Water leaks are quite often the route cause to more serious problem

Water leaks are quite often the route cause to more serious problem

Water leaks are quite often the route cause to more serious cosmetic or & structural problems and also with the obvious health risks associated with living or working in a damp property. Some of the potential problems your hidden water leak could lead to include: Water leaking in your property means your water bill is rising faster than you would like – hurting your bank balance Central heating system leaks could leave you and your family with no heating – in the dead of winter Central heating systems that are being refilled constantly suffer from oxidization – rusting your radiators & pipes from the inside out! Water mains supply leaks can quickly cause subsidence of land including footpaths, driveways, gardens – or your house! Internal water leaks from pipes, tanks, underfloor heating & central heating systems cause an untold amount of damage to your home including damage to walls and floors – costing hundreds to rectify! You family and yourself become at risk of a multitude of health problems affected by damp including asthma – children and the elderly are most at risk. Your property becomes a comfortable home for many insects, bugs & mites who thrive in damp & dark conditions – under your floors and in your walls. What may seem like a small problem, a simple water leak, can rapidly become a huge problem with extremely costly...

Prepare Your Home for Winter

Although periods of extreme cold cannot always be predicted far in advance, weather forecasts can sometimes provide you with several days’ notice. Listen to weather forecasts regularly, and check your emergency supplies whenever a period of extreme cold is predicted. If you plan to use a fireplace or wood stove for emergency heating, have your chimney or flue inspected each year. Ask your local fire department to recommend an inspector, or find one in the yellow pages of your telephone directory under “chimney cleaning.” Also, if you’ll be using a fireplace, wood stove, or kerosene heater, install a smoke detector and a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector near the area to be heated. Test them monthly, and replace batteries twice yearly. Your ability to feel a change in temperature decreases with age, and older people are more susceptible to health problems caused by cold. If you are over 65 years old, place an easy-to-read thermometer in an indoor location where you will see it frequently, and check the temperature of your home often during the winter months. Insulate any water lines that run along exterior walls so your water supply will be less likely to freeze. To the extent possible, weatherproof your home by adding weather-stripping, insulation, insulated doors and storm windows, or thermal-pane windows. If you have pets, bring them indoors. If you cannot bring them inside, provide adequate shelter to keep them warm and make sure that they have access to unfrozen...

After the cold spell: Fixing copper pipe leaks

The recent cold weather has caused a lot of pipes to burst and these problems only became apparent once the thaw set in. Not only have the mains water supplies been affected by reductions in pressure from leaks, but a lot of buildings owners discovered leaks inside their properties. During the Christmas break I helped to fix some copper piping which was leaking. It was the first time I have done this, my Father in law showed me how; it was a straight forward task and is something most people could attempt. I have listed how to carry out the repair below in case it may be of use to someone. The particular house wasunoccupied during the cold weather with the water turned off. But when the water was turned on again after the thaw, there were four leaks from burst pipes. The burst pipes was the copper water piping for the central heating. See photographs below. We fixed the leaks by: Turning off the water. Cutting the pipe either side of the leak with a pipe cutter, this cutter also shaped the end of the pipe ready for the new connection. Cutting a new section of copper pipe from a long piece bought in the local hardware shop. Fitting the valve connector to link the new sections together. We used white tape on the threads to help water tightness. Only valve connectors were available as the standard (non-valve) connectors were sold out. We turned the water on again and checked the connection for leaks. Tools required: Copper pipe of same diameter as damaged section, pipe cutter/ shaper, two spanners, white...

What should I do if my pipes freeze?

If you turn on a faucet and get no water, your pipes may be frozen. If your pipes freeze, there are some procedures that you can follow to thaw them. The sooner the problem is recognized, the better chance that damage will be minimized. Some techniques for thawing frozen pipes include: If possible, expose a boxed-in area to the inside heat. An example includes opening some ceiling tiles if your home has a drop ceiling. Use a heat gun. However, be extremely careful as the heat from the heat gun will ignite any wood or paper it contacts. DO NOT use torches to thaw pipes! Rubbing the pipes with warm, damp rags may slowly thaw the line. If you do not have water for an extended period of time, special attention should be given to hot water heaters and boilers. What should I do if a pipe breaks? Shut off your water immediately, using your home’s shutoff valve. Where are my shutoff valves? There are actually two major shutoff valves in line with your service. The first valve, called a curb stop, is generally located near the property line and is normally housed by a cylinder with a cap on it called the curb box. The other major valve is located in the home next to the water meter. Other valves may be near plumbing appliances such as sinks and toilets. Keeping your main valve in good working condition will assure you that you will be able to turn your water off in the event of an emergency, in case one of your water pipes breaks, for example. Older style gate valves...
X-TREME TAPE

X-TREME TAPE

We are often asked questions about our X-TREME tape these are the most common and the answers. Q: How does X-TREME Tape work? A: X-TREME Tape is a self-fusing tape. Ingredients in the silicone cause it to permanently bond to itself when stretched or forced together. Q: How long does it take X-TREME Tape to fuse together? A: The tighter you stretch X-TREME Tape, the quicker it bonds. In most cases, X-TREME Tape bonds in just seconds and takes just a minute or two to become permanent.. Q: What is the shelf life? How do I store X-TREME Tape? A: For the longest shelf life, it should be kept at room temperature and away from direct light or heat. However, these factors only slightly alter the shelf life. Even when stored improperly, X-TREME Tape should last for many years. Q: How much X-TREME Tape should I use? A: When overlapping X-TREME Tape by one-half as directed, you will automatically be left with a “double wrap.” This is sufficient for most weatherproofing applications such as electrical wiring. However, when sealing leaks, the more you use, the stronger the seal will be. Typically 3 to 5 layers thick and 3 to 5 inches to both sides of a damaged hose should repair most leaks. Additional layers may be necessary. Q: Does the surface of my project have to be clean? A: No. X-TREME Tape does not stick to the surface of a project, and therefore it does not matter whether the surface is clean or dirty. As long as you can overlap X-TREME Tape onto itself, it will work, even if...

Cold weather alert service

In the UK there are, on average, 27,000 extra deaths in winter compared to other months of the year – 80% are thought to be due to the cold weather. The cold temperatures can cause physiological effects such as thicker blood, increase in blood pressure and tightening of the airways – making people who already have chronic conditions even more vulnerable. There is a link between the onset of cold weather and deaths from both heart attacks and respiratory illnesses. Older people are particularly at risk as they do not feel the cold until their body temperature falls. The graph below highlights the importance of the service in this country. We have very poor excess winter mortality rates compared to other countries in Europe. Especially when you consider that Finland has a considerably colder climate than our own. The aim of the service is to reduce these figures by helping health care organisations to prepare for spells of prolonged cold weather. Our warning will allow you to take the necessary actions to help you and your patients reduce the risks of cold weather and the effects it can have on the more vulnerable.   We work with the Department of Health, to provide a Cold Weather Alert Service. This operates, in England, from 1 November to 31 March every year. Met Office alerts are sent to NHS Trusts in England, and AgeUK, to ensure that staff and resources are fully prepared for any cold weather periods and those who are more vulnerable to cold weather conditions are aware and prepared. The alert is also displayed on our website and across other...