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Direct & indirect hot water cylinders: what’s the difference?

Direct cylinders, indirect cylinders, unvented cylinders…the list goes on. There are many different of types of hot water cylinder available, but what is the difference between direct and indirect hot water cylinders, and what do these terms actually mean? The … Continue reading

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Electric shower stops working: why does it stop & how can it be fixed?

Does your electric shower suddenly stop working? Does it suddenly cut out and leave you with no way to rinse yourself off? This situation is perhaps more irritating than a shower which doesn’t work at all. In this article, we’ll … Continue reading

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Boiler

The boiler is the key component of a central heating system. Its main purpose is to transfer heat energy to water. The heat energy is produced by the combustion of a fuel, such as natural gas, oil, or a solid … Continue reading

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Isolate the cold water cistern: how-to guide

Need to isolate the cold water cistern? Whether you need to repair or replace the ball valve, or carry out further work on the low pressure side of your plumbing system, this article will explain several different ways to carry … Continue reading

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Outside tap

An outside tap or garden tap is a tap fitted to the outside of a building which delivers water for use outside of the property. Outside taps are designed to be easily connectable to hoses and provide a convenient water source for a … Continue reading

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Frozen condensate pipe: how to fix

No heating or hot water? If your boiler’s suddenly stopped working during a snap of frosty weather, there’s a good chance you’ve got a frozen condensate pipe. This common problem is ironically the last thing you need during the winter … Continue reading

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Direct & Indirect plumbing systems: what’s the difference?

There are many different types of plumbing system to be found in UK households. Each system comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. In this article, we’ll discuss the difference between direct and indirect plumbing systems, and what … Continue reading

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Expansion pipe

The expansion pipe or vent pipe is a pipe associated with a cold water storage cistern or a feed and expansion cistern. Its purpose is to accommodate the expansion of water when it is heated, and to allow any excess water to … Continue reading

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Turn off the hot water: how-to guide

Need to turn off the hot water? Whether you have a hot water cylinder or a combi boiler, this is normally a very straightforward task. In this article, we’ll discuss how to turn off the hot water in your home. … Continue reading

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Condensate pipe

The condensate pipe is a pipe through which a condensing boiler discharges waste water from the condensing process into the sewer. As metal pipework cannot be used, it is often easily identifiable as the only plastic pipe connected to the boiler. … Continue reading

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