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Homeowners Alert: Don’t Let Your Home Pour Money Down the Drain

Homeowners Alert: Don’t Let Your Home Pour Money Down the Drain

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Picture the scene:

It’s Christmas day. Your belly’s full of turkey, sprouts and pigs in blankets. You nip to the kitchen to pick up the Christmas pud, but instead of the familiar smell of brandy, there’s a foul odour creeping from the sink. You decide to put it off until after dessert.

After the Queen’s speech, you come back with your marigolds on, ready to tackle the pile of pots, pans and plates. Yet it’s already too late. You turn on the tap and your water pressure’s gone, the sink’s blocked and the smell just keeps on getting worse!

Desperately, you head online for emergency plumbers. But it’s the festive season, and the few who might come out are charging the earth for their last minute services.


You’re probably here because you like to make your pennies go farther and put a bit of extra cash in the bank. However, all this hard work can be wiped out overnight if you have a major problem with your plumbing or your septic tank. I know it’s a bit grim, but getting some checks and following a few simple principles could save you from feeling the pinch in your pocket.

Thankfully, the folks at UKDN have put together a smart new infographic to show you how to be a step ahead of the game. As the nights grow longer and the weather worsens, getting on top of your pipes could help avert a Christmas day disaster.

UKDN gives five top tips to be aware of:

1) Know the location of your property and its flood risk, particularly if you’re buying a new home. Ensure you’re prepared appropriately for any scenario this winter.

2) Keep on top of your home’s maintenance. If left alone, small problems can quickly escalate and cause you major issues down the line, particularly if you have an old property.

3) Make sure the pipes you’re responsible for are spick-and-span. You’ll carry the hit alone if something goes wrong.

4) Find out if it’s a mains sewer or a septic tank which serves your house. If it’s the latter, then regular cleaning will save you a shedload down the line.

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5) Be mindful of the Dirty Dozen; UKDN’s twelve things no homeowner should ever allow to drop down the sink to avoid ugly fatbergs building up in our sewers.

That’s enough from me for now. Why not have a look at this fantastic infographic to find out more and head over to the UKDN site to see how you could be protected this winter. You won’t regret it.

 ***Disclosure: This is a guest post in collaboration with UKDN Waterflow. Please refer to our Disclosure Statement for further information. ***

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