|What are we talking about?
||How long does it typically take to replace
a ball valve in a toilet cistern?
||Up to 1 hr
||Being able to turn the water off
|Questions to ask
||Is there an isolating valve? If not does the customer
know where the main stop cock is? Is there a roof tank (in older
properties toilets were often fed from the roof tank). Make sure
the cistern is accessible. In some modern properties they are boxed
in and /or tiled in which case the main task is getting access!
Replacing a ball valve is a simple task as long as the water
to the valve can be turned off and there is ready access! If an
isolating valve has been fitted (often the case if it's in a loo
cistern) then the work is made much easier. If not turning off
the supply at the stop cock or roof tank is required.
Stop cocks are the culprits which can turn this simple job into
something longer winded. In many cases, particularly in hard water
areas, it's just as simple to replace the entire ball valve mechanism
than just the washer as the cost of the mechanism is small. Remember
that if the tank is in the loft then access is needed (clear that
space!) and if there's no light the plumber or handyman will have
to supply some.