UK Flooding Issues Make Emergency Plumbers in London Scarce

January 27th, 2010

November and December 2009 saw major areas in the South East of the United Kingdom 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 the wider English region.

No matter what is happening in the country when you require emergency plumbers 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 will require the location of blockages 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, clearing blocked drains 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.

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.

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.

Proper drainage gives you peace of mind

September 10th, 2009

Imagine this, you wake up one morning to a flooded house or room because the drainage in your property is blocked and has stopped working. Many of us would shudder at the thought of the flooded bathroom, kitchen or garage but these are some of the realities we have to face some times.

It is thus vital to make sure that one knows where to get hold of a reliable emergency drainage company who would rescue you in the event of a mishap. At IQ Plumbers, we have a fast, professional and reliable service to make sure that you are covered in the event of a mishap. IQ Plumbers cover different parts.

How to prevent drainage blockages

The adage ‘a stitch in time saves nine’ also works with how you may be maintaining the drainage system on your property.

As such, it is also important that you get to know what causes blocked drains in the first place. In most cases, one of the most recurring causes of blocked drainage is a build up of domestic or commercial waste.

It is also important to make sure than you also avoid such small things as hairs, pieces of broken soap or food waste into the drainage system. A build up of such small things would block the system in the long run. It is also advisable to flush your system with hot water. By bringing in the professionals to regularly service your drainage system, you can minimise the chances of any problems, now or in the future.

Contact IQ for London plumbers near you

August 31st, 2009

Good London emergency plumbers are a breed that we would all like to cross paths with as often as we need them, but it just does not seem to be the case. These days just about everyone you know can tell you a story about a job done by bad London plumbers that ended up costing them time and money when all the work had to be re-done.

We, at IQ Plumbing Services would like to be able to play a part in changing perceptions and creating a new image of London emergency plumbers.

Here are a couple of reasons why you should consider IQ Plumbing Services and how we will change that perception:

Customer relationship – We like to build long standing relationships with our customers. We will always respect you and hope to get the same respect in return for our great customer service and professional work.
Reliable– by being reliable London emergency plumbers we will not only give you top quality service and do our work with pride, but will also be available at any time an emergency strikes.

Professional – Our plumbers in London are all qualified and well trained and will give you excellent and professional customer service.
Experience – Our experienced London emergency plumbers will ensure that the best solution is found for your problem. Their experience will also come in handy in your particular situation is a tricky one and a unique solution needs to be found.

Skill – When using one of our London emergency plumbers you have the assurance they are all highly skilled, trained and qualified. This will help to make sure that no time or money is wasted in getting you problem fixed in the quickest possible way.