Practical information



The standard Canary Riverside bathrooms are tiled with a 'terrazzo' tile - i.e., made from marble chops and chemical binder.  A good match recommended by residents is 'cappuccino premium polished' marble, e.g., as supplied by MGA Tiles.   


Taps and shower mixer

The standard taps were made by Grohe. Although hot water is softened, cold water isn't, which means that the filters on the spout of the taps are liable to become clogged with limescale deposits over time, and this will impede the water flow.  The end of the tap contains a mesh filter: this should be periodically removed and cleaned.  

Over time the thermostat in the shower mixer (walk-in shower) may fail, causing the water temperature to fluctuate.  The replacement unit is the Grotherm 2000 NEW.  Check our recommendations page for details of a plumber.  If you would like to try yourself, here's one resident's account of their DIY-intstallation: 

"Fitting was a doddle: turn off the water supply (see here).  Uncouple the existing unit from the wall - two 30mm nuts.  Fix the new unit (a low profile ie, thin, spanner is required.  Neither the pressure valve nor thermostat should require adjustment.  Turn the water supply back on and voila.  There is a Grohe clip-on shelf or 'rack' for the mixer which fills at the space between the mixer and the wall, which can be obtained from Grohe".  

Toilet overflow

The toilet in the master en-suite overflows into the walk-in shower.  If you notice water running into the shower please check the cistern, which is concealed beneath the marble shelf behind the toilet. You may need to remove silicone sealant in order to lift the shelf.  

Detecting leaks

You might wish to consider installing a small water leak detector/alarm such as these to give you an early-warning of potential problems with the in-built toilet cisterns, washing machines etc before any serious damage occurs. 

Extractor fan

The extractor fan unit that serves the bathrooms is located behind a small ceiling hatch. A resident advises:

If residents were to unscrew the ceiling cowls in their bathrooms/toilets they will probably find a treasure trove of accumulated dust and fluff. This accumulation can easily be removed - and should be - with the hose of a vacuum cleaner.

Should an extractor fan fail it is most likely a small electronic bit called a ‘starter capacitor’ causing the problem: "CAPACITOR, 2UF, 450VAC, LEAD By DUCATI. (Replacement units can be purchased on Amazon.)

Flats' internal fans have a timer which is turned on by the associated bathroom/toilet light. The timer should be set to run on for a reasonable time after the bathroom/toilet light light has been turned off. If not working properly the timer may need to be reset or replaced ”