Why I became a plumber, and how I ended up with a business in the UK – Part 2

If you haven’t already read it, here’s Part 1. Part 2. After a couple of years in London, working at a restaurant and then a property maintenance company, it was time for my next move. I’d had the good fortune of being approached directly by some of the maintenance company’s clients. They liked the quality of my workmanship and overall work ethic, so they gave me a few gigs. It worked out well… it was Read More…

Tip of The Month: Want better air quality and lower energy bills?

Did you know that all newbuild domestic properties need to comply with Part F of the Building Regulations? This is all part the Government’s drive to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and Part F outlines the requirements for building ventilation, air quality and the prevention of condensation. So why am I telling you this? Because there’s a new kind of ventilation system in town, and it’s something that people are starting to Read More…

Ask Samuele: April 2021

This month, Amelia from Earlsfield asks… Dear Samuele, We are planning on doing some building work to our home and want to move the boiler to a different part of the house. Is it possible to do this, or would we need to get a brand new one installed? Yours sincerely, Amelia Samuele says: Ciao, Amelia! And grazie mille for your question. Yes, it is possible but it depends. If your boiler is less than Read More…

Ask Samuele: March 2021

This month, Christopher from Teddington asks… Dear Samuele, When I run my taps, the pipes begin to make the most dreadful whooshing noise throughout the whole of my house. It’s so annoying. Can you tell me what’s causing it, and how I can stop it? Yours sincerely,   Christopher Samuele says: Ciao, Christopher! And grazie mille for your question. We get booked to deal with this problem a lot. The noise usually occurs because the Read More…

Tip of The Month: Don’t forget your gutter

Your guttering actually serves a very serious purpose. Aside from steering rain water directly down the drain, it protects both the interior and exterior of your property from becoming damp and developing mould. But because you rarely notice it, it’s a very easy thing to overlook. Whilst you go about your daily business, your gutters are collecting all sorts of dead leaves and debris, courtesy of autumn. And springtime is especially notorious for cultivating moss Read More…

Why I became a plumber, and how I ended up with a business in the UK.

Part 1. I’m often asked why I decided to become a plumber, what brought me to the UK, and if plumbing was my first career choice. Well, it’s been an amazing journey – one that I’m still very much enjoying – so I thought I’d share some of it with you. I was raised by amazing parents in a beautiful part of Italy called Treviso. My father and two brothers were mechanics, so my earliest Read More…

The boiler that warmed two hearts

Considering it’s Valentine’s month, here’s an interesting story that I thought would be rather fitting. Ricky, a good friend of mine, and a talented plumbing and heating engineer, received a booking to carry out a boiler inspection. He operates outside of London, mainly in the suburbs. The customer’s heating was being temperamental; radiators working intermittently, and the hot water lukewarm at best. Ricky is a gentleman. Well spoken, immaculately presented, and always happy to help. Read More…

Tip of The Month: Two plumbing issues you can avoid when it gets cold

When the temperature hits freezing point, as it has done this past month, there are two jobs that we often get called to attend. Thing is, one can simply be avoided in the first place. The other can easily be solved by your own hands. Here are the problems, and their respective solutions. Your boiler has stopped working It powers up, the light goes on. But there’s no heat or hot water. Ok, so before Read More…

Ask Samuele: February 2021

This month, Daphne from Barnes asks… Dear Samuele, This Valentine’s Day, I’m hoping that me and my other half will be able to enjoy a nice romantic evening together; some candle light, a delicious meal, a bit of loving – you get the picture. However, as it’s winter, at some point in the evening I will have to turn the heating on. Problem is, when I do, I know that the radiator pipes will start Read More…

Ask Samuele: January 2021

This month, Jessica from North Sheen asks… Dear Samuele, Now that winter is in full swing, I can’t help noticing that my living room’s radiator is failing to keep us warm and toasty, even though it’s really hot when you touch it. What’s causing my room to feel so cold? Yours sincerely, A chilly Jessica   Samuele says: Ciao, Jessica! And grazie mille for your question. This is actually a common problem and the answer Read More…