Seasonal Plumbing Tips for the Summer:

Summer is well and truly upon us and we couldn’t be happier with the sunshine… however with the weather changing, how we look after our heating systems need to change.

With children off from school and lockdown restrictions ending, now is a time for you to catch up with friends and family whether that be at your home, in the garden or going out for a day trip. But with all this excitement, that ultimately means the washing machine will be on more and with more people coming in and out of the home the toilet will be used more than it has in over a year… and let’s face it, the warmer weather means everyone’s showering more!

So, with this in mind… we have put together these ‘Seasonal Plumbing Tips’ to help you keep your plumbing in perfect condition so you can go out and enjoy the sunny days without any stress.

 

Turn your heating on for 15 minutes once a month

In the sunshine turning on your boiler is something that wouldn’t even cross your mind but doing this for 15 minutes once a month to avoid issues when turning it back on in the winter is advised.

Picture this… imagine not using something for months and suddenly relying on it every day for hours on end… you’re bound to run into system problems along the way and the same will happen with your boiler.

Taking this plumbing precaution will help to reduce the chances of you running into any problems further down the line… and who knows in the British weather we might even need to turn our boilers on again soon!

 

Bleed your radiators in summer…

GHPS Radiator Key Bleeding Radiator
GHPS Radiator Key Bleeding Radiator

This is a service that we offer here at Gas Heating Plumbing Solutions and as Gas Safe Registered, this will be completed in the safest manner possible if you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself. However, if you do, we recommend doing this once a month.

Bleeding your radiators, in general, is one of the most important jobs you can do when it comes to your central heating system.

And whilst we advise completing this once a month the whole way throughout the year, if there is one season that you’re going to do it in… then summer is the ideal time!

With radiators and the overall heating system not being used as much, you won’t have to worry about waiting for the radiators to cool down. This makes the whole process much faster, win-win!

If your radiator hasn’t been bled throughout the cooler months, you may have realised the efficiency of your heating system has lowered and your home hasn’t been getting as warm, bleeding your radiators and removing any build-up and slush will help to return your heating system to operate in the most effective way possible. Bleeding your radiators will also help to reduce cold spots within your radiators.

If you want to read any more information on bleeding your radiators and a step-by-step guide, follow the link here to check out that blog.

 

Check for Leaks

Winter can have a huge impact on the condition of our plumbing systems and with the wet and rainy weather, it’s easy to miss a leak and assume it’s wet due to the weather.

So, summer is the time to check all of the elements in and around the home that use water e.g., pipes under the sink.

But what do you look for?

– Rust

– Corrosion

– Leaks

– Broken or bent parts of a pipe

 

Inspecting the toilet area can be done in a slightly different way. This includes putting food colouring into the tank of the toilet. When you do this, it’s important not to flush.

If you leave the toilet for a while and come back and the food colouring has leaked into the toilet bowl, there’s a leakage that will need to be resolved.

Here at GHPS, we offer plumbing services and are available 24 hours a day for all our customers. No matter the time of day, we can provide a trustworthy and professional service getting the job done quickly and efficiently.

 

Turn off your water at the stop tap 

Whether it’s a staycation or vacation, turning off your water at the stop tap when you leave your home for a long period of time is recommended.

Even if you experience a small leak, this can add up and become a costly problem. Did you know 25% of people within the UK have returned home from a holiday to a water leak in their home?

A water leak will cause damage to numerous things, such as possessions within the home and living conditions as well as much more.

Not only will turning off your water supply potentially save your home, but it will also give you peace of mind throughout your holiday saving you from unnecessary anxiety.

 

We hope these summer plumbing tips have helped you with preparing your heating and plumbing systems for the summer months, and beyond! If you encounter any problems throughout the warmer seasons, get in contact with us today by following the link here or give us a call on 0800 043 0458 and we would be more than happy to help you!

 

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