As summer approaches, you can be tempted to ignore some of the maintenance and repair jobs on your central heating in Wirral, or those plumbing jobs that you never get to.
Putting these jobs off until the Autumn is not the best plan, and in fact the warmer summer months represent a perfect opportunity to get on top of maintaining your plumbing and heating.
Here are top tips for maintaining your plumbing and central heating in Wirral this summer:
- Check for leaks
Now that you can venture outside without fear of freezing, it’s a good idea to have a thorough check of all of your taps and pipes both inside and outside your house. Check for leaks or potential wear that could present future problems. If you spot a leak, feel free to get in contact us today and we’ll come out and fix it.
- Do your valves still work?
Whether you’re installing new appliances or trying to isolate part of your central heating system or plumbing, having isolation valves in place if vital. Now is a good time to check these valves. Are they still working correctly? It’s better to find out that your isolation valve is not working now rather than waiting until the winter months, or for when emergency strikes and you need to cut-off water quickly.
- Service your boiler / central heating
The summer is actually the perfect time to give your boiler a service in Wirral. Your central heating will see much less – if any – action during the summer, so now is the time to have the system thoroughly serviced by a trained boiler engineer. If any problems are found, they can be put right without you having to go without heating during the winter.
- Cleaning the BBQ?
This time of the year sees many of us drag the BBQ back out ready for a summer of grilling action. However, if you’re needing to clean off last year’s cooking oil and dirt, do not dispose of it down the drain. This can soon block your drains up, initially leading to bad smells in the house and longer-term causing a total blockage. The same goes for cooking oil. Always dispose of in to some sort of container and take it to your local recycling centre which will almost certainly have a designated area for disposing of them.
- Clear outside grids
Grids can become blocked very easily over the winter months, and when we head back outside in spring and summer, you may not even be aware of the problem if water has now drained away and the grid is in an area you rarely access during the winter (back yard, for example). Look for signs that there has been standing water in the areas around the grids, and more importantly remove any debris from the grid.This may be just leaves or natural mess from outside, or if this is the downpipe from your bathroom, it may be clogged up with hair as well. Always clean your grids in the summer, and use guards for them to prevent debris build-up.