How To Prevent Costly Heating Repairs And Unblocking A Drain Yourself.

By: Rick Skew


Just about every family home has a Central Heating System nowadays and it is important to make sure itís running in top working order. In the winter time, the heat pump takes heat from outside and sends it indoors. Most heat pumps use electricity, along with the condenser and compressor. Whether it is an older system or a innovative new one, it needs to be checked at least every year in the spring or fall preferably, so that it runs efficiently and is cost efficient.

It goes without saying, it must only be checked by an authorized Gas Safe technician. Thoroughly servicing your furnace, thermostats, filtration and heat pumps helps to avoid fire hazards and can save time, money and prevent risking your loved one's health. Regularly have your system inspected to prevent these disasters from happening. One of your major expenses for a property owner is heating. Replacing older equipment is very important in reducing energy costs, decreasing your bills by at least 30%.

Some of us never even think of their central heating system until it does not come on. It can be an easy problem to solve, something like the pilot light going out; making an odd noise, does not heat up or just smells odd. It can be something as trivial as a loose wire to cause it to shut down, leaving all your family cold and uncomfortable. Itís never a great idea to wait for a problem to occur. If your system breaks down at night time and the temperature is freezing outside it will not only be much more expensive to have someone come out to repair it. It is better and easier to get your central heating system inspected in warmer seasons.

If you ever happen to smell gas inside your home, open all of the doors and windows and allow in fresh air. Never try to diagnose the problem or fix it yourself. Immediately call an expert and leave your home. It is very dangerous to try to do so, and you can actually harm your system. Proper maintenance of your central heating system by a professional check can give you and your family members satisfaction all through the year.

How To Unblock A Drain:
Blocked drains can become a massive problem if left untreated because the matter blocking the drain accumulates over time. Aside from the flooding problems it might create, it is the nasty smell a blocked drainage system emits which makes it unbearable, not to mention the potential to cause significant structural damage in your home. It is a good thing that there's tested remedies to this kind of circumstances.

DIY Remedies:
The very first thing you can do is to boil a large quantity of water and pour it down the clogged drain. The boiling water may loosen-up and flush away the obstruction as grease is the usual culprit, and hot water is known to dislodge these substances. Use a plunger if the blockage remains there, it may want a bit of pushing for it to be removed.

Subsequently, pour caustic soda down your drain, but be very cautious in handling this chemical as itís extremely corrosive and dangerous. Caustic soda is also known as soda crystals or sodium hydroxide in chemistry and it is very dangerous to health. It is recommended to wear protective clothing like goggles and gloves when handling this type of chemical for your own safety. A rigid wire could be of great help for stubborn and hard to remove blockages. Other drain cleaning chemicals may also be tried if boiling water and caustic soda fails this chore.

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I have spent a lot of my time working for a company called Plumbers London and I have seen some pretty sites and some not so pretty sites. Over the years I have realised that there is a lot can be done to avoid calling out a plumber or gas engineer to solve small problems.

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