What is Grey Water?
Grey Water includes all the waste water from the house with the exception of toilet waste. (Black Water)
It can includes water from; Washing Machine, Dishwasher, Sink, Wash Basin, and Shower.
A basic grey water reuse scheme sending washing machine water using a two way diverter valve to a perforated [read more...]
Have you ever wondered what this is in your garden?
Perhaps you have seen ‘ORG’ on a drawing.
Well the answer is it’s called an Overflow Relief Gully.
An ORG is a vital part of protecting your house against Sewage Overflows.
The grate is set well below the level of the lowest waste water [read more...]
These cures relate to general rattling or banging when you turn the tap on.
The various reasons for these noises, and their cures are:
Air in Pipes Typically occurs in new systems, or after some plumbing alterations. You need to purge the air from the system. To do this
Start at the lowest tap or [read more...]
One of the reasons why most rainwater systems use too much power is because because the pump is too big. For other reasons see Rainwater – Pump Issues
Most pump suppliers and design charts will specify a larger pump than you really need (They sell a more expensive pump, It’s less likely that the pump [read more...]
If you are getting water hammer in your new house it can be really annoying.
As the problem is caused by fast flowing water being stopped suddenly here are some options to cure it.
Slow the overall speed of flow down
Pressure, which affects the speed of water flow, does vary depending on [read more...]
This photo shows a fairly typical pump installation.
An electric pump with pressure sensor control. It’s even got a fairly large diameter flexible suction hose between the tank and the pump.
So…..What are the issues?
Well water is an incompressible substance so every time some water leaves the system [read more...]
If you are committed to sustainability then space on the North facing roof is at premium.
One option may be to look at putting the solar hot water system on a West facing roof.
This will mean you can maximise the space for north facing Photo Voltaic (PV) solar panels.
Although the solar hot [read more...]
With the current emphasis on building efficiency solar hot water systems are pretty much a standard option if not automatically included.
These systems incorporate either gas or electricity boosting for cloudy days.
Here are a few thoughts on the options for solar hot water:
Split System or Tank On Roof Systems with Tanks on [read more...]