Ey up my faithful blogworms, Plumbing ............................... I am still dismayed with the frequency that I still find of plugs, pipes and water connections BEHIND washing machines, dishwasher etc !! When are people going to wise up and realise that this is contrary to all existing regulations, not to mention downright dangerous, oops, said I wasn't going to mention that !
It might seems frivolous to have each water connection seperate but the time saved later in being able to very easily switch any appliance off independantly of the others make good sense.
Those of you who know me, know that I firmly believe in independant control of each piece.
Also, the controls need to be in a cabinet next door to the appliance where you can switch everything off should the need arise without touching the appliance in case of electric shocks or water leaks.
Some plumbing can look complex but once explained and you know what does what, then you have proper control in case of an emergency.
The days of having the switch the whole fuse box off for an electrical fault and shut down the house stop cock for the water if you get a leak are gone if a common sense approach is taken to how each piece is set out.
Only this week I pulled out a dishwasher and a built in washing machine only to find that all the power and water connections were behind them.
For Gods sake, how dangerous is this?. What do you do in an emergency ........... ! You can't get at anything to shut the machines down if the connections are behind them.
Neat, tidy, well organised plumbing and electrics in a kitchen to me, are essential for good practice and a safe environment. Why don't others view this as necessary ??
If you fall into this category then it's time someone, me if you like, took a long hard look at how to rework things to make them safe !! Don't leave it until it's too late, in a panic and it all starts to go horribly wrong. It only costs a few quid to add isolator valves and move plugs to somewhere safe and that buys you a massive chunk of piece of mind knowing you're safe.
Here's some homework for you now: Go round your kitchen, look at each appliance and think to yourself " if something goes wrong, how do I switch that off ??" including your mains water stopcock and your electrical fuse board.
If you don't know, find out, if you can't find out, get someone in to find out for you. At the end of the day, your health and well being might depend on it !!
Rant over, Check things out and stay well. Jules.