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Kitchen sink blockages and how to deal with them

Kitchen sink blockages

Kitchen sink blockages can often be easily avoided by doing a simple bit of maintenance. It doesn’t require any tools or special products. All you need is some vinegar or washing-up liquid and a good quantity of boiling water.

Washing-up liquid contains a degreasing agent. That’s what cleans fat, grease or oil from your dirty dishes. If on a regular basis, (say every two or three months), you pour one generous tablespoon of detergent down the kitchen sink plughole, followed by the boiling hot water this will remove any build-ups of grease. When you pour the boiling water, do it a little at a time.

Using a sink plunger to unblock kitchen sinks

Many kitchen sink blockages can be removed with a sink plunger. All you have to do is place the rubber bell section of the plunger over the plughole. Once it is positioned, apply downward force to the plunger handle, repeatedly depressing and releasing in rapid motion.

To work effectively, there should be enough water in the sink to cover the dome of the rubber bell section. If there isn’t any water because it drains away slowly, you need to add some. Boiling water works best but be careful not to splash and scald yourself when pumping.

Proprietary unblocking agents

The other thing you can buy from DIY stores and supermarkets are proprietary unblocking agents such as Buster or Mr Muscle. Many supermarkets also sell their own brands. These should generally be poured and left overnight before flushing through with water.

Sometimes kitchen sink blockages can be too stubborn and cannot be removed with vinegar, https://www.screwfix.com/p/drain-unblocker-25ft-7-6m/11325#or washing -up detergent and hot water, or even by using a plunger. Going to the next level of removing blockages involves using specific tools like drain unblockers. These are the best things to use if the obstruction is located around bends in the water pipes.

Time to call in a plumber?

If none of these solutions works or you are not a DIY enthusiast, it is time to call in the professionals. People who like and or work in South London can call us here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating. We come highly recommended as you can see from the commendations posted on our website. No job is too large or small, and we are very competitive.

We also operate a 24/7/365 emergency call out service. If you are in trouble and you need immediate assistance, all you have to do is call us on 020 7733 6812 or 07949 095 184. Whether you are a homeowner, a business owner, a tenant or a landlord, we can help. We are just a phone call away.

Who to call when you need an emergency plumber in London

emergency plumber in London

Many Londoners look for an emergency plumber in London when they need a heating repair carrying out quickly. It’s not uncommon – particularly when we are in the throes of winter, as we now are.

If you live in South London, the best plumber to call is CW Services Plumbing and Heating. We will be able to help or advise whatever the nature of your heating emergency.

We repair all types of heating systems

People use many different ways of heating their home or business premises. The most common method is, of course, central heating. But even central heating comes in all sorts of varieties. It might be electric, or gas fired. Whatever power source your system uses CW Services Plumbing and Heating can help. We are Gas Safe approved.

The majority of central heating systems here in London incorporate radiators. As a top emergency plumber in London, the most common heating problems we see are caused by:

  • Blocked water pipes
  • Blocked radiators
  • Broken thermostats
  • Faulty or broken water pumps
  • Problems with hot water boilers

Anyone of the above issues can cause your heating to fail, and if it happens when the weather is particularly cold, you’ve got an emergency on your hands. So, you’ll be pleased to know that here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating operate a 24/7/365 emergency call-out service. You find our contact numbers at the end of this brief article.

Underfloor heating and biofuel systems

Another type of central heating is underfloor heating. Again, this can be driven be either gas or electricity. This type of heating is a good option where space is at a premium or you simply don’t like to sit and look at radiators, although some of the modern ones can be quite aesthetically pleasing.

An emergency plumber in London who can’t deal with underfloor heating problems is of no use to you if that is the type of heating you have installed. Luckily, it’s not a problem for CW Services.

Another popular form of heating today is via biofuels such as pellets. Some people buy stand-alone pellet burners which pump out hot air whereas other buy biofuel boilers that heat water which is then sent around a central heating system of pipes or radiators. Again, this is something that CW Services have plenty of experience with.

Use CW Services as your emergency plumber in London

We have built up an excellent reputation in South London where we mostly operate; among the residential community (private homeowners, tenants and landlords) and also in the business community. We are well known for our reliability and our cost-effective service.

We also do a lot of heater system servicing. An annual contract with us can prevent having to call out an emergency plumber in London in the first place, and it can also help to keep your fuel bulls lower as your system will run more efficiently.

If you do require an emergency visit to deal with a heating problem in London, call us on 020 7733 6812 or 07949 095 184. You won’t get better service so if you have a need, why not call us today?

When should you book a boiler repair in South London?

boiler repair in South London

Book a boiler repair in South London as soon as you know your boiler is malfunctioning. The same goes whether the boiler is electric or gas-fired.

If your boiler stops working altogether, you’ll want to fix it straight away from a convenience point of view. But if it’s not running efficiently, you ought to get it repaired or serviced from the cost angle. An inefficient boiler will result in higher bills. But that’s not all.

The dangers of CO emissions

If you have a gas-fired boiler, it could be emitting CO gas. CO is the abbreviation for Carbon Monoxide. It is invisible, and it has no odour. In other words, it is impossible to detect without the proper equipment. If your appliance is not burning its fuel efficiently, it could be poisoning you. In a confined environment, this can be deadly.

Whereas you can appoint any plumber to carry out a boiler repair in South London, only a Gas Safe registered plumber can work of gas appliances or piping. Their special training teaches them the correct way to service or repair boilers, fires, and gas cookers ensuring they do not emit CO.

The landlord’s legal responsibilities

If you are a landlord who lets property, you are legally obliged to have gas appliances serviced every 12-months. You must also have the equipment certified. A copy of the certification must be given to your tenants. This is something that we here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating can do.

With winter now upon us, the last thing anyone wants is a boiler breakdown. The best way of avoiding having to organise a boiler repair in London is to have your boiler regularly maintained. You can take a yearly maintenance contract out with CW Services. It’s the easiest way of ensuring against a breakdown and of also preventing CO emissions.

If you have an emergency and need a boiler repair in South London carrying out straight away, we offer a 24/7/365 call-out service.

A gas or electric boiler repair in South London

The good thing about having an electric boiler is that they don’t require an annual service. There is no danger of CO emissions as there is no flame. Also, because there are no moving parts, there is little to wear out.

As far as costs are concerned, gas fired boilers are cheaper to run. They are however usually more expensive to install. There is also the cost of the annual servicing to be taken into consideration.

Whether your boiler is gas or electric, makes no difference to CW Services Plumbing and Heating. We can install, service and carry out a boiler repair to the highest standards at an affordable price.

So, if you need a boiler repair in South London, or you want to prevent one, don’t hesitate. Call CW Services and speak to Colin on 020 7733 6812, or 07949 095 184.

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.

Ways to reduce your heating bill

Boiler check-ups in London

Being a homeowner comes with certain responsibilities. One of the most important is paying your utility bills. With the onset of winter with its attendant cold weather, you might want to look for ways to reduce your heating bill. It is after all, probably one of the biggest bills you will be faced with. Finding a good plumber who does boiler check-ups in London will be a big help.

Fitting loft insulation and double glazing

There are several ways you can go about reducing your heating bill. If you live in a house with a loft, getting insulation fitted is one of the most significant savings you can make.

Okay, first of all, you must pay for the insulation and the fitting; unless of course, you are a competent DIYer. Once fitted, it will last for many years. During that time, you’ll recover the cost and more in terms of lower heating bills.

In the same way that loft insulation can make significant reductions to the cost of heating your home, so too can having double glazing fitted.

Organising regular gas boiler check-ups in London

Another way of making savings is organising boiler checks in London or wherever else you might live. If your boiler runs on electricity, it doesn’t need an annual service. However, if it drives the central heating in your home, you should have your thermostats checked. It will also benefit you to have your water pipes checked too.

Over the years sludge and silt builds-up within water pipes and radiators. These can affect the system efficiency, so having them cleaned or Power Flushed is well worth doing. It’s a different story if you live in London and have gas-fired central heating. Gas-fired boilers contain moving parts. These wear over time and need replacing.

Organising annual gas-fired boiler check-ups in London will not only ensure your boiler works efficiently. It will also make sure that your boiler is working safely too. With ongoing wear and tear, your boiler will not burn its fuel properly. This applies to all gas fittings. It’s not something that you would notice, but this can lead to carbon monoxide being emitted.

Beware of CO poisoning

Carbon monoxide (CO gas) is colourless and odourless. This makes it undetectable to your senses. If you are in an enclosed space where these emissions are taking place, you could be killed. The gas lulls you off to sleep. If you remain asleep, you can suffer brain damage and eventually you would die.

Because of the severe nature of CO poisoning, it is recommended to have all gas appliances checked yearly. These types of boiler check-ups in London must be carried out by Gas Safe certified engineers or plumbers. Here in South London, CW Services Plumbing and Heating are appropriately qualified. Be safe and arrange an annual boiler check-up and service with us today.

Landlords take heed

If you happen to be a landlord, any gas appliances in your properties must, by law, be serviced every year. You must also provide your tenants with a copy of the safety certificate. It is something that CW Services can do for you. As well as the private sector, we also work in the commercial sector too.

If you would like to appoint us to service your gas appliances, please call us on 020 7733 6812, or 07949 095 184. Don’t take any chances with your well-being. Contact us today. As well as keeping safe, you can minimise your heating bills by ensuring your gas boiler is working efficiently.