Your water supply is one of the most important things in your home. By the time it hits your sink, shower or kettle, it’s already been on a long and strictly-regulated journey.
Make sure your water stays clean and healthy on the final leg of that journey - through your home’s plumbing and pipes - with our top tips for happy water at home.
Seems obvious when you say it, but often overlooked - clean taps are key to clean water. Clean your taps, including the spout, regularly, particularly the ones that supply your drinking water. Use disinfectant or a dilute bleach solution to get rid of any bacteria that can accumulate there, and once you’ve finished, run the tap briefly to rinse away any cleaning product that might be left on the spout.
A mistake a lot of us make is to leave our dishcloths, flannels and similar draped over our taps to dry - or just because it’s a convenient spot to store them! But that’s also a great way to promote bacteria on your taps, and be extension your water.
Keeping your drinking water cool - especially in the summer - will help keep it healthy, by making it a less attractive environment for bacteria. Good, well-maintained lagging for your pipes and plumbing is a great way to keep your water supply cool in the summer, as well as protected against the cold in the winter.
If you’ve been away from home for a while, such as on holiday, the same water will have been sitting in your pipes for all that time, and might be musty or stale in smell or taste. While likely harmless, briefly running your taps on your return will clear the old water and get things back to their usual freshness. (If the smell or taste doesn’t disappear, you might need to contact a plumber or your water company).
Check your specs
Always check any appliances you connect to your water supply (e.g. washing machines or dishwashers) are approved by WRAS (Water Regulations Advisory Scheme), to ensure they’ll have no adverse affect on your water supply.
WRAS are the body tasked with ensuring compliance with the UK’s water supply and fitting regulations. Look for their logo on the packaging - if you don’t see it, don’t use it.
Pick the right plumber
Likewise, always use a WRAS-registered plumber or heating engineer, like XP Plumbing and Heating.
Our fleet of qualified engineers and vehicles means we can provide our customers with a 24/7 response. From our base in Sidcup, our fleet of plumbers and engineers provide great coverage across the local area - including Eltham, Bexleyheath, Bromley, Chislehurst and Greenwich, as well as most of London and north Kent.
If you’re worried about your water - or any other aspect of your home’s plumbing, heating, drains or electrics - get in touch with us today.