2014 is nearly over and we wanted to celebrate a great year by taking a look back at our most popular blog posts from the last 12 months.

Tackling limescale

Have you noticed chalky marks on your shower head, or a flaky gritty residue in your kettle? If you have then you have limescale. Unfortunately this is one of the downsides of living in a hard water area and left alone can build up in your dishwasher, washing machine, kettle and pipes.

How to protect your pipes

The weather is getting colder and colder, so as the temperature drops it’s important to make sure that your pipes are protected. Exposure to cold temperatures can lead to pipes freezing and bursting. There are some simple steps that you can take to ensure a warm and stress free winter.

How often should your electrical appliances be inspected?

All electrical appliances and installations deteriorate over time, so it’s wise to have them inspected to ensure that they are safe to avoid potentially fatal incidents. These checks are known as ‘periodic inspection and testing’.

Installing a new gas appliance

There will come a time when your gas appliances needs replacing, but knowing what to do and where to go can be confusing. Can you install it yourself? Where can you find an engineer? How do you know they are qualified?

Gas safety on holiday

It’s getting close to that time of year again when we start packing our bags and heading off for a well needed break. Whether you’re staying in a tent in the middle of a soaking wet field or a five star villa in the Caribbean, it’s important to be aware of the risks when it comes to gas safety.

Preventing damp and mould in your home

Damp and mould caused by condensation occurs when moist air hits a cold surface such as a window, mirror, tile or wall. It is not only an eyesore, it can cause damage to your home and health. The best way to combat damp and mould is to prevent them from occurring in the first place.

Is your landlord gas safe?

Many tenants are unaware that their property should have a gas safety check once a year, and that it is their landlord’s responsibility to arrange it, but what is a gas safety check? And what should you expect when you move in to a new property?

Signs of faulty wiring

It’s important to know the signs of faulty wiring, especially when you can’t see the majority of wiring in your home. Faulty wiring can lead to shocks and fires so learn the signs and be one step ahead.

We hope that you’ve had a wonderful 2014 and wish you all the best for 2015. Maintracts will be open on New Years day, so if you come across any plumbing, gas or electrical emergencies then give us a call on 020 8682 2244.