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.

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.