As the nation enters unchartered waters with lockdown and the coronavirus pandemic, it is essential that we keep plumbing and heating systems in homes and buildings safe, stable and fully operational during these times.
Doing so requires preparation. As we don’t know how long the lockdown could last, and with the situation changing daily, it’s crucial that plumbing and heating installers are ready for any eventuality. When it comes to being called out to an emergency for urgent repairs or maintenance work, make sure you have the correct personal protective equipment (PPE) for individual safety, and necessary tools and materials to complete the job efficiently.
Here we are sharing a list of ten crucial product ranges from RWC’s family of brands that should be in the back of every installer’s van. Stocking up on these items can ensure you have all the essentials needed to complete a job safely with speed and ease, even if your local plumbing merchant is shut.
Number one on our list is a product that every plumber needs, JG Speedfit Stop Ends. Also known as end caps, these components are used to dead end the flow of water in a plumbing and heating system.
Our push-fit stop ends are much easier to work with in comparison to their metal soldered counterparts. Simply push the stop end fully onto the pipe to temporarily restrict the flow of water while you repair/service the system. Once the job is complete, you can easily disconnect the stop end to make the final pipe connection.
Our stop ends need no tools to install and demount, and can be re-used job after job, as long as the O-ring remains fit for use. The JG Speedfit Stop Ends come in a variety of sizes ranging from 10mm, 15mm, 22mm and 28mm.
2. JG Speedfit plastic push-fit fittings
Next up is JG Speedfit’s plastic push-fit fittings range that comes in handy for all repair and maintenance jobs. Requiring no additional tools these push-fit fittings can be installed and demounted within seconds, making them a perfect companion when operating in tight spaces.
Our extensive range covers a variety of fittings and connectors from straights, elbows, tees to reducers, pipe repair-kits, stems tees and elbows. All our fittings are available in sizes varying from 10mm to 28mm, so make sure to stock the sizes you mostly work with in your toolbox.
3. JG Speedfit Layflat Pipe
Installers are often looking for flexible products to use across multiple applications, and the JG Speedfit Layflat Pipe is the perfect product for just that. Made from polybutylene, this pipe allows installers to bend and manoeuvre in tight spaces without the need for threading through joints and is a hero when it comes to getting jobs done nice and quick.
4. JG Speedfit Double Check/Service Valve
Next on the list is our JG Speedfit Double Check/Service Valve. This valve only allows water to flow in one direction, preventing backflow of potential contaminants. This 2-in-1 check valve also has a built-in isolator, helping isolate specific appliances like washing machines and dishwashers so that repair and maintenance jobs can be carried out. A definite for an installer’s toolkit.
5. JG Speedfit Appliance Tee
Second fix plumbing installations and maintenance or servicing of appliances is quite often a daily task for many installers, so it’s always worth having the JG Speedfit Appliance Tee in your locker. This handy product allows isolation of the water supply to appliances such as a washing machine or dishwasher for maintenance or installation.
6. SharkBite brass push-fit fittings
A solution for commercial and domestic plumbing applications, SharkBite brass push-fit fittings are compatible with plastic, copper and steel pipes. They are certainly a must-have for applications where plastic fittings can’t be used, for example when connecting and repairing pipework within a 1-meter distance from the boiler or cylinder.
7. SharkBite Disconnecting Clips
Built for durability and use in tight spaces, every installer should always have SharkBite Disconnecting Clips when working with SharkBite fittings. Used for demounting the fittings, these practical clips have a compact design to uninstall the fittings in even the tightest of spaces.
8. Reliance Valves Easifit® TMV
With kids and the elderly spending more time at home, it’s more crucial than ever that the Thermostatic Mixing Valves (TMVs) perform safely and are regularly maintained to protect the users from accidental scalding. Also, while carrying out repair works in old properties, installers must check if an appropriate TMV has been installed to ensure safe water temperature from outlets.
The Easifit TMV comes in handy when working in small spaces such as bathrooms, as installers need to maneuver and crouch in tight spaces. The Reliance Valves Easifit® TMV is compact enough to fit into most spaces, saving installers both installation time and an achy back.
Using unique technology, the Easifit TMV brings other benefits too. It operates at exceptionally low flow rates and prevents backflow and water impurities. It is available in a 2-in-1 option that includes a backflow prevention valve and thermal safety shut down valve, and a 4-in-1 option that additionally includes isolating valve and test port for monitoring system performance.
9. JG Speedfit Flexi Hoses
Fixing a leak under a bath or basin can be infuriatingly time-consuming, and here’s where the JG Speedfit Flexi Hoses come in handy.
These push-fit flexi hoses are available in either braided metal or PVC material, and are great for installations in confined areas with poor visibility and access, for example when making the final connection from the mains to the taps. It’s a must-have for those ‘bendy’ applications.
10. JG Speedfit MDPE fittings
WRAS approved, JG Speedfit MDPE fittings will always be a great product to have on you. Used for underground cold-water installations, these fittings deliver water from the outside mains water supply into the property, these fittings are worth keeping on you, especially when working on emergency burst water mains.
Supporting you in these extraordinary times
In normal daily life, being prepared is always good practice, but it is now more vital than ever as we adapt to overcome this global threat.
At RWC, we’re with you all the way to help navigate these turbulent waters. Our knowledgeable team of experts are still working and are contactable. Whether you need technical advice, sales support or need to source products, we are just a phone call away. Call 01895 449233 to speak to our team of experts.
For the problem solvers, the urgent fixers, the everyday heroes and the truly up against it, we’re with you all the way.