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Fix a leak week

It is ‘Fix a leak week’ in the USA (honest – it is!) and our opposite number in the USA, Mr Rooter, has some handy tips for avoiding water waste.

Check out this article on the Mrs Rooter blog which has a few ideas. It also has a link to an animated diagram of a toilet which is quite interesting if you do not know how the equipment in your bathroom works.

There is no ‘Fix a leak week’ in the UK (maybe we should have one?) but why wait for a special week? If you have a leak, it is costing money. If you cannot fix it yourself, call Drain Doctor on 0800 3357 999 or visit www.draindoctor.co.uk

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Hose pipe ban – are you wasting water?

Follow a few simple rules to save water - get your plumbing checked.

News that a ban on the use of hose pipes is being introduced in parts of England because of a shortage of water (in an area that only recently was in the headlines because of floods!) reminds us just how precious and fragile our water supply is.

We can all help to save water by following some simple tips (see http://www.water-guide.org.uk/tips.html, for example) and by making sure that we are not losing water through leaks and drips. If you have a tap that will not shut off properly and continually drips or if you have water running from overflows, you are wasting water. If you are on a metered water supply you are also wasting money!

So give your plumbing a quick check – or get Drain Doctor to do it – and help yourself and your community to cut water waste and avoid the need for more hose pipe bans.

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Arrest a plumber – fix the jail

Plumbing problems abound at the local jail, according to a report by the Mendocino County grand jury in the USA. Among the problems are toilets with leaky bowls and continually running tank water; too much or too little water pressure in drinking fountains; some drinking fountains running continually; leaky plumbing on the jail’s outside walls; and repairs made with self-manufactured parts, including a combination of various metals and plastics.

The grand jury has produced a report demanding repairs should be made. It titled the report ‘Arrest a Plumber – Fix the Jail!’.

We hope it’s just a joke (surely, it is just a joke?). Otherwise there may be a lot of nervous plumbers in the locality.

And given the cuts in public spending now being implemented in the UK, we can only hope that the idea in the title of the report does not catch on over here!

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Where does the water go?

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Continuing our series about the plumbing in your home – and how to look after it – it’s time to consider where the water goes when it gets into your home.

British homes have one of two types of cold water supply – direct and indirect. 

A direct supply means that all the cold water taps and toilets in the house are supplied with water directly from the rising main.  This is also known as a high pressure system.

With an indirect system usually only the cold water tap over the kitchen sink (and possibly the water feed to the washing machine) are attached to the rising main.  The rising main goes straight up to discharge water into the cold-water storage cistern, normally located in the roof space.  This cistern has pipes that supply water to the cold taps in the bathroom, the lavatory cisterns and the hot water system via gravity.  This is known as a low pressure system.

It has an overflow pipe to carry excess water out of the house in case the cistern over fills or the ball valve fails.  The overflow normally emerges from the side of the house at around roof level – so if you see water gushing (or even dripping) from a pipe somewhere up high on the building, it almost certainly means the cistern is overflowing. It will not do any damage but you need to get it fixed. Give Drain Doctor a call and we will investigate to find out what the problem is and give you a quote for fixing it.

The capacity of the average domestic cold water cistern is around 230 litres (50 gallons). That is a lot of water so call Drain Doctor if you think that the overflow pipe has become blocked or damaged. If the water comes through your ceiling, instead of going through the overflow pipe, you will have a serious flood!

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