The expansion vessel has changed the way central heating systems work.
Not so long ago, most central heating systems installed in the United Kingdom were open vented.
To explain what open vented means, as a boiler starts to heat up, the water within, the system starts to expand, and the expansion needs to go somewhere,
so you have an expansion pipe, which normally [...]
Unvented Hot Water Cylinder
What is unvented Hot Water?
The unvented hot water cylinder is now becoming very popular with homeowners when they start carrying out home refurbishment.
The reason being is they are economical to run, high-pressure hot water at the taps and showers,
no need for the noisy pumps anymore, and also no need for the cold water storage tank in the loft.
Dual Flush Toilets
Dual flush toilets are exactly what they claim to be:
toilets that give you the option to choose from two different flushes.
Why? Because to put it plainly,
it doesn't take as much water to send number one packing as it does to get rid of number two.
By purchasing a toilet with both a low and high volume flush, you'll cut the water your toilet uses by more [...]
Cold Water Pressure: Make your Flow Fly
Problems with water pressure are one of the more annoying things that can go wrong in a house.
Showers become less satisfying and dishes are even more of a chore than usual.
A lot of homeowners live with these and many other water problems, simply because they aren't aware of
how to fix them (or prevent them in the first place).
There are, [...]
Hot Water Tanks and Water Heating Systems
There are several ways to provide hot water to your home.
Like most home installations, they each have their own advantages and disadvantages.
The variables are many including the size of your home, your water heating needs,
pre-existing home heating installations, and other regional differences such as local fuel prices.
Even this list of [...]
In keeping with the old age, "don't know what you've got till it's gone",
bathroom and toilet plumbing are rarely noticed until something goes wrong.
Understanding how the devices specific to your bathroom work can help with immediate troubleshooting and may save you a plumber's bill or two.
How Toilet Plumbing Works
There are only a few standard parts [...]
Waste disposal is one of the most useful gadgets in your kitchen. It sits under the sink and shreds food waste so it can pass easily through the plumbing pipes. However, you just can’t put anything and everything in the disposal unit.
The Following are some important rules to live by when it comes to your waste disposal unit:
If it’s hard…keep it out of the [...]
What size of the copper tube should I use?
Copper tube is available in various lengths and a number of sizes, each designed for certain areas of the central heating or plumbing system and each designed to work as effectively as possible to make sure your heating or plumbing system is functional and economic. The application of the correct copper tube ensures that the system is flowing [...]
Expansion vessels are a small vessel that is generally used to contain excess water pressure within domestic and closed water heating systems.
Thermal expansion is created during the heating of water, which can lead to problems if the system does not have a way to store some of the excess amounts of water and steam.
The vessel itself is designed to have two separate [...]
When it comes to installing an unvented hot water cylinder
The biggest decision a buyer will have to make is
whether to buy a cylinder that is unvented or vented.
Deciding on one or the other depends on having a ‘direct’ or ‘indirect’system.
The terms direct and indirect reference to how the mains water is fed into the system
Either directly into the unvented hot[...]