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.

    Times When Emergency Plumbers Need To Use CCTV

    November 13th, 2009

    When you call a plumber in London, it’s a great help if they have a good knowledge of the sewerage system in your area. The London sewerage system is very old in places, and over time drains deteriorate. Damage can be caused by ground movement, tree roots, or drilling activities. In all these cases, the end result may be a drain that appears to be a simple blockage, but isn’t.

    Structural damage to drains is a serious matter, and must be dealt with promptly. The worst thing you can do, when a drain is fractured, is to keep on flushing away the silt with a high-pressure hose. The silt has leached in from the surrounding soil; over time, its continued removal will cause the ground above the drain to collapse, causing a massive amount of damage.

    This is why, when emergency plumbers suspect a blockage hasn’t been caused by the householder, they employ CCTV cameras to explore the problem. Sometimes, a visual assessment is all that’s needed; other times major structural repairs may be required. In both cases, a CCTV survey will provide a cost effective and accurate way to determine the problem and suggest ways to cure it.

    CCTV can also be used in a preventative fashion. If you have just bought an old property, it’s a good idea to call a plumber in London especially drains are prone to sudden collapse. It’s also a good selling point if a seller’s HIP pack includes CCTV drain inspection results.

    At IQ Plumbing Services, we offer a number of specialist services, one of which is CCTV drainage checks.

    Emergency Plumbers Needed?

    October 9th, 2009

    Running a leisure business in London is never easy. Personally dealing with every aspect of keeping your bar, restaurant, pub, hotel or nightclub operating smoothly and to maximum profit can be close to impossible. IQ Plumbing Services can help you concentrate on what you’re good at – running your business, by doing what we’re good at – ensuring the efficiency of your plumbing and drainage systems.

    Calling out an emergency plumber in London at the last minute can be a huge expense, and often your only option when you’re faced with a problem involving blocked drains or burst pipes. One of the most effective ways to plan ahead for such emergencies is to take out a commercial maintenance contract with IQ Plumbing Services. A three-month or six-month contract would give you the peace of mind that comes with the knowledge that you’ll have the services of our qualified and skilled engineers available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    In addition to providing the assurance of a rapid response to any plumbing emergency almost anywhere in London, a maintenance contract includes a complete system clean-out and check-up at the onset, so you know your contract’s off to a good start, with the additional benefit of ongoing maintenance services throughout the contract.

    With no call-out charge, highly-competitive rates and excellent customer service from our qualified staff, at IQ Plumbing Services we believe you’d be hard pushed to find a more reliable or cost-effective plumber in London.

    Finding a plumber in London

    September 18th, 2009

    When you are shopping around for emergency plumbers in London, you may find yourself confronted with a wide selection to choose from. While choice is a good thing, it can also be confusing and even a little overwhelming. What you need is to know exactly how to pick a plumber in London.

    The internet is your best resource for finding a plumber. If a company does not have a website, they are probably not interested in their customers. A website offers you a wide range of information about emergency plumbers and plumbing companies. You can find anything from reviews to contact details and even prices on a website.

    Internet research

    It is not a great idea to wait till you have an emergency or a big plumbing problem to find a good plumber in London. You need to do that type of shopping before you need them and keep their contact details close at hand for when you need it. You need to choose a reliable plumbing service like ours.

    You know that you can trust us to pitch up on time and when you need us. You also know that our prices are competitive and reasonable for the services we provide. One thing to look for in a plumbing service is a good reputation.

    You can find this by searching for reviews and information about a specific plumber in London on the internet. People are often quick to complain about bad service and the reviews won’t be hard to find for both good and bad service. Only opt for the best emergency plumbers in London in order to get the best service.

    Looking for a plumber in London?

    August 22nd, 2009

    Are you looking for a plumber in London? Are you sick and tired of paying exorbitant fees when you do find a plumber in London to come out at strange times and hours of the day?

    Have no Fear. When IQ Plumbing services are near, you can have the assurance that we provide fully qualified engineers to come and take care of your emergency. Finding a reliable and cost effective plumber in London need no longer be a daunting task or the cause of headaches.

    Our 24 hour emergency service is there to make sure you have a qualified plumber in London, no matter where you are situated. We cover most of London. If you are not sure if we will be able to send someone to your home or business just browse through all the postcodes that we do cover.

    Our services are not limited to emergencies. We also offer contract based services to domestic, business and industrial groups. Using this service will ensure that you get to know the people you work with, and they will also get to know your environment, enabling them to provide you with the best possible solutions.

    It will also eliminate having to search for a qualified plumber in London every time you have a problem or emergency. You will know that no matter what the time or problem, you can call IQ Plumbing Services and someone will already know you, your set up and be able to come and quickly fix it without first having to assess your property and what type of equipment they need to do the best job possible.

    Extraordinary sanitation for a nation

    August 12th, 2009

    Leaking taps and clogged up toilets getting you down? At IQ Plumbing Services, sanitation engineering comes first.

    Why may it be so hard for London cardiologists to unclog blocked drains as he would unblock a clogged up artery or vein for London plumbers?

    Well, London cardiologists surely had learned from medical school the intrinsic workings of the heart, veins and the like, making their task at any kind of bypass surgery look like child’s play. Best sanitary engineering practices our suitably qualified London plumbers are able to apply, as a result of the intense apprenticeships they undergo, much like the cardiologist who attends medical school.

    Performing our plumbing work with clinical precision is what we strive for, as we take each of our endeavours to unclog a drain or a pipe to be the equivalent of saving a heart – saving a human.

    Plumbers in London adhere to and know only the best plumbing engineering practices, with 24 hour service available for every emergency plumbing requirement.

    If you think our very own plumbing cardiologists have something to offer you, then you’re right on the money. While it may be hard for a London cardiologist right now to unclog blocked drains as is unblocking an artery for a London plumber, you better watch out, for our next plumbing apprentice may very well be your very own cardiologist.

    Why you need reliable emergency plumbers

    August 3rd, 2009

    Life is complicated enough without accidents, disasters and emergencies littered all over the place. After all, you need to run your life efficiently, be social, keep up with family responsibilities and make headway in your career. All of that takes it out of you – and then you get saddled with a plumbing disaster.

    You really could use a break and that will come in the form of our emergency plumbers. Not only are we fast, but we are reliable too and reliability is what you desperately need when things go wrong. You need top-quality emergency plumbers.

    Rely on us

    Imagine having your house flood because of broken pipes or other plumbing problems and then having to wait for a plumber to find the time to come and sort you out. Or, if they can come and sort you out right away, they charge over the top prices. What you need is reliability in all respects. You need to know that when you pick the phone up and give us a call, all your worries will be taken care of at a reasonable price and we do not add a call-out charge.

    Disasters can be stressful, but when you have reliable professional help on your side, it takes a huge weight off your shoulders. If you call for emergency plumbers, you need to know that they will be there in two ticks.

    You also need to know that you will not be left with an astronomical bill that you will struggle for the next few months to pay off. Come to us for peace of mind.