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Plumbing and Rats

,Just recently I had an emergency call out to a ground floor flat in local sea side Town were the occupiers informed me they had just returned from a weeks holiday only to find rats in their flat.They showed me how they had gained entry into the flat, and to my supprise they had gnawed their way through the white plastic pan connector at the rear of the toilet pan.So once they had removed the little devils from the flat as a temporary fix they wrapped cling film around the pan connector.
Most people think rats can come up through the toilet pan, thats why they leave the lid down on the toilet seat,but normally rats wont swim around the water seal in the pan. If the water seal in the pan has gone or the pan has been removed and the pipe has not been sealed then it is more likely rats will enter the building. In this case they could hear no movement in the flat and saw light through the pan connector so they decided to gnaw their way through and have a look in the flat.There are product…
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The right Plumber

Looking for the right plumber to carry out a plumbing repair or full bathroom installation can be a scary process. How many times have you heard of  unscrupulous plumbers charging grazy amounts of money for jobs which should of cost a considerable lot less. Always use a registered Plumber who belongs to the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineers. [ CIPHE ] that way you can be sure they carry out a professional job using the correct materials. Dont use multi skilled personnel who can do a bit of everything and have picked up Plumbing practices from diy books and watching other skilled Plumbers at work.
When using an Emergency Plumber make sure you always know exactly what they charge per hour or per half hour, and if they charge the dreaded VAT. And never ever give your credit card details up front.Please share your experiences with me I would love to hear from you.

Your Stopcock

YOUR STOP-COCK NEEDS YOU BEFORE ITS TO LATE

Your stopcock hidden away, forgotten about never to be seen again till an emergency strikes your household. For so many years behind a kitchen cupboard, washing machine, under the stairs or even under the floor boards, Never seen it couldn't tell you were it is, even never new we had one. And so the hunt is on as water is pouring out from under your kitchen sink in the early hours of Sunday morning. Gradually the water is flooding out your kitchen damaging your units and getting under your laminate flooring. So you try to contain it with towels buckets saucepans and anything else you can get hold of, its your worst nightmare come true. Theres no way of stopping it until you find the one thing that has never mattered in your life up until now, infact you even have no idea what it looks like.So after you have looked every were you could possibly think of, still not knowing what you are looking for its time to…

Your Cold water storage tank

DOMESTIC COLD WATER STORAGE TANKS

Has your household got a cold water storage tank hidden away in your loft space, do you know what condition its in. Do you know what your tank is made from or if it complies with the current water regulations. And most important of all are you drinking or cleaning your teeth with tank water.
Cold water storage tanks have been in our lofts for over 100 years and made from various materials like galvanised steel, asbestos cement. But modern tanks are mostly made from polyethylene [ plastic ] this makes them light and flexible to go through loft hatches and resistant to algae growth within the tank.If a tank is fitted correctly and complies with all the relevant water regulations, then it should be quite safe to drink from, For domestic households the average size is 250 litres or approximately 55 gallons. The following criteria is required to drink from your cold water storage tank.

1] To be made from approved materia…