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  1. 5 Tips to Avoid Winter Plumbing Woes Chris Derrer 13-Nov-2017
  2. HPS Raise Over £500,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital Chris Derrer 26-Sep-2017

5 Tips to Avoid Winter Plumbing Woes

Chris Derrer - Monday, November 13, 2017

Winter is usually the time when everything inconvenient starts to happen, simply because November through to January are the most expensive months. Christmas is coming, the heating bill always goes up much more than what you were expecting, and of course – something important always breaks. Just to keep you in the festive spirit.

One of the most popular visitors during this season, is a costly plumbing leak, so we have put together our six top tips which will help you avoid such a visitor.

1. Drain your water heater!

Live in a location with hard water? This one’s for you! Due to the water type, sediment can build up in your tank, causing rust to develop inside. Unfortunately, this rust can find its way into your drinking, cooking, and cleaning water! If your hot water heater is already rusted or is too cold, it would be a good idea to consider purchasing a new one before the cold weather gets worse.

2. Protect your plumbing pipes from freezing!

This might sound a bit obvious, but it’s a tip that people always forget. When the temperatures plummet during the winter, water usually freezes inside the pipes, often causing them to burst (water expands when frozen). This can lead to huge disasters… even an entire home flood! To reduce the chances of your pipes freezing, wrap each of your un-insulated pipes in a blanked of foam.

3. Close and drain pipes leading outdoors!

If you have interior shut-off valves leading to outdoor sinks, close them and drain the water from outside lines. If there is water that remains in the lines, it will freeze and may could major damage.

4. Clean your sump pump pit!

You will need to inspect and clean your sump pump and the pit in which it lives. When it is exposed to extreme cold, your pump can freeze, which can cause it to stop working. If you don’t, it could flood your entire cellar and possibly your ground floor too!

5. Fix any existing leaks NOW…. while you still can!

If you notice a leak, or something not quite right in your plumbing – get it fixed now! For example, if you’ve noticed a leaky tap, get it sorted straight away to get those pipes ready for the winter.

We hope our top tips and tricks help you this winter! Remember, for all the parts you could possibly need, visit HPS.

HPS Raise Over £500,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital

Chris Derrer - Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Here at HPS it’s no secret about our admiration for Great Ormond Street Hospital. Over the past 12 or so years, we have raised money for GOSH through a number of fundraising events such as sports events, raffles and auctions. Formerly known as The Hospital For Sick Children, the hospital opened in 1852 with only ten beds but the devoted staff, high standards of care and volunteer workers have raised the profile of this hospital to a high level of growth and it’s now known the world over. We believe that donating money to GOSH is not only a great opportunity to give something back to the local communities but to help them in the future with caring for those who are in need.

Just last year we raised around £89,000 for Great Ormond Street, through our fundraising events and also our wonderful customers donating through the ‘Just Giving’ pages online, which means that over 12 years of doing this it totals up to £527,618.36 raised, which is something we are very, very proud of here at HPS. Therefore, on Monday 25th September 2017 we decided to make a special visit the hospital with our good friend, magician Andrew Kelly who wowed the kids, parents and staff!

We also took the opportunity to meet many of the staff, including resident GOSH legend and Head of Nursing, Jilly Hale and have a walk around the historic building and the Morgan Stanley Garden (which was of course created by the DIY SOS team).

As well as a charitable project, it has been a great team building exercise for HPS as a company, as many different branches have really got involved with the events, breakfast mornings and sport activities. Not only is it a great way to bond the individual teams and branches together but it also brings us closer to our customers on a personal level, which is just fantastic. We’ve been glad to have been able to be in a position where we can raise money for such a kind-hearted charity and a good cause, whilst bringing communities and customers from all over the south of England closer together.

If you would like to find out more about what we do to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital, or how you could get involved, please contact us or visit our JustGiving page.

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