• Mar20

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    If you are facing a tap-related problem the first thing you need to figure out is what type of valve you’re working with, since water taps are traditionally designed with three kinds of valves. The first type is a traditional one, which involves use of rubber washers placed at compression valve’s end located within the tap. The second type uses a washer mechanism. This is quite a modern approach that utilizes a ceramic disc. The third type involves the use of a ceramic cartridge, which is quite similar in function to the ceramic disc used in the second type, but the cartridge is very specific to taps wherein both temperature and water flow are controlled by one handle. If the tap handle can be rotated through one or a few turns, it is most possibly a rubber washer tap. If the handle does not rotate all the way through, but just for a quarter of a turn then the tap has a ceramic design.

    Tools and materials  needed

    • Phillips screwdriver
    • Adjustable spanner
    • Slip-joint pliers
    • Piece of cloth
    • Spare part replacement for damaged ceramic cartridge, ceramic disc, or rubber washer

     Preparations

    Turn off the tap at the isolation valve which can be found beneath the sink where the supply pipes are. With the slot head screwdriver, turn the screw slot towards a direction which is perpendicular to the direction of the pipe. If there’s a handle, you should turn it off. For removing the water that remains on the pipe’s uppermost section, just turn the tap on and let the water run. If there are no isolation valves, you have to find the stop valves further along on the pipeline. However, if you can’t turn off the water supply and can’t find the right valves, it would be better to call a plumber.

    Removing the handle of the tap

    There is a screw in the handle which you need to loosen up and remove. This is a small screw which keeps the handle in place. Check if the tap head has a screw. If not, flip off the lid with hand or a screwdriver. You can even use an adjustable spanner. Since, nowadays taps come in different designs, make sure to explore a bit to find the screw that you’re looking for.

    After unscrewing the tap head, set aside the screw because you’ll have to put it back later. Lift off the head of the tap. If the tap has a shroud part, unscrew this as well with your fingers of a slip-joint pliers if the need arises. The pliers can grip the shroud and you will find it easier to loosen it up. However, to prevent the pliers from scratching the surface of the shroud, protect it with a piece of cloth.

    Once the valve has been exposed, use the spanner to grip the nut at its base. Look for the place where the valve joins with the main body of the tap. Using a cloth, place the slip-joint pliers over the main body of the tap and hold it there firmly. Using the adjustable spanner, open the valve afterward.

    How to replace the washer

    The valve can be unscrewed by hand once it is loose. If the problematic part is a ceramic disc valve, the old one must be taken out and replaced with a new disc.

    If the valve you are handling is the type that utilizes a rubber washer, use the end of the screwdriver to flick it off. Check whether there is a small screw or nut that you need to remove first before you can reach the washer because some taps have those. After releasing the washer, remove it and replace it with a new one. Once that is done, reconstruct the tap by going back through the steps you’ve done. Turn the water on to check if the tap is still dripping or not.

    If you find difficulties in doing this we are here to help. Call us on 02089467171. We are based in Wimbledon Park and cover most of  SW London.

     

  • Mar13

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    How long does it take to install a new toilet seat? Believe it or not, it only takes two minutes to put everything in place. But, on the contrary to this, it actually takes longer to remove the old toilet seat. In fact, it can be quite frustrating because the bolts are often corroded. Some people simply give up because the nuts can’t be taken out anymore. However, you don’t have to worry anymore because the solution is at hand.

    This is how this task can be done without hassle. First of all check the bolts. If they are made out of plastic, you can remove them easily since plastic nuts & bolts don’t corrode. After lifting the cover at the back of the seat, work on the exposed bolt heads. Use a screwdriver or a pair of pliers to unscrew these bolts. While doing this, hold the nut on the underside.

    If after applying a lubricant the nut won’t come off, get a drill and a pair of safety glasses. Use a 1/16-inch drill bit to drill into the nut. Drill into the bolt up to a quarter inch in depth. In order to widen up the hole, use a 1/8-inch bit and afterward a 3/16-inch bit. After drilling, use the socket wrench once again. You want the bolt broken off while turning the nut. If the bolt still refuses to break, just work on the hole until the bolt breaks. That’s what you are aiming for.

    How to deal with metal seat bolts using the deep-well socket option

    If the bolts which you have to deal with are made of metal, don’t waste your energy trying to loosen them with a pair of pliers. Use a socket wrench instead that has a deep-well socket. The toilet seat that you have at home may require a half-inch socket, as the deep socket can tightly grip the nut.

    When the bolts are made of metal they don’t usually have a flip-open cover. You may start the whole procedure by turning the nut counter-clockwise. You can apply all the force that you can muster when you twist it. You might end up breaking it if the bolt is made up of steel or brass and is badly corroded. Don’t worry too much if you do.

    If the nut remains stubborn, use WD-40—a spray lubricant that deeply penetrates the joint you want to displace. Make sure to hold a rag behind the nut so that the overspray is contained. After 15 minutes, try loosening it again. If there is still no loosening, but the bolt spins anyway, move on to the other option.

    If you find difficulties in doing this we are here to help. Call us on 02089467171 . We are based Wimbledon Park and we cover most of SW London.

  • Mar7

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    Mold and mildew are quite a common occurrence in the home. Nobody likes the sight of that dark and nasty color on the wall, carpet, tiles or even the odor. One bad feature of mold is that when the start growing they can be quite difficult to totally eliminate. They grow on walls, in between tiles, around your bath and even in your laundry area.

    Mildews are actually a type of mold that are black and are found in the sites mentioned above. This fungi are considered harmless but removing them totally will certainly make your home look more pleasant.

     

    WHY DO MOLDS AND MILDEW GROW INDOORS?

    This is one question that we may have asked ourselves. It is interesting to know that molds thrive well in moist and warm environment. This areas perfectly fits the description of your bathroom and laundry rooms and that is why they majorly are found there. This is due to the fact that steam from the shower or bath cools and condenses on the walls providing the desired moisture and warmth for the organism to thrive. However, they could also grow on carpets, upholsteries and other suitable grounds. Basically, wherever they are found there is always moisture and a reasonable degree of warmth and they will continue to spread if not arrested in time.

     

    HOW TO REMOVE MOLDS AND MILDEWS

    Removing molds are quite easy but before you do that it is important to be sure that you are not allergic to the fungi and also that your immunity is not compromised. Molds have the capacity to cause some allergic reaction to some or even serious health issues on those with compromised immunity. If you fall into this category of people then, it will be wise you seek the services of an expert especially when the degree of infestation is high. However, if the area is small it is advisable to wear protective outfits like hand gloves, face masks and protective eyewear before you remove them.

    Having noted that, it have been proven that bleach and other agents like Borax, Vinegar and ammonia could be used to remove and eliminate molds. Application of bleach on the affected wall is helpful but, before you apply bleach or any agent on your beautiful surfaces it will be a wise to confirm that the agent will not cause irreversible damage to these surfaces.

    Below are steps to follow in the elimination of molds using bleach:

    – Prepare a solution of bleach. The solution should be made of 3 parts of water to 1 part of Chlorine bleach. This concentration have been proven to be effective.

    – Scrub the wall hardly with medium bristled brush and rinsing afterward.

    – For hard to reach area, you could put the solution in a spray and apply by spraying. After then then scrub the area with the brush.

    – In some cases removal may be only temporal with this concentration of bleach. Therefore, other stronger agents could be used afterwards.

    Another useful agent is vinegar. This is surprising to many but it works. Pour undiluted vinegar into a spray bottle and spray the affected surface. After a perfect spray use the middle bristled brush to wash thoroughly and allow the area to dry.

     Borax solution can be used to eliminate molds. Prepare a solution of borax by mixing a cup of borax to a gallon of warm water. Dip brush into solution and scrub affected areas vigorously to remove the molds.

    You can use Ammonia to remove molds. However you need to be cautious in using Ammonia. Some precautions are; Use product that states “clear ammonia” and never mix ammonia with bleach. This can create chlorine gas and it is quite toxic. Mix one part of water to one part of ammonia. Pour in a spray bottle and spray the affected area. After that scrub and clean.

    Many times you will notice that the mold returns back after several days of treatment. This can be really annoying. It suggests that extra measures need to be taken to prevent or eliminate the mold totally.

     

    PREVENT MOLDS AND MILDEW FROM RETURNING BACK

    Removing the infestation on the wall does not mean that they cannot return back. Some other measure need to be taken to prevent this from happening.

    Good ventilation can drastically reduce that chance of the mold returning back. Always ensure that your bathroom, laundry room or other places are well ventilated. Leave bathroom window open when showering or taking your bath and even afterwards. This gives the steam room to escape while you take your shower.

    Using bathroom fan is another important preventive measure because it dries your bathroom and preventing the growth of mold. This may be ideal during winter when it may be too cold to leave windows opened.

    In severe cases when the molds keep returning back you may consider a long term preventive measure such as installing an electric de-humidifier. The device collects moisture from the air and then leaves the air dry and unfavorable for the growth of mold. For effective action the dehumidifier needs to be emptied always perhaps once a day to ensure optimal activity.

    Investigate the affected part of your home for leaks. Leakages could be the reason for the persistence moisture. If there is no moisture there will certainly be no growth. After identifying the leak ensure that you get a professional plumber to fix it. This have been found to be effective in laundries and bathrooms that are always moist because of the presence of one or two leaks from the pipes or supplies.

    The use of mildew paint have also been found to be very effective. This paint prevents the molds from growing on the areas that they are applied. This is something that you can do by yourself. The paints are available at most Do it yourself shops.

    Finally, molds and mildew don’t have to be a problem any longer. With the few tips above I am quite sure that you will be saying bye to molds and mildews.

    If you can’t cope with mold we can help you. Call us on 02089467171 we are based in Wimbledon Park and cover most of SW London areas.