When it comes to our homes plumbing, it is often only when a problem occurs that we realise we can take for granted the convenience and luxury of having all facets of our homes plumbing functioning correctly. Plumbing problems can occur in all areas of the home, both indoors and outdoors, however the common culprits when it comes to plumbing issues are often taps, toilets, drains and hot water systems.
As a homeowner or tenant, we can all do our part to ensure our homes plumbing is in good working order. Read on to discover 5 winter plumbing tips for your home including:
- Use good quality washers in taps
- Clear kitchen sinks and bathroom basins
- Avoid foreign objects being flushed down toilets
- Choose a hot water unit for your households needs
- Don’t ignore the sound of running water when no taps are on
Use good quality washers in taps
A dripping tap can be the result of a worn or faulty washer. A dripping tap wastes water and money so should not be ignored. Ensure washers are replaced regularly and use good quality washers. This winter plumbing tips is particularly important in outdoor taps to avoid cracks in the cold weather.
Clear kitchen sinks and bathroom basins
We tend to spend more time at home during winter which puts extra demand on plumbing. To help prevent blocked drains, wipe out kitchen sinks and bathroom basins regularly. A kitchen sink can become home to food scraps and cooking oils, all of these should not be washed down a sink. Hair is the most common culprit of blocked bathroom drains. Wipe out your bathroom basin daily to collect any loose strands of hair so they don’t make their way down the drain.
Avoid foreign objects being flushed down toilets
More people at home during winter also puts extra demand on toilets. The only thing that should be flushed down toilets is toilet paper. Keep toilet lids closed when not being used and be on the lookout for water leaking or pooling near the base of your toilet.
Choose a hot water unit for your households needs
Install a hot water system to cater for the needs of your household. A hot water system that is too large can waste energy and money. Be on the lookout for rust on your hot water system and if it’s more than 15 years old, it may be time to consider a replacement.
Don’t ignore the sound of running water when no taps are on
The sound of water running although no taps in your home are turned on is an issue to not ignore. Why? It can indicate a serious plumbing issue of a leaking or burst water pipe. The sooner you call a plumber to inspect and repair a leaking or burst pipe, the more water, extensive damage and money you will save.
Mainline Plumbing and Cheap Hot Water and Gas are the ‘trusted name in the plumbing industry’ and available 24/7 in plumbing emergencies.
The team at Mainline Plumbing and Cheap Hot Water and Gas are only a call away to help with all your household plumbing needs in Bunbury and the South West. The Mainline team of plumbers have the knowledge and experience in all areas of plumbing and pride themselves on provide fast, effective and honest workmanship.
For a FREE quote on your plumbing needs, call the team on 9791 1608 in Bunbury or 9759 1317 in Busselton/Dunsborough