Welcome to this plumbing tips website

Welcome to this plumbing tips website. This website will provide useful information and advice on plumbing. It is aimed at homeowners, landlords and those who are looking after commercial properties.

There will be useful articles on the tips and tricks of plumbing. This will cover a whole range of plumbing topics from saving money, plumbing problems and solutions, hiring the right plumber and many other topics. There are many different areas of plumbing and it is useful to be knowledgeable in these areas. This will help you to know what steps to take if you have a plumbing problem or know what the problem or solutions will be to give you a better understanding before you look to get a plumber . For example all homeowners should invest in a plunger so that they can try and unblock a toilet before contacting a plumber. This will save them money for a common problem that their household is likely to have from time to time.

We hope you find the website useful and informative.

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How to try and prevent pipes from freezing

Frozen pipes should be avoided as the pipes can burst. This is because when water freezes it expands. The size and strength of the pipe doesn’t matter if water is expanded it will still break the pipe. Broken pipes can be costly to fix so it is important to take precautions to try and prevent this from happening.

The water will freeze in pipes that are located in attics or places near outside walls. So for new homes that are having pipes installed it is necessary that they are placed away from the external walls that are likely to experience the cold temperatures from outside.

Make sure you fill any gaps that are in your homes foundation walls with caulking. If there are extreme cold temperatures you can close or cover the foundation vents.

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A good idea to keep your pipes from freezing is to open cabinet doors during the winter months in your kitchen and bathrooms. This may not appear to do much but it will actually help to prevent your pipes from freezing by allowing the warmer air in the room to circulate by the pipes.

Ensure that your sprinkler system and garden hose is drained and disconnected from water during the colder months.

It is good to allow your taps/faucets to trickle some water. This will help to prevent the water in the pipes from freezing. This is because there is a constant flow of water going through the pipes. This constant flow prevents the water that would have been staying in the pipe from dropping in temperature and freezing.

Many homes both old and new can have some cracks or holes that are close to the pipework. Some of these holes can have been created by building contractors to provide passage for wires etc but are unused. If there are unused holes or cracks that are near pipework it can be a good idea to seal these holes. This will help to prevent the pipes from freezing. Make sure you don’t interfere with holes that are required. Also ensure that you get in a qualified professional to carry out this work.

Caulk is a flexible material that can be used to seal window gaps or cracks. This can be added to your windows and doors of your home. It will help to stop colder air from getting into your home and at the same time help to prevent hot air escaping.

During winter months especially when it is colder than freezing outside it can be a good idea to ensure that your heating is on during the night time as well as the day.

Garages can be problem areas for freezing pipes as they can often be unheated and have gaps by the garage doors. If you do have water pipes there do ensure that your garage doors are shut.

Also the pipes can be wrapped with UL approved heat tape which has a built in thermostat to prevent overheating. Make sure you follow any instructions if adding heat tape to pipework.

Please visit the todays home owner website for some more steps on how homeowners can try and prevent their homes pipes from freezing.

Tips for Greener Plumbing

Homes can become greener in various ways. By making changes to your plumbing it is certainly one of the best ways to improve the impact your home has on the environment. Another major advantage by making your plumbing greener would be the lower utility costs as your plumbing will become more efficient.

There are many areas of your homes plumbing system that can be adapted to become greener. This includes areas such as the toilets, sewer mains, water heater, drainage and pipes.

There are initial costs that are required if making some changes. But although there is an initial cost there will be longer term savings. This is because there will be lower water usage and lower energy costs. This means that the price to go greener is worth any initial investment.

There are some other ways of improving the energy use of your plumbing system. Older water heaters are far less efficient than newer ones. This is because newer models can have had some advancement in technology and are therefore more efficient. Also water heaters that have been running for several years can start to become less efficient than when they were new.

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Insulating your homes pipes can be a good way to be more efficient with your plumbing.  This will help to prevent heat from escaping from the pipes. By not having the pipes of the house running through the outside walls is another good way to help prevent the pipes from getting colder and therefore losing more heat.

The largest water usage in your home can be flushing the toilet. By installing a low flush toilet or a toilet that has the option for a low flush is recommended. Toilets with low flush installed can reduce the water used in a flush by 20%-50% per flush.
More modern appliances that are purchased for the home such as washing machines and dishwashers can make energy savings by as much as 50%. There may be some initial investment but the savings you make in the long run make it worth it.

Low flow faucets/taps and showers can result in less hot water being used which is not only good for the environment but also the cost of your water bills.

It can be good to install your entire home with a water filtration system. Your water heaters life can be extended by having water that has been filtered. This is because the water will be cleaner by having particles and chemicals removed. This is also a lot healthier for you to have this installed.

It is good to get your water tested by a professional. They will be able to provide you with advice on what the results of your water quality are. This will enable you to be able to make a better decision as to what is best suited water filtration system for your home.

There are many different ways that you can help to improve the energy consumption of your home. It is good to start knowing what these are and then aim to start making steps on improving your homes efficiency in the future.