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  • Winter Water Pressure Woes

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    Let's be honest here, winter can prove to be a real pain in the bum. Before we start with the total lack of daylight hours and it always being a bit chilly - it can play havoc with your home too if you're not careful!

    If at any point you find that there isn't any water coming from your taps, or there is but it comes to no more than a meagre dribble of its former self, then you can follow this useful step-by-step guide for what to start checking before you go calling the plumber!

    See if water comes out the kitchen tap

    Typically you will find that your mains water supply is fitted to serve the taps in your kitchen first and foremost. If your problem is a weak flow or nothing at all coming out of the taps upstairs in your bathroom, but your kitchen tap is working as normal - there is a good chance your problem is with your internal plumbing. This would have to be fixed by an accredited plumber we're afraid.

    Ask around

    Sometimes when the water pressure in your home drops, this can be something specific to your area rather than just your home. This may be because a house a few doors down has sprung a leak and as a result, the wider area will suffer. When in doubt, ask your neighbours if they've noticed a change in their pressure, if they have, then you can pretty much guarantee the whole area will be affected and eventually put right.

    Inspect your stop valve

    To ensure your water is running freely through your home, the easiest solution may often prove to be the correct one - make sure that your stop valve is opened all the way. This can typically be found either under your sink or in the garage, you may have accidentally knocked it a little without even noticing so never just assume because you haven't touched it doesn't mean it couldn't be the cause of your problems!

    Check for frosty pipes

    Winter's greatest menace - the frozen pipe! These can be a total nightmare to your water mains and leave you with a huge chunk in your wallet should they crack. Be sure to check all visible pipes for any signs of freezing and then follow this guide to relieve the problem.

    Of course, not all problems can be fixed so easily. Be sure to check out our range of pressurisation units as they are the last line of defence against maintaining a great water pressure for your home - even in the trickiest of winters!

  • Top technological advances in the plumbing world

    The pace of technological developments seems to increase every year, and this is just as true in the world of plumbing technology. Recent advances have the potential to keep our homes and businesses more sanitary and reduce our impact on the environment, alongside making our kitchens and bathrooms much more comfortable. Advances include touch-free automatic taps and toilet flushes, energy-efficient electrical fixtures, smart irrigation systems and grey water pump systems, all of which can deliver savings, hygiene and sustainability improvements.

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    Water usage reduction

    The latest technologies in dishwashers and washing machines allow the machines to reuse rinse water later in the cycle. This function can reduce annual water usage by over 3,000 litres - not only could this help alleviate the environmental impact of these appliances but also could cut your water bill.

    Seeking a device with this functionality is a better idea than using half-load programmes - while these use less water than the normal cycle, they won’t cut your water usage in half. Rather, to make a real difference to your bank account and to the environment, wait until you have a full load and use the water-saving function.

     

    Grey water pump systems

    Working on a similar operating principle to the water usage reduction function described above, grey water pump systems can provide further savings in the form of both money and water. Grey water pump systems capture and store waste water from sources in the home such as sinks, baths, dishwashers and showers. They then pump this ‘grey’ water back into your toilet, washing machine and external taps for re-use in suitable applications.

    While most commonly found in commercial settings with high volumes of water being used, such as hotels and universities, there is no reason why homeowners should not also benefit from this technology. Some grey water systems can deliver decreases in water consumption of up to 50 per cent, providing potential savings too large to be ignored.

     

    Touch-free toilet facilities

    Mainly intended to improve hygiene, but additionally providing a more comfortable bathroom experience, toilets, sinks and soap dispensers featuring infrared sensors allow users to have no physical hand-to-surface contact with bathroom facilities. The latest touch-free toilets not only flush with the wave of a hand but can also lower and raise their seats and lids with nothing more than a gesture on your part.

    The most sensible applications for such devices are in areas with high volumes of traffic, such as commercial settings or public buildings; however, homeowners seeking increased comfort and feeling particularly committed to the highest sanitary conditions also stand to benefit.

     

    Water-saving showers and taps

    When you have installed a grey water system and have the latest water-usage reducing appliances, what other advances has the world of plumbing got to offer?

    The most modern water outlet technologies work to reduce water usage without compromising an inch on luxury. Showers can constitute one of the largest sources of water use and wastage; however, low-flow shower heads can drastically cut the volume of water used per minute, providing homeowners with the ability to save money on utility bills. Those who really enjoy showers could even shower for longer with no additional effect on their bills or the environment.

    Shop our grey water systems today and join the technological advances of the plumbing world.

  • Is plumbing insurance worthwhile?

    Customers find themselves bombarded with literature on how important plumbing insurance is for covering everything from newly installed submersible pumps to boiler breakdowns. However, with wages remaining stagnant and the cost of living increasing, many decide this added cost is something they simply can’t afford. Some may say it’s better to the run this risk, while others may feel paying a little out each month is worthwhile in the long run.

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    What are you already covered for?

    A lot of plumbing insurance premiums on the market will cover you for problems such as boiler breakdowns, issues with water supplies and burst pipes. However, you may find that this is something that is already covered in your home insurance policy, or at least part of it is. Some home contents insurers will provide you with cover for burst pipe damage but won’t cover you for the repair required to the pipe.

    24-hour emergency cover is another option that many home insurance providers offer. This will provide a homeowner with help in emergencies such as electric issues, burst pipes or leaky roofs. If that’s the case, opting for boiler cover on its own may be all you require.

     

    What are you responsible for?

    Plumbing issues with submersible pumps will often not be your problem if you’re renting a property. This falls under the landlord’s remit. Furthermore, any burst pipes that occur outside the boundaries of your home will be the responsibility of your local water board.

    Don’t forget to check with your water company to see what they provide. Many of them will offer free residential pipe repair, which would make your additional cover unneeded.

    If you live in an apartment or flat, who is responsible for what can be somewhat vague. The responsibility of the pipework can be something that is shared between occupiers and the freeholder, so looking into this before pursuing additional cover is recommended.

     

    What can you afford?

    The cost of replacing a boiler or sorting out a burst pipe can be incredibly expensive, and if this isn’t something you can afford, paying out small amounts for insurance may be far more beneficial. If anything happens, you’ll have the peace of mind that you are covered for it.

    If you want to try to cut costs, you could also look at what costs are involved in taking out a policy and set these aside in a savings account instead. Then, if you need to have any emergency repairs carried out, you have the funds to do it, and if you don’t, the money is still yours for other things. Even though it will require some willpower to put this money aside, you will find most policies are around £10 a month so you shouldn’t notice this too much.

     

    Insuring submersible pumps: What will you get from the policy?

    Policies may differ with each provider, so always look at the small print to see exactly what you will be getting from them. If something happens in your home, some companies will send someone out to help deal with the situation before following this up with a plumber, while others may just pay you cash compensation for you to solve the problem yourself.

    You should also check what excess there is to pay as this can vary dramatically and is the amount that you’ll have to pay towards the repair. Don’t just go with the cheapest quote without looking into it thoroughly as it might not be the best solution for you. Compare what’s available, do your research and look at the pros and cons of each insurance provider before choosing who you will go with.

     

    How quickly will they resolve a problem?

    Another important thing to consider is how quickly the company will respond if an emergency does occur. You’re going to want someone to come out as soon as possible, especially if your boiler breaks down in winter. Most providers will provide you with an estimated time, which can be extended during the colder months, but getting someone who can be with you within 24 hours is perhaps worth paying for.

    Always carefully consider what advantages there are to taking out insurance before going ahead. If you’ve got other aspects covered and you’ve got the funds to resolve an emergency, it might not be beneficial for you.

    Shop our range of submersible pumps now.

  • 5 signs you should call a plumber

    Plumbing problems vary in severity, from a simple dripping tap to more serious flooding requiring drainage pumps. You can tackle some issues yourself; however, other plumbing problems require the expertise of a trained professional. If you encounter any of the following scenarios, it is time to call in a pro!

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     1. The pipes are frozen solid

    Anyone who has been misfortunate enough to experience frozen pipes knows that it is best to call a plumber immediately. Generally striking during the winter months, frozen pipes can crack or burst, leading to extensive flooding and water damage to your home and possessions.

     

    Rather than taking a chance with a DIY pipe thawing, leave it to the experts. Call the plumber the moment you notice the pipes are frozen, before they rupture, to avoid a mess that might require the use of drainage pumps. See more information on how to prevent frozen pipes.

     

    2. Water pressure is inconsistent

    Many people simply put up with poor water pressure, writing it off as nothing more than a mild inconvenience; however, this can be a symptom of a far bigger problem. If you only experience poor water pressure with a single shower or tap, you may simply need to clear the fixture of a solid mineral accumulation; on the other hand, weak pressure throughout the house could indicate a larger problem with the mains supply line.

     

    Only a trained plumbing professional can diagnose the problem correctly and take the necessary steps to fix your water pressure, enabling you to enjoy strong, refreshing showers again!

     

    3. The taps won’t stop dripping

    Perhaps the most common plumbing issue, dripping taps are equally often dismissed; however, the constant dripping adds up over time, with a leak of one drip every couple of seconds amounting to around 1,500 gallons of water over the course of an entire year. This is bad for the environment and bad for your wallet!

     

    A persistently-dripping tap could also be a symptom of a much larger problem. A professional plumber will be able to uncover the true source of the leak, so don’t hesitate to give them a call.

     

    4. The bath won’t drain without using drainage pumps

    Blocked bath tubs only get worse over time; for this reason, it is best to deal with the obstruction as soon as possible. Not only can a professionally-trained plumber clean out the blockage but also they can make sure this is not part of a larger issue with your pipes and drainage.

     

    Catching the problem early will make it a lot easier to deal with; therefore, it is best to give your plumber a ring when you notice the bath draining slowly (as opposed to a solid blockage).

     

    5. The toilet is blocked - and even a plunger can’t help

    A blocked toilet is a pain at the best of times; however, if it still clogged up after you have had a go with the plunger, you should call your plumber urgently. Depending on the severity of the issue, the problem could go all the way back to the sewage main, which is why your domestic plunger won’t cut it.

     

    Trying to shift the blockage yourself could scratch the porcelain or damage the main; therefore, it is worth consulting a professional who can bring the tools and knowledge to get your toilet flushing again.

     

    Are you planning to sort out your plumbing problems? If so, have a look at the extensive range of pumps on offer from Pump Sales Direct to help you get the job done.

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