Tip 1: Read the Sealant Labels closely

Ever wondered why your bathroom tiles are going black behind the silicone? It may be down to the choice of product that’s been used. There are a lot of sealants to choose from – all look very similar, so it’s not that easy to decipher which will and won’t do the job. A professional-choice sealant such as Bartoline or Everbuild, will have the proper adhesive allowing you to apply it effectively and give you a sealed finish. Plus, it’s impregnated with fungicide so it will stop or delay that black fungus creeping in. It also has a best-before date on it so you ensure the consistency isn’t too runny or too firm.

Tip 2: How to prepare and maintain your silicone sealant

Tip 3: How to easily get a consistently warm shower

Does your shower drive you mad by inconsistently running between hot & cold? What may surprise you is that it might not actually be due to your plumbing but could instead be your showerhead. If the showerhead is clogged up with limescale or has a poorly designed spray plate it may not allow enough water to flow through it for the electric shower to work properly. An electric shower can’t always cope with a small amount of water flow so it ends up overheating, then switching off, making your water hot then cold, hot then cold. Invest in a decent shower head and you may find this problem magically disappears!

Tip 4: Get one plumbing tool that will do it all

Don’t feel that you can justify owning a plumber’s entire tool kit? The Universal Tool Key may be the answer. It’ll open up your

meter box, it has two sizes of quick spin spanner (to use on a pump union valve or for any valve that doesn’t have a head on it), and has an internal key that works on many types of taps. It also has a flat head on it so you can put a spanner across it to give you extra leverage if it’s a bit tight. It’s the plumber & heating engineer’s trade secret.

Tip 5: The latest in pipe technology will future proof your plumbing

Make your life easier in the future by using a Flexible Tap Connector when installing a basin, taps or even a toilet cistern. In the last few years plumbers have been switching from rigid copper pipes to these flexible connectors. They fix directly from the taps to the pipe and incorporate an isolation valve which enables you to change a washer or a cartridge on a tap without having to shut off the main water to the entire house. It also bends and flexes to fit any space or shape so there’s no cutting or joining required.

Tip 6: Don’t skimp on materials, or you may pay through the nose

If you choose to do a plumbing and heating job yourself, then choose your materials wisely. You may assume that for something quite generic, like a waste pipe, one is as good as the next. But in research, professionals say that even they would struggle with some of the pipes they come across on the high street. When it comes to plumbing tools & materials quality is essential, otherwise you’re instantly putting yourself at a disadvantage, and may find you pay twice the price to have a professional come and fix your mistakes.