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Plumbing

5 Common Summer Plumbing Issues

We are all aware of the common plumbing issues during the winter months, with the most common being pipes becoming frozen. But, issues can still rise in the summer months. Today, we are going to share with you 5 of the most common summer plumbing issues.

1- Washing Machine Overload
During the summer months, we are all generally more sweaty and dirty. Meaning we are washing more clothes than we would do normally. This puts a huge strain on your washing machine, to work harder than what it does during the other months. Meaning it is more likely for your machine to become overworked and break with plumbing issues being a factor.

2- Sprinkler Issues
If you are lucky enough to own sprinklers, you may likely see issues arise with them during the summer months. One of the more common issues with sprinkles is them becoming clogged. Another issue is again them breaking due to being overworked during the summer months. Excessive use will have an impact on how well they work and how long they last.

3- Blocked Toilets
No one enjoys having a blocked toilet, but in the summer months, these are more of a common issue. With people drinking more in the summer months you will notice people are going toilet more often. Meaning overall there is a higher chance of someone blocking the toilet.

4- Sewer Line Clogs
Finally, summer months of course come with hot weather, but can also come with sudden bursts of rain. These sudden bursts of rain are what causes sewer line clogs. With them suddenly opening up all the dry soil. All entering the sewer system at once, making it more likely to clog than if it was a gradual flow.

These are four of the most common plumbing issues during the summer months, have you experienced any of these?

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Heating

Looking After Your Gas Boiler

Gas boilers are one of the most common types of boilers used in homes across Northampton and the UK. This is why today we are going to share with you some of our tips for caring for your gas boiler.

Top Tip One – Servicing
One of the best ways to keep your gas boiler in top condition is by ensuring it has a regular service check-up. These should be completed at least once per year. This helps you to know if there are any faults with your boiler, helping the problem to be fixed before it causes any massive issues in your home.

Top Tip Two – Bleed Your Radiators
This may focus more on your radiators. But bleeding your radiators can and will help your boiler. Bleeding your radiator is a simple task that involves opening a valve to release any trapped air.
If you do not release this trapped air your boiler will be working harder than it needs to be to heat up your radiators. Meaning you will be shortening its life span.

Top Tip Three – Boiler Pressure
To maintain and care for your boiler you should always keep an eye on your boiler pressure. If your boiler pressure becomes too low, generally below one bar, the efficiency of your boiler day-to-day running will be lower. It is easy to top up your boiler pressure following the manual, but you can also ask a local plumber to help you.

Top Tip Four – Remove Clutter
You should keep the area around your boiler free from any clutter. Your boiler needs to be well ventilated to be able to work efficiently. Any clutter will prevent this from happening.

These are our top four tips for maintaining and caring for your boiler. Following these tips will help your boiler to run more efficiently.

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Plumbing

Hiring A Plumber In Northampton

When issues with your plumbing rise or you need something new installed, it is likely you will look to hire a plumber. Today, we are going to share with you some facts about hiring a plumber in Northampton.

Consider Reviews
When looking to hire anyone for any work you should always consider their reviews. See how highly they are rated on their website and social media. See what people have said about them and the way they work. This way you know more about the company before even contacting them.

Local Recommendations
You should also ask around your local area for recommendations. You never know who may know someone that can help you. It is likely people around have had issues with plumbing so many no someone who works well, or even people to avoid.

Website Research
Before contacting any company you should always look deep into their website. This will give you a clear insight into what projects they have already completed. As well as their prices and what packages they may offer. This will help you to know if they are going to be the best value for money.

Name Referral
When you call them or see them for a quote you should always mention who referred them to you. This may help you and the other people to gain cheaper prices for your work. People love to hear about word-of-mouth advertisements so always slip this in when you can.

Who Do You Know
You should always think about who you know. You never know an old school friend may have become a plumber. They again may offer you deals as you know each other. Helping to rekindle a friendship and help each other out.

These are our top five tips you should always consider when looking to hire a plumber in Northampton. Helping to ensure you get the best value for your money as well as the best quality work.

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Heating

Why Underfloor Heating Is Worth It

It is without a doubt that underfloor heating is one of the more expensive options you can choose to have in your home. With it becoming costly to install and fix if there are any problems. But, without a doubt, there are many reasons why underfloor heating is worth every penny spent.

Underfloor heating is a more energy-efficient way to warm up your home. With it taking less time for the heat to rise from below from your floor than it does for radiators to spread the heat across your room.

Most plumbers who install underfloor heating will recommend that you have this constantly running. This, therefore, means that underfloor heating is much easier to run. Due to it always being set at one temperature.

Finally, with underfloor heating, you will have more room in your home. It is surprising how much room radiators and other heat supplies will take up. Using underfloor heating will remove these from the room.

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Plumbing

Reasons Why Your Toilet May Be Blocked

Toilet blockages are extremely common across homes all around the world. But some of us may not understand why our toilets keep becoming blocked. Today, we are going to share with you three common reasons your toilet may be blocked.

Toilet Paper
The most common reason for your toilet becoming blocked is toilet paper. Either you are using the wrong kind of toilet paper, or you are using too much. You do not want to be putting too much paper down your toilet as this can be difficult to flush away.

Not Enough Water
If you do not have enough incoming water supply, this can cause your tank to not have enough water. Meaning when you flush, there is not enough water being used. Making it difficult for the waste to be flushed away, causing a blockage.

Design Fault
Another common reason why your toilet may be blocked is a design fault. If there are too many turns within the pipes to the sewers, there are more areas for waste to become lodged.

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Plumbing

How To Unblock Your Sink

Sinks are very common to become blocked or have some form of drainage problems. Today, we are going to share with you some tips on how to unblock your sink.

The first option you should try is using a plunger. This sucks the air out of your drain, with the hope of dislodging the blockage. This is the best and safest way to cure a blockage without chemicals.

Alongside a plunger, sometimes a burst of water can help to unblock your sink. Turn your tap onto full blast down your drain to see if this will dislodge the blockage. This can however make the blockage worse and bigger.

Sometimes neither of these two simple options will work, but they should always be your first resort. If these fail, we recommend using some drain unblocked chemicals. These can be brought from local supermarkets or made with white vinegar and baking soda. They work by breaking down the blockage allowing water to drain freely.

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Plumbing

Why Shouldn’t Food Be Put Down Your Sink?

People continue to put scraps of food down their sinks, but it is simple, no scraps of food should be going down your sink. Today, we are going to share with you why certain foods should not be put down your sinks.

To begin with, meats, no scraps of meat, no matter how small they are, should be sent down your sink drain. Meats tend to become stringy whether they are cooked or raw. Meaning they can become tangled, causing a major blockage which is not needed.

Fruit skins are another common food put down our sinks. However, fruit skins are tough and therefore very hard to breakdown. Meaning they may become lodged in our pipes again causing an unneeded blockage.

Finally, flour. With most of us being unsure with how to dispose of unwanted flour, the sink seems to be the best option. However, when mixed with water, flour becomes a glue-like substance. Making it likely to cause a major blockage.