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  1. Plumbing Myths - solved! Chris Derrer 9 hours 32 mins ago
  2. Modern plumbing has come a long way... Chris Derrer 28-Jul-2017

Plumbing Myths - solved!

Chris Derrer - Thursday, August 17, 2017
There is a myth for everything, everywhere – especially when it comes to plumbing and heating! Here at HPS, we have researched the most common myths many DIY-ers believe and we have the answers…

1. “My pipes aren’t clogged, water is still going down the drain!”
Well, would you believe us if we told you it’s actually about how quickly the water goes down the drain? For example, if your drain is slow to clear its bubbles when you turn on other faucets (or flush the toilet) you may be at the beginning of a bigger clog! It’s a very common mistake to wait until a drain is completely blocked until you call in the plumber; the damage and inconvenience could be terrible.

2. “I only need a plunger to remove clogs”
Plungers are simple, they work by plugging a clog free with suction – a great tool! BUT, unfortunately it won’t work on every single clog you come across. If the clog you are faced with is caused by something sturdy and stubborn like a tree root, you need a more forceful solution. Often, if a plunger doesn’t work, you should usually turn to your trustee plumbing snake. If this doesn’t work, try hydrojetting; this targets high-pressure water spray to break up and flush out clogs.

3. “My leaky tap can wait…”
What’s the one thing that people tend to put off? You guessed it… a leaky tap. This is because most people don’t think that it’s a big deal – but trust us, it is. The main issue is that the extra water running out of your tap is costing you money on your water bills... quite literally going down the drain! As well as this, a leaky tap can be a sign of trouble brewing elsewhere within your pipes – like other potential leaks. Getting to the bottom of and/or fixing what is causing the leak could actually save your home from some serious water damage.

4. “Creatures can’t get through the pipes… can they?”
The answer to this one is a simple yes. If a creature is small, flexible, and able to swim… they can get up your pipes. Which means, if they can get up your pipes, they can get into your home. Common uninvited guests include snakes (mainly in warmer countries), frogs, and rats. To stop the intruders from coming in, install a flap over the waste tube of your toilet; this will let waste out, while keeping the creatures out too!

So, there you have it, some of the most common plumbing myths, busted! If you would like to find out more about our services here at HPS, please do not hesitate to Contact Us.

Modern plumbing has come a long way...

Chris Derrer - Friday, July 28, 2017
Plumbing can be seen, to an extent, as early as 6000 BC. Hundreds of years ago, people realised water was important, and everyone needed access to it. The slaves in ancient civilisations, who would initially collect water down at the rivers and take it back up to the land in giant pots, were to be instructed to build rudimentary pipes. Substitutes for such can even be found in areas where ancient civilisations lived. Of course, there were a limited number of tools at that point in time and whatever tools they did have were standardised or guaranteed in any way. So, as a whole plumbing wasn't standardised like it is today, where it has an industrial presence of its own.

Clearly today it has come a long way with new materials for pipes, filtration systems are in place, and there is generally more efficiency for water transferal due to the scientific calculations that would make sure the piping can provide and retain the right amount of water pressure. Plumbing has become a part of everybody's house hold in the modern era, this is a massive change to the times where plumbing first arose, where only royalty, such as kings and VIP's would have a set of pipes to remove liquefied waste and supply their clean water. Even as late as the 18th Century people in western Europe would remove their waste by throwing it out of windows into the streets. One of the major reasons we saw a boom in residential plumbing was the factor of hygiene and the life expectancy was low at this point due to the poor sanitation.

Since the 19th Century there has been many adaptations to plumbing and fittings for the general public. The first tap to have hot and cold under a single tap handle was made in 1939, which made life more convenient and then later developments saw an increase in sanitation through water filters and pipes designed with retention of pressure in mind which could later make shower head fittings possible.

Plumbing has been one of the most important developments in human history and could’ve been the difference between a sanitised, developed world and one ridden with disease, infection and millions of people who live many miles in-land, would be without water. Good job plumbers! You’re saving the planet every day!

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