Summer’s just around the corner! The British weather might not be very reliable, but our easy-win tips and advice will help you make sure your plumbing, drains and heating will be, all through the summer and beyond!
As the temperature outside goes up, consider turning the temperature dial on your water heater or boiler down. Seems an obvious thing to say, but it’s also an easy one to forget.
Chances are you and your family will be taking cooler showers and generally using less hot water in very warm weather, so if you’re heating your water to the same level you would in the depths of winter, you’re probably wasting energy and money.
That’s even more true if you’re going away for a summer break - when you won’t be using any hot water at home! (And maybe you can put some of that cash you’ve saved towards your spending money!)
Switching your boiler off during the summer months is a popular way of saving some money on your energy bill.
But to keep your boiler in tip-top condition and avoid any nasty surprises come winter, it’s worth switching it on again for ten to twenty minutes, once a month. Like most machines, it’ll run better if you run it regularly.
Get a health check
After the hard work it’s done for you over the long winter months, the warmer weather means a little downtime for your plumbing and heating systems.
That means it’s also a great time to give your plumbing and heating systems the once-over.
And if you have gas appliances at home, it’s particularly important you get them serviced regularly by a Gas Safe registered professional.
Read more about a summer health check for your plumbing and heating in our article on the subject.
Be good to your drains
Barbeques, parties and other al fresco eating are a staple of a successful British summer. But when you’re done with the good times, make sure all the leftovers get disposed of properly. Food waste, fats, oils and other gunk down your drains and plugholes are a recipe for a blockage!
For more advice on this, read our recent article on keeping your home free of clogs and blockages.
Radiators are handy in the summer, since they allow you to decide how much you want to turn your heat down room by room. In parts of the house that catch a lot of sun - or that don’t get a lot of use - you might want to consider switching radiators off completely, while leaving them at a level you’re happy with elsewhere.
When the kids are home from school for the summer, make sure you have a plunger handy! Your loo will likely be getting more of a workout than normal…
And make sure they understand that the toilet and the basin are not swimming pools for toys! Stuck children’s toys are a surprisingly common (and tough to resolve) cause of blockages.
For more, read our recent article for more advice on how to avoid clogs and blockages at home.
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