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.








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.

How to fix your blocked drains

August 26th, 2009

Blocked drains can be caused by a variety of reasons such as a build up of waste, ground movement, leakage, tree root infiltration and corrosion of your plumbing system. It is also quite often from objects being flushed into the system that should not go there as the pipes and water pressures are designed and installed in such a way to handle mostly liquids.

There are many ways of fixing blocked drains, including a number of Do It Yourself remedies. You could use a plunger and hot water, stick some wire into the pipes and see if you can remove the build up and some far fetched remedies like the one that suggests breaking effervescent tablets into small pieces and flushing it into the pipes.

These methods might occasionally work, but it is important to know that they are more than likely just short term solutions. Blocked drains, unless blocked by a specific item like a kids toy or a piece of clothing, is problems that build up over a period of time. If the necessary care is not taken when fixing it, it could cause even more problems.

Flushing some solvents down to try clean your blocked drains could even damage the pipes seriously, leaving you with a massive and expensive job of fixing the pipes.

Contacting a professional service like IQ Plumbing Services will provide you with long term solutions, and we are emergency plumbers too so you can contact us 24 hours a day. We use the most modern methods of searching, locating and fixing leaks, damages, build ups and blockages such as CCTV surveys and high pressure water jets to get rid and help prevent any future blocked drains.