The modern way of plumbing now uses a vast choice of very good fittings and materials. The plastic type of fitting is a favourite choice for plumbing professionals. It will resist corrosion and will not succumb to lime scale build up especially if they are fitted in areas of hard water. Usually if connected to copper pipework, the copper will normally be the pipe you see. Dagenham Plumbers use all modern forms of plumbing materials. Cut a Plastic Pipe.There are specific cutters to make accurate cuts. There should always be an allowance made for the amount of pipe in the fitting. The cutter needs to be lined up with the next V marking on the pipe and then apply the pressure for the cutter jaws. Turn the pipe as you cut and you get a smooth finished cut. A Dagenham Plumber uses and cuts plastic pipework.Push Fit Fitting.There are many of this fitting type available, like straight connectors, elbows and Tee pieces. They have an internally fitted grabbing ring that gives a good solid fit on the pipework. The rings are quite sharp so care is to be taken not to put a finger in there. Always make sure there is no debris and dirt in the fitting as they will fail.Dismantle a Push Fit Fitting.This a very straightforward task and done with a product specific tool called a key. These are available for every standard pipe. The key is basically a collar that clips onto the pipework making sure that its flat side faces away from the fitting. This clip slides up to the fittings cap and when pushed the fitted lugs will cause the fitting to be released.
The term blocked-gutter is one that is know quite well to most homeowners, but may not have happened to you yet. With the passing of the months and years however eventually it will happen to your guttering and water down pipes. It can be dealt with fairly easily. The gutters and down spouts will collect unwanted dust and debris which also include moss. The debris that gathers will, after time if not cleared forms a silty mass that will not allow anything to drain away, especially water and so it overflows. It is really quite simple to get rid of this mess in your gutters and pipework. Dagenham Plumbers deal with all kinds plumbing problems.Materials Required:Long Pole with Semi Circular Attachment.Bucket.1). With a ladder, climb up to the gutter so you can see in the trough. 2). Push the pole as far as you can reach down the length of the trough. A Dagenham Plumber uses this type of equipment.3). Use this to pull the mess towards you and then ditch by hand into a bucket and dispose of it. Of course the use of a ladder is quite dangerous so take care and do not carry this task out on your own if possible. When up the ladder do not over reach or lean the ladder on the pipework as this can damage the pipe or slip away.Rain Water Pipe:If this pipe has become blocked it can be more difficult to deal with. You can try to clear by pushing a drain clearing spring up and down inside the pipework. When the pipework is made of plastic it is simple to split each section and carry out the job on the ground. This is the best way to inspect and clear the whole section. It is historically a blockage at the bottom of the pipework. This causes the water to flood out of through all the joints, and is nearly always caused by a blockage in the gully section and is easy to clear out by hand.
If you find that the radiators in your home are hot in places and cold in others and in some cases just completely cold when your boiler seems to be working its socks off. The cause of this phenomenon will more than likely down to air sitting in the system. This will not cure itself and just go away, so you will need to take some action to fix this and use something called a bleed key to allow the air to escape. There are professional plumbing services like Dagenham Plumbers who can do this for you.Fitted to every radiator in a domestic central heating system there is a bleed valve on either of the top corners, it consists of a square metal block sat in the middle. The right size for a key to be placed over it.Should you not have one of these keys they can be purchased from your local plumbers merchant. Action:Isolate the boiler and pump. Fit the key and turn the block anticlockwise for one quarter of a turn. This should be enough but just in case you open it too far, have a bowl ready for any spills. Dont be tempted to open the valve further than you need to. It just results in a pool of water the floor. Listen and once the air starts to hiss from the valve, stop turning and keep the bleed key in place on the block so as soon as the air stops and water appears you will be able to shut off the radiator. A Dagenham Plumber can bleed a radiator circuit and balance the system, if you are not confident or unsure. If you get nothing is when you try to bleed the radiator, check in the loft to see if the feed and expansion tank is empty. If the tank is full, then the valve has a blockage and must be dealt with separately.
If the water heater you use is located in a space like, (a garage, basement, or attic) and you dont want to add heat, you could use a heavy blanket. But not just any blanket. An insulation type blanket is not really for use on a water heater located where its lost heat could be used. Neither is a blanket necessary if your water heater is new that is, covered with R-16 insulation. (The factory insulation is fitted between the shell and the tank, so dont worry if you cant see it.) The makers tally will tell you how much insulation your water heater contains. Dagenham Plumbers can give professional advice and service.You buy a water heater insulating blanket as a kit for the size of the heater for instance, 30, 40, or even 50 gallons. The kit contains a blanket thats finished with white vinyl on the outside and raw insulation on the inside and enough adhesive tape to finish the seams. A Dagenham Plumber fits this kit.How to wrap your water heater with a blanket:If yours is a gas water heater:?Wrap it all the way around and from the top to just a little below the controller. Dont panic if the blanket seems a little short. The tank bottom is quite a few inches above the bottom of the heater, and 2 or 3 inches below the drain valve. Do not use it on the top of a gas fired water heater as the insulation may cause a fire fire from the heated exhaust. Also, this insulation blanket should not be covering any of the following: The controller, anode or the pressure and temperature relief valve.If yours is an electric water heater:?As these heaters do not provide any exhaust gas, you may use this type of insulation on its sides and top. However to prevent electrical components from overheating, do not cover any covers for the element.
If you live in a rural place you will no doubt be familiar with the septic tank system. This system is your personal own sewage treatment unit. The septic system is always well out of sight and leaves no odour. A septic system is usually quite maintenance free. If it is well made a correctly maintained tank could last many years. However it will most likely require some maintenance or need to be replaced after about 15/20 years of use. A few simple pointers like not using massive quantities of water and not ditching foreign objects in the tank that the resident bacteria wont be able to break down should make you tank a hassle free zone. Dont forget that the septic tank will require cleaning when there is a solids build up. Dagenham Plumbers are skilled professionals. Recommendations:Lots of water will stop the balance in the tank.?And causes all kinds of backing up problems.Large amounts of chemicals used in the home cause problems. You can use detergents etc. and other household chemicals without wrecking the bacterial functions in the tank. Use a good quality toilet paper that biodegrades when wet. A way to find out if your toilet paper is correct is is to put a chunk of toilet paper in a jar half filled with water. Agitate the jar and observe if the paper breaks up the jar, and if the tissue breaks up easily, if it does, then the paper is fine to use with your tank.Grease should not be put in the drains as if it solidifies it will block the drain and also block up the sewer pipes or even build up in the septic tank. When in doubt, call in a septic pro like a Dagenham Plumber .
To remove and replace a damaged piece of pipe, follow these steps:Turn off the main water shut-off valve, then open a tap at the lowest point in the home. Dagenham Plumbers can do this.Using tape measure, determine the length of pipe required. The total length of the replacement piece of pipe and the two couplings, when fully assembled, must be around 3/4 of an inch?longer?than the damaged pipe.Put the tube cutter over the mark on the pipework and gently clamp down on the pipe by turning the grip clockwise and rotate. The cutter should move easily. Apply too much pressure too fast and it will bend the end of the pipe and damage the blade.Use a blade or a file to remove any burrs at the end.Polish the outside of the end to be soldered with emery paper until it has a bright finish. Do the same inside the fitting to which it will be joined. This action cleans and provides the necessary tooth for a solid connection.Apply a layer of flux on the outside of the pipe and inside the joint.Assemble the pieces and rotate the pipe in the fitting to distribute the flux and ensure a secure fit. Never use a torch around natural gas and always keep a working fire extinguisher nearby.8). When using soldering irons the tip of the blue flame should be directed at the fitting and not at the pipe, this allows the radiation of heat to the joint. As the flux begins bubbling, touch the end of the solder to one point of the joint. The solder will form a?beading around the joint. Remove the flame as soon as the solder begins to flow. Be careful not to move or jiggle the pipe or fitting for about a minute to allow the solder enough time to cool. A Dagenham Plumber can solder joints.9). Turn the water back on and check for leaks.
When the sink will not drain, and the drain line isnt blocked, it may need to look up towards the ventilation system. When a vent becomes clogged, it shows up within the home as everything from the phantom flushing at the toilet to sinks that simply wont drain properly.The following can collect inside a vent:Dead birds or birds nests.Bodies of dead rodents.Leaves, trash, and other rubbish, which are sometimes almost impossible to removeTennis balls etc.Clearing blockages in the vent pipes can be a real hassle, however you know what, you can take some preventive steps. Sadly the best place to begin the clearing of vent pipe work is from the roof. Working up on the roof can be a dangerous task, to say the least. So, you may want to have this job done by someone who has experience working up high. Dagenham Plumbers can carry out this work. If you feel confident about performing the work yourself, be sure that the roof is dry, wear rubber-soled shoes, and use a safety harness to prevent yourself from falling off the roof if you slip.You will need a torch, a?plumbers?snake and a rubber hose. Use the torch to shine a bright light down the vent pipe to look for leaves, or other debris you may be able to remove. Then try:Remove any items you can reach.?For those items you cant remove from above, run the snake down the ventilation pipe. A Dagenham Plumber is trained to do this.Push the end of a garden hose into the ventilation pipe and get a friend or family member turn on the water for you.? You should then hear sudden whooshing sound when the water forces the clog down the drain.
A?P-trap?is a pipe that sits under the sinks that are in your home. Sadly the trap tends to collect all manner of things, including , hair, grease, debris, and soap scum. This makes a P-trap the number one location of clogs in the sewer system. Dagenham Plumbers can sort this. If the trap is blocked up, you will see a slowing down of the water draining from the fixture. The loo has the biggest P-trap of any of the fixtures in the home, so if should you have slow draining water in your fixture, clean the P-trap to avoid a complete backing up. Take everything from below the affected sink so that you will be able to work comfortably. Then use these steps:Place a plastic bowl underneath the P-trap.Undo and take off the two nuts that are connecting the trap to the sink and the fitting at the wall. Use a brush or rod to clear the debris from the inside of the unit. Ensure sure that every part is fully clean inside and outside. Inspect all the washers they should be soft and supple. Put the P-trap back together again, which is quite straightforward and then check that the washers are correctly positioned. The nuts should not be tightened too much, then check for leaks. Should the unit still be leaking, then tighten each one a little until the leaking stops. It is possible to twist the washers so be careful.6). If this procedure cannot fix the issue with the trap, you really should call on the services of a professional who has the knowledge and experience and correct tools to get your drain water flowing freely again. A Dagenham Plumber is qualified to do this.
Water Hammers.Suddenly and unexpectedly speeding water finds a closed valve. All of a sudden, the water has nowhere to go. As it comes to a halt, a loud thud can be heard throughout the entire house. This sound is known as a?water hammer.? Dagenham Plumbers are skilled in the diagnosis of problems. The?air chamber?is a vertically orientated pipe, located in the cavity of a wall near to a valve. These chambers have a cushioning action to prevent water from smashing on the piping. Curing the water hammer effect, you need to refill the air chambers with more air. You cant inspect the air chambers., so this is a must whenever you notice a faint noise in the pipe:Close your homes main water valve.Open up the highest tap in your home.Locate the lowest tap in the home, and turn on to fully drain all water out of the pipework. Air flows in as water flows out.As soon as the water has gone, close the lowest tap. Tightening loose mounting straps: Water hammer action can happen when you have a mounting strap loosens. The loose strap makes the pipe vibrate against the supporting members and framework as the water is turned on and off. All connections on the pipework need to be very tight. 6). Adjusting too high water pressure:Pipes also start to bang if the water pressure inside them is very high. This pressure is adjustable by fitting a regulator or a regulator. Most modern homes have a regulator fitted in the pipework at the point where the mains water supply enters the house. If you dont have any of these two items fitted you can call a professional like a Dagenham Plumber .