Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Tips for Dealing With a Drainage Blockage

A blocked drain is any home owner’s worst nightmare. Blocked drains are serious household emergency that need to be dealt with very quickly so as not to cause even further damage. One of the worst parts about blocked drains is the foul smell they give off. But then just as awful is the thought that the overflow of waste water could seep into your home. If you haven’t got a clue how to unblock the drain you will need to get a drainage engineer to your home as quickly as possible.  You can do a google search for a drainage engineer, but don’t forget to search with the keyword of your nearest town.  Search engines analysis text on webpage’s so if the town is on a drainage company website it should be easily found.  The cost to unblock drains varies but you should be able to get it cleared for less than £80.

Really prevention is the key.  If you follow some simple rules you will avoid blocking drains in the first place.  This will save you the stress and worry and also the cost of  getting a drainage company out to do it.

With bath and shower plugholes hair is often tangled around the plug hole so regular removal of this hair is a must.  It may appear that there is no hair blocking the hole but if only takes a few invisible strands over the plughole for other hair to catch on below.  Just run your fingers over the hole and pull up any hair, you may be surprised at how much is gathering there.

Soap residue is often the culprit of blocked sinks and plug holes.  It is a good idea to use disinfectants and hot water to flush the wash basin, bath and shower pipers on a regular basis.

Never put sanitary towels or baby nappies down the toilet as these are prone to clogging up the pipe work. Also small objects like combs can slip down a toilet if they are not carelfy put away after use.

In the kitchen be careful of leftover food.  So many people are too lazy to scrape their plates clean before they go in the sink and would rather chance it and use a finger to circle the plughole and push leftover food down there.  This is pure madness.  The time it takes to scrape a plate is nothing compared to the grief you would get if the sink was to get completely blocked. If you don’t compost leftover food, bin it!

Never pour cooked fats down a sink.  Cooked fats when exposed to cold water can thicken and solidify.  This really is one of the biggest no nos.  The best way to get rid of cooked fats is to poor it into an empty milk carton or plastic bottle and put it in the bin.  If you really must dispose of fats down a sink always ensure you dilute the fat with hot water and detergent.

This may all sound like common sense to the seasoned home owner but there are those that are new to running a home and will not know this.  Some people just don’t think about what they are doing until the inevitable happens.  So if you have had problems with blocked drains and you haven’t followed the simple steps above, well done for reading this article as you are now less likely to block your drains in the future.

Complete Drainage offer Drainage Oxford and also blocked drain Aylesbury services.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Boiler Maintenance

Boilers are a very efficient way of keeping your home or business supplied with hot water.  This hot water can then be used to heat radiators to keep homes or businesses warm.  A boiler is made up of many different components which could fail without regular maintenance. By ensuring you get your boiler maintained with an annual boiler service you will lower the chances of costly repairs and seriously dangerous accidents.

Because boilers have a series of controls and mechanisms which together work at distributing the heat and hot water, faults with these controls can make your home feel too hot or two cold but also run up huge fuel bills.  Ignition faults are quite common and sometimes the spark electrode or spark generator will need to be replaced. If the pilot light is not staying lit, this could possibly be the thermocouple or the t/c lead for short.  Again this will need to be replaced.  Dirt in the pilot can also cause the pilot light not igniting.

It goes without saying that all boilers and heating systems should be serviced and checked regularly by a professional engineer.  You might have the instruction manual to follow regarding maintenance or repairs but this is still not advisable. Any person that works on gas appliances such as boilers must be on the Gas Safe Register.  You might be more familiar with the term CORGI registered; well the Gas Safe Register is what replaced the CORGI as the gas registration body in Great Britain in 2009 and 2010.

Many people find that having a boiler service is an unnecessary expense especially if it all appears to be working fine.  You could liken it to having an MOT on a car.  The reason we have MOT is to ensure the car is running as efficiently as possible and also safely.  A gas boiler is potentially a lethal weapon just like a car, so it’s important that you service your boiler each year so you know your home and family are safe. One of the problems with boilers is that a tiny leak or carbon monoxide output is very dangerous and can kill whole families while they sleep. Luckily these incidents are rare, as are explosions, however if your boiler is serviced annually the likelihood of an accident is even smaller.  Modern boilers are far safer than older models, but even so, any gas appliance needs to be regularly maintained to ensure they are working correctly and safely.

You should never take a chance with your life of the lives of those in your family.  The gas boiler servicing at Northern Gas Heating costs just £55+VAT which is a small price to pay for peace of mind.