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Bettypat | 18:11 Tue 10th Feb 2009 | Home & Garden
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My toilet is continually flushing slightly all the time - it is barely noticeable until you hear the tank suddenly fill up. Can anyone tell me what is wrong and do I need to get a plumber. Also my shower seems O.K. early morning but if it is used slightly later, when possibly next door are using water, it suddenly turns scalding hot and then cold as though the water is being used elsewhere. There are only two of us in the house, and we make sure that if one is in the shower, the other one does not use the tap downstairs. I must say our water pressure is fairly low.

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Check that the ball valve isn't sticking.......I asked my husband !!!! Good Luck
Hes trying to help again. Re shower. Have you got a shared water main ???
is the toilet the older type with the overflow out through the wall.......................or newer.............with an internal one......
Sounds as though you have a shared service,is your own stopcock into the house turned on fully,normally situated somewhere under the sink.
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Thank you all very much for your advice. I will check the stop tap under the sink but it should be ok because we had a new sink put in last year by a qualified plumber. The toilet is the new type, 3 years old,. We are on a shared supply with the other half of the semi. They had a new kitchen in last year and put their washing machine out into the garage - problems seem to have arisen since then. Maybe this is a coincidence. If the problems are through a shared supply, is there anything we can do about it? If the kitchen tap is turned on, not a spot will come out of the tap in the bathroom.
re: the toilet Betty............I guess the float level is too high - so the water is continually going "over the top" and into the WC pan................the level is adjustable..........

so - nothing comes out of the bathroom tap if the kitchen one is in use..................that's well out of order.............tackle your local water board and insist on having a higher pressure..............going to be a slog, but worth a shot :o)
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Thank you very much for your very sound advice. It is very much appreciated. Thanks everyone.
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To Builder: Our toilet is now fixed, it had to have a new part in it which apparently has to be replaced about every two years. However, re the water pressure, we have a massive leak outside. We have contacted our water pipe insurers and someone is coming down on the 18th March. To say we are not supposed to waste water, they are taking their time. This will only fix the leak on our front garden and drive. Severn Trent say not much can be done if they cannot see water in the street. We can see it on our drive now so it has got a lot worse since I last posted. We have had this problem 4 times before so we do not hold out much hope. Once again thanks to you all.

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