Basic Plumbing Tips That Could Prevent A Disaster

March 1st, 2010

Emergency plumbers in London should be able to provide a rapid response in order to cater for the urgency of such issues as blocked drains, leaking water pipes and other issues that require immediate attention.

Often it is possible to prevent the need for emergency plumbing services if you ensure that you put certain processes into place such as these:

1.    Always make sure that you know exactly where the stop valve is in your property so you are able to stop the incoming water supply in the event of blocked drains and leaking pipes and avoid flooding from water coming into your home.
2.    Always check that your water pipes don’t need lagging. Water pipes that are older and becoming rusted are more prone to bursting.
3.    It is always best in case of calling out emergency plumbers in London that you are able to directly them quickly to where the outside manhole is should there be a need to clear blocked drains deep under the ground.
4.    Make sure you check your water values every 3 months to watch for corrosion.
5.    In emergency situations it is better for your home to have been fitted with isolation valves that are able to prevent any further damage from occurring by isolating the problem immediately.

We have over 12 years of successfully trading with a 24hour team of plumbers in London. From drain unblocking to burst water pipes and other emergencies, our emergency plumbers can be with you in the fastest times possible.

Plumbers you can trust and what you should ask before choosing a plumbing company.

September 29th, 2016

There is no shortage of London plumbers at any given point in time, ready to have a go at fixing your plumbing or drainage problem then charge what they believe to be London plumbing price plus a hefty call out fee. Some plumbing companies will even charge if they can’t fix the problem and leave you with advice on the next specialist service to call as they cannot deal with your problem. The result is, you end up paying twice or three times what you would have if you called the right person for the job at hand.

As someone who has always believed in a fair and transparent service in the trade industry, I have compiled a check-list to qualify the plumber for before hiring his services for a job.

Questions to ask when making first contact:

  • Request a current copy of the plumber’s Public Liability Insurance Certificate.
  • Check what others have to say about the plumber or plumbing company by checking their reviews. Do not rely only on their website for reviews as these can be altered in favour of the plumber. A good place to start is Google reviews.
  • Before booking the plumbing service, ask how much they charge per hour, do they charge call-out fees, do they charge a mark up on materials and do they charge for travel time when they need to leave to purchase materials.
  • Ask if the works will be guaranteed and for how long.
  • If you have a blocked drain, ask the plumber attending if he/she has the right equipment for the job (i.e jetting machine and drain cameras)
  • If your boiler needs fixing, ask the plumber to provide a gas safe registration ID card and make a note of the engineers gas safe number.

Our judgement often becomes clouded  and we act impulsively when there is a plumbing emergency in our home or businesses. In this situation it is very easy to end up being ripped off. Pre-qualify your plumber to save money for yourself in the long-run and may even end up with a good plumber for life.








Stop your pipes from freezing – tips & advice to avoid a frozen pipe

December 6th, 2012

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How to stop your pipes from freezing – sub zero temperatures can cause pipes to burst, spilling water everywhere and destroying your home. Make sure it doesn’t happen to you this winter by reading our tips on how to stop your pipes freezing.

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BBC – Burst and frozen water pipe advice

December 6th, 2012

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Burst and frozen water pipes can cause untold damage to your home so here are some tips to avoid it during the freezing conditions.

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London Plumbers News – How to prevent frozen pipes or burst pipes this winter – IQ Plumbers

December 6th, 2012

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News and helpful tips and tricks from London PLumbers IQ Plumbing Services. Coem follow our blog and see how we can help you keep your plumbing emergencies to a minimum!
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How to prevent frozen pipes or burst pipes this winter

December 6th, 2012

The other day we noticed that some of the news headlines were promising the coldest winter in 100 years and as of this morning, it seems that we are just at the very beginning of this cold, pre-Christmas, spell. A frozen ground often means frozen pipes and time to call out IQ Plumbing services or to check here on our blog or website for the latest tips and tricks on how to prevent or deal with frozen pipes, burst pipes, seasonal flood clearance, overflowing drains and any other plumbing emergency you find yourself ensconced .

Imagine it is 7am and you wonder into the kitchen to make that first all important cup of coffee, you turn on the hot water tap to run the water for the washing up, nothing happens. Must just be the hot water pipe. You turn the cold tap to fill the kettle, nothing happens. Panic sets in. Not only have you got many important places to go and meetings to have, but there is no hot or cold water, for either washing or for coffee. There is no time like the present to call IQ Plumbers, your local emergency plumbing specialists in the London area.

We turn up and tell you that your pipes are frozen, we defrost them and then we explain to you how you can prevent this from occurring in the future because we know that you don’t want to have to be calling us out every time it happens, however much we would like to respond to your call.

Here at IQ Plumbers we are very busy during the winter months with emergencies such as frozen pipesburst pipes and flood clearance. When your pipes burst, whether inside or outside, it can cause an enormous amount of destruction and unhappiness for everyone concerned. At it’s worst, the pipes can burst with boiling hot water in them, going from apartment to apartment, causing nothing but carnage and sometimes injuries. It could mean a quick mop and a bucket, though more likely an attic or basement flood that will need expert drainage and flood clearance tools and pumps to resolve the problem. Whether we are talking a plumbing,heatingflooding or drainage emergency, prevention is always the best cure.

So, here are a few tips and tricks to prevent emergency plumbing being needed in your home this winter. We have taken these from the CIPHE (Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating engineer’s website) as quite frankly, we could not have put it better ourselves.

  • Find out where your stop valve is located on the incoming water supply main and label it. Check occasionally that it is working. IQ plumbing services can help you with this.
  • Whilst you are looking find where other service valves are located? Label them and check from time to time that they are working correctly. IQ plumbing services can help you with this
  • Find the location of any drain valves on the system too. These can be used in an emergency to empty your water and central heating systems (once the source of heat has been put out). IQ plumbing services can help you with this.
  • Ensure that the storage system and exposed pipes are properly insulated, particularly in the roof space or attic. IQ plumbing services can help you with this.
  • In very cold weather take special care to prevent water pipes becoming frozen. If you have a storage cistern in the roof space, it’s a good idea to leave the hatch open. Heat from the house will help to keep the cistern and pipes from freezing.
  • Inspect your cold water storage cistern (tank) regularly and, if it is metal, make sure it is not corroding. IQ plumbing services can help you with this
  • Check the condition of flexible hosepipes to plumbed-in domestic appliances at regular  intervals.
  • Dripping taps or continuously running overflow pipes are a sure sign that your plumbing system requires maintenance.
  • Have central heating boilers and other heating appliances serviced yearly. IQ plumbing services can help you with this.
  • If you have a condensing boiler, make sure that the condensate pipework is protected against freezing.
  • If you need help with any of the above please call IQ Plumbing Services on 0800 917 1554 to make an appointment or if in case of an emergency ring us on our mobile number 07715 282 998. With IQ plumbers the customer always comes first. We say it all the time, but it is true, we have no hidden fees or call out charges. We are upfront and transparent in our work and our fees. So give us a call if you need us or contact us via email from our website. We hope you have found this information useful and look forward to hearing from you.

    Drain Jetting

    March 12th, 2010

    As world technology advances, we begin to approach problems in a very different way to what our parents and grandparents did in the past. Gone are the days we call out a plumber or drainage specialist to rod a blocked drain which may have taken up to 6 hours to clear at the standard plumbing or drainage hourly rate. The problem with rodding a blocked drain is that not only does it take a long time to clear the blockage, rods do not remove scale and greasy deposits on the inside wall of the drainpipe which wast probably the main cause of the blockage in the first place.

    Today we have revolutionised drain cleaning and blockage clearance with the use of high pressure drain jetting pumps and equipment which will clear a badly blocked drain in a fraction of the time it previously took.

    Drain Jetting will not only clear a blockage, it will also totally descale, degrease and clean drain lines leaving the inner surface of drainpipe clean and smooth to allow maximum flow of drainage.

    We at IQ Plumbing and Drainage Services recommend every private home and business has a full drain cleanout by experienced and reputable drain jetting professionals at least every 2 years to prevent drain blockage and possible flooding of property in times of heavy rainfall.

    Drain Maintenance

    March 11th, 2010

    When it comes to your drains, IQ Drainage Services believe form 1st hand experience that drain blockage prevention through regular drain cleaning and drain maintenance is a much better option than waiting for a problem to happen in the form of drains blocking up and overflow causing damage to property and posing a serious health risk to you and the people around you.

    Drain maintenance on a yearly basis will minimise nasty drain blockages from forming which could cause flooding of your home or business in times of heavy rainfall. The problem with a partially blocked drain is that it can go unnoticed for months while your entire underground drainage system slowly fills up with solid waste, jamming up entire lengths of underground drain pipe and manhole chambers. In simple terms, a drain not regularly maintained could be a time bomb waiting to go off at any moment.

    Drain maintenance is a stress free solution to all drainage problems in that we work around a time that’s convenient for our customers.

    A Gas Plumber Is Different To A Traditional Plumber

    February 25th, 2010

    A plumber in London, who is specialised in his line of business to the highest plumbing qualification, should be able to deal with any type of domestic plumbing work.

    This includes repairing water pipes and the piping that is responsible for supplying and removing fresh water, waste water and sewage.

    The type of emergency London plumbers that will work on pipes that carry gas has to have obtained a different type of educational qualification that allows them to work with the sometimes dangerous supply of gas to a home.  A plumber in London who works with gas and boilers now has to be, by law, a gas registered plumber, i.e. Gas Safe.

    A plumber in London who is not Gas Safe registered will only be able to carry out work on any other non-related gas piping, such as the mending and installation of a toilet and other bathroom fittings, kitchen pipes and others.

    Often plumbers are called to solve plumbing problems which have been located because of water either pouring or dripping into a customers’ home through the ceiling and this is when emergency plumbers are needed quickly.  In such a case, you should know where your water stop valve is so you can stop the water till the plumber arrives.

    As experts in emergency plumbing repairs and with 12 years of experience under our belts, we at IQ Plumbing Service believe we have one of the most qualified team of plumbers in London who are able to get to any corner of our large city in record breaking speed.

    Tips On Water Efficiency In The Home

    February 24th, 2010

    We are all responsible for conserving our use of water in our homes and apart from anything else, it is going to protect our environment and save plenty of money.

    On average a normal family household uses around 160 litres of water each day for drinking, and every day in the home for cooking, drinking and washing and other important tasks.

    Good emergency London plumbers will suggest that a household simply has to make a few changes to their daily routine and it is possible to make and see a big difference to the amount of water that can be saved each day.

    You may be surprised to know that emergency plumbing services suggest that a simple 5 minute shower in the morning will use a third of the water required for a bath.

    Showers tend only to use 35 litres of water within an  average 5 minute shower, whereas a bath will use upon average a further 80 litres.

    Our emergency plumbers in London also suggest that when purchasing any type of appliance for the home that uses water it is always advisable to choose one that is efficient with water and other household sources such as electricity.

    As we have been the experts at IQ Plumbing Services for over 12 years, our huge task force of emergency plumbers in London are able to deal with any type of plumbing job, large or small in the most rapid response times possible.