Refurbishment Hacks – How to Save £££ on Plumbing Work

To celebrate the launch of our new website we’ve decided to give back to our loyal customers some of the gems we’ve learned through our 30 years as refurbishment and painting contractors. Throughout this on-going series we will cover the many pitfalls out there for each of our services and how to avoid them:

Washrooms & Plumbing
Painting & Decorating
Ceilings & Lighting
Industrial Painting
Kitchens & Joinery
Partitioning Systems
School Maintenance
Hygienic Cladding

This week the focus is plumbing, specifically, how to save £££ on simple plumbing tasks. We have two tips for you; both can save you big money when it comes to dealing with your household plumbing.
Refurbishment Hack #1 – Stopping Leaks vs. Emergency Call Outs

An emergency call out to fix a leak is just that, a plumber will stop the leak, for an initial charge and any additional work would be chargeable on top. The good news is, most leaks are easily stopped for free, just follow the steps below:

1) Follow the pipework back from the leak. For instance, if dealing with a toilet leak, start at the toilet and work backwards. You will almost certainly see an isolation valve (see images). The valve may be hand or screwdriver operated.

2) With a screwdriver or your hand simply turn to isolate the water and stop the leak.

3) Wait for the plumber and pay normal rates instead of emergency call out rates.

Additional tips

1) If a toilet is leaking it will continue to leak until the water in the bowl and cistern has emptied, speed up the process by flushing the toilet.

2) If the cistern continues to fill up you haven’t closed the isolation valve.

3) On the odd occasion a leak begins before the isolation valve follow the pipework back to where the water enters the property, you will find an isolation/gate valve here.

Refurbishment Hack #2 – How to Change a Toilet for Free

A toilet change can be an expensive yet very simple process. Follow these steps to learn how to do it on your own:

1) The cistern (the box behind the toilet which holds the water) has an inlet pipe which feeds the toilet with water. You will see and isolation valve on this pipe, which feeds the toilet. Close it.

2) Take off the cistern lid and flush the toilet. If you have closed the isolation valve correctly the cistern wont fill up again once you have flushed it. Flush it one more time. The water left in the bowl should be minimal. Mop up the excess water.

3) Now it is simply a matter of unscrewing the various connections. The toilet bowl itself will be fixed to the floor, more recently fitters have tended to use an adhesive instead of bolts to fix the toilet. It may require a bit of force to get the toilet free but it will come free.

4) All it needs then is the new toilet connecting up. Then turn on the isolation valve but only half fill the cistern before flushing it to check for leaks.

And there you have it, two plumbing hacks to save you £££ in your home. Stay tuned for next week’s hacks. And if you have anything you’d like us to address specifically just let us know via Facebook, Instagram or email sales@norrisuk.co.uk