Top Tip: if you find one of your radiators does not get hot it’s probably a stuck TRV. very easy to sort out just remove the TRV head (no need to drain down or turn off the water) and gently tap the centre pin with a hammer, this should free it up. If you want more advice send me your email address and I’ll send a video .
top tip if you have a blocked toilet, try pouring a bucket full of water quickly into the toilet bowl from a height of 1 mtr. Normally does the trick
top tip: If you find your stop cock drips after you have turned it off, don’t worry its easily fixed all you need is a small spanner and some ptfe tape. Turn of the stopcock and undo the nut at the base of the handle, role some ptfe tape between your fingers to turn it into string then wind some loosely around the base of the handle. Refit and tighten the nut and turn on your water.
Water escaping can cause a lot of damage in a very short time; here are a few tips to keep you out of trouble
- Get leaks fixed as soon as you spot them, check under basins and sinks regularly
- An outside tap that’s dripping can cause damp, a cheap tap washer fixes this easily
- Regularly check your washing machine and dishwasher pipes for leaks,
- Bath and shower wastes can come loose over time, if you can move the top visible bit in your bath or shower even a little then water is getting through.
- Turn off your stop cock if you are going away. This should help ensure damage is kept to a minimum if you have a leaking or burst pipe
- Don’t turn off your heating if you are going away in winter, or make the mistake of only having it on for a few hours in the morning and evening. This won’t prevent your pipes freezing if the temperature falls way below zero while you’re away. Its better and cheaper to leave your heating on 24/7 at 15 degrees
- Insulate your pipes and water storage tank. Pay close attention to joints and bends, and put the insulation foam on top of pipes rather than underneath them
- Turn off any indoor valves on pipes leading to outside taps. Then, open the outside tap and leave it open to let any water drain out to ensure there’s no water in the pipes to freeze
- Repair any dripping taps. If they freeze, they’ll block your pipes
- Regularly check all the taps in your home during the winter months. If little or no water flows, there may be frozen water in the pipes
- If your pipes do freeze, turn the water off at the mains and thaw them out slowly with hot water bottles. Never use a heat gun or blow torch to do this
Most of the small leaks that cause all the trouble can be fixed for under £50, if you have the tools and the skills you should have no trouble sorting these out yourself, if you are less confident give me a call
Reducing the cost of a boiler repair what you can do to help
I know its obvious but check the basics first, you would be amazed at how many boilers don’t work because someone has turned off the power at the fused spur!
I had one this week where the boiler is in the garage, they had just replaced the TV and the old one was in the garage leaning right on the power switch!
Are the lights on, is there power, is the 3 amp fuse good.
If it’s a pressurised boiler is the water pressure between 1 and 2.5bar
Is the room thermostat calling for heat
Do you have gas, check at the cooker or gas fire
Listen to the boiler you normally hear the pump come on first followed by the fan, then the sparking and finally the whoosh as it ignites, What can you hear?
Before ringing for an engineer find out the make and model of the boiler , some boilers help with fault diagnosis by displaying fault codes either as numbers on a LCD display or flashing lights.
On a Baxi it may come up as E133 this would first show the E1 then the 33 (this would be a gas fault or frozen /blocked condensate pipe)
Or E119 Low water pressure
Some Worcesters have a flash code ie, the blue light is normaly on slowly flashing off
If you can give me as much info as possible before I attend it could change a 2 visit repair £94 + parts into a 1 visit repair £59 + parts