Home Plumbing and Heating Problems
Plumbing and central heating make some people nervous because they are largely hidden within the fabric of the house. Often, too, the first sign of a problem is a mess — water dripping through a ceiling, a blocked sink or an overflowing gully or manhole. When something like this happens, you need to know how to minimize the mess by isolating theand fixing the fault as quickly as possible.
In the plumbing section we begin by explaining how the water supply system works in a property and, most importantly, where to look for the stopcocks and gate valves that control the supply of water. A succinct summary of what to do in an emergency is followed by explanations of how to mendand leaking connections, repair dripping taps, cure wc and ballvalve malfunctions, and clear blocked traps, waste pipes and drains. Next, the website covers common plumbing jobs such as fitting new taps or plumbing in a washing machine or dishwasher as well as more complex improvements such as or a .
We also cover heating and insulation, with an invaluable troubleshooting guide to help you track down and cure common problems such as cold central heating radiators and noisy pipes. It also explains how to check the performance of heating controls, and how to clear faults or fit replacements. In the plumbing and heating section we then conclude by looking at insulation to reduce unnecessary heat loss and avoid potentially damaging freeze-ups in cold weather.
Clear step-by-step instructions are accompanied by problem solver panels to help if things don’t go according to plan and, throughout, compliance with the regulations which govern plumbing work is emphasised. Theapply mainly to the safe removal of waste water rather than the supply of clean water, and so have little relevance to the subjects in this website.
The Water Supply Byelaws, in contrast, apply to almost all plumbing tasks and the list below includes the most important requirements relating to the jobs in this website. (If you are in any doubt about meeting these requirements when carrying out plumbing work, contact your water supply company for advice.)
• soldered connections on pipes carrying drinking water must be lead-free
• new pipe runs must be easily accessible and must be fitted with isolating taps or valves and drain cocks
• appliances connected to the rising main must be fitted with double check valves to prevent back-siphonage contaminating the water supply
• tap spouts must be at least 20mm (1/8in) above the rim of the sink, basin or bath, and there are restrictions on the use of some continental-style mixer taps where hot and cold water are mixed within the tap body.