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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Tips To Avoid Blocked Drains

February 23rd, 2010

There are all sorts of reasons that emergency plumbers are called to sort out problems and many of these issues are from the build up of blocked drains.

Here are a few tips to avoid blocked drains:

–    Avoid any gradual build up of lime and grease and any other thick or greasy substances that could block plugs or sinks or drains.  Use domestic substances to clear them out regularly.

–    Move any objects that fall over or grow into your household pipes.  It is common for large trees situated close to the home to spread their roots out from the ground to quite unexpected places and to places you may have felt were possible to get to.  Foreign objects such as tree roots can grow inside water pipes and cause them over time to crack and leak into the outside soil.

–    Even small things, such as making sure your outside drains are not full of dead leaves or rubbish waste will mean that you have less chance of experiencing blocked drains.

–    Blocked drains will always be avoided if such items as nappies, kitchen roll, sanitary towels and other thick materials as these are kept away.  These are not supposed to be let inside drains because they cause blocked drains to clog up and overflow.

As one of the longest trading group of emergency plumbers in London, at IQ Plumbing we are known to be experts with the fastest time possible to be on-site immediately for a plumbing emergency, such as drain unblocking.

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.

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.

The Importance Of Highly Trained, Emergency Plumbers In London

February 2nd, 2010

We all know that London is one of if not the busiest city in the UK with the highest volumes of traffic, the most publicly run transport services and the highest concentration of inhabitants than in any other city.

It goes without saying that the importance of a large number of professional services in a city with demands as high as London’s is essential and when the services provided are to cover emergency situations there is a greater need for highly trained experts to respond at speed.

One such service is emergency plumbers in London, the trained professionals who need to be with you as soon as possible after your initial call because many plumbing disasters associated with flooding in particuar will cause great damage to a property if it is left for any length of time.

It is common for emergency plumbers in London to attend call outs in relation to blocked drains and burst water pipes and the level of service a customer should expect from this type of company should be high.

Emergency London plumbers are available for any plumbing problems that may occur whether it is at a private residence or a business address.

Finding the experts in emergency plumbing services in London is to find us at IQ Plumbing Services. With a long trading history of successfully fixing plumbing emergencies quickly and professionally, we are reliable and trusted by many. We are counted on by many people who continue to use us as their dependable company.

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.

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.

How Emergency Plumbers clear Blocked Drains

December 21st, 2009

When you call emergency plumbers in London, they will initially want to know how much, if anything, the householder has done already to rectify whatever plumbing issue is in question. They will ask if, for example, you have checked the sink trap in the kitchen. Or, if it’s a toilet blockage, if you have used a plunger or snake auger to try and shift it. Bath tubs are cleared by placing a cloth over the overflow before pumping the drain with a plunger. If this hasn’t worked then the plumber will use cabling to shift the blockage.

We at IQ Plumbing Services are a leading emergency drainage company and know all the tricks of the trade, thus we have various tools at our disposal. The ones used for heavy duty, blocked drains outdoors are different to those used for plumbing maintenence indoors. Heavy steel coils must not be used to clear the traps under bathtubs, sinks or toilets – these need a lighter, more flexible type of wire.

To clear floor drains, the grating is first removed and a hooked wire, auger or spatula used to clear out the debris. If you have called out a plumber to a London home that is 30 years old or less then it is worth checking if there is a removable trap to facilitate cleaning.

After debris is cleared, the plumber will pour hot water and/or a proprietary biodegradable cleaning agent down the drain, and clear the strainer thoroughly. One important tip we at IQ Plumbing Services give to householders is to regularly flush out floor drains that are not often used.

Among this, IQ Plumbing Services can offer advice in regards to blocked drains and other such issues after we have visited your home, in order to prevent you having to experience the inconvenience of such problems occuring again.