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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, 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.

Underfloor heating pros and cons

Underfloor heating pros and cons

Learning about underfloor heating pros and cons will enable you to make better an informed decision. Is it worth the potential benefits? Does it perform as well as other methods of heating your home? Read on and find out.

Putting in underfloor heating (especially a wet rather than electric system) can be costly and messy. On the other hand, it’s a great way of taking the chill off a cold floor in the bathroom. Let’s find out more.

The pros of underfloor heating.

Luxury – This is one of the top pros when considering underfloor heating pros and cons. Most owners of underfloor heating appreciate the luxury of having warm floors in winter. There is nothing much colder on your feet that stone of tiled floors in the cold of winter.

Even heat distribution – With other forms of heating, the warmest part of the room is inevitably near the source of the heat. With underfloor heating, you get an even spread of heat across the entire floor area.

Lower running costs – Underfloor heating when correctly installed, will heat a bigger area than a single radiator. In addition, it runs at a lower temperature providing you with a potential cost saving.

Cut down on waste – Even when doors and windows are left open, or there are cold draughts around, your floors will always be warm.

Out of sight out of mind – Another pro that is often voiced when talking about underfloor heating pros and cons is that it cannot be seen. Not only is it invisible beneath the flooring but it means no ugly radiators or storage heaters. A room’s décor remains unblemished.

Compatible with most types of flooring – As long as you don’t have a solid concrete floor, underfloor heating can go below any kind of substrate. The only qualification to this is carpeting. If you like carpeting, a tog of more than 1.5 is recommended.

Value for money – Chances are that having underfloor heating installed will add value to your property. It will undoubtedly add desirability especially for buyers seeking that touch of luxury.

The cons of underfloor heating

Cost – The most significant concern when thinking about underfloor heating pros and cons is that of price. Wet heating can involve considerable installation costs; especially if the floor has to be modified to accommodate it.

Takes longer to warm up – Underfloor heating first has to heat the floor before any warmth can radiate out. This means it will take longer for the benefit to be felt.

Impact on furniture – It can impact on certain items of furniture or fittings. You may have to consider doing away with some pieces. At best you may have to think about how you arrange your furniture.

Size matters – Choosing the right size of heating is essential. You could find you have a warm floor but that certain areas of rooms remain cold. You might have to have radiators in specific positions too. That defeats certain objectives.

Another thing to think about when dwelling on underfloor heating pros and cons is the DIY aspect. Competent DIYers can buy and install electrical heating. Wet systems need to be installed by qualified professionals.

If you live in South London and you want a quality underfloor heating installation, call CW Services Plumbing and Heating. It doesn’t matter if you are contemplating electric or wet systems. We can visit your home, discuss underfloor heating pros and cons with you and carry out a no cost, no obligation survey. Call us on 020 7733 6812 or 07949 095 184.

5 tips to prevent blocked drains in the home

Prevent blocked drains

If you would like to prevent blocked drains in your home, we are going to offer you five tips that will help you to do so. The place to begin is knowing why it is that your drains become blocked. Once you know this you can begin figure out ways of keeping them clear.

There is a fundamental difference in what blocks kitchen drains as opposed to what clogs up bathroom drains – something we go into in more depth below. So, let’s get started. Here are our tips.

The DIY approach to bathroom drains

To help prevent blocked drains in your home you can use two basic household substances – gold old table salt and vinegar.

Bathroom drains usually get gummed up because sticky substances are poured down them. These substances include things like soap, shaving cream and toothpaste.

The other culprit is hair. These are all everyday, ordinary substances which are part of our daily routines. You cannot simply stop using or shedding them.

What you can do to prevent blocked drains is to pour a minimum of one tablespoon of salt down the drain, then empty a quarter cup of plain white vinegar on top. Allow the mixture to sit there for at least one hour. Once the time is up, pour in plenty of hot water. To get the best results you should do the whole operation twice.

Keeping sinks clean

As well as using the salt and vinegar routine described above to prevent blocked drains, you should back this up every now and again by pouring a little household bleach down the drain. For maximum effect pour it in before you go to bed. Then allow it to remain there overnight. The minimum amount of time for it to work is one hour. Overnight is better.

Degrease your kitchen sink

Unless you take appropriate measures, over time a build up of grease will occur in your kitchen sink. You can prevent blocked drains like this in the kitchen sink quite easily. Pour liquid dish detergent down the plughole followed by a large volume of boiling water.

You need to use red-hot water. Just fill a large pan and bring it to boil on your cooker. Just before the water boils, pour a minimum of one tablespoon down the sink. Follow that immediately with the boiling water – adding a little at a time.

The detergent acts to dispel the grease in the same way as it does when you use it to wash your plates. The hot water will remove any grease deposits that have built up. It is wise to do this two or three times in succession.

Don’t use hot tap water

Don’t be tempted to use hot water from the tap; not unless you have a boiler tap. Ordinary hot tap water just isn’t hot enough to remove the grease – even with detergent.

Although you wouldn’t expect a large build up of grease in your bathroom sink or bath, it is still recommended you use boiling water. You can also use dish detergent if you wish.

Cold water and garbage disposal units

If you have a garbage disposal unit connected under your sink, don’t wash the garbage through with hot water from the tap. This is because the hot water melts and softens any grease and fat. It encourages the grease to wash through and it can then coat the pipes.

It’s best to use large volumes of cold tap water. This keeps the oil more solid allowing the disposal unit to break it up. When cleaning and degreasing a sink with a built-in garbage disposal unit, boiling water it again best.

Outside drains

As far as outside drains are concerned, these too can get blocked from time to time. The culprit is usually a build-up of fallen leaves. The easiest way to prevent this is to cover the drain with something like chicken wire.

Do you live in South London? Did you not think to prevent blocked drains inside or outside your property? Do you have a blockage that you cannot clear with a rubber plunger? You may need professional help.

Preventing blocked drains is just one of the many general plumbing services we provide here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating. Call us on 020 7733 6812 or 07949 095 184. We also offer an emergency call out service.

Top tips on buying underfloor heating

Buying underfloor heating

If you are thinking about buying underfloor heating for your home, you will probably have many questions. How much will it cost? How long will it take to install? Is it practical for your home? What type should you go for – electric or hydronic? What sort of flooring can be laid over it? The questions seem endless, but hopefully, in this article, we can provide the answers you need.

Buying underfloor heating suits new builds

One of the biggest problems when considering underfloor heating is floor space. Once property construction is complete, the space available under the floor may be limited. If it is, then the only option may be electric powered heating because hydronic (water powered) heating requires enough room to take the pipe through which the water flows.

With new builds that are under construction, the space can be engineered at the design stage so hydronic heating will not be a problem. The alternative, electric heating, uses thin wires to conduct the heat, and the product is much thinner, so either or is an option.

Existing builds with limited underfloor space can sometimes accommodate hydronic systems, if, like some of the products on offer from people like Warmup, they use smaller (16mm) pipes.

The general rule of thumb though is that when buying underfloor heating for renovation projects, people tend to use electric rather than hydronic.

Type of floor coverings

In theory, you can use any type of floor covering over underfloor heating. However, some conduct heat more efficiently than others. The surfaces that are better at heat conduction are stone and tiles. Wooden and laminated floor coverings vary in terms of conductivity because it depends on the type of material and its thickness.

The denser and thinner the substrate, the better its conductivity. Many people like wooden flooring because it reacts sympathetically with changes in temperature. Vinyl floor coverings also work quite well as does carpeting providing its rating is no more than 2.5 tog.

The same choice of floor covering material will be suitable for either electric or hydronic heating systems.

The comparative costs of buying underfloor heating

The price for buying underfloor heating will vary dependent on the type of system, and the floor area you wish to cover. You can get an idea of the price range by using the cost calculator on the Warmup website.

When it comes to installation, electric underfloor heating is the cheapest. There are no pipes to be connected as with hydronic systems and because the profile of electric is much thinner than that of water-based systems it only increases the height of the floor by mere millimetres. Electric underfloor heating systems are made to top quality standard and are very safe.

The only downside of buying electric underfloor heating is that it is more expensive to run than water-based.

Installing hydronic underfloor heating

Installing hydronic type systems not only involves more labour, but it requires many more items. You will need to think about your boiler, a manifold, a mixing unit, actuators and thermostats as well as the piping. Also, whereas a skilled DIYer can install electric units, you will need a qualified plumber if you are buying underfloor heating that uses hydronics.

If you live in or around South London, you can employ us here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating to carry out your installation. We have extensive experience with both electric and hydronic systems. We can also offer you professional advice.

Why not call us today on 020 7733 6812 or 07949 095 184 to arrange a free consultation?

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?