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.

Necessary Qualifications for Emergency Plumbers in London

January 22nd, 2010

When someone attempts for the first time to tackle a plumbing job themselves, they begin to realise how difficult it can be and why plumbing is considered to be a highly skilled job.

In recent years the technological advance in plumbing tools, equipment and systems including training courses has meant that it is necessary to pay attention to all aspects of the plumbing trade.

At the very least, emergency plumbers in London (and any other type of plumber) are required to have a minimum qualification of a City and Guilds NVQ level 2.

Emergency plumbers in London who hold a City and Guilds qualification are at a standard where they are considered council accredited professionals. A plumber who has taken a City and Guilds exam will be qualified in:

• Installation of domestic copper pipe work

• Maintenance and sanitary installation

To be considered legal to work on the UK, water supply plumbers need to have obtained the ‘Water Supply Regulations 1999’ certificate which also sees those who have obtained this certificate also registered with their local authority.

Plumbers will also need to have been trained in ‘Unvented Hot Water Storage Systems’ to legally enable them to work on high pressured systems that do not have a storage tank.

We at IQ Plumbing Services have a long trading history and are able to provide the most highly trained emergency plumbers in London who are able to tackle any type of plumbing problem with considerable speed and unparalleled efficiency. Our emergency plumbers in London have the certificates, but they also possess the necessary experience.

Repairing Water Pipe Leaks

January 21st, 2010

The majority of plumbing problems will occur near fixtures such as toilets and sinks, however, sometimes the water pipes themselves can turn out to be the root of the problem. Water pipes are temperamental objects which are prone to sweating, freezing, leaking and making loud noises.

Whilst there is always a professional emergency drainage company or emergency plumbers on hand to deal with blocked drains or plumbing problems it will also save you time and money if you check whether your leak is coming from a joint first.

If the leak is coming from a joint which you have already located then the obvious thing to do is to tighten that joint – this is easy.

If, however, the leak is located inside a water pipe then the leaking section needs removing and replacing with a new pipe section. This is not always easy to do though particularly in the case of threaded galvanized steel pipes which will tighten at one end of the pipe automatically as you attempt to unscrew a section at the opposite end. Copper piping requires new sections of pipe to be sweat-soldered into place

When it comes to sections of water pipe being replaced it is always a job that is best left to a professional plumber to avoid any huge problems.

Our team of emergency plumbers at IQ Plumbing Services are trained to the highest degree and we can provide a large amount of emergency plumbers in London so there is always one on hand to come to you quickly.

Knowing Where Your Water Stop Valve Is

January 20th, 2010

Your home’s plumbing system will certainly be composed of two completely separate subsystems.

One of these subsystems will bring freshwater into your home and the other will take the waste water out.

Any water that comes into your home will be pressured to enable it to travel around your home such as to your bathroom upstairs and around corners. When this pressured water passes into the house, it will also run through a water meter which will register the amount of water that you have used.

Generally, the main water valve to shut down the supply will be located close to your water meter. If you find yourself in a position where you need to contact emergency plumbers because of an urgent plumbing problem you must also quickly turn the main water valve off even before your emergency plumbers arrive. If you don’t shut down your water supply after a pipe bursts, for example, it is likely to completely flood your home quite quickly.

Should your plumbing emergency be confined to a toilet or sink it won’t be necessary to turn off your water supply completely and you will be able to in most circumstances just turn the water off at the stop valve which is used for that particular fixture.

When it comes to emergency plumbers in London, we have a professional team of emergency plumbers at IQ Plumbing Services who are highly trained to deal with any plumbing emergencies quickly- including blocked drains, burst pipes and another similar other issues.

Emergency Plumbers Often Called to Older Properties

January 19th, 2010

If you have a normal plumber in London who caters for your general plumbing work including boiler health checks he or she won’t necessarily be able to respond to emergency situations. Using the services of a company that can provide emergency plumbers is essential when you have an immediate problem that if left will cost much more money to fix in the long run.

Most of the time when you are in a situation where you have pressing plumbing issues such as blocked drains, leaking and burst pipes and so on you will find it difficult to get hold of emergency plumbers in London.

Blocked drains are a common problem, but when the blockage is deep inside your piping it can mean that you need to call in the experts because it will be impossible for you to reach without professional tools and experience.

To keep your emergency plumbing problems to a minimum particularly if you have an older property it is advised that you regularly check your water pipes for rust and other wear and tear. When water pipes are old they will become brittle and can suddenly burst with temperature fluctuations caused by the contrast of freezing conditions in winter months and sudden heat rushing through piping if you have left your boiler off for too long.

Often it will be emergency plumbers who are more regularly called to old properties rather than new builds.

When you need emergency plumbers in London we are the professionals at IQ Plumbing Services and always provide a fast and affordable response.

Emergency Plumbers in London Are Vital

January 18th, 2010

There are many emergency plumbers in London who are asked to attend a call out because water has overflowed either into or around a property due to old burst water pipes or sometimes because of blocked drains.

Blocked drains and burst water pipes are both things that can be avoided and it is often cheaper to deal with the procedures to ensure that this won’t happen rather than wait for an emergency drainage company to arrive on the scene.

• Often emergency plumbers will be called out to mend water pipes at a business or residential place However, if water pipes are checked regularly this can ensure you catch the problem before it actually happens. If you check your pipes for corrosion you can avoid additional expenses occurring at a later date

• Any water pipes which are above ground have to be lagged properly

• The heating in a property should be put on for a small amount of time each day if you envisage the property will be empty for a while. If the heating in a building has been left off for a number of weeks or months then as soon as it is switched on a water pipe can suddenly burst with the change of temperature

When you do find you need emergency plumbers in London it is always better to seek the experts and at IQ Plumbing Services we offer a fast and professional service to help with any draining and plumbing problem.

Serious banging in old pipes

December 30th, 2009

It’s time to call the emergency plumbers if the pipes in your old house start making a racket. Not only is it noisy and upsetting, but it can point to serious underlying problems, too.

The first thing emergency plumbers in London will do if called to your home is check the pipes to see if they can trace the noise – generally, the pipe has become loose from its housing and is banging against the wall.

In crawl spaces and basements, the pipes are usually suspended by perforated pipe straps from the joists. A long run of pipe may start knocking against the wood, and this can be eliminated by wedging a block of wood in a strategic place. The plumber must be careful to allow enough play for temperature expansion within the pipe, however.

If the vibration occurs throughout the system, it is an indication that the water pressure is too high – this must be reduced or, eventually, the pipes will spring a leak. Similarly, if you only get knocking when the hot water is switched on, it is a sign the thermostat is set too high, as the noise is simply steam in the system.

These are all fairly easy problems to rectify, but if the knocking continues then this indicates that the system has developed water hammer. Emergency plumbers in London often get call-outs for this because of the age of the houses – it is rare in newer properties.

We at IQ Plumbing Services know how distressing and potentially damaging water hammer can be in old pipes, and always recommend that you call us if you suspect that this problem is occuring in your home.

Troubleshooting banging pipes

December 28th, 2009

One of the most distressing reasons for householders calling out emergency plumbers in London is for banging or knocking pipes. Quite often, the call-out is from someone who has just moved from a modern property into an older one.

When a plumber in London hears a description of the noise, their immediate reply is, “Ah, yes, that’s water hammer.” However, water hammer is a generic term for several ailments, most of which are caused by the pipes striking against something when the water is running.

The first thing that emergency plumbers in London will want to know is, where is the noise coming from? It’s a much quicker job if the householder has located the fault, but if they haven’t then the plumber will needs to turn on the taps and start looking for movement in the pipes. It may be as simple as putting something behind the pipe to stop it banging against the wall. If the sound is located between the walls, there are still simple things that can be done. Foam insulation or padding, placed where the pipe emerges from the wall each end, can often prevent the knocking.

It is vital that you call emergency plumbers to London properties experiencing banging pipes so that the exact cause can be located and fixed. Left unattended, that annoying banging can become a serious leak.

As emergency plumbers that have worked in a wide variety of London homes, we at IQ Plumbing Services are experienced in all manner of plumbing disputes and are more than just likely able to rectify any problems that you are experiencing.

Caring for your Plumbing Fittings

December 24th, 2009

We at IQ Plumbing Services operate as emergency plumbers for a variety of tasks, from collapsed drains to leaking tap washers. A leaking washer can become a high powered jet if left unattended – more than one of our emergency plumbers has been called to a serious flood which started as a tedious leaky tap.

Plumbing fittings are the taps and valves of the system. Despite the use they get, they will generally last a lifetime. Any problems are usually down to the washers – but this is not always the simple task that it sounds. Modern fittings come in all shapes and sizes, all of which must be familiar to a plumber. London properties are often fitted with sleek designer faucets that can catch out the unwary.

The best fittings are chrome plated brass, which are easily cleaned with detergent and water. However, there have been cases where corrosion has occurred due to the wrong cleaners being used.

Seized-up, polished brass fittings are another reason for calling out emergency plumbers. London property owners love the period look, which works beautifully in older properties, but abrasive cleaners should never be used.

If your bathroom is very “high tech” and it develops a problem, this needs to be taken into account when calling out an emergency plumber. London is full of plumbers who are unfamiliar with the latest 21st century hardware. Luckily, you can always trust us at IQ Plumbing Services to have full, up-to-date knowledge on all of the latest technological advances.