Water supply problems in the home are something we dread and it can be particularly disrupting in the bathroom. We’re here to introduce you to a few common conundrums and their causes and of course, how to rectify the issue! Read our blog for some help when addressing your water supply problems.
Water Supply Problems – I’ve Got no Cold Water: How to Fix It
It’s a disaster we all dread; waking up preparing to head to work and finding that there is no cold water. Did you know people having to evade work to wait for a plumber or engineer is a pretty common occurrence? And we’re sure that not everyone is pretending just to get a well deserved day off…
Assessing the situation
- If no cold water is coming through your taps at all don’t despair. It’s likely that the tap is faulty at the valve which is common in many different tap types. If you can still turn the stop valve to the on position, then it’s definitely the valve you want to look into.
- If your entire house is deprived of cold water, you’ll want to see whether you alone are affected or whether it’s a neighbourhood wide calamity. Call up your next door neighbour to see if they are similarly affected. If both of you are adversely influenced, the likelihood is that the mains water supply in the local area is off.
- If it’s only you, your water may have been turned off. You’ll need to inform your mains water board and contact an emergency plumber who may be able to advise further. With all water related issues, asking neighbours if they are also adversely affected is crucial as it enables you to determine whether the issue is localised to you or whether it is a neighbourhood wide concern.
- It is possible that your mains supply may have collapsed. The mains water supply contains a stopcock. If the stopcock is passing water, then all is okay. If not, again your friend the trusted emergency plumber needs to be contacted to put things right.
- It is also possible that you may have a water blockage behind your no water no show. Likely culprits include clods of earth. Again, the professionals will need to look into this as it can be a difficult and even dangerous job to rectify.
Call for help!
If you’ve gone through our list and still don’t know what to do, then yes you’ve guessed it – call the plumber. Plumbers know their stuff and they’ll give you the peace of mind to know that everything is running smoothly. It’s difficult to live without water, so make sure you have a friend or relative’s house nearby where you can go until the problem is fixed. Then of course there is the the opposite water supply problems! You’re about to get into a relaxing, pampering shower or bath after a hard day’s work and the hot water is not working. The idea of relaxing in your bathroom suite is in jeopardy! Our quick “How to” guide is here to show you how to rectify the situation and return to a luxurious bath or shower experience as soon as possible.
Water Supply Problems – I’ve got no Hot Water: How to Fix It
Assessing the situation
- Firstly, take a look at your gas, electrical and water supplies and ensure that they are all turned on. This may sound like the IT version of ‘just turn it on and off again’ but sometimes this simple manoeuvre is all it takes and it eradicates a lot of further fuss. It’s also very easily for such things to accidentally be turned off unbeknownst to home owners.
- Ensure that your thermostat is turned on and is on a high temperature. You’ll also want to check that the clock timer is on.
- A pressure gauge will show you your current water pressure. Although this number varies, typically you’ll want it set to around bar 1. You’ll need to check your pressure specifications before setting.
- If you have an older appliance, your pilot light may have gone out! This is a surprisingly common issue that many with traditional systems experience.
Ideas to resolve the situation
- Sometimes, putting your heating system on its maximum setting for a short while can kick start it into behaving accordingly.
- If the clocks have gone backwards or forwards and you operate using a clock programming, it may simply have fallen out of sync. You’ll need to adjust it manually to get it going again.
- If you’ve recently experienced a power cut, your clock programmer may have regressed back to its initial factory settings. You can test your central heating by entering a specified time for it to commence to test that it’s up and running and then you can insert your preferred settings again.
- If your system operates using a customer-operated reset switch you may need to re-set it. Refer to your user manual to see if this is the case. In fact, it’s always advisable to ensure you retain your manual in order to have it to hand when such issues arise! They might not be the most exciting reading material, but they do contain useful advice.
- Turn your electrical supply for your boiler off and on. Causing your boiler to reset may rectify the issue.
Call in help
- If in doubt and you don’t know where to start, simply call in an engineer to take a look. They’ll know what to look for and will put your mind at ease.