top plumbing tips

Our Top Five Plumbing Tips To Help You Save Money

Here’s our top 5 plumbing tips. It can often be the case that when we need to save money, we end up spending it instead.

That’s why we’ve put together these five plumbing hacks that might help you to save some pennies, and even some pounds. After-all as the saying goes, if you look after the pennies, the pounds will look after themselves!



Whilst it may seem like a small thing – a leaking tap can have quite a significant impact.

Direct Line Home Insurance* revealed in 2018 that ‘For every leaky tap Brits lose on average 25 litres of water, the same as running a dishwasher. In fact, 460 million litres of water is lost through dripping taps each year in the UK alone, enough to fill 184 Olympic-sized swimming pools.’

As if that’s not enough impact on its own, there could end up being a significant financial and health cost too. Leaving a leaky tap can cause mould that is damaging to health and there is a cost for every single drip. Fixing a tap could save you as much as 10% off your water bill per year.

Replacing worn and damaged parts might seem expensive at the time but the long-term implications of not replacing them far outweigh these. Sometimes though it’s a simple as changing a washer – quite an easy job that you can do by following an online tutorial.



Whilst we would never seek to tell you what to do with your money, nor how to spend it (so to speak), we want to help guide you to prevent you spending unnecessarily.

If you didn’t know that there was an alternative to replacing your sink, bathroom or kitchen item, then hopefully this will help.

A split in your sink or toilet can be quite disruptive and cause difficulties if not dealt with quickly, however, with the right knowledge repairing and retaining might be a better option.


For example

Our customer Mr Green has a sink with a large crack in it as he dropped a glass in it.  It is ugly and Mr Green is worried that it might start leaking. The sink is a porcelain sink overlay with cast iron underneath. Mr Green has asked his plumber to replace the sink.

His plumber feels that there might be a better alternative to removing the whole sink and replacing it. There are a number of repair kits that can help restore a sink to its former glory, without having to replace it with a brand new one. This can also be applied to toilets – depending on where the split or damage has occurred.

We would always say if in doubt, ask as your local friendly plumber for help, they will be able to advise you the best course of action.



We’re sure it’ll come as no surprise that we have suggested turning down your thermostat. It’s not a new concept but one that is so easy to do, that it can easily be overlooked and forgotten.

Especially as we are now (hopefully) moving towards warmer weather and the nights are not quite as chilly. Not putting your heating up quite so high or readjusting your settings for the morning and evening boost, down by a degree or two, can make a difference. Not only does it save on your heating bills but you are also helping in the fight against climate change. A win-win in everyone’s books.



Whilst this may seem a no brainer, as filling a bath uses around 70 litres of water whereas an average shower uses 25 litres, your shower may not be as eco-friendly as you first thought.

A power shower can use more water than a bath, particularly, if you use it for 20 minutes or more.

Don’t worry though there is an easy fix, you can simply swap the shower head. Installing an aerating shower head will give you the feel of a power shower, whilst helping you save money and once again help in the fight against climate change. Yet another win-win.



It’s always nice to return home to a warm house, especially in Winter. Setting your thermostat to come on an hour before you are due home seems a smart thing to do.

However, traffic is always unpredictable and you never know what time you’ll get back or you want to do something spontaneous or different things each night, which means you come home at different times?

Rather than heating your home for hours on a set timer heating, which can mean heating an empty home and wasting energy, you could invest in some smart technology that lets you control it remotely from your phone.

That way you can adjust the timer accordingly. If you set off half an hour later than planned or want to pop to the supermarket on the way home, you can just adjust it and ensure that you aren’t wasting money, but you’ll always come home to a warm welcome.

These are of course just a few ways to help you save.  Sometimes though we just need an expert’s opinion. In this case, if you need someone to help you with your plumbing and heating, we’d be happy to help. We work with commercial, industrial, landlords and residential property owners. 

We pride ourselves on offering a first-class professional service to all clients. We cover the following areas: Barnsley, Chesterfield, Doncaster, Dronfield, Mansfield, Rotherham Sheffield and Wath-upon-Dearne.

So, if in doubt, give us a shout. Bradley Plumbing and Heating, always happy to help or contact us here.




*Direct Line source:

  • What Our Clients Say

    Trustworthy, reliable, friendly and brilliant at what they do…

    We have used Bradley Plumbing for many years within the Sheffield Methodist Circuit and they are very good. They have provided us with gas inspections, installations, callouts, service and repairs on gas, heating and plumbing issues plus bath installations. No job is too small or too big for them. Their response and customer service are excellent and they are great to work with.  I would definitely recommend them.


  • What Our Clients Say

    As a private landlord I always need reliable trades who I can trust to carry out work for me when needed, as I don’t always see the end result of the work it the property already has a tenant in place.

    Since I’ve been using Steve and the team at Bradley Plumbing and Heating, I have never looked back. Weather its just been a Gas Safe check or a full heating system I’ve always been given honest advice on the best way forward. The solution has always been completed on time and within the price or budget given before the work commenced.


  • What Our Clients Say

    Stephen was very professional and knowledgeble. He replaced my very old boiler with a new one, having to adapt completely to a knew system. He was friendly and took less time than I thought. Overall very happy with the job. Thanks!


  • What Our Clients Say

    Bradley Plumbing has been one of our preferred contractors for many years as a Gas Safe Engineer and Plumber.The repairs which have been carried out and the service which has been provided has been impeccable. We would recommend Steve's services to others, he has a professional and friendly approach towards clients and nothing is to much trouble. They can be called up on at short notice and can give advice where required over the telephone to cut down on landlord costs.


  • What Our Clients Say

    Steve and his apprentice, Jason, recently installed a full central heating system at my home. I was very pleased with his workmanship and principals - honest, trustworthy and reliable. They completed the work on time and in budget, I would highly recommend them - everything from initial consultation to completion of works was excellent. Great people, great company.


  • What Our Clients Say

    Steve does a great job.

    He is friendly, very good at his job and reasonable.


Request a Callback

Discuss your requirements with one of our professional plumbing team.

Request a Callback Get A Quote