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You’ve Got a water leak – what to do next?
Whether you’re losing boiler pressure due to a water leak from the boiler, can smell mould or you have spotted a damp patch in your house, we can help you identify and fix the water leak as quickly as possible. Discovering a water leak early is just the start. The cost and disruption of locating the source can be equally considerable, if the water leak isn’t obvious. So, hurry don’t hesitate to speak to us. Contact us by phone or online and we can talk you through what to expect to put your mind at rest.
How to repair Dripping Taps
A dripping tap or leaking tap usually means that the tap washer needs renewing, but it can also be caused by a damaged valve seating. If the drip is from a mixer nozzle, then change both tap washers. If you feel confident and have some basic DIY tools you can follow our post on How to fix Dripping Taps. If your are not good with tools or can’t manage, just give Auchenraith a call we will be right there.
Burst Pipes in the house is one of the most common plumbing problems. Several things can cause Burst Pipes, the main one been freezing conditions. Some other reasons why we need to call an emergency plumber can be pipe failure due to age, misuse or damage. The pipe can be put under a great pressure through the system and any fault in the piping will be exposed over time. The effects of burst pipes can be dramatic and devastating all at the same time. Burst pipes within the home is the worst thing that can happen to your plumbing system. It is not the cost of the repair of the pipe or even the loss of the water whilst it is fixed, but the sheer amount and cost of the damage water can do.
Your home toilet consists of two major parts: the bowl unit that rests on the floor, and the upper tank that holds the water that is released each time you flush the toilet. The bowl is little more than a solid piece of porcelain drain fixture with no moving parts at all. The tank is where two important valves are located, as well as the handle that initiates the flush action. This is where most of the toilet repairs occur.
How the Toilet Tank Works
The toilet tank’s function is to hold a quantity of water until you flush the toilet, at which time the water in the tank rushes down through an opening in the bottom of the tank and into the bowl, forcing waste out of the bowl and into the home’s drain and sewer lines. There are two major components in the tank that make this possible: the flush valve, and the fill valve (or ballcock).
The toilet fill valve is the mechanism that fills the tank with water. It is also known as a “ballcock” or a “refill valve.” The fill valve is usually located to the left side of the tank as you look down from above with the tank lid removed. The fill valve works to automatically open the water supply valve when the water level falls in the tank during a flush, then shuts off automatically when the water level rises to a specific level in the tank. Depending type of design, the valve is operated either by a floating ball or a float cup that moves up and down with the water level in the tank. Float less fill valves operate by sensing water pressure at the bottom of the tank.
If you remove the tank lid and watch what happens inside the tank during the flush cycle, you will quickly understand the mechanics of how a toilet works
Hot Water Cylinders
Problems with Hot Water Cylinders
There are two different types of hot water cylinder: vented and unvented.
Vented Hot Water Cylinder
A vented hot water cylinder requires a supply of water from a large tank of cold water in the loft. Thanks to gravity, the water travels down a vent pipe to the hot water cylinder which is often found in an airing cupboard. As water expands when it’s heated, the vent pipe also acts as an escape route for any excess water from the hot water cylinder.
Unvented Hot Water Cylinder
Unlike vented cylinders, unvented hot water cylinders don’t require a cold-water tank in the loft because they’re directly connected to the mains. As the hot water cylinder is receiving a direct flow of water the pressure should be stronger. While vented hot water cylinders have a vent pipe to deal with any excess water, unvented cylinders don’t. To deal with any excess water as it heats and expands unvented hot water cylinders have safety features built into them. This will either be an expansion unit at the top or an air bubble that gets added during the installation.
Most Common Shower Problems
Mixer showers just mix hot and cold water from your household supply. They don’t pump the water, and they don’t heat it up. The hot water is heated by your boiler, just like the hot water in your other taps. Mixer showers don’t need a power supply, they just need to be connected to the hot and cold-water pipes. Some mixer showers are thermostatic mixer showers, and have a thermostatic valve which keeps the temperature constant even if the flow of hot and cold water changes (so, for example, if someone flushes the loo and the cold water flow to the shower is reduced, the thermostatic valve will automatically slow down the hot water too to keep the temperature at the shower head constant). You can tell if your mixer shower has a thermostatic valve because it will usually have a stop button on it to prevent you accidentally setting the temperature too high. Mixer showers just consist of a control knob on the wall, or as part of the bath tap, whereas electric or power showers consist of a box mounted on the wall.
Electric and power showers
Both these types of shower require an electricity supply, although an “electric shower” usually refers to a shower which heats, and sometimes also pumps, the water while “power shower” usually refers to a shower which takes hot water from your boiler, so it just pumps the water and doesn’t heat it. In some houses, the hot water pressure upstairs is not enough to run a shower, so an electric shower is used to heat up (higher pressure) cold water. Electric and power showers have a box on the wall with the flow and temperature controls on it.