Plumbing

Do you know where the stop tap is in your home

Leaking or burst pipes or appliances can cause significant damage to a home and it is vital that you are able to stop the water as quickly as possible. All homes will have a stop tap which cuts off the supply of water to the pipes within the property. This tap is usually located in the home but there is also often one outside but you need a specialist tool to turn the tap off.

It is surprising how many homeowners do not know where the stop tapis located. Often they do not even think about it until they have an issue where they need to turn off the water supply quickly, and cannot find the tap.

It is important to find out where the tap is as soon as possible when you first move into a property (asking the previous owners is always a good idea) and making sure that all adults or older children who live in the house know how to turn it off. This means in an emergency situation you do not have to waste time and can help reduce the amount of damaged caused to the house and property within it.

Update your bathroom by installing a walk-in shower

Many families with young children need to have a bath in the bathroom of a property as showering toddlers and babies is very difficult. Some adults prefer baths to showers as they enjoy relaxing in the bath after a long day but as a shower is quicker and uses much less water some families consider removing the bath which may have a shower over it and replacing it with a walk-in shower instead.

Having a walk-in shower is generally favoured over a shower that is above a bath as there is more space in which to shower and it is easier to get in and out of, which may be important especially if there is someone in the household who suffers from mobility issues.

Even if the bathroom is small a walk-in shower can be installed in the same or smaller footprint as a bath and so can be useful if you are limited for space. If the shower could be situated in a corner of the bathroom then only two glass panels will be needed and then only two of the walls need to be tiled making the cost of installing the shower cheaper.

Plumbing for the shower is usually straightforward if the shower is installed near to where the plumbing for the original bath was however it is wise to get a professional plumber in to assess the best way to carry out the replacement and advise on the way forward.

Problems with your electric shower?

If you have an electric shower fitted in your bath or shower room it is inevitable that at some stage you will encounter an issue with it but before you call out an expert electrician or plumber there are a few things you can try first.

Number one, is the showerhead blocked? If you live in a hard water area there may be a build-up of limescale in the showerhead which will stop the water flowing freely and may cause the electric shower to cut out. To fix this problem simply unscrew the showerhead and put it to soak in white vinegar for a few hours. Once clean, rinse through with clean water and reattach to shower pipe.

Number two, the water is lukewarm coming out of the shower. This is very common with electric showers and can be due to a lack of power getting through the micro switch. This can happen when the switch is burned out or otherwise faulty or there is a failing heating element. A switch is not expensive to replace, but an element will cost more.

Finally, if you ever find there is water coming from the bottom of your electric shower, it may be that the Pressure Relief Device has activated. All of the manufacturers have them as a safety device and most of the time, it is just a ball inside the PRD that gets ejected when the pressure builds up inside the heating tank. This is normally caused by a blocked shower head or a kinked shower hose but is easily fixed.

What to Look for in a Trade Plumbing Supplier

Busy plumbers rely on trade plumbing suppliers as a central part of their everyday jobs. Much of what a plumber does involves specialist equipment, lots of parts, tools and products, so access to these is a necessity. A plumber might end up visiting a trade plumbing supplier more than once a day if they need certain tools for a particular job, so finding a reliable one with plenty to offer is important.

These are some of the most important aspects to look for in a trade plumbing supplier:

  • A wide range of quality products and supplies. If you know there are certain brands you choose to use, or if you need particular specialist equipment, make sure a plumbing supplier can offer these. Many suppliers offer a wide range of fixtures, fittings, tools, suites and sanitaryware – make sure they are the right options for you in your line of work.
  • Good opening hours. You may need to visit plumbing suppliers’ premises multiple times to complete any one job if it is a complex project. Make sure you can get the equipment you need, when you need it.
  • Good vale for money. Trade suppliers are not open to the general public, so there should be some kind of incentive for trade customers to shop with them. There should be opportunities for you to get better prices for being in the plumbing trade, especially if you are a regular customer or you are buying in bulk. Some plumbing merchants require membership, which will guarantee you better prices when you choose to shop there.
  • Knowledgeable staff. You will need to be able to find the items required at short notice in many cases – knowledgeable staff who understand the plumbing trade and who can point you in the right direction will be invaluable when buying plumbing supplies.

Trade Suppliers for Plumbers

Plumbers will have access to trade supplies, in much the same way as builders do as well. This means that there is the option for customers to get work done more cheaply, based on the fact their plumbers can obtain all that parts at a lower initial cost. If you are able to find a plumber with access to high quality supplies at trade prices, they should be able to cut some costs for you.

Plumbing supplies can essentially mean anything, from cistern valves, to full bathroom suites, to showers, taps and toilets. If you’re not sure exactly what you want, a good plumber will be able to advise while also knowing what is available from their local plumbing supplier. This way, you can get better advice and will know exactly what choices you have when picking out plumbing supplies – something that is very important if spending lots of money on new shower cubicles, baths, heated towel rails etc.