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.

Older Properties In London Have A Greater Need For Emergency Plumbers

February 4th, 2010

When people live or work in older properties the property is naturally more inclined to need a plumber in London more often that a building that is relatively new.

Often, because of the age of the drains on an older property, it is common for those who live there to need an emergency drainage company or emergency plumbers in London to fix burst water pipes.

A good plumber in London will advise those who live in or own an older property that is a good idea to reguarly check their water pipes for corrosion and damage.  This is in order to prevent an often expensive need to call upon emergency plumbers to fix what could end up being a larger job if the pipes are left to burst.

Additionally, a good plumber in London will tell you to keep your eye on rust that appears on water pipes.

Since it is common for water pipes to burst if they are subjected to extreme temperature changes, it is common for an already aging or rusted water pipe to burst when subject to these temperature fluctuations.

Burst pipes, however, are not only exclusive to older and more brittle piping it is just more common in these cases.

We are one of the most reputably professional emergency plumbers in London at IQ Plumbing Services, our speed of response and applied solutions to plumbing problems are the best you will find.

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 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.

Dealing with Blocked Drains – yourself

December 18th, 2009

There are times when, no matter how careful you are, you will need to call an emergency plumber. London is full of old drains and sewers that are working far beyond the capacity that they were designed for. As a leading emergency drainage company in London, we at IQ Plumbing Services see many blocked drains – some of them quite serious blockages underground, and some which are easily dealt with indoors.

If you get a blocked sink, it may not be the underground drain at fault. Start by using a rubber plunger: place it tightly over the drain hole and pump vigorously. If this doesn’t work, there is a sink trap below the sink that you can remove by using a tool as commonly found as a wrench. Be sure to have a bucket underneath to catch the flow, and a piece of wire to remove any debris. When the trap is replaced, it is advised that new gaskets are used.

If the sink is still blocked after being flushed through again, you will need to call the emergency plumbers; London has plenty to choose from.

Toilet blockages are more difficult. You cannot use hot water as this can cause the enamel to crack, and caustic chemicals are environmentally unfriendly. If a plunger doesn’t work, it is best to call an emergency drainage company. They will most likely use a plumber’s “snake” to begin with – an adjustable auger with a sprung coil that is worked along the pipe. This will clear most clogs and is an inexpensive repair.

We at IQ Plumbing Services can clear most blockages in just a few minutes, for very little cost.

Avoiding Blocked Drains

December 15th, 2009

We at IQ Plumbing Services are a top emergency drainage company operating within the London area. We get more calls about clogged up drains than anything else, yet issues such as this are mostly preventable.

Blocked drains are caused, mainly, by a lack of care. However, this is understandable when considering the busy day-to-day lives of Londoners.

The most used drain in the house runs from the kitchen, and this is the one that is most likely to get clogged. This problem can be lessened by being cautious about what is being emptied into the sink and by keeping the outside drain area clear of debris; simple tasks that can save you the added expense and stress of having to call out an emergency plumber because the most valuable sink in your house isn’t working.

People often ignore slow flowing sinks until they stop working altogether, and this is when emergency plumbers in London are usually called out. Nine times out of ten, the cause is a build up of fatty deposits. Liquid fat is emulsified by hot water and detergent and as water cools, the fat is deposited along the pipes. As time goes on, these deposits build up, trapping other debris along the way. Coffee grounds, especially, cause a concrete-like consistency that makes restoration even more difficult.

There are ways to avoid this: let grease set in the pans after use, then scrape it into the rubbish. Dispose of molten fat in an empty can, then throw it away. Dispose of coffee grounds in the bin, not the sink.

If you do get a blocked sink, a rubber plunger can help clear it. Before calling an emergency plumber, make sure that the blockage isn’t in the sink trap – this is easy to resolve.

We at IQ Plumbing Services have plenty of experience with blocked drains – if you need help with yours, give us a call.

Improve your property value – take care of the Plumbing

December 7th, 2009

We at IQ Plumbing Services have emergency plumbers in London’s most densely populated areas. The houses are often quite old, with plumbing and drainage that wasn’t designed to sustain today’s heavy usage.  It is important that London property owners maintain their plumbing systems so that plumbing disasters, such as blocked drains and leaking pipes, are avoided as much as possible.

However, as plumbing emergencies occur on a regular basis, our emergency drainage company is always kept busy.

The average home plumbing system represents approximately 15% of the total value of the property. When it comes to selling, your buyer will be looking carefully for plumbing mishaps, such as corroded pipes and neglected drainage outlets, when deciding whether or not your property is worth investing in. A badly maintained plumbing system could see the value of your property plummet. If you have slow waste flow, for example, the argument will be that it could be caused by a collapsed drain, and thus the new owner would need to call an emergency drainage company. The estimated cost of this would be deducted from any offer.

But even if you’re not aiming to move, there is no excuse for complacency. Our plumbing systems keep us warm in winter. We use gallons of water every day, from  taking showers to washing our dishes and clothes. A well maintained, fully-functioning plumbing system is essential to our health and well being, yet we conveniently forget that it needs regular maintenance and doesn’t take kindly to being mistreated.

With this in mind, it is no wonder that reliable emergency plumbers in London, such as those at IQ Plumbing Services, are called out so often.

Minimum Qualifications For A Plumber in London

November 27th, 2009

It isn’t until someone tries to tackle a plumbing job themselves, that they realise what a highly skilled job plumbing is. Over the years the technology has become increasingly advanced, and we have to keep up to date with all aspects of the trade.

At IQ Plumbing Services we employ some of the best emergency plumbers in London. All are experienced in many different areas, and are fully qualified to City and Guilds level and beyond.

As a minimum qualification, a plumber in London must hold the City and Guilds NVQ level 2 certificate or equivalent. This gives students the knowledge, skills and certifications they need to work competently on modern domestic plumbing systems.

By using C and G qualified emergency plumbers in London, homeowners can be assured they are getting the services of highly qualified and council accredited professionals.  As well as a general technical certificate, the C and G course includes qualifications in:

•    Domestic copper pipework installation

•    Sanitary installation and maintenance

•    Water Supply Regulations 1999: It is illegal to work on the UK water supply without this, but following certification, students can register as a plumber with their local authority.

•    Unvented Hot Water Storage Systems – enabling plumbers to work on modern high pressure systems without storage tanks.

•    Power and gravity fed shower systems

•     Domestic electrical installer defined scope part p certificate. This is now also an essential qualification for emergency plumbers in London, as without it they are unable to work on any system where electricity is employed.

•    First aid and health and safety certificates

If you are looking for qualified emergency plumbers in London, those we employ at IQ Plumbing Services have undergone hundreds of hours of training to ensure they offer a first rate service to our customers.

What To Do If You Get A Burst Water Pipe

November 25th, 2009

We at IQ Plumbing Services anticipate a lot of emergency plumbers in London will be kept busy this year, dealing with burst water pipes. Here we give a few tips on how to avoid becoming a casualty – and what to do if you are.

1. Thoroughly lag all exposed water pipes both inside and out. If the lagging is old – replace it.

2. Emergency plumbers in London are called throughout the year because of old, worn-out pipes. Check yours carefully, especially if you live in an old property. If the pipes are rusty, brittle or corroded – replace them before the weather forces you to!

3. If you’re going away, leave the central heating ticking over. At IQ Plumbing Services, our emergency plumbers are most often called out to cold houses where the owner has, quite suddenly, decided to “warm it up a bit.”

But what if, despite all this, you get a burst pipe anyway? Here’s how to keep safe and minimise damage:

1. It’s essential that, the moment a burst pipe is suspected, you turn off the water supply. Make sure you know where the stopcock is, before you have to find it in a hurry.

2. Locate the leak. If the flow continues, it means the problem is in the cold water storage system, rather than the main supply. It is getting rarer to find homes with water tanks these days, but if you have one it’s probable this is where the problem is. You’ll need to empty it by turning on all the taps in the house.

3. Switch off the electricity to avoid possible electric shock. This also ensures the boiler is switched off, safeguarding you from explosion as the hot water is drained.

4. Call the emergency plumbers – London’s got plenty to choose from! We at IQ Plumbing Services will come out straight away, repairing the pipe to a high level of craftsmanship at very reasonable cost.

The Way To Avoid Burst Water Pipes

November 23rd, 2009

Even though London streets are warmer than they used to be, the nights are just as cold. This means that emergency plumbers in London are going to be kept busy dealing with burst pipes this winter.

A common time for a burst to happen is after you’ve come home to a cold house and switched the heating on. The pipes may not have even been frozen, but the sudden difference in expansion and contraction rates is enough to cause a break, especially in old pipes. Well lagged pipes keep all the pipes at an ambient temperature, reducing this risk.

But winter isn’t the only time you may need the plumber. London homes often have old, deteriorating and brittle water pipes that can suddenly burst just through being worn out. They weren’t designed to take today’s high pressures, either.

We at IQ Plumbing Services are kept busy throughout the year, sending our emergency plumbers to London’s older homes.

However, a major cause of callouts for emergency plumbers in London this winter is through cold or frozen pipes, so minimise the risk of a burst by making sure your interior and exterior pipes are lagged in all unheated areas. If the lagging is powdery or old, it has lost its insulation properties – so replace it.

If you’re planning a short break, make sure the central heating is timed to switch on for a short period morning and night. This will help prevent a nasty surprise. However, if the worst does happen, and you need emergency plumbers in a hurry, we at IQ Plumbing Services will offer a fast, effective and affordable service.