5 spring plumbing tips
Spring is a prime time to carry out all of those plumbing checks that you’ve been putting off all winter. By checking your bathroom, kitchen, and other appliances around the house, you could prevent plumbing problems arising and ruining the sunny days to come – just think of it as an extension of your spring clean!
Here are our top 5 spring plumbing tips:
1. Remove leaves and debris from your gutters
The UK experiences heavy rainfall in the spring, and if your gutters and drains are still blocked with autumn leaves or broken winter tree branches, you run a risk of them clogging, which can lead to water damage, leaks and mould growth.
2. Repair heating appliances
Your boiler, radiators and gas fires have to work hard in the winter, sometimes leading to ill functioning and leaks. Whilst it’s easy to think that fixing heating issues isn’t necessary with summer just around the corner, waiting could place you and your family at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, which is why it’s so important to have a Gas Safe engineer see to your broken heating appliances as soon as you spot a problem.
3. Replace any broken window and door seals
Icy winter weather can cause draught guards to crack, particularly plastic ones, so inspect all of your windows and doors and provide replacements for those that require it. This will allow your heating and air conditioning systems to run more efficiently as energy escape is reduced.
4. Inspect your toilet for leaks and ineffective flushing
Put a few drops of food colouring in your toilet tank for a fast and inexpensive way to check for leaks – if the colour shows up in the bowl within thirty minutes, you’ll know it’s time to call out a plumber to fix that leak before it worsens.
As for the flushing mechanism, you shouldn’t have to hold or shake the handle in order for it work, so have the parts replaced for a more effective flush, which coincidently will save water.
5. Take note of any leaky taps and showerheads
Many people just ‘put up’ with a dripping tap or shower but over the course of a day significant amounts of water can go to waste as a result. Getting minor fixes like this done in the spring is a great way to help protect the environment and get your home in good working order at the same time.
If you are in the Fulham area and are in need of a plumber call 020 7350 2511 or click here.