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Where to find a South London emergency plumber

South London emergency plumber

Knowing where to find a South London emergency plumber is pretty obvious. The internet or a local phone directory will have listings. Knowing how to find a good one, however, is another question. When you’ve got a plumbing emergency, you need to call someone you can rely on, and that is where we here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating come into our own.

To borrow the words of another advert, “we won’t make a drama out of a crisis.” Quite the opposite in fact. We will come straight round, address the crisis and fix it so you can return to normality.

The first choice South London emergency plumber

CW Services have been the first choice South London emergency plumber for many years. There is no plumbing situation that we cannot handle. Whether it is a domestic call-out, a business call-out or you are a landlord in need of plumbing help; we are the firm to call.

Not only do we have the necessary skills and experience to cope in any situation, but we are also Gas Safe certified. So, as well as problems with water pipes, drains, toilets, sinks, baths, wet rooms and showers, if a gas appliance is faulty, we can fix that too, and in complete safety.

No bodges with CW Services

Some plumbers will come to address your emergency and do a bodge-fix just to get you out of immediate trouble. The problem is however that temporary fixes are only that – temporary. They don’t last long. When they fail and fail they will, you are right back in an emergency situation.

Ninety-nine times out of a hundred we will be able to give you a permanent fix there and then.  Bur, if we have to do a temporary fix, we will tell you. However, the fix will suffice until we can come back to do a permanent repair or replacement.

We will tell you exactly what has happened and why. We will then explain what needs to be done to make a permanent repair. We’ll let you know how much it will cost and when the work can be completed. You’ll have all the facts, and you will be in control.

Quality work at an affordable price

Many a South London emergency plumber will play on the situation and overcharge you. Not us. We have one labour rate. That same, competitive rate applies whatever time of day or night you call us out. The same goes for bank holidays etc. Our emergency call out service is available 24/7/365. If for any reason we can’t get to you, we will recommend another plumber to try.

If ever you need a South London emergency plumber, call CW Services. You can call us on our office phone – 020 7733 6812, or on our mobile number – 07949 095 184.

Who to call if you have a burst pipe emergency in London

Burst pipe emergency in London

Do you have a burst pipe emergency in London or anywhere else for that matter? If you do, the first thing you should do is to shut off the water where it comes into the property. As soon as you do that, you can prevent any further loss of water and or minimise any possible flood danger.

Do you have any plumbing experience? If not, the next thing you should do is call a plumber to repair the damage and get your water supply back on stream. If you live in South London, the best people to call is CW Services Plumbing and Heating. We operate a 24/7/365 emergency call-out service, and you’ll find our contact numbers at the end of this article.

The leading cause of a burst pipe emergency in London

The most common cause of a burst pipe emergency in London is cold or freezing weather. Mostly when you have water pipes in cold or unheated areas. When the temperature drops down towards zero or below, any water in exposed pipes may freeze.

When water freezes, it expands. This expansion exerts significant pressure on the pipe holding it. This can result in fractures appearing around any joints, or splits in the pipe itself. Not only does the ice prevent any water flow, but as it melts, water can then flood out through any breaks.

Unfreezing a frozen pipe by yourself

It is possible to unfreeze frozen pipes yourself. If the pipes is merely bulging, and it hasn’t fractured anywhere, your water will flow once unfrozen. However, you need to beware. If the integrity of the pipe has been compromised, when water begins to flow it will leak out.

If you attempt to unfreeze the pipes yourself, after turning the water main off, you must apply any direct heat in slow strokes. Don’t concentrate the heat in one static area. This can damage the pipe causing it to rupture. A hair drier or a blowtorch can be used as a heat source. Alternatively, you can wrap a hot towel around the section of pipe.

If you do discover you have a burst pipe emergency in London, call a plumber like CW Services. We offer a 24-hour emergency call-out service. If you can turn the water main off while you are waiting for us to arrive, you should do so.

Turning off your mains water supply

You turn the water main off by closing down the stopcock. This is often to be found with other facilities where they enter the property. Once you’ve located it, turn it in a clockwise direction to close it down. It’s always wise to be prepared for an emergency. We recommend you should locate your mains stopcock when you move in.

Talking of being prepared for a burst pipe emergency in London. It’s also a good idea shortly after you’ve moved in to track down a plumber. Make a note of their phone number and keep it in a safe place.

Your emergency plumber in South London

We at CW Services Plumbing and Heating are highly recommended plumbers in the South London area. If you do need to call us in an emergency any time of day or night, our numbers are 020 7733 6812, or 07949 095 184. Call us now if you have an emergency or make a note of the numbers for later – just in case.

How can I insulate my pipes for the winter?

24-hour plumber in London

It’s time to start preparing for winter. If you’ve recently moved into a new home in London, it might be a good idea to check out your water pipes. If they’re not already lagged, or the lagging is in poor condition, you need to address it. This could save you having to call in a 24-hour plumber in London.

Insulating your pipes make good sense. If you insulate both your cold water and your hot water pipes, this provides a double benefit. Not only will it prevent burst pipes in winter, but it could also reduce your water heating bills too. You’ll be surprised how much heat radiates away; especially if the pipe is in a cold environment.

If you do need to call a 24-hour plumber in London, you would do well to call us here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating. Our contact numbers are shown at the end of this article.

DIY lagging

Lagging your water pipes is a reasonably simple thing to do. You don’t need to be a DIY expert. All you need is some pipe lagging (available from stores like Screwfix), a tape measure and a Stanley knife.

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. So, rather than going through the lagging process word by word, we will give you an abbreviated instruction. In addition, we will point you at a video you can view at the Affinity Water website.

Basic fitting instructions

  • Measure the length(s) you need prior to purchase
  • Cut to length where necessary
  • Using your Stanley knife cut through one wall of the lagging following the pre-cut line
  • Open the lagging and fold around the pipe
  • Clip around the pipe using clips provided
  • Tape any joints
  • Kits are available for outside taps

If you follow the instructions above and also check out the video we refer to, you will find the process nice and easy.

Which pipes ought to be lagged?

Not all water pipes need lagging. Cold water pipes which are inside your home in an environment which is always warm are okay without. It’s only hot water pipes that will benefit from heat retention or pipes that are in cold areas such as lofts or in the outside and that are exposed to cold weather that you need to attend to.

Contacting a top 24-hour plumber in London

If DIY is not your thing, or you have a problem with frozen or burst pipes, then the best thing to do is call out a 24-hour plumber in London like us here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating. If your situation is an urgent one, you’ll be pleased to hear that our emergency call-out service if offered 4/7/365.

You can get in touch either via our landline 020 7733 6812, or our mobile 07949 095 184. So, whether it’s an urgent repair or a lagging job, call us any time, night or day and we will be with you before you know it.

Who you should call to unfreeze pipes in the winter

London emergency plumber call out

Well, it’s fast approaching winter once again. For the romantics, it is a time of early morning frosts, long dark nights and sitting in front of a blazing log fires supping mugs of cocoa. For the more practical among us, it’s also the time for cold days and nights and water pipes getting frozen.

It tends to get colder out in the countryside. But here in London, temperatures can also drop down to zero and below – especially if you happen to live in the suburbs of Greater London. It’s much more rural. But, it doesn’t matter where you happen to call home. If you wake up to find you’re in need of a London emergency plumber call out service, contact us here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating.

You’ll find our contact numbers at the bottom of this page.

The London emergency plumber callout service you can rely on

Two of the things we pride ourselves on here at CW Services are our quality of service and our reliability. We’ve built ourselves an excellent reputation over the years for our reputation and our customer service. One is dependent on the other, and it’s no coincidence that we now have a broad base of loyal customers. We work both in the private home sector as well as the commercial business sector too.

If you need a South London emergency call out service to come to your premises and unfreeze your water pipes, we are based in Croydon. We can be with you in minutes – traffic permitting of course.

When you have a rude awakening to the fact that your pipes have burst, the first thing you should try and do is shut the water off at the mains. If this is not possible or practical, then you need to find some containers to catch the leaking water in until we can get to you.

Prevention is better than cure

It’s important to be prepared for cold weather. As the old saying goes, prevention is better than cure. So if you can stop your pipes from freezing-up in the first place – all well and good. You’ll save yourself some money on not having to call anyone out.

Preventing your water pipes from freezing and having to organise a London emergency plumber callout couldn’t be easier. It’s simply a case of lagging your pipes. But, it’s not just a freeze prevention thing. The modern type of lagging that you can buy from most DIY stores is also very efficient at keeping heat in. It means if you lag your hot water pipes as well as your cold, you can stop heat loss and lower your water heating bills. If you want to find out more about DIY lagging, please take a look at this page on the environmentcentre.com website.

Frozen or burst pipes? Call CW Services Plumbing and Heating

It is wholly possible to unfreeze your pipes yourself, but you have to be careful. It involves applying heat to the frozen pipes. But if you apply the heat to fiercely or too quickly, you can burst the pipes. If the pipe is already ruptured as is often the case because water expands when it turns into ice, you will have to have the burst section of pipe replaced.

Whether you want help with unfreezing your pipes or you need a plumber to come out and replace a damaged section of piping, the London emergency plumber call out service you should call is CW Services Plumbing and Heating. You can call us one of two numbers – 020 7733 6812 or 07949 095 184. The sooner you call us, the sooner we can unfreeze your pipes and get you back to normal.

How often should you check gas appliances?

Gas appliance installation in South London

After the completion of a gas appliance installation in South London, or anywhere else here in the UK, you should have the appliance checked over on an annual basis. It doesn’t matter what type of appliance we are talking about. It could be a gas cooker, a gas fire, or a gas hot water boiler. If it uses gas, it needs regular servicing and maintaining.

Are you a landlord?

There are two reasons that you need to have gas appliances regularly serviced. One is from a performance and lifetime point of view. The other is from the angle of health and safety. It is this second aspect (health and safety) where the law comes into play. If you are a landlord renting out a property fitted with gas appliances, you have a legal duty.

This responsibility is to safeguard the health and safety of your tenants. It is because there could be a risk of explosion or carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

Carbon monoxide poisoning

Carbon monoxide is nasty stuff. It is what gas appliances emit when they do not burn their fuel efficiently. The nastiness comes from the fact that this gas has no smell or colour. In other words, it is undetectable unless you have specialist equipment.

Over the years there have been many deaths through CO poisoning. If you are in a confined space with a faulty gas appliance, the carbon monoxide will lull you off to sleep. If you are not awoken, and the emission continues unabated, you can die or suffer permanent brain damage.

Everyone should have their gas appliances checked every 12-months

It’s only landlords who are legally bound to have gas appliances regularly checked in buildings they let. However, given the serious nature of carbon monoxide emissions, all private households should have their gas appliances checked every 12-months too. It is not a legal obligation, but it makes good sense.

Only use Gas Safe registered plumbers or fitters for your gas appliance installation in London

It is essential to use only Gas Safe registered plumbers or fitters to carry out your annual gas appliance service. These men and women have been specially trained. They know what to look for and what to do to ensure appliances are running to peak efficiency.

If you require a gas appliance installation in South London, call CW Services Plumbing and Heating. We are of course fully Gas Safe approved. We can handle any sort of installation, and we can also carry out a regular 12-monthly safety check.

There could be serious consequences to not using a Gas Safe registered company for any gas appliance installation in South London. Therefore, it makes good sense to follow the recommendations. This also goes for organising an annual servicing.

Take out an annual service contract with CW Services

More and more people are taking out annual service agreements following new gas appliance installations in South London. If you haven’t already done so, please contact us here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating. Our contact numbers are on 020 7733 6812or 07949 095 184.

We work for private homeowners, business property owners, tenants and landlords. Whichever category fits your circumstances, why not call us today for an informal, chat and a free, no-obligation quote?