Tips, Help and advice
A few tips that will help maintain a healthy plumbing system and some advice that could get you out of deep trouble in the event of a leak or flood...
It's no surprise when you come to shut your stopcock off in an emergency and its seized, try putting a note in you calendar or phone to remind you to turn your water supply stopcock off and on again every 6 months, after turning it fully back on, then turn it clockwise half a turn, this process every 6 months will keep it free from scale, easily maintainable and WORKING. Same goes for all your valves throughout your property. Or you could install a sure stop device these are not affected by scale and allows you to shut the water off at the flick of a switch, check it out on the special products page.
If you have a tank in the loft, make sure that it has a lid and is insulated, check to see if the water inside is clean, free of scale and contaminates, this water the runs to your bathroom and your using it to brush your teeth, this water needs to be clean (if your tank is dirty please have a look at our tank cleaning service on limescale destroyers page).
If you have a water meter fitted and want to save on wasting costly water, you can ask Thames Water for free water saving gadgets. To try another way, fill up a 1litre juice carton full of water and place it in your toilet cistern, this will save a litre of water every flush.
RADIATORS NOT GETTING HOT
If your radiators are cold at the top and hot at the bottom this means you have air within the radiator. Insert your bleed key and open the bleed valve until you can hear the air escaping (do not take the screw completely out of the valve). Once the water starts to flow from the valve, turn off and move on to the next radiator (keep a cloth under the valve and key to prevent water dropping onto the carpet). If your radiators are hot at the top and cold at the bottom this means your system is full of sludge and will need a power flush. Either of these issues needs to be dealt with asap, your heating system uses a great deal more energy to heat your home costing you a hell of a lot more £££s in energy usage.