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5 Things That Could Destroy Your Home

Flood KitsOur home is our sanctuary, our place of comfort and rest, as well as the place that houses those that are most dear to us. Accordingly, we would do anything we can to protect our house. The most unnerving threats however are the ones that catch us unawares. To educate you on the lesser-known threats to our home, we have compiled a handy list of 5 things you did not know could destroy your home.

Climbing plants

Climbing plants like ivy can look very pretty at first glance, but more often than not they are causing havoc with the very foundations of your home. Through the process of biological weathering, your walls are being gradually worn away.

Climbing plants, or creepers (a name more befitting of their sinister designs on your home) grow into any cracks or gaps in your walls, making them weaker and weaker over time. If left unattended, they can cause serious structural damage that will be costly to repair.

Loose tiles and weak trees

Loose roof tiles often don’t present themselves until it’s too late. I was rudely awakened to this issue myself in recent weeks.  A single roof tile had wiggled itself loose, and Storm Doris had sent it crashing through the roof window of our bathroom. Nightmare. To make sure you don’t experience the same misfortune, it is worth pre-empting any challenge from the Great British weather by making sure all of your roof tiles are secure.

The same logic applies to any trees that are ominously looming over your home. High winds can knock over even the sturdiest looking of trees, making it imperative to trim any that appear look particularly vulnerable.

Faulty appliances

Sure, the sheer versatility of the five pronged USB charger is impressive, but it is equally adept at setting your house on fire. Often manufactured in China, where appliances are not subject to the same rigorous safety standards checks, faulty chargers can provide a serious threat to the safety of your home.

Vintage appliances can be just as threatening. Invariably made according to antiquated safety codes, vintage appliances are all too often rife with frayed or damaged wires that are just waiting to become a fire hazard.

Faulty pipes

Being oblivious to the network of pipes carrying water around your house is one of the biggest crimes homeowners can commit. The UK insurance industry pays out £2.5 million every day to repair damage caused by escape of water in the home, making it a better time than ever to invest in a flood kit.

Frozen or burst pipes are often the chief culprits. Amending any leaky taps and making sure all tanks and pipes are properly insulated should be enough to ward off any immediate threat.

The only way to safeguard your home long-term is to replace any old pipes with new ones, which also means installing new water booster pumps.

Pests

Always the unwanted visitors, pests can cause more damage than the most unruly of house guests ever could. Termites and woodworms gnaw away at the structural supports of our homes whilst nests made by wasps and bats destroy wiring and framing.

These nests thrive in small spaces and it is therefore essential to secure any such areas with hardware cloth or welded wire-fabric.

Hopefully you feel more aware of some of the more inconspicuous threats to your home and feel you are prepared to face them head on. Are there any other dangers to your home that belong on this list? Let us know!

4 Causes of Low Water Pressure in Commercial Plumbing

Water Booster PumpsAre you a commercial organisation that needs to utilise water on a daily basis? Then you will know the issues low water pressure can cause to your business. Restaurants, gyms and hotels are businesses for which water pressure is a crucial factor; to name but a few. But what can you do if your water pressure just isn’t what it used to be? Here at Anchor Pumps, we are experts in all forms of plumbing and have a few choice tips for helping identify the problems causing low water pressure within your building.

Obstructed valves


If anyone has turned the water valves in your buildings off and on again for whatever reason, there is a chance they were not opened fully. Having a semi-open valve can cause low water pressure so make sure it is opened all the way when you check it. If for whatever reason the valve appears to be broken them call someone to fix it – do not attempt to do this yourself without proper training.

Leaks


If you water pipes are damaged then this can cause leaks, which in turn will cause low water pressure as not all the water will make it to your taps/showerheads. If you think your pipes may be leaking, then an easy way to identify this is to close your main water valve and take a reading of the meter. Check back in two hours and if the figure on the meter has increased, then this is a sign that your pipes have a leak. Again, professional help will be needed in this instance.

Low power pumps

There can be two reasons for low power plumbing: either your pump is malfunctioning or it simply isn’t manufactured to be powerful enough for your needs. Regular maintenance checks are advised here to make sure your pump is working at optimum capacity, after all if it isn’t you’re wasting valuable water which is a drain on your energy costs. Installing the latest in pump technology is advisable and our range of water booster pumps are just the ticket to fix low water pressure in your plumbing.

Clogging


This is probably the most common cause of low water pressure and is found often in iron pipes which are vulnerable to rusting which can cause an obstruction. Other things like dirt, gravel or sand and other naturally occurring substances can enter your pipes if there is a fracture in your water main. You can do something about this yourself by cleaning your fixtures regularly. If it still persists you may want to call in professional help to get to the root cause of the problem.

So there we have it, four of the most common sources of low water pressure in your commercial plumbing systems – be sure to check the pressure on your pipes as soon as you can.