Boiler Maintenance is something that often gets missed off the to do list. Here are 3 reasons to get your boiler checked:
Has your boiler been serviced lately?
Research done by the Benchmark Steering Group has found that not everyone gets their boiler serviced. The Survey found homeowners were not sure about their boilers and that 15% of the homeowners surveyed did not knowing if their Boilers are still covered by Warranty.
It was found that 1 in 6 of the boilers that were serviced by Certified Gas Engineers were found to be unsafe.
Boiler maintenance is so important as it allows for the detection of gas leaks of carbon monoxide, which can cause poisoning and leaks that could lead to potential house fires.
What happens when you service your boiler?
A certified Gas engineer will open the casing of your boiler to inspect and clean the parts inside to ensure there are no damages. The pipeworks and the seals are checked to ensure the pressure is correct and there are no leaks that would make the boiler unsafe. The Boiler flue will also be inspected to confirm it meets the standards required by Gas Sa
60% of the UK is living in a hard water area. Hard water areas have water that is rich in calcium and magnesium. Luckily hard water is safe to drink and some say it's great for our teeth, but not great for your skin and hair.
Unfortunately the limescale build up can cause havoc on the plumbing pipes and in your appliances around the house.
If you have a leaky tap you risk build up on the tap which would need replacing. The horrid stains yellow stains on your sink and bath can be a pain to clean and worst of all it can cause higher water bills as your appliances have to work harder. Hard Water build up can also affect the water pressure as it makes it harder for the water to travel through the pipes.
Here are 3 great ways to deal with Hard Water in your area.
1. Use Hard Water Cleaning Aids
Soap scum build up is the calcium in hard water stopping the soap from dissolving and then attaching to surfaces and taps. Hard water cleaning products help break down the soap scum and clean it off. This buildup over time can damage your taps and replacing can be a cost that could be avoided.
2. Distilled Vinegar
The Calcium from the hard water can build up on the porcelain of your sink, bath and toilet. The acidity of the Vinegar helps to break down the calcium stains and makes it easier to wipe it down. It's also a great way to clean your Washing Machine to stop the build up damaging your machine. Just add a glass of Distilled vinegar into the WashingLiquid/Powder slot and put on an empty load of washing on the higest tempreture setting. Having the tempreture on high helps clean out the bacteria(that causes that horrible smell) and the vinegar breaks down the calcium and helps it wash away when the cycle ends.
3. Installing a Water Softner
If you live in a hard water area there is the option to add a Water Softner onto your System. These system adds Salt Crystals to the water that breaks the hard water in the pipes and all your water outlets will have soft water. The system can easily be installed by a plumber and you just need to restock your softner crystals.