3 Money Saving Tips to Keep Your Plumbing Running
We don’t like to do ourselves out of a job here at Drain Doctor but did you know that there are tonnes of ways you can save yourself a packet on plumbing, just by taking a little extra care of your fixtures and fittings?
We hate to see perfectly good taps and fixtures turn into an unnecessary drain on our clients’ finances, so we thought we’d take ten minutes to share some top tips which can help keep your plumbing in excellent nick for longer. They won’t save you from every unexpected plumbing mishap but fortunately, when catastrophe does strike your drains Norwich based Drain Doctor will be there to help! So, get your white wine vinegar at the ready and prepare to save some of those precious pennies…
1. DIY Drain Cleaner
It pays to keep your drains and waste pipes nice, clean and healthy. Uncared for drains can get clogged up and smelly, which is bad news for your nose and can lead to nasty blockages. Luckily, it’s really easy to keep your kitchen drain spick and span – with no need for harsh chemicals and expensive off-the-shelf drain cleaners. Here’s how:
- Tip a good cupful of bicarbonate of soda down your drain
- Follow this with a kettle full of boiling water
- Repeat once a month to keep your drains fresh, clean and clog-free!
2. Don’t Be a Drip
Dripping taps can be very bad news for your water bill. A constant drip can add up to an awful lot of water overnight. That’s why it’s so important to fix a drip before it starts to take its toll.
Your first port of call is to change the offending tap’s washer. Don’t be daunted, this is nice and easy. The Guardian have even very kindly put together a step-by-step picture tutorial to help you.
If this doesn’t work, or if you have a crack in the tap, it’s time to replace your fixtures. Again, don’t sweat it, this is usually pretty straightforward. Here’s another handy tutorial.
Of course, if you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself, you’ll need to call in the pros. However, the key lesson here is: don’t let a tap keep on dripping. You’ll save more if you get it fixed sooner!
3. Take Care of Your Taps
You can help reduce the risk of a drip or leak by looking after your taps better in the first place. Limescale can do some real damage to fixtures and leave them looking white, crusty and horrible. To get rid of these nasty limescale stains, all you’ll need is:
- A mixture of 1 part water, 1 part (cheap) white wine vinegar
- Old towels to protect your ceramics
This formula works brilliantly on limescaley taps, but it’s not very good for ceramic sinks, plastic toilet seats and their ilk – so keep everything that’s not chrome covered up with an old towel. Otherwise, simply apply and add some elbow grease – your fixtures will be gleaming in no time for next to nothing.