Plumbing issues are always a pain for any home owner or occupant. Below are Local Plumbers London give you advice and handy tips to prevent any serious issues from arising. Depending on the type of plumbing problem the fix will vary but keep these in mind before calling in your local plumber.


  1. Clogged Toilets and Sinks

In the case of clogged toilets and sinks, the plunger you use could make a big difference. Make sure you buy and have at hand different plungers to fit the size and shape of both your toilet and your sink. Good toilet plungers usually have a flange with a rubber section extending out from inside the cup, designed specifically to fit down inside the gulley in a toilet. The gulley is the start of the narrowing bend at the base of your toilet bowl. Sink plungers on the other hand are simpler with no flange. A high quality sink plunger will usually do the job before you should consider calling your local plumber. The ultimate tip to fix a blocked sink is to remove the trap underneath, use a  wire coat hanger and even a taze plunger which extends to the bottom of sink drains to remove clogs.


  1. Leaky Sink or Faucet?

Sinks and faucets which leak can quickly and simply be resolved with sealant. If that is not working, to determine the issue, you can examine the parts of your faucet – be it a compression component, a cartridge, ball or disc. Additionally, check all of the washers to see if they are loose or need replacing


  1. Toilet flush valve issues

Toilet flush valves are a common problem flush valve on the toilet. You’ll know as soon as toilet water starts leaking into your bowl. Firstly stop your water supply and remove any excess water, then disconnect your water supply tube. Disconnect your chain and then the refill tube. What you should be looking for is your flusher and the area of bolts and disassemble to lift the tank off from the bowl. Then underneath the tank you can unscrew the locknut using a plumber’s wrench and replacing the valve accordingly. By understanding how to disassemble your toilet bowl you’ll quickly identify the issue.


  1. Toilet Seals and Leaks

Check if the base of your toilet is fixed properly, inspecting the caps to ensure they are tightly fitted and if your toilet wobbles under pressure. Leaks are also signs that your toilet is imminently due to cause you sanitary issues. The wax ring seal is critical for preventing issues and you must check and make sure the ring isn’t broken at all. Checking these elements will help you quickly identify the severity of the problem.


  1. Bathroom tile and grout issues

The smell of mould and appearance of slow seeping leaks is often a sign that an issue is occurring. Make all the preventative measures possible to prevent water seeping into your grout and getting caught in between the walls and the tiles. Finding and using the best local tiler is the obvious solution but if the issue is stopped with thorough care and drying, you may be okay before you call them in. If your walls or surfaces are appearing very unstable or very soft to touch then you should definitely call the experts in.


  1. Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are often fixed by proper air or water circulation combined with heat and pressure. You’ll know if your pipes are frozen if the supply is slow or non-existent. If so the best things to do would be to reduce or shut off your water supply is vital to prevent burst pipes. If the pipes in question are within interior rooms such as your bathroom or kitchen then allow heat to circulate into your room – even using a hair dryer can help. Heat tape can also be used or heat cables to pipes with symptoms of freezing. Trickle your water supply with hot and cold water to gradually thaw out the frozen water. The failsafe to this is often ensuring that your insulation is sufficient to the piping channels in question. Call your local plumber if there are no visible problems and your checks have not worked.


  1. Broken Water Heaters

To check if your water heater element is having problems it’s best to switch off the power and drain any water within the tank. Identify the heater element (usually bolted in with screws) and disconnect any wires to separate just the element itself. It’s this element which is usually the cause of broken water heaters. Replace this if you need to.


Local Plumber London are experts in London offering plumbing services across London at fair, affordable prices. Our level of service is high amongst all of our qualified plumbers which is why we have been around helping thousands of home and property owners for nearly 30 years.


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