Posts Tagged ‘home improvement’

How To Install Bathrooms Or Showers

October 20th, 2012

If you are moving into a new house and wish to redecorate your bathroom, or even if you just find your current one outdated, then chances are you are likely to want to know where to start when installing a new one. These essential tips for installing a bathroom or shower will make it easier, quicker and more efficient when the time comes to update that all important room.

 

1) Choose your bathroom or shower carefully

Firstly, are you looking at changing over your entire bathroom, or just installing a new shower? When you know exactly what you are going to need in the bathroom, it is time for the fun part; shopping!

There are hundreds of different styles in terms of bathroom suites and furniture, some more popular than others. If you are looking for everything from a toilet to a bath, then try to find a matching suite that will work well with your chosen décor.

In terms of showers, it is important to decide what type of system you want, as well as the shower frame itself. Everything from simple one-person electric showers to wet rooms are available on the market, so decide what works best for your family and your budget.

Make sure you get your bathroom furniture, suite or shower from a trusted company that delivers, so you do not have to worry about things not turning up on time or in pieces. Some plumbers may even offer you catalogues featuring suites from their own suppliers, which they would then be able to get for you.

2) Removing the old bathroom and designing the new one

Before you can begin work on your new bathroom, you must first remove the old one. Depending on which features you want to keep, this could be a task for a qualified plumber, or just a handyman with a hammer.

If toilets or other plumbed in facilities need to be removed, then ensure your water supply is switched off before attempting this. The last thing you want is a flood in your bathroom which could cause many future problems!

Those who know exactly what they want may wish to come up with a design plan for the new bathroom, showing what they want and where. It is advisable to seek the advice of a professional when constructing your plan, as there may be some limitations depending on water inlets and outlets in your room.

If you have absolutely no idea what you want your bathroom to look like, most good plumbing companies will be able to offer you design ideas and plans to suit your needs.

3) Getting your new bathroom/shower all plumbed in

Unless you have passed several plumbing exams, it is inadvisable to try and plumb in a new bathroom or shower by yourself. Trying to DIY a project such as this could cause a lot of problems such as leaking or flooding.

When you have a design ready, contact a plumbing service that will be able to go through the details of your plan and install everything for you.

A good plumber should be able to remove your old bathroom (including tricky elements such as electrical work), design a new one and install it all for you without any trouble at all.

If you need something specialist such as a bath or shower with disabled access, tiling or towel radiators installed, then ensure your plumber is able to do this before agreeing to provide them with the work.

Conclusion

There are a few reasons that you may be thinking about getting a new bathroom installed, whether you fancy updating the one in your family home, or perhaps even to up the price of a property you want to sell.

Picking out the bathroom suite and furniture will be a fun part of the process, so enjoy it as best you can! Work out your budget and stick to it, including labour and extras such as decorative items.

A good plumbing company should be able to carry out any work that you do not feel comfortable doing, or complete the whole job if you would rather not get your hands dirty at all.

Make sure that the plumber you hire is aware of anything specialist or different that you might need, or if you would like them to provide the suite or furniture themselves.

By Rebecca Walton who writes articles for DIS Plumbing, Plumbers St Albans, England.

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Plumbing Tips and Tricks for Homeowners

September 21st, 2012

One aspect of owning a home is to know how the plumbing system works in the house. You need to be able to quickly deal with blockages in drains, waste pipes and air vents. The drainage system in any house is designed to pull waste away from toilets, bathtubs, showers, sinks and other devices that are connected to the water supply, such as washing machines and dishwashers. To keep your home’s plumbing system up-to-date, it’s imperative that you frequently check to see if there are any blockages. You should deal with them in a timely manner.

Preventing Blockages in the First Place

A fundamental rule of home plumbing is that you should avoid putting solid items in the sinks as much as possible. Not all liquids are suitable for sinks as well, especially oil and fat. Many people flush hair after brushing or shaving down the sink, but this can build up very quickly in the piping. When hair builds up, it also bonds with any liquids that do not mix well with water such as oil, fat or body fluids and causes clumps that clog up the pipes. It’s best to throw hair into a garbage can instead of flushing it down the sink.

Likewise, when using a toilet, make sure that you only put toilet paper into it as that is usually the only paper thin enough to go down well. Tissue paper, paper towels, sanitary pads, diapers and contraceptive devices should never be flushed down the toilet. Moreover, if you are flushing old food into the toilet when cleaning pots or pans, make sure that it is free of bones or other large solids that can block up the pipes.

Winter Tips & Tricks for Home Plumbing

Another important aspect of preventing blockages in your plumbing comes into play in parts of the world where the temperature drops below freezing in the winter. Ideally, water should be used regularly (at least several times a day) in winter homes, so that it does not have a chance to freeze up in the pipes. If you are going away from home in the winter, leave a tiny trickle of hot water coming out of the taps so the pipes do not freeze. Ice in pipes can cause serious damage when it expands. This can be very expensive (not to mention that you won’t be able to use your water at all until repaired).

Dealing with Minor Blockages at Home

If you only have a minor blockage in one of your sinks at home, then they are usually easy to deal with using a commercial drain cleaner. Toilets can be unblocked easily with a plunger. Before you try a chemical cleaner on your sinks, it also pays to give it a shot with a plunger first and see if you can get anything blocking the pipes out by force.

If you are having difficulty with unblocking pipes at home, then you might want to call in a professional plumber.

How to Install an Under Counter Water Heater?

September 14th, 2012

Even if you are not a tech savvy person you do not have to get overwhelmed and call for a plumber and electrician every time you need to install an appliance. In fact, for certain appliances like an under counter instant water heater, which is also popularly known as under sink water heater, installation is easier than you think. And you don’t have to spend even a penny in plumbing and electrician’s bills! Curious how you can do this? Well, read on.

What the hell is an under counter water heater?

Under counter water heaters are small home appliances that are usually seen in kitchens. They are akin to hot water dispensers and provide instant and point of service water heating both for domestic and commercial purposes. To get optimum output from an under counter water heater, you must ensure that it is installed properly and you could do this by simply following a few installation steps and guidelines. Don’t get bogged down by the many steps. Just get them done one by one.

The right place for everything

Before you install your under counter water heater, you must find a proper place for installation near the fixer. This may be a place inside the kitchen cabinet, under the countertop, and under the sink. Make sure that all the necessary plumbing requirements have been met and water supply connection is available in the installation area.

Get the right kit

Before installing the water heater, procure all the necessary tools for installing your under counter water heater. Keep the installation manual within easy reach as you will need to refer to it again and again. The manual will also help you with the appropriate application of the tools in the installation process.

Don’t call the plumber

Don’t call a plumber to install your under counter water cooler. Just brush up your basic plumbing skills by observing a friend or family member or by watching a YouTube video. The plumbing components that you will need are clamps, valves, pipes, and cables required for connecting the water heater to the direct water supply near its mounting point.

Manual help

Follow the installation steps outlined in the manual meticulously and in orderly fashion. The installation steps, if followed to the T, will ensure that you have done everything right required for completing the installation process. Additionally, you must check if a T&P valve has been installed for the water heater.

All done

Once the installation steps of the under counter water heater have been completed, you need to test whether you have performed everything perfectly or not. Before that, you also have to make sure that the water heater does not have any waste, debris, or air. Foe this, fill the heater with water and drain for some time. The drained water will carry along with it the waste, air, and debris from the water heater and your under counter water heater is all set for use.