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 inwww.iqplumbers.co.uk .

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)  http://www.ciphe.org.uk/Consumers/Top-Tips/ 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.

    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.

    The High Expectations Of Emergency Plumbers In London

    February 16th, 2010

    No one, if they have no training in plumbing, should tackle a large plumbing disaster alone; this is not to save money but is to avoid the expense of further more expensive forms of damage and a much bigger problem.

    Emergency plumbers, you should be in no doubt, come with the highest training possible to deal with any aspect of plumbing problem from clearing blocked drains (some of which are caused underground) to water pipes bursting and other issues.

    It is not only expertise that is required to quickly deal with an emergency plumbing disaster; it is also having use of specialised plumbing equipment to provide the necessary assistance needed to ensure a plumbing disaster is dealt with in the best way.

    Emergency plumbers are legally required to have at least passed the minimum qualification of the City and Guilds NVQ level 2.

    A qualified plumber in London who has the bare qualifications indicated is legally able to provide the public service of maintaining and installing sanitary products and the full installation of copper pipe work on a domestic level.

    Emergency plumbers will also have to have obtained a special certificate – ‘Water Supply Regulations 1999’, which will legally allow them to work on the UK’s plumbing system. Any emergency plumbers that hold this special certificate also have registered with the local authority.

    We at IQ Plumbing Services are an emergency drainage company that provides one of the speediest responses across London in the provision of highly trained emergency London plumbers who are able to efficiently fix any emergency plumbing issue.

    The Despair Of A Leaking Water Pipe

    February 11th, 2010

    Most emergency plumbing repairs needed are commonly situated around the fixtures of sinks and toilets, and there are many occassions when the leaks themselves are simply due to corroded water pipes.

    There are certain temperature-related qualities that you would benefit from knowing about your water pipes, including their tendency to expand and contract during extreme temperature changes and the ability to sweat in heat and completely stiffen in freezing weather.

    Extreme hot or cold temperatures cause problems and hence it is often the job of emergency plumbers in London to see to many plumbing emergencies directly associated with water pipes bursting and leaking during these times.

    It is advisable that you don’t leave any building without heating for more than a few days because as soon as you return and switch the heating back on, it is common for pipes to burst. However, in such a case there on emergency London plumbers on hand.

    If your water leak seems to have appeared from a joint and you have already located the problem, if it is simply the cause of a joint that needs tightening it is possible to simply tighten the joint with a spanner.

    It is only when the leak is fast and relentless that you should seek the immediate services of emergency plumbers in London after you have shut off your water valve to prevent further flood damage.

    At IQ Plumbing Services we deliver one of the best rapid response rates available providing some of the most highly trained emergency plumbers in London.

    Shut Off Water Valves Before Ringing Emergency Plumbers

    February 10th, 2010

    Emergency plumbing services will be able to advise you that the plumbing system in a home or place of business is always going to be split into two separate sections.   One of these will be in charge of supplying fresh water straight into the building and the other allows waster water to pass out of the building.

    In order for the supply of your fresh water to be supplied to your home in such a way that it will reach all necessary areas such as the upstairs bathroom and all other areas required which may be a distance from the point of entry, it will be pressurised.

    It is so important that emergency plumbers in London will agree that you should know exactly where your water valve is located in case of an emergency. The location of your water meter will be a good indication of where your water valve will be in most cases it will be fixed nearby.

    Whenever you find yourself with a burst water pipe and you need to ring emergency plumbers in London, one of the most important and essential actions you should take before you even pick up the phone is to shut off your water to avoid your home from flooding further and making the situation worse. However, should this action not be undertaken amidst the panic, emergency flood repairs are also available.

    We at IQ Plumbing Services have a long reputation as trusted professionals who always provide well-trained emergency plumbers in London deployed at the fastest times possible.

    Flooding Issues Make Emergency Plumbers In London Scarce

    February 9th, 2010

    November and December 2009 saw major areas in the South East of the UK completely under water from flooding with homes, businesses and properties seriously flood damaged and some beyond repair.

    Due to the extreme weather conditions and aging subterranean drainage system in the south east of the country the demand for emergency plumbers in London hit new heights. Once again as the winter months drew in so did the flooding in this part of England, resembling a similar situation to that which occurred in 2008.

    Emergency plumbing issues were still occurring throughout London (as they would do normally), however, emergency plumbers in London were scarce because of their relocation to aid flooding matters in SE England.

    No matter what is happening in the country when you require emergency plumbing services you still need to be able to call upon professional help as soon as possible because your own situation is just going to get worse.

    For instance if you are experiencing flooding in your own home from blocked drains it is often an issue that you cannot fix yourself and may require the location of any blockage in water piping deep underground through the use of a CCTV camera.

    For reliable emergency plumbers in London at any time of the year we at IQ Plumbing Services provide a fast and efficient plumbing service which includes fixing burst water pipes, drain unblocking and most other plumbing issues.

    We have a large team of plumbing experts who are fully trained to deal with all emergency plumbing situations quickly.