Making Safety In The Home A Priority

Common Plumbing Problems in the home and what to do about them

1. Dripping Tap

  • Turn off the main water supply (mains or at the service valve)
  • Put the plug in to ensure that nothing will fall down the waste pipe
  • Take off the top of the tap (pull it or remove the center cover on handle)
  • Wrap a tea towel around the body of the tap (hold firmly using a wrench)
  • Unscrew the large brass headgear nut using another wrench
  • Remove the washer using a screwdriver
  • Push the new washer into place
  • Screw the headgear back on to the tap (don’t over-tighten)
  • Replace the tap top
  • Turn on the water supply to check for drips

2. Toilet Won’t Flush Properly

  • Water is slow to drain out of the water closet
  • Use a toilet plunger
  • Call the plumber if the toilet plunger doesn’t work

3. Scaled Up Shower Head
For hard water stains:

  • Choose a rubber faceplate shower head to easily scrub regularly
  • Remove the faceplate and leave it to soak in white vinegar overnight

4. Radiator Is Cold
For clicking, banging and noisy radiators:

  • Boiler thermostat was set on high
  • Faulty thermostat creating a high hot water temperature
  • Test this by turning down the boiler thermostat (not the room thermostat)
  • Lack of water pressure in the heating system
  • Check the pressure in the heating system
  • Check the pressure valve on the boiler if it is within recommended settings
  • Scale in the radiators

5. Boiler Safety

  • Danger of a faulty boiler
    Boiler that runs on wood or fossil  fuels such as gas, coal or oil is at risk of giving off carbon monoxide (CO)
  • Carbon Monoxide also known as the “silent killer”
    An estimated 1 death per week in the UK due to lack of maintenance on boilers, central heating systems and flues

 

Signs of a faulty boiler

  • Flames burning orange or yellow instead of blue
  • Soot stains on or above fuel burning appliances
  • Wood or coal fires that burn slowly or often go out
  • Difficulty to light fire

It is recommended to have boiler checked once a year by a gas safety registered engineer

Symptoms of CO Poisoning

  • Drowsiness
  • Tiredness
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Chest Pains

CO Leaks Prevention

  • Sufficient ventilation
  • Regular checks to prevent blocks and leaks on flues
  • Install carbon monoxide audible detectors (work the same as smoke detectors – British standard Bs7860)
  • Regular maintenance

You are at Risk of CO poisoning If

  • Poorly installed appliance
  • Faulty appliance
  • No regular maintenance and safety check
  • No ventilation
  • Blocked chimney or flue
  • Maintenance from a non-registered
  • Gas Safe engineer

Gas Safe Register

  • Official registration scheme in the UK
  • Replaces the previous system run by CORGI as of April 01, 2009

Isle of Man and Guernsey 

  • Installers and maintenance engineers dealing with gas appliances

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