed of by putting them in a bin or, if appropriate, used in a compost pile.

 

If you have taken heed of all the advice in this article, but are still experiencing problems with your plumbing then it may be time to call in a professional plumber to sort the issue out.
Call DeWAR Plumbers on our phone number 01 514 3344 or email us in order to have a plumber sent out to you at a time and date that suits you.


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