As I promised here's my first newsletter.  Its packed full of tips designed to save you time and money on your plumbing! Spring is on the way and like most people I am in the mood for a spring clean.  I have been busy sorting out my wardrobe and I have now started on the kitchen cupboards. This month I want to give you 3 tips on things you can do to spring clean your 'plumbing' without spending an absolute fortune.  

Tip 1 - Sweet smelling drains

Have you ever noticed your kitchen sink smelling a bit? Or the water taking ages to drain away in your shower? Over time 'gunk' (that's a plumber's technical term) builds up in your waste pipes.  This is due to products that you use and things that you tip down the sink.  If you do nothing your pipes are like arteries clogging up with cholesterol.  Eventually they will block.  There are actions that you can take regularly, to prevent this happening.  Saving the need to call a plumber or a drain specialist. Step 1:  Tip a whole cup of bicarbonate of soda (or soda crystals) down the plug hole (don't forget to wear your rubber gloves!) Step 2: Pour a kettle of boiling water down the plug hole Step 3:  Look forward to a sweeter smelling kitchen sink! This solution will clean your waste pipes as it goes.  You should do this on a monthly basis.  This is much cheaper than drain cleaner and much kinder to the environment  

Tip 2 - Silence the drip

Are your taps emptying your purse while you sleep?  A dripping tap or shower can be annoying; it will keep you awake at night and will cost you money.  I had one customer that had a monthly bill of £300 before I fixed her taps, after the work was done this reduced to £80. The answer is simple, when the drip is small; deal with the problem. If it is a tap with a washer, change it.  If you leave it, it can cause the inside of the tap to crack – then you will need to replace the whole tap. Not all taps have washers, if the head only turns a little bit they are probably ‘ceramic disc’, if this is the case you are unlikely to be able to fix the problem yourself. If you have any questions or need help with this, drop me an email and I will be glad to advise you.  

Tip 3 - Banish the watermarks

This part of the country is dreadful for limescale.  I am regularly called out to replace taps as a result of limescale damaging the exterior.  This is the white crusty 'stuff' that forms on the chrome.  I have a couple of tips to make your chrome sparkle. Step 1:  Make up a solution of 50% water and 50% vinegar (use the cheap stuff not your best wine vinegar!). Step 2:  Protect your bath/sink with an old towel Step 3:  Test the solution on an inconspicuous area of your taps, to make sure that it does not stain. Step 4:  Use the solution to clean your taps You can also use this solution on shower glass.  NEVER use this solution on your basin, bath or toilet - only chrome and glass.    You can also remove the shower head and hose and soak it in this solution or one slightly stronger over night.  Make sure you rinse all of the chrome thoroughly.  

Win a limey!

One of my Customers told me about a nifty device called a "limey".   You fill this with limescale remover or your vinegar solution and attach it to your tap. This will remove the limescale from the inside of your tap nozzle.  I have tested this with great success. I am giving away 5 limey's to the first 5 people that 'like' me on Facebook and leave a comment about my work.  Click here to leave me a comment on Facebook and to be in with a chance to win a Limey.