Disconnecting an Electric Shower

19 Jan 2007
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United Kingdom
Once I've disconnected the electric cable and made safe how do I disconnect the water supply to the defunct shower unit so I can remove it? How do I seal the pipes securely? (The wall where the shower unit was located is going to be plasterboarded so the pipes will be hidden.)

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chr15 said:
Use a couple of 15mm compression stop ends, available from any plumbers merchants.
Don't do this with an electric shower, because you'll create a dead leg on the cold mains. This is unhealthy and discouraged in the Water Regulations.

Instead, find out where the shower supply tees off from the rising main. If it's a compression or push-fit tee then you can blank off the branch without removing the fitting, otherwise you should.
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As Softus said, leaving a dead leg, means the water contained within it ,
could, or will not circulate, thus stagnate.

The water that supplies your shower, also supplies your drinking water.


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