Monthly Archives: December 2013

3012, 2013

How to Save Money when doing the Laundry

December 30th, 2013|News|0 Comments

Many homeowners are unaware of the fact that just a few changes can allow them to save on energy and utility costs. The laundry is one of the areas where householders can save money, and these are some strategies to save more money almost immediately.

  • Run full loads – Running small loads of laundry is a waste of water and energy, so wherever possible run the machine with a full load. This reduces how often a load needs to be run as well as hot water wastage. If a half-load or small load must be run, adjust water and detergent levels accordingly.
  • Lower the water temperature – Always wash with cold or warm water, and never with hot water unless it is absolutely necessary. Rinsing should always be done with cold water, as the rinse stage has no impact on the cleanliness of the load.
  • Dry naturally – Where possible let your washing dry naturally instead of using a dryer. Householders who prefer to use dryers should buy a machine that comes with an electronic sensor. These machines switch off automatically when clothes are dry.
  • Clean the lint filter – A clean lint filter means a more efficient washing machine. In addition, check hose and air vents for any sign of clogging.
2512, 2013

Reasons to Use Water Heater Timers

December 25th, 2013|News|0 Comments

Using a water heater timer can cut energy costs by reducing unnecessary heating expenditure. Here is a quick overview on using water heater timers and understanding how they work.

The standard water heater is switched on and working all the time. In the average home, hot water heating accounts for as much as 18% of all energy used. This means that it is the second largest consumer of energy in the home.

2012, 2013

How to Unclog Your Kitchen Sink

December 20th, 2013|News|0 Comments

Kitchen sinks can easily become clogged during food preparation. While it might be necessary to call a licensed plumber if there is a serious blockage, in many cases kitchen drain blockages can usually be resolved without professional help.

Equipment

The equipment required includes a classic-style plunger, petroleum jelly, and gloves and safety glasses.

1512, 2013

How to Prevent Water, Mould and Insect Damage in the Basement

December 15th, 2013|News|0 Comments

Basements are unique spaces in the home, in that their lack of natural lighting and dampness can make them more prone to certain types of damage. Water, mould and insects are common threats for the average basement, and this article outlines how to combat these types of damage.

  • Flooding and water damage

In the event of a flood, the basement is the first place to be filled with water. Water damage can be highly destructive, but there are things residents can do to minimise the impact.

1012, 2013

An Insider’s Guide to Handling Any Plumbing Situation

December 10th, 2013|News|0 Comments

Plumbing systems require the attention of a licensed plumber from time to time, but ongoing DIY maintenance is vital for catching minor problems and issues. Householders can use these practical tips to address small problems and conduct maintenance on their plumbing system.

Water mains

Residents and property owners should know where their water mains switch is located so that the water supply can be quickly switched off during emergencies. It is also important to know where the water mains is located when undertaking basic repairs and maintenance, as the water supply should be turned off during this process.

512, 2013

Maintenance Tips for an Effective Plumbing System

December 5th, 2013|News|0 Comments

Plumbing systems are designed to operate effectively without constant attention from a plumber, but old and new systems alike can manifest different problems.

Householders can conduct basic maintenance and repairs to reduce the risk of common problems occurring:

  • Shutting off the mains – Shutting off the water mains is important when repairs or maintenance is being conducted on the plumbing system. Everyone who lives on the property should know how to shut off the water mains.
412, 2013

DIY Plumbing Basics for Householders

December 4th, 2013|News|0 Comments

The most common plumbing problems occur in the bathroom or the toilet. In many cases the issue is minor, so the householder can fix or repair the problem without professional assistance from a plumber.

These tips from Plumbers World will prove useful when the plumbing problem requires only a simple DIY repair.

Using plungers and augers

Drain and toilet plungers and augers are relatively easy to use. These tools are design to dislodge and unblock clogged piping. You should learn how to apply the plunger properly, and how to use augers to loosen and dislodge blockages from pipes.

312, 2013

Essential Plumbing Tips for the Holiday Season

December 3rd, 2013|News|0 Comments

The holiday season will see a large number of family, friends and other visitors in the home. More people in the house not only means more cooking, laughter and fighting, it also results in a heavier demand on the home’s piping system.

These easy tips will allow householders to keep sinks, toilets and drains working smoothly throughout the festival season.

Grease and un-flushable items

Avoid pouring grease or oil down the drain and discourage the throwing of un-flushable items down the toilet. Oil and grease can have a detrimental effect on drainage, as these substances tend to build up in the piping system.

212, 2013

Easy Strategies for Unclogging Blocked Drains

December 2nd, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

A blockage in the drainage system of a home can occur at multiple points: in the branch line, in the main house drain, or in the connection to the sewer.

These three simple tools can be used to unblock common types of obstructions, although it is wise to contact a plumbing professional if one has any doubts.

Plunger

For blocked toilets and sinks, use a plunger to unclog the blockage. Use petroleum jelly to coat the rim of the cup before applying the plunger. Use short, rapid strokes to unblock the drain and repeat if necessary.

112, 2013

Practical Plumbing Tips for Pipe Problems

December 1st, 2013|News|0 Comments

The plumbing system in a property works quietly in the background to deliver a vital service for the residents. As water plays a critical role in the daily lives of many people, any problems with the plumbing system are immediately noticeable.

Here are some practical plumbing tips for the home, though it is advised to seek professional assistance where there are any doubts.