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In short, yes and at some point or another, there’s a good chance that you will have had to deal with hard water stains at one point or another. If you spot hard water stains anywhere if your home, then it might be time to call in a plumber who can help you keep your home safe…
Where to look for water stains?
If you haven’t already found hard water stains in your home, the most common areas where it can be found are places such as faucets, shower heads, in sinks, bathtubs, and appliances. It’s a good idea to take a look in areas where you know there are pipes in your home as well as the roof areas of rooms such as your kitchen and bathroom.
What water stains mean?
When it comes to ceiling stains, it can be quite easy to ascertain where the problem is coming from. If you can’t identify a possible water source above the ceiling stain, you may have a leaky pipe and would suggest that there is a problem along the system when the water is drawn and is moving. This is something that a plumber can help you with.
At the same time, leaking is not always the reason for all stains and there are times when a plumber is not the correct answer.
It’s important to gather as much information as possible for when you show a trades professional the problems you have and don’t forget about external factors that might be contributing to the issue.
For example, let’s say that there has been a whole week of rain all across the UK. A couple days later, you start to notice water stains. The issue here may not actually be that you need to change anything with your home, but rather an external, one off influence that is making the issue appear worse than it is.
The biggest mistake you can make…
Without a doubt, the worse mistake that you can make is to ignore a water stain. Dealing with a water stain as soon as you can from when it is found is highly recommended. The longer that the problem persists, the higher the chances that the issue may cause irreparable damage to your home.
While this might sound very fatal, it is a real concern so make sure that you do take action once you know what the issue is.
Need an emergency plumber in Warrington?
If you are having issues with water stains, get in touch with us here and we’ll be able to help you get the bottom of what needs to be done to keep your home dry! We are Gas Safe Registered and have experience in dealing with a wide range of plumbing issues.
It’s easy to think of water as the clear liquid that keeps us clean and hydrated. Knowing the difference between the types of water can help you keep your appliances in better condition as well as help you understand how it affects you on a day-to-day basis and why that matters…
What are water types?
There are two kinds of water types that make a difference to us everyday. These are ‘hard water’ and ‘soft water’. Being emergency plumbers based in Manchester, we’ve come across both types. Hard water in particular is formed from when water (usually rain) interacts with the ground and absorbs minerals along the way.
The key difference between the two types is simply the amount of minerals that the water contains. The way that you measure the amount of minerals in water is grains per gallon or GPG.
Why does hard water matter?
Most homes in the UK make sure of hard water. One reason for this is that most people agree that hard water tends to taste better than soft water, and with a higher level of calcium and magnesium it is a good choice as it helps promote a healthy body.
A key difference in Hard water is that it typically has more minerals in it compared to that of soft water. Water that is only slightly hard, so very much on the lower end of the spectrum will have a GPG of about 1, whereas water that is very hard on the other side of the spectrum can have a GPG of around 10.
Hard water does present other problems though. It can lead to to an increase of lime scale that you see on older pipes and taps which in time can actually hinder the how well a pipe or tap can work. Due to it’s larger amount of minerals, it can also not be great for home appliances either and can limit their life spans.
Why does soft water matter?
In comparison to hard water, soft water has a much lower GPG at a level less than 1. Because it doesn’t come into the ground, it doesn’t pick up the same minerals as hard water.
Soft water does have the benefit of being very friendly to taps and metal works. Overall, it can help extend the life of your plumbing and is more compatible with soap in general, as many people they feel cleaner after washing with soft water.
It’s important to note that hard water can be softened through the use of systems and filters that add sodium to the water. However, by doing this it makes the water more salty and not as nice to drink all of the time. People that has health issues relating to their salt intake should be especially careful.
Need an emergency plumber in Manchester?
If you are weighing up the options between hard and soft water for your home, get in touch with us here. We operate a 24 hour call out service, so we are here whenever you need us!
Everyone likes a warm home, especially in the winter months and It’s no secret that heating bills can be costly. Here’s 3 top tips that can help you keep your home warm as well as keep those pesky bills at bay…
Tip 1: Control WHEN you use your heat
Being emergency plumbers in Liverpool, we’ve seen it all when it comes to heating so this might sound obvious but one of the best ways to save money on your energy bills is to get a better handle of when you turn the heating on. The best way to do this is by using your boiler’s timer.
It’s recommended that you turn on your heating around 30 minutes before you get up, 30 minutes before you go to bed and turned off during the hours of the day that you are at work. That way, you are not wasting heat when you don’t actually feel the benefit.
This also applies with water pressure. If you tend to shower more, try turning down the pressure while using the shower to minimise the water usage and save money on your bill. It doesn’t take a lot to save money.
Tip 2: Turn down your thermostat by just one degree
Depending on the age of your boiler, turning down your thermostat by just one degree can save you up to £75 per year. We would recommend that you keep your thermostat around the area of between 18-21 degree for the best balance of warmth and value for money.
To make this even easier, consider getting extra cosy with your family and wrap up warm with extra clothes and layers. We don’t recommend you wear a coat indoors, but wearing an extra pair of socks or wearing a big thick jumper can save you money during the periods where heating is at it’s most.
Tip 3: Check you are getting the best deal
This is something that most of us don’t do enough, but can save hundreds of pounds per year. Taking the time to check that you are getting the deal that’s right for your home and your usage can save you money in the long run.
There are many comparison sites that you can use to help you check, but if you’ve been with the same provider for more than a couple years, then there’s a very good chance that you are paying more than you should. Many energy companies offer lower prices but increase them in future years, so for that reason if you joined at a lower price, it might be that may not be forever.
Unless you truly love the service that you get, we recommend that you take the time to check if you can get a better deal as your customer loyalty may be costing you more in the long run.
Need an emergency plumber in the Liverpool area?
We’re always at hand to help homeowners get the most out of their boilers, however old your boiler may be. If you are in need of emergency plumbing at any time of the day then get in touch with us
How to stop a leaking radiator?
There’s nothing worse than having a leaky radiator and not knowing what to do. That’ll all about to change as we go over what you need to know to keep your home dry when you discover a leak…
The Basics of Finding a Leak
We know that the first thing that you’ll want to do is go all guns blazing to get the leak fixed, but before you can do anything you need to figure out where the leak actually is.
Put something on ground first to make sure to reduce the amount of water hitting your carpet or floor and causing lasting damage. The next thing is to dry the radiator off, this will make it much easier to actually find the source of the leak. While this is a generalisation, most radiator leaks come from 3 locations – the body of the radiator itself, the bleed point, valve or tail and the pipe filling the radiator with water. We’re going to look a bit deeper into a leaky valve or tail.
If you find a leak, the first thing that you need is to drain of your system. This will take out all of the water that is inside so that you can get to work on a fix for the leak. To do this, turn off your radiators supply valve, as well as undoing your lockshield valve.
At this point, we would recommend using a water pump plier that has a plastic jaw to undo the union nut. An adjustable spanner will do the same job but has the potential to mark up the chrome on fittings if it isn’t used carefully. Open the bleed valve from there. When you do this, you’ll notice that the dripping will still be happening but make sure that you have your towel at the ready to catch any water that comes out.
Once that’s done, use a good amount of PTFE tape and re-wrap the male end of the tail. It’s important to go too overboard with PTFE tape so we would recommend about 10-15 rotations. You’re almost there, so it’s time to re-tighten the union nut and open up the bleed and lockshield valves. Once the water is back in your radiator, take the time to re-check for any more leaks and close the bleed valve once you are happy.
While this guide is aimed to help you take on a job, sometimes it’s best to call in the professionals and if you are not sure if you can do the job, recommend that you do. Water damage can be costly to repair so it’s always a good idea to get things sorted as quickly as possible.
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If you are in need of an emergency plumber and are based in the St Helens area, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and get in touch with us. We are always happy to help or answer any questions you might have!
Some see plumbers and heating engineers as one and the same but that is not the case. We go over the key differences that set these two kinds of trade professionals apart, and when you should call one over the other…
What is a plumber?
Plumbers are trades professionals that are trained to fix, repair and install pipes and fittings. They are equipped to deal with water sources and any domestic issues you may be having when it comes to water such as leaky pipes and taps. They are also able to handle most kitchen and bathroom appliances such as dishwashers or washing machines, and should be the go-to trades professional for problems you might be having.
While some plumbers go on to qualify further than others, it’s important to point out that for a plumber to be able to work on any kind of appliance that utilises gas needs to be Gas Safe registered. The Gas Safe Register is the official registration scheme for heating engineers and plumbers that are able to work on boilers in the United Kingdom. They took over from CORGI as the main governing body as of April 2009.
What is a heating engineer?
In contrast to plumbers that can do a large variety of jobs, heating engineers focus more on the heating appliances that you may find in a domestic or commercial building. This means that any pipe work or fittings that are used in heating are managed and maintained by a heating engineer.
The extra focus on heating allows them to have a deeper understanding of how a boiler should be functioning to meet your personal needs. What’s right for one household isn’t immediately right for another and the amount of choice that homeowners can have is huge. A heating engineer can listen to you and your family’s needs and make recommendations based on that.
For example, if you have a large family or household that would benifit from being able to used 2 or more taps simultaneously, then a combi boiler would not be the best choice for your home as it is unable to deliver water in that manner.
Usually, heating engineers don’t undertake the same kind of general work that a plumber does, but that is not always the case.
Why Gas Safe is important?
Heating Engineers MUST be on the Gas Safe register by law, and are issued a card and number that must be shown to a homeowner before any work can be carried out. Your heating engineer must show this to you when they come to your home.
Gas Safe is important to homeowners as it gives you peace of mind that the person that comes to your house is categorically trained to install or maintain your boiler. They will be able to maximise the potential of your boiler but most importantly keep you and your family safe from the dangers of gas leaks and in particular, carbon monoxide poisoning.
Need a 24 hour plumber in Wigan area?
We are Gas Safe registered and have years of experience under our belt. If you have any questions regarding boilers or any issues you may have in your home feel free to contact us from the contact page, or on 07542 668 944.