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Hints & Tips

Mitchell Plumbing Hints and tips for your convenience


Mitchell plumbing is here to assist in all your plumbing needs whether they be urgent or planned. Should you require a home plumbing survey where recommendations can be made on any improvements to your plumbing system, this service is also available.


Winter plumbing tips 

  • There are ways to protect your pipes and tanks from extreme weather. Lag all external pipes  and any internal ones that are exposed to extreme cold as well as your storage tank if it’s in a particularly cold part of the house.

  • Do you have a loft? Take a look at the water pipes and water storage tanks inside it and ask yourself whether the loft insulation is good enough to protect them from severe cold. Replace old-style felt lagging on pipes with the right foam insulation, checking that all joints and bends are covered too. One easy way to keep your loft warm in very cold weather is to open the loft hatch to let the warm air from your house circulate inside it.

  • Keep your heating on low even when your out the house. Having your house at 6*C will stop your pipes from freezing.

Main Stop Cock

  • Ensure that you know the location of the stop valve on the incoming water supply and that it works.

  • Ask your plumber to fit isolation valves - this will help in emergency situations and can help to prevent unnecessary damage to your home in case of a plumbing emergency.


General Plumbing

  • Do not let dripping taps and ball valves go unchecked - this is a sure sign that your plumbing system requires maintenance.



  • Do not use your toilet as a bin. Do not flush facial tissue, sanitary products or nappies as they do not dissolve and can clog the main lines. Keep a rubbish container in each bathroom.

  • Once a week run hot water down the drain this will keep the drain free flowing

  • Baths and showers drains should be fitted with strainers that catch hair and soap chips. Clean the strainers regularly.

  • Have your gutters cleaned out anually, especially properties close to tree's. 

  • Have your gutter down-pipes fitted with leaf guards, this will stop your drains from clogging up.


Central Heating

  • The Radiator is not Working Properly and Seems to be Cold at the Top and Hot at the Bottom: . There could be air in your radiator. Try letting air out at bleed valve at top of radiator using a bleed key until the hissing stops and water comes out. Use a cloth to wipe any water that escapes out. If you have a pressurised system, make sure you top pressure back up usually 1.5 bar.

  • Radiators hot at top but cold at bottom in middle. Your radiators are probably starting to sludge up inside. Costing you money trying to heat a room with half a radiator working. You do not need a new heating system, your system can be cleaned out by means of powerflushing with chemicals. See my Promotions page for details.

  • I Can’t Get the Heating Right, Some Rooms are Too Hot and Others Too Cold: It can get quite difficult to get the balance right with a single room temperature (normally positioned in the hallway). In order to adjust the right temperature for each room, it is recommend installing thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs) which allow you to set different temperature in different rooms. This way you can have a hot bathroom and cool bedroom preset individually.