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 out this simple task. How to isolate the cold water cistern Isolation valve/service valve The … Read more

Direct and indirect plumbing systems: what’s the difference?

The difference between direct and indirect plumbing systems concerns how cold water is distributed throughout the home. In an indirect system, the cold taps are supplied by the cold water storage cistern in the loft. In a direct system, they’re supplied by the mains. Each system comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. … Read more

Why is there hot water coming from the cold taps?

Hot water coming from the cold taps is usually due to an immersion heater thermostat failing in the ‘on’ position. Hot water from the hot water cylinder eventually fills the cold water cistern in the loft, which supplies the bathroom cold taps. This is a potentially dangerous fault which can increase the risk of scalds … Read more

Drain the cold water tank: how-to guide

Need to drain the cold water tank? It’s not a difficult task, and in most cases you shouldn’t need to go into the loft. Simply do the following: Turn off the mains stopcock, either on the rising main or outside the property. Turn on the hot taps. And that’s it – when they stop running, the tank … Read more

Tank connector

A tank connector or tank coupler is a fitting which connects a pipe to a cistern, allowing water to be drawn from the cistern, and in some circumstances, allowing water to enter it. Tank connectors are typically found on cold water storage cisterns and feed and expansion cisterns. They are usually made out of brass and accommodate the pipe … Read more

DIY Plumbing supports the information, tips and guides you need with advertising. We strive to show you only the ads we think you might be interested in. To do this, the website uses cookies. By clicking I agree, you agree to the use of cookies.