A cracked or severed underground water line is a vexing problem that few homeowners ever want to face.
By separating this project into manageable steps, you can repair your underground water line by yourself, or at least take on some parts of it, thus reducing the project's overall cost.
Prior to digging in your yard, you should always have utility lines marked by your local utility location service.
DETERMINE IF YOU HAVE A LEAK
Some common indicators of a leak in your underground water line include:
> Water meter indicator is spinning even though no water in or around the house is turned on
> Mushy, soft spots in yard
> Recessed or swelling lawn or ground
LOCATE THE LEAK
Once you know the general area of the leak, pinpoint its precise location.
TURN OFF WATER TO THE HOUSE AND AT THE STREET
Open the metal water meter box. Locate the valve beside the meter, on the house side of the meter (not the street side).
DRAIN WATER FROM THE TRENCH
Bail water from the trench with a bucket. Toward the end, drain the rest of the water with a shop vacuum on wet mode. REPAIR THE WATER LINE.
TEST THE REPAIR
Examine your repair under pressure to make certain that it is secure.
If you are not confident about your ability to turn the project around in a satisfactory period of time, you'll need to call in a plumber.
Plumbers have their own secrets of the trade, so consider some things you should know about your plumbing that they might not tell you.
Protecting your pipes is the key to preventing costly water leaks. A water leak not only causes property damage, but it can also drive up your water bill.
Wrap Them With Insulation
You can buy foam tubes that are easy to install and that will keep pipes warm during the winter.
Take Care of Your Sump Pump
Without the sump pump, the interior of the house can flood and that will lead to mold growth.
Educate Your Family About the Toilet
The best way to avoid a clog is to make sure everyone knows what can and what can’t go down the toilet bowl.
Caring for the Water Heater
If your water heater is over 8 to 12 years old, it’s time for a new one. If the one you have isn’t operating efficiently, it costs you money.
A little maintenance goes a long way with water heaters, too. Start by draining it at least once a year to remove sediment from the bottom.
When You Do Need to Hire a Plumber
There are some projects that simply require a licensed professional. When you need a plumber, look for someone that has been in business for at least five years. Check our sites Property Contractors 247
In this blog post our expert plumber walks you through removing and old close couple system toilet, preparing the space and installing a new toilet system.
Remove the lid on the cistern
The first step is pretty easy. Simply remove the lid to the cistern and have a good look inside to familiarise yourself with all the parts. Your new cistern will probably come with the internal parts assembled but it's always better to have a working knowledge of how they operate to make your toilet work.
Turn off the water supply
Once you’ve turned off the water supply it's a good idea to flush the toilet to check. If the water supply is turned off properly the cistern shouldn't fill up again when you flush.
Disconnect the water supply to the toilet itself.
With a pair of adjustable spanners slacken off the nut. Unscrew it fully and remove the pipe from the cistern block. Use a small towel to catch any excess water that might drop from the pipe.
Remove the cistern from the wall
Most toilets have a couple of screws to secure the toilet cistern to the wall. simply unscrew them to remove the unit.
Remove the toilet waste pipe (soil pipe) from the toilet.
On a lot of toilets the pipe going out the back of the toilet is possible on a flexible quick.
Remove the toilet
Most toilets are secured into place by a couple of screws and a bit of silicone. So we need to remove the screws and cut the silicone and you should be able to move the toilet out of the way.
Prepare the area for the new toilet
Now your old toilet is removed it’s time to give the floor a good clean and remove any debris that's in the way.
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Installing your new toilet
Now it’s time to install your new toilet. The procedure is almost the reverse steps of the removal but with a few extra things to bear in mind.
Fix the toilet to the floor
The first thing you’ll want to do, before actually securing the toilet in place, is to get the new toilet bowl into the position you want it to be in.
Fit the soil pipe
Before you fix the soil pipe on the back of the toilet it's a good idea to get a silicone gun and run round the inside of the pipe.
Put the cistern back on
Make sure that any seals that she supplied with your new toilet are in place to avoid unwanted leaks.
Sort out the water supply
This could potentially be the trickiest part of your new toilet installation, depending on the length and positioning of any pipework coming from your new toilet and also the pipes that are already fitted from your old toilet.
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We often take the energy we use in our homes for granted without realising there are plenty of ways to reduce our costs.
If you really want to keep those utility bills down this winter, there are some simple and inexpensive ways to improve your energy efficiency. Cutting the amount of power we use isn’t just good for our bank balances, however, it’s great for the environment as well.
Switch Off and Save
How often do we leave appliances plugged in when we go off to bed? Turning things off can save you a fair amount of money both in the short and long term. That means not leaving a light on in a room when it’s not being used, turning off radiators in bedrooms where no one is staying and not leaving devices on standby overnight.
Turn the Thermostat Down 1 Degree
Most people involved in energy efficiency have one consistent mantra and it’s this: Turning the thermostat down, even by just a degree or two, can save energy and therefore money.
Seal Draughty Areas
Draughts can cause a good deal of heat loss and give the perception of cold, especially in older homes. If you want to improve this, the easiest way is to walk around the house and check areas like windows and doors.
Change to LED Bulbs
We should all be starting to change to LED bulbs by now. Not only are they super-efficient but the cost of the bulbs has come down over the last few years.
Install a Smart Meter
Smart meters not only allow you to control your energy use it gives you a clearer idea where you can make changes and lower your bills. Tracking energy usage is really beneficial, particularly over the wintertime. Look at different times to put your heating on or perhaps turning off radiators in rooms that are not in use. The savings will soon mount up.
Boost Your Insulation
Finally, one area we can overlook is the insulation in the loft. This can often degrade over time or get flattened when someone heads up to get something or do some work.
There are several recognised advantages of switching to LED lighting. Studies show that LED bulbs are 90% cheaper in running costs than your existing spotlights, and with that being said, an average house with 40 spotlights converted to LED lighting will save you a possible £500 per annum in running costs.
Converting from spotlights to LED lighting also has the advantages of:
LED lighting bulbs tend to last for years and years so there’s no need to worry about changing the bulbs.
Safe and Secure
With other lighting transformers can sometimes break and the bulb itself can overheat, this isn’t the case with LED lighting. They also provide a reduced level of CO2 emissions in comparison to other bulbs.
Great Garden Lighting
Led lights can also be installed in the garden making a very attractive feature.
Led lights can also replace your existing fluorescent lights in shops and offices with led panels and are far more attractive and energy efficient with up to 70% energy savings being reported.
How can I convert my spotlights to LED?
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