This includes all types of boilers from conventional through to combination and condensing boilers from a wide range of manufacturers to suit all types of property. Recent innovations with boilers have made modern appliances very much more energy efficient which reduces heating and hot water costs.
Brassware refers to the wide range of control fittings used in plumbing. These include gate and stop valves, other water control valves, check valves and diverter valves all designed to control the flow of water. Other fittings included in the term brassware are drain cocks, ball cocks washing machine valve and flexible hoses
Heating controls are used to control the flow and operation of heating systems according to time and temperature. Common examples are room thermostats which switch the heating on and off depending on the room temperature as well as full central heating programmers which may include different settings for weekdays and weekends
Various additives or chemicals can be added to central heating systems to improve circulation and efficiency. Sludge removers can help break down the build up of deposits and descalers can be used to remove lime scale build up. Various other additives are available including boiler noise reducers.
Cold water tanks or cisterns are made of black plastic rather than the old galvanised versions of old. The cisterns are durable yet light and flexible making them easier to lift into the loft. They should also have a cover helping to reduce the risk of contaminants entering the water.
Push fit fittings allow pipe work to be connected up far more quickly than with solder or compression joints. Pipe inserts are fitted to the pipe work and special rings inside the fitting grip the pipe and seal the joint at the same time. They are easily dismantled and reassembled.
Flexible hoses are used in many situations in plumbing work. Typical examples where braided flexible hoses are used can be seen where sink taps are connected to the hot and cold supplies, and filling loops for central heating boilers. The flexible nature makes alignment of pipe work easier.
Pipe work which will not be visible after completion is now often carried out using flexible pipe and push fit fittings. These fittings make work much faster and the connections can be readily dismantled and reassembled. Internal rings which grip the pipe are released with a special key.
From standard white panel radiators through to elaborate and stylish designs, there is now a huge choice of style as well as materials for radiators. Whichever type is used, it is important to check the potential heat output available and to match this with the heat loss of the room.
Replacement components for WCs or toilets include float valve parts as well as complete flushing mechanisms, handles and toilet seats, plus cisterns and diaphragm washers. Repairs to toilets are usually relatively easy to carry out provided a suitable isolation valve has been fitted.
Washing machines and dishwashers are connected to the water supply by means of flexible machine hoses. The outlet connection on the water supply should be controllable by means of a machine isolation valve allowing the machine to be easily disconnected without draining down the system.
Traps beneath sinks, basins, baths and showers rely upon a level of water being trapped inside the bend beneath the waste outlet. The water trap serves to seal the waste from smells which would otherwise permeate from the drains. Various shapes and styles are available to suit most applications.