Plumbing & Heating Spares

Prevention is better than cure, especially when the ‘cure’ comes in the form of a plumber called out in an emergency, potentially costing you a fortune.

You can take better care of your pipes (and we’re not talking about eating more fibre here) with Tom Plumb’s top ten home plumbing tips, which can help prevent those emergency situations and pricey call outs.


1. You should grease stop cocks about two times a year and also turn them off and on again. This stop them seizing up.

2. Don’t pass off a roof leak as mere condensation. Find out the difference between the two so you’ll be able to spot any problems early.

3. It can be tempting to use caustic soda to clear out plastic waste pipes, but remember that it can melt the trap and lead to further blockages. If you have a blockage, you should first dismantle the pipe carefully to identify the source of the problem. Remember to put a bowl or basin under the opening first though to catch any water or waste.

4. A good way to take care of your taps and clean up damage caused by limescale is by using half a lemon. Rubbing the lemon juice chrome should clear up any scuffs and marks and ensure your taps last longer.

5. Mark out where all your pipes are before you lay down floorboards. The last thing you want is a fountain in room after you’ve hammered a nail into a water pipe.

6. Find out where the main stop cock in your home is. This will come in handy if you have a bad leak and you need to turn it off in order to isolate your water supply.

7. If you have any flat roofs around your home, check them for cracks before a leak develops. If you find a crack, you can usually repair it with a sealer which is available from a plumbing merchant or hardware store.

8. The main cause of blockages in a kitchen sink is grease, so don’t pour it down the plug hole

9. To guard against damp, you should clean out your gutters once a year.

10. Acquaint yourself with where your manhole drainage cover is. You should also know where the drain and main water supply meet. This will allow you to check the flow and keep an eye on the state of the drain. Small problems in your drain can be solved by hosing down the drain or shooting a jet of water through them.

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