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Toilet won’t flush

Toilet won’t flush? There are several possible reasons why nothing happens when you pull the lever or push the button on your loo. In this article, we’ll explain the common faults and how they can be fixed. Contents – toilet … Continue reading

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Equilibrium ball valve

An equilibrium ball valve is a type of ball valve which utilises the pressure of the incoming water to help close the valve. Contents – equilibrium ball valve Overview Types Overview In a standard ball valve, the incoming water enters … Continue reading

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Cold water tank overflowing – why?

Cold water tank overflowing? If there’s water dripping – or pouring from a pipe which points out of the house at loft level or from the eaves of the roof, then one of your cold water tanks is overflowing. This … Continue reading

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Calling a plumber – ultimate guide

Whether you need a plumber for a routine task, or an emergency plumber for a leak or a burst pipe, this handy guide will tell you everything you need to know about calling a plumber, no matter how big or … Continue reading

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Polytank feed and expansion tank (4 gallon/18 litre)

The Polytank feed and expansion tank is a feed and expansion tank produced by Polytank Group Ltd, the British manufacturer of water tanks and cisterns. As the name implies, the tank is designed to be used as a feed and expansion … Continue reading

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Surestop stopcock

A Surestop stopcock is a stopcock produced by Surestop Ltd, a UK company which specialises in making easy to use stopcocks that are designed to prevent water damage to properties. Unlike traditional brass-handle stopcocks which may leak or jam, Surestop … Continue reading

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Why is there hot water coming from the cold taps?

Hot water coming from the cold taps – it may seem bizarre, but it can and does happen. On some occasions it is due to a hopeless plumber – this author once encountered a toilet which had been plumbed into … Continue reading

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How to isolate a toilet cistern – overflow or maintenance

Need to isolate a toilet cistern? Whether your loo is overflowing and the ball valve won’t shut off, or you turn to isolate the cistern for repair or maintenance, this guide has got you covered. Turn off the isolation valve … Continue reading

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Part 1 and Part 2 ball valves: what’s the difference?

What is the difference between a Part 1 and a Part 2 ball valve? These brass fittings are some of the most common types of ball valves found in British homes. They are typically found in loft cisterns, such as the cold water storage … Continue reading

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Tank bung

A tank bung is a bung used for blocking a cistern outlet, such as the outlets on a cold water storage cistern. Typically available in 15 mm, 22 mm, and 28 mm sizes, a tank bung consists of a plug made out … Continue reading

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