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Dripping tap: Fix a leaking tap or dripping mixer tap

A dripping tap is usually due to the washer or cartridge no longer forming a watertight seal. It’s hard to imagine a more common plumbing problem. The side effects range from a mild annoyance to a significant impact on your … Continue reading

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Motorised valve

A motorised valve is a central heating system component which controls whether hot water from the boiler is used to heat the radiators, or the water in the hot water cylinder for the taps. It is usually found adjacent to … Continue reading

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Central heating inhibitor: what is it & how to add it

Central heating inhibitor or radiator inhibitor is a chemical added to a central heating system which prevents sludge from building up. It is an important element of maintaining a central heating system, ensuring its efficiency and protecting it from costly … Continue reading

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Power flush: what is it, why do I need it & how much is it?

A power flush is a way of cleaning and maintaining a central heating system by flushing chemicals through the boiler, radiators and pipework. Its purpose is to remove sludge and other foreign debris which may have built up inside the … Continue reading

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Hot water not hot enough: 3 possible causes & how they can be fixed

Hot water not hot enough? If you’ve got a combi boiler, you may be all too familiar with this problem. It’s even more frustrating when the water is lukewarm when the tap is open fully, and is only hot enough … Continue reading

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