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.

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.

The importance of routine Plumbing Maintenance

December 9th, 2009

The plumbing system is the most important component of any house and therefore should be regularly maintained, yet it would seem that water pipes are generally ignored until they burst, cause a leak and ultimately result in a panicked call to the emergency plumbers.

London property owners may not even be aware that water leakages are one of the prime reasons for water rates being so high. Perhaps if this knowledge were more widespead, it would encourage more care being taken in general plumbing maintenence.

A house with sound plumbing and drainage demands a much higher sale value than one in which these areas are in poor repair, yet many plumbers in London only recieve calls when the property is about to go on the market.

There are many routine jobs that the home owner can take resposibility of to maintain that plumbing is in optimum condition. When left unattended, they lead to calls for emergency plumbers. London has numerous DIY stores and home plumbing outlets, so it is easier than people assume to take care of your plumbing. While some things are best left to the experts, there are plenty of jobs which are easily tackled with just a few basic tools and a good knowledge.

Clogged drains, dripping taps and leaking flush valves are annoying plumbing defects that are usually ignored unless they suddenly get a lot worse, yet they can waste money and cause failure of other systems such as the boiler if left untreated.

We at IQ Plumbing Services have years of experience when it comes to dealing with emergencies that are often preventable. Our emergency plumbers understand that London property owners don’t have the time to constantly check every pipe and valve, which is why they recommend maintenance contracts and are happy to offer help and advice.

Emergency repairs of Leaking Pipes

December 3rd, 2009

Emergency plumbers in London are called out for a variety of reasons, one of the most common problems being a leaking pipe. If a pipe is leaking badly, it can be dangerous – the ceiling can come down, or the water can get into the electrics.

If the leak is at a plumbing joint then quite often, tightening the joint will solve the problem. However, emergency plumbers are experienced in cases where the joint has been tightened so many times, or is so corroded, that it no longer forms a seal. In this case, the joint connection will need replacing.

It isn’t surprising that even experienced DIY buffs call out emergency plumbers rather than replace pipes themselves. At IQ Plumbing Services, our emergency plumbers answer London call-outs 7 days a week. The first thing they will is ask where the stop-cock is so that they can shut off the water, although it helps if you know how to do this yourself.

People try to avoid calling out a plumber in London by applying a pipe patch to a leak, assuming that this will save money. A pipe patch (a piece of rubber that is sealed over the leak with a clamp) can be made at home for a few pennies, but even customised kits offer, at best, a temporary repair. With a leak it is best to get the repairs completed professionally, using a qualified plumber. London households have the benefit of us at IQ Plumbing Services – we are only a phone call away, and promise fast, effective and competitively priced service.

Plumbing basics – what to do until the Emergency Plumbers get there

December 1st, 2009

When people call out emergency plumbers in London, they are usually in a panic. However, things are rarely as bad as they seem – a ceiling, for example, can absorb many pints of water before it begins to sag. The main concern is electrical safety, and this is easily dealt with by switching off any power at the fuse box.

Emergency plumbers have to prioritise their call-outs; fortunately, however, there’s a lot you can do to minimise the damage before they arrive. Leaking pipes, for example, are a common reason for calling out emergency plumbers, and a London DIY store near your home will probably have what you need to temporarily repair the damage until a plumber can begin the restoration process.

If you have a leaking pipe then it can potentially flood your home, but many leaks are less serious and can be stopped fairly easily. Leaks can occur in two ways: as a result of weak joints, or a failure in the pipe itself. If the leak happens at a joint, then tightening the joint will solve the problem and you may not even need to call out an emergency plumber. However, if the leak is in the pipe itself, that section of pipe will need replacing. This is definitely a job for the emergency plumbers as London pipes are often made of galvanised steel or even copper or lead, which is best left to experts when considering repair.

We at IQ Plumbing Services offer a 24 hour call-out service for emergencies, and aim to arrive as soon as possible after we’re called.

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.

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.

Try our emergency plumbers in London services

August 14th, 2009

IQ Plumbing Services is an established company with over 12 years of trade experience. We offer a unique 24 hour emergency service covering most of London.

We have a fantastic team of engineers that have access to the latest and most advanced drainage and plumbing technology available. If you are looking for emergency plumbers in London, or and emergency drainage company, then look no further than IQ Plumbing Services.

Our rapid response to all emergency calls will provide you with emergency plumbers in London within an hour of your call. Working as emergency plumbers in London and as an emergency drainage company, we are proud to present you with a no call out charge service.

IQ Plumbing Services’ emergency plumbers in London are available around the clock for your convenience. We are also an emergency drainage company who offers a unique 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year emergency service.

We understand that plumbing and drains do not take time into consideration when they fail they will more than likely strike at the most awkward of times.

Our emergency plumbers in London are all highly qualified and will provide you with excellent customer service and highly competitive rates.

If you are looking for an emergency drainage company, or want to invest in more long term and more efficient plumbing and drainage solution, then why not try IQ Plumbing Services. When you need work done you can be rest assured that it will be at the best of our abilities, competitively priced and with no hidden costs.

Give us a try, we cover just about all the postcodes in London.