Plumbing is a vital component of your home, it provides you with running water and a warm home, so when you find problems with your plumbing or heating systems, it can completely disrupt your home life. Issues with your plumbing are more common than you may think, and there are a few factors that can contribute to the deterioration or clogging of your plumbing systems. For example, allowing mould to continue to grow around your taps and drains, or putting items such as cotton pads down the toilet. Luckily, along with being more vigilant and careful around the home, plumbing cleaning can ensure that your plumbing and heating systems are in good working order for many years to come. Most of these cleaning tips are also easy to complete, adds value to your home and can provide you and your family with a safe living space.

Essential Plumbing Cleaning For A Safe Home

Taking care of your plumbing allows you to maintain your home and ensure that there aren’t sudden plumbing surprises; this is particularly necessary for the colder months when a broken boiler can leave you and your family in the cold for days. Not only this, but broken or poor plumbing can also affect your energy bills, which can easily mount up over time if left unresolved.

Plumbing maintenance is something that, if completed regularly, should only take a few minutes, and can have a significant impact on the efficiency of your home while reducing the need for expensive repairs. As well as saving money in the future, you will also be saving on energy bills in the meantime. In fact, according to Top Trades People, a dripping tap can cost you as much as £100 a year!

It is always best to future proof your home, and regular maintenance and cleaning plumbing systems is one of the best ways to achieve this. Find out more about our top tips:

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Clean Drains

When your drain begins to work in reverse and instead of draining the water brings out your leftover dinner, it is time to make changes and take a little more care of your drain system. A faulty drain is not only inconvenient to fix, but it can also leave an unpleasant smell. If not fixed immediately, the water will begin to give off a foul smell as well as cause potential health risks to those inside.

The most common reasons that you may find your drains are clogged include the following:

  • Hair has tangled and blocked the drain
  • Grease has built-up from food waste and cleaning kitchen appliances
  • Toiletries that do not dissolve such as cotton balls
  • A broken pipe

The best way to regularly clean your drains is to use natural products to remove grease or any other objects that are blocking the drain. All you will need to do is combine some white vinegar and baking soda and then pour this down the drains. Once it has worked its magic for about 15 minutes, pour down some boiling water from the kettle, and this should prevent your drains from clogging. If your drain is already clogged, then depending on the severity, you may be able to unblock them yourself. Carefully follow the tips and advice provided by American Home Shield on how to unclog your drains.

If these methods do not work, then it may be time to contact a professional. Our certified and highly skilled plumbers in Olney and the surrounding areas are more than happy to take a look at the issue. Please feel free to speak to a member of the team for more information about our accredited and reputable services.

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Clean Traps

The traps on your sinks are often forgotten about when it comes to cleaning your bathrooms. However, they play a vital role in the way your sink functions as it helps to connect your drain pipe to the sewer pipe. The trap is a curved pipe that is located beneath the sink and is sometimes referred to as s-traps, p-traps or u-traps. The purpose of the traps is to retain some of the water that is flushed down the drain to create an air seal in order to prevent any foul smells or dangerous sewer gases from rising back up the pipe and through the drain. This makes cleaning your traps or repairing issues with them essential.

It is fairly easy to clean out traps, as they are easy to remove. The first step is to locate the trap under your sink; this is a curved pipe usually made from metal or PVC and connects to each pipe using two slip nuts. To make sure that you remain safe during this task, you will need to pop on some rubber gloves and grab a bucket to place under the trap; this will catch any dirt or water. You will then need to remove the trap by loosening the slips on either side; this can usually be done by hand or with a wrench. There will be water inside the trap, so be careful when taking it apart; pour this water into the bucket. Glance inside the trap to make sure that there is nothing trapped, and then begin to clean it out by scrubbing. Once complete, screw the trap back on.

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Clean Showerheads

A dirty showerhead or one that is clogged up from limescale can be one of the most annoying things. The first sign that there may be a problem with your shower head is when the water starts to come out really slowly, or you notice that the pressure of the water has significantly reduced. One of the biggest culprits for causing this issue is, unfortunately, limescale. While you are unable to prevent limescale from entering your water supply, with regular cleaning, you are able to minimise the issues that it can cause and the potential need for repairs. If you find that your showerhead is already giving you problems, and no cleaning nor maintenance is resolving the issue, then you may need to replace your showerhead. If this does not resolve the issue, then please contact our team for plumbing in Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas.

Clean Toilets

Cleaning the toilets is a task that no one really wants to complete; however, it is an essential part of house cleaning that not only keeps your home looking clean, but can also minimise the risk of your toilets not being able to flush and in the worst-case scenario, overflowing. An overflowing toilet is extremely dangerous in terms of your health and the safety of your home as it can cause structural damage to your home. If your toilet is overflowing or you are unable to stop running water in your toilet, it is imperative that you contact a professional before it worsens. If you have experienced water damage caused by your toilet, then we would highly advise that you take a look at Grohe for advice on what steps to take.

The reason you may find that your toilet becomes clogged, causing it to overflow is likely to be caused by placing products and objects down the toilet that do not dissolve or fit through the pipes. For this reason, it is important to first make sure that you do not throw any items unsuitable for the toilets plumbing system. You are also able to make sure that your bathroom pipework is in good condition through regular cleaning. This can be completed by placing enzyme-based cleaners down the toilet, or by using baking soda, vinegar and lemon juice for a more natural solution. Alternatively, if you are having serious issues with your plumbing and they require immediate attention or a thorough clean, then please feel free to contact our team. A qualified and experienced plumber will visit your property to help you identify and fix the issues you are having.

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Annual Check-up

Speaking of professional plumbers, annual check-ups and maintenance checks are an essential part of any properties upkeep. They help you to keep your heating and plumbing in check, identify small repairs before they become expensive and can even help to improve your properties value. For this reason, it is highly advised that you book in a boiler service with our trusted team. Our professional team have been providing a quality boiler service in Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas for many years, and are more than happy to lend you a hand, all you will need to do is contact our team to book one in.

A boiler service entails a few things, and ensures that your plumbing and heating systems are in working order, it will also help to highlight any issues that you may need to get fixed. Through this boiler service, you can maintain a safe and working home, while prolonging the life of your boiler. This service includes the following:

  • Visual Inspection – this is where the engineer will check for any leaking or rusting of the boiler, ensuring that it meets current UK boiler standards.
  • Removal Of The Boiler Case – after the visual inspection, the engineer will then check each component is in working order and clean the inside of the boiler.
  • Flue Check – this involves checking the flue terminal has no obstructions and that they are safely fitted.
  • Gas Pressure Check – your boiler working at the correct pressure will help to keep your home warm and provide you with sufficient running water. A pressure check ensures that the pressure is of a good standard.
  • Boiler Fired Up – the boiler will be fired up so that the engineer can check for any other issues and ensure that there are no faults in the system.

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Is Your Plumbing & Heating Working Efficiently?

If you find even the slightest fault in your plumbing system, it is imperative to make sure that you contact a plumber to come and check the issue. When an issue is not resolved immediately, it can very quickly turn into something more serious, and much more expensive. However, by keeping up with your plumbing cleaning, you can minimise the risk of any issues with your plumbing or heating systems, saving you money and prolonging the life of your boiler.

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