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Socoder -> Off Topic -> Water Problem

Posted : Sunday, 17 December 2017, 07:41
You know when you go in the bathroom, and there's water pouring out of the little hole in the front on the cistern? That. Had to learn myself some damn urgent plumbing skills. :/
Posted : Sunday, 17 December 2017, 07:41
Ooooh, shit.. Nothing water-damaged, I hope..
Posted : Sunday, 17 December 2017, 07:49
Luckily, nope, but only for the grace of God.

Been in there five minutes earlier, then gone back in to run the bath for my kid. She went in to go in the bath, and came back shouting "DADDY THERE'S A LEAK THERE'S A LEAK". I thought "yeah, probably the tap still dripping or sommat".

Went to have a look.... SHIT IT'S A LEAK IT'S A LEAK!!

No idea what happened, but the overflow pipe (which leads outside) is the same height as the little hole (you can put the handle on either side of the cistern but the spare hole is meant to have a plug in it - ours hasn't). Flushed the overflow out and there was a lot of bits of gravel been stuffed in there - probly been in there for years but never a problem til now. The water took the path of least resistance, all over the bathroom floor.

Cleaned the overflow out, adjusted the ball valve so the max water level is about an inch below where it was, and ordered a stopper for the hole, so I can seal it up good and proper.

Thinking the ball valve got stuck somehow, so that might want replacing at some point, but at least if it happens again the water will go outside.

Could have been much worse tho, if this had happened in the middle of the night.
Posted : Sunday, 17 December 2017, 07:52

Yeah, sometimes you can curse stuff like this, but .. like you say.. thank fuck it happened when you were around to notice/fix it.

''Load, Next List!''
Posted : Sunday, 17 December 2017, 07:53
Ball valves (and the connections) can get covered in limescale and/or rust and seize up. I had a similar issue many years ago, but without the leakage, thankfully. Just replaced the whole thing for a few quid and job was a good'un.

Glad yours was just a small leak, but it's amazing how much damage just a small amount of water can do.
Posted : Sunday, 17 December 2017, 07:59
Yeah, less than a tenner to replace. Looks quite straightforward. House is rented tho so I'd probably get landlord to fix it at his expense. Plus if I break sommat cos it turns out I don't know what I'm doing, could end up paying for the repair.