Monthly Archives: August 2013

2808, 2013

Hot Water Temperature Control in the Home

August 28th, 2013|News|0 Comments

The home would be a much less comfortable place to live in without a hot water system. There would be no running hot water from the tap for baths, and no hot water for washing the dishes and doing the laundry. However, hot water can lead to accidents such as scalded skin or even serious burns.

Potential risks

Scalding water can present a risk for the family, especially younger children. If the water is too hot, householders can burn their hands and other parts of the body.

2808, 2013

Detecting Small Plumbing Problems Early

August 28th, 2013|News|0 Comments

Small leaks can turn into major problems very quickly, which is why householders should make an effort to identify and fix these apparently minor problems before they worsen.

Whether it is a broken tap, a wet spot in the ceiling or a drip from the sink, these minor problems could escalate into bigger problems that may require expensive repairs.

A wet and leaking ceiling or wall, for example, can lead to drywall damage, This usually means that the water has reached the sheetrock. Wet walls can also develop mould, a potential health issue that can also lead to expensive repair work.

2808, 2013

Water Heaters in Commercial Locations

August 28th, 2013|News|0 Comments

A water heater is one household appliance that we use every day, usually without even thinking about it. The only time we do think about it is when we turn on the hot water and nothing but cold water comes out.

Now imagine if you are running a commercial business, like a restaurant or office building, and your water heater bites the dust. That would be a huge problem!

2708, 2013

Essential Plumbing Tips for Landlords

August 27th, 2013|News|0 Comments

Landlords will often find that basic plumbing skills can help them in their role, whether the problem is a leaky tap, a blocked toilet or a water pressure problem.

Repairing leaky taps

Leaky taps can usually be repaired by replacing a washer or with a simple tightening of the tap at the base. If the faucet keeps leaking, a new tap may be required.

2708, 2013

Safety Tips for Water Heater Temperature and Pressure Relief Valves

August 27th, 2013|News|0 Comments

A hot water system is used daily in many homes, and it requires very little maintenance. However, a basic understanding of the pressure relief valve can ready homeowners for any potential problems.

The valve

The temperature and pressure relief valve is one of the most important elements in any water heater. It has a central safety-related role to play, because its function is to stop the water heater from building too much pressure.

2608, 2013

Causes of Water Stains in the Ceiling

August 26th, 2013|News|0 Comments

Water stains are not uncommon in homes. Spotting these early and acting quickly is the best way to avoid expensive repair costs.

Roof

A wet spot in the ceiling or walls may not always be a problem with the plumbing system. If the spot has been growing after heavy rain, there may be issues in the roof, such as loose or missing tiling, or a leaking vent. For example, in time of extreme weather such as ice or snow build-up, areas of the roof can freeze, expand, or crack. Melted ice can subsequently leak into the ceiling.

2608, 2013

Understanding Different Types of Water Heaters

August 26th, 2013|News|0 Comments

There are many options available for householders looking to replace their water heater, including solar, storage tank water heaters and electric water heaters.

Solar

These hot water heaters are the greenest option available, as they are fully powered by solar energy. These are suitable for those who are able to make the initial outlay for the solar panels and who live in relatively sunny areas.

2508, 2013

Everyday Household Items that Clog Pipes

August 25th, 2013|News|0 Comments

Not many homeowners are aware of it, but there are certain household items that can cause blockage and should not be sent down the drain. Removing these everyday items can help householders save a considerable amount of hassles with plumbing issues.

Garbage disposal unit

The garbage disposal unit should never be used to grind up certain items. Pasta, which expands in the water, is one of these. Bones are another item to avoid sending down the unit. Vegetable and fruit peels are also more suitable for the rubbish bin than the garbage disposal unit.

2508, 2013

Understanding Hard and Soft Water

August 25th, 2013|News|0 Comments

The hardness of running water can have implications of the effectiveness of detergents and cleaning products. Understanding the impact of hard water in the home or at work can allow individuals to make a more informed choice.

Hard vs. soft water

The hardness of water refers to the level of minerals in the water. Therefore, soft water contains a lesser amount of minerals than hard water. The hardness of water can build up over time, as the water contacts rocks, soil and other surfaces. Calcium and magnesium are the key types of minerals that contribute to the hardness of water.

2508, 2013

Home Plumbing Essentials

August 25th, 2013|News|0 Comments

If your home has blocked drains, leaky pipes, toilets that don’t flush or dripping faucets, you need some plumbing help. Here are some do’s and don’ts when it comes to home plumbing.

Do’s

  • Check all your toilets for leaks once a year.
  • Put two or three gallons of boiling water down each drain at least once a month.