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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.

Check That Your Emergency Drainage Company is Reputable

January 25th, 2010

Should you find yourself in the sudden position of needing emergency plumbers in London, no doubt you will want to be sure that you are dealing with a professional company that you can put your trust in.

Plumbers these days need to be highly qualified in order to provide certain plumbing services and it is acceptable for you to ask them for proof of this.

When you ring emergency plumbers there is normally a charge for call-out and this fee will reflect the time it has taken to deal with the entire plumbing emergency which you have. Should you be charged a high fee from emergency plumbers then it is clear that they are profiteering from your emergency situation and it is sometimes considered to be an unethical business practice.

A reputable business that can provide highly trained emergency plumbers will trade from a registered address; have a company registration number and a land-line telephone number.

Your emergency drainage company should be available to you at all times and if it is a good business it will have a 24 hour hotline for peace of mind in emergency situations.

We are the experts at IQ Plumbing Services and have been trading for over 12 years with huge success. We have a large number of professionally trained emergency plumbers in London which means there is always a qualified emergency plumber available when you need one. Our company has been considered as one of the best quality emergency plumbers in London for over 5 years.

When You Really Need an Emergency Drainage Company

January 23rd, 2010

Often when an emergency drainage company is called out to clear blocked drains, it is normally the case that congealed bathroom or kitchen waste needs to be flushed out because it has accumulated in the drain. If your drain is completely blocked it and you continue to run water it will come back through your piping and flood your home.

There are other times when blocked drains are caused by far more complex problems and what you should never try to do is to force the blockage through the pipe manually- should you attempt this it could cause your drain to collapse.

Some of the most common problems dealt with by emergency plumbers in London include:

• Fractured piping – a structural defect which is often caused by pressure from either building work or flooding above ground. Cracks covering the drain will seep water that will destabilise any surrounding ground. This problem needs urgent attention because it will cause subsidence and eventually completely collapse

• Collapsed drains – there are many things that will cause this which range from contractors mistakenly drilling into a pipe, dangerous flooding and increased traffic passing over the road above

If you can avoid any of these plumbing problems, do so. It is better to take preventative action rather than wait for an emergency situation to develop.

We at IQ Plumbing Services have a large number of emergency plumbers in London who can deal with any plumbing problem and can also carry out routine CCTV checks on drains, to ensure there will be no plumbing emergencies in the future.

Improve your property value – take care of the Plumbing

December 7th, 2009

We at IQ Plumbing Services have emergency plumbers in London’s most densely populated areas. The houses are often quite old, with plumbing and drainage that wasn’t designed to sustain today’s heavy usage.  It is important that London property owners maintain their plumbing systems so that plumbing disasters, such as blocked drains and leaking pipes, are avoided as much as possible.

However, as plumbing emergencies occur on a regular basis, our emergency drainage company is always kept busy.

The average home plumbing system represents approximately 15% of the total value of the property. When it comes to selling, your buyer will be looking carefully for plumbing mishaps, such as corroded pipes and neglected drainage outlets, when deciding whether or not your property is worth investing in. A badly maintained plumbing system could see the value of your property plummet. If you have slow waste flow, for example, the argument will be that it could be caused by a collapsed drain, and thus the new owner would need to call an emergency drainage company. The estimated cost of this would be deducted from any offer.

But even if you’re not aiming to move, there is no excuse for complacency. Our plumbing systems keep us warm in winter. We use gallons of water every day, from  taking showers to washing our dishes and clothes. A well maintained, fully-functioning plumbing system is essential to our health and well being, yet we conveniently forget that it needs regular maintenance and doesn’t take kindly to being mistreated.

With this in mind, it is no wonder that reliable emergency plumbers in London, such as those at IQ Plumbing Services, are called out so often.

Who’d Be A Plumber?

October 23rd, 2009

There are a huge number of people who ply their trade as a plumber. The UK has around 20,000 plumbing businesses, and most of them operate as sole traders. A quick search on a well known Internet directory can return over 4,000 results to a query for plumbers in London. Although, like any trade, there are those who operate without any formal qualifications, many are time-served and fully qualified. What, though, does ‘fully qualified’ mean? Well, it means a great deal more than simply leaving school with a talent for wielding a spanner while storing a pencil behind your ear. You may be surprised at just how well qualified your plumber should be.

At IQ Plumbing Services, all our engineers are time served, qualified professionals, and getting to the level they’ve attained has been hard work.

Although the trade can be learned on the job, NVQ qualifications are a good indication of ability and commitment to learning a trade. At NVQ level 2 a plumber has two-years industry experience while working on the course for the same amount of time. Topics covered are drainage, water and sanitation.

A further two years at college can secure a NVQ level 3 qualification. This covers training in water regulations, system design, gas and unvented systems.

There are other routes into the profession, such as private colleges. Many of these courses though, do not result in City & Guilds NVQ certification.

So the next time you call in emergency plumbers or an emergency drainage company, ensure you call a reliable, professional engineer such as ours. You can then be confident they have skills and qualifications you can rely on.

Someone To Trust In An Emergency

October 21st, 2009

If you suddenly find yourself in need of emergency plumbers, you need to be sure you’re in touch with a professional company you can trust. You need a qualified, experienced tradesman – not an unskilled cowboy who could potentially make your problems worse.

At IQ Plumbing Services we provide all the services you’d expect from a reliable emergency drainage company. Our staff’s knowledge, experience and qualifications are your assurance of a professional and effective service. It’s possible to establish quite quickly whether you’ve made the right choice.

If a call-out fee is charged, it should reflect the time spent dealing with the issue. Anyone who charges an exorbitant fee is simply profiteering.

A reputable company will have a registered address, usually a long association with that address, and land line telephone number. If there’s no address, where can you turn if there’s a problem?

Make sure your emergency drainage company can be contacted at any time. A 24-hour help line will give you peace of mind if you have a recurring problem.

Does the plumber you’ve selected have a complaints policy if things don’t go as smoothly as you’d like?

Finally – make sure the tradesmen that carry out work for you are fully trained and qualified.

At IQ Plumbing Services we are a reputable company with over 12-years of experience, and have been one of the top emergency plumbers in London for 5 years. It pays to ensure your choice of tradesman matches the high standards we insist on.

How Well Do You Know Your Drains?

October 19th, 2009

Leaking or blocked drains can cause problems for any household. Drains and sewers can suffer from the ravages of time, and often from the ravages of plant roots and builders’ shovels too.  It can be reasonably easy to test and check your drains if you can access inspection chambers. These, however, can often become lost beneath fences or decking.

As a consequence of the large number of terraced houses in the capital, emergency plumbers in London are also aware of the possible drainage problems in these areas. Victorian buildings in particular should be inspected regularly. When a simple maintenance issue is ignored it can soon become a reason for calling an emergency drainage company.

Checking the drains yourself can be a simple process. As with any DIY work, care and common sense are needed. To check your drains, first run some taps in your house. Lift the cover on the inspection chamber outside (while watching out for children and pets, as well as your toes and back). If the drain is working efficiently you should see the water flowing through the chamber. Look out for signs of any problems, such as tree roots in the chamber or pipes, or stagnant water. If you discover foul-smelling or black water you can be fairly certain there’s a blockage in the system.

The qualified and experienced engineers here at IQ Plumbing Services can inspect your drains using tried and trusted methods along with the latest technology. We can provide a rapid response to any drainage emergency, or a reliable maintenance service to prevent one.

Take the hassle out of blocked drains

September 30th, 2009

Blocked drains are the bane of many a homeowner’s existence. They are a true inconvenience and they cause havoc in the home. Whenever you hear that telltale gurgling and see the beginnings of toilet bowel water pushing up, give us a call.

We will be there in no time to sort the problem out and leave you with a healthy drainage system. You can rely on us, our quality service and our reasonable pricing to keep your blocked drains healthy and functioning well.

Live a little

The last thing you need to come home to on a Friday evening is one or more blocked drains around the home. This puts a damper on all your weekend plans and heaven forbid if you have guests over. What you need is a fast, reliable plumbing service that will make short work of any blocked drains. Blocked drains are no laughing matter; they bring your life to a halt and make things difficult to function.

If your drainage systems are all interconnected, you cannot use anything. Not toilets, not basins nor sinks, no showering or bathing; a weekend of that is sure to drive anyone nuts. We will take care of any blocked drains; we make use of the latest technology and best methods of unblocking drains.

Come to us for service that you can trust, service that you do not have to wait for and service that you can afford. Come to us for simply the best service that money can buy when it comes to blocked drains.