How to avoid plumbing disasters 2

Over the next few weeks we will look at possible plumbing disasters and how to prevent them around your house this summer.

We all hate dealing with problems, especially when we talk about our house plumbing system, From minor leaking taps to major drain blockage. So here we have a couple of tips to prevent plumbing disasters around the house

Week 2

Cistern too far from the wall

Bathroom and laundry:

Baths , showers, Basins, washing machines and tubs. try to ensure that a majority of water is the only thing going down the drains, this will prevent blockages and smells.

Floor drains, believe it or not, it’s very common that your bath, shower, washing machine, tubs and basins all flow into your floor drains. Therefore it’s important that you are aware of what you are putting down your drains, as they may cause blockages leading to flooding or even just causing a foul smell or odor.

Flexible hoses are highly neglected but one of the top causes of major issues.

Taps:

It’s really important that your taps are maintained, as they can easily cause water wastage and flooding, so always ensure that you replace the flexible hoses every five years and ensure that they are not leaking and operate correctly.

Poor plumbing may not only look bad but will cause issues in the future. Always refer to an expert and never do-it-yourself unless you're licensed.

Toilets:

In my opinion one of the most valuable inventions of the modern era, however like with all things its a good idea to keep your toilet in great working order, so here are a few basic rules.

1. Don't flush anything other than what you ate or drank, along with toilet paper down the drain.
2. Ensure your cistern doesn't leak and waste water, and replace the flexible hose every five years.
3. If your house has a history of drain blockages, please maintain it yearly to avoid any inconveniences or even worse drain replacement.
4. If you find that your drains are slow to flush away, don't wait until its completely blocked, deal with the problem quickly.
5. Double check slow flushing toilets. this indicates that a blockage is present down somewhere. If you have multiple toilets make sure to check all of them to determine if it's an isolate issue or a general blockage. Also check for water leaks in toilet cisterns, cisterns that are continuously running could be an issue for water bills. Don't wait for the issue to worsen.

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