Plumbing tips and advice

Author: dpinning  //  Category: DIY Tips, Home Improvements

The very first thing that you should do in your home, whether you are new to it or have lived there for years, is to establish just where the mains water supply comes into the house and where the stop cock is located, it is a little late when water is coming through the ceiling.

All domestic water is supplied by a service pipe, often called a rising main. This is connected to the local water authority’s main which runs under the road or pavement outside the house. There will be a stop cock where the rising main tees off the water authority’s main; this provides a means of isolating the supply to your property, should an emergency or any repairs be required. It is worth reminding home owners that they are fully responsible for the pipe after it leaves the water company main and any fault in that pipe such as a burst or blockage must be rectified by the homeowner.

Remember there are two stop taps coming into the house, one at the water main and a further one where it comes into the house outside or inside, usually under the kitchen sink or in the service cupboard under the stairs; find out where these two stop taps are. The one at the water company main should only be turned off if there is a problem with the supply pipe as it is can be common for the tap to supply two or more properties.

If you decide to carry out some DIY plumbing work it is necessary that you always adhere to local water authority regulations. These regulations are designed to safeguard public health and reduce risk of contamination or wastage. Also and very importantly, you must always adhere to any relevant electrical regulations; these are designed and necessary to safeguard you and others from being injured, you will find that certain sections of the plumbing must be earth bonded; if any sections are replaced with plastic then an earth bonding link needs to be fitted. Please contact a qualified electrician if you are in any doubt at all, be safe and sensible at all times.

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