Heating and Plumbing Money Saving Tips
Plumbing emergencies may require quick thinking.
Make sure you know where the main 'stopcock' for the water is, just in case.
Don't pour fats or cooking oils down the drain — they will harden in the pipes and create clogs.
This is the number one cause of blockages.
To prevent stop cocks from seizing up, grease them and turn them off and back on twice a year.
Have a local plumber's number handy! No matter what plumbing emergency occurs in a home, a professional plumber will always be able to offer advice and make any needed repairs.
Many expensive plumbing jobs can be avoided if you call a plumber at the first sign of any problem.
For example a sink or toilet that blocks occasionally is only likely to get worse and worse over time and cost you more to repair if you choose to ignore it.
Don't leave a dripping tap or ball valve. It's far better to address the problem early rather than leave it till the problem gets worse.
A perished washer on a ball valve in your water storage cistern in the attic, for example, is only going to fail eventually if you don't replace it and you'll end up with water pouring out of the overflow or worse
Look After Your Boiler.
Regular servicing of your boiler and heating system each year is vital.
This will ensure that it's working at its best and safety checks are carried out at correct intervals the Co2 levels are safe.
If you can see the flame in the boiler it should be a clear, strong, blue flame – a yellow flame would indicate a problem and should be checked.
Guard Against Freezing.
Make sure any pipe work which may be exposed to freezing conditions is properly lagged.
Check pipes in the attic and basement if you have one.
Run your dishwasher and washing machine at night or at off times to conserve water temperature and pressure.
Check all supply hoses for bulges, leaks or signs of weakness.
Clean out the washing machine lint trap regularly to avoid build up of lint and small objects.
Consider replacing a boiler or water heater more than 15 years old.
Newer water heaters are more energy efficient and will save significant money on heating bills.