Ask Samuele: August 2020

This month, Philip from Acton asks… Dear Samuele, I’ve noticed that my radiator leaks occasionally. It doesn’t seem to affect the heat it gives out, so I was wondering, if it will just stop leaking all by itself? Best wishes, Philip with a leaky rad Samuele says: Ciao, Philip! And grazie mille for your question. You’re right. Very often a small leak in a radiator does little to affect the temperature it puts out. You Read More…

Tip of The Month – A bit of pressure can be a wonderful thing…

I don’t know about you, but this outrageously hot weather really does seem to add an unnecessary pressure to my day-to-day life. Not just with work, but with the normal stuff, like doing the weekly shop, picking up my daughter from school, or generally making small talk with the neighbours. It’s like living in a sauna, 24/7. With the temperature soaring, and very little rain to cool down the air, it just seems like everything becomes that much harder. So, it got me thinking – pressure can sometimes be Read More…

Ask Samuele: July 2020

This month, Janette from Chiswick asks… Dear Samuele, I have a hot water cylinder installed in my home, but the water that comes from my taps is so hot, I’m terrified my little one could accidentally scald himself. Why is it so hot, and how can I lower the temperature and still keep the hot water cylinder and its benefits? Yours sincerely, Janette and the little one Samuele says: Ciao, Janette! And grazie for your Read More…

Tip of the month: The Plumbing Inspector

Buying or selling a house? You might want to call a Plumbing Inspector. When I decided to resurrect this blog, I didn’t just want to roll out the usual tips like, ‘how to change a washer’, or ‘why install a combi boiler?’. Not that there’s anything wrong with these handy bite-sized guides – they are genuinely useful things to write about. Instead, I thought the best way to bring value to my readers was to Read More…

We kept telling him we didn’t do fridges….

We kept telling him we didn’t do fridges, but he wouldn’t listen…. Over the years we’ve built such good relationships with our customers, they start to feel like family. We’ve become an integral part of their lives: regularly fixing plumbing issues, solving problems that aren’t really in a plumber’s remit, and often just popping round for a cup of tea and a chat. Then, one day, we got a call from one of our most Read More…

Mario couldn’t believe how old it was…

Just a regular plumbing job. Or was it? We got the call. Mr Higginbottom (not his real name, but close), a very eccentric, much-loved customer of many years, was having trouble with his pipes. Over the years, we’ve fixed many a problem: split washers, leaky taps, radiators that stopped working in the dead of winter… But this job was different. We put Mario (not his real name, but close) on it. Mr Higginbottom has always Read More…

Tip of the month: Got a garden? Get a tap

Outdoor garden taps It’s halfway through May 2020. The sun is shining, the air has way less pollution than usual, and you can guarantee that no one will bump into you when taking a walk. Just one problem, it’s the horrid COVID-19 lockdown that’s caused these rays of sunshine. Oh well, every cloud and all that. But there is one other plus side. If you are fortunate enough to own a garden, there has never Read More…

How to unblock a sink

Save your pennies! Sinks, showers and other household drains can get easily clogged with food waste and all sorts of nastiness. Most people with spend their hard earned money on expensive drain cleaner. But wait! We know a handy tip that does the job and could save you a few quid. All you need is some household vinegar, bicarbonate of soda and a kettle. Tip the bicarb into the affected drain and leave for 10 minutes Read More…

How to bleed a radiator

The last thing you need is for your heating to stop working, especially during the winter season when it is particularly cold. Make sure your radiators are in full working order; if they aren’t producing heat effectively, then there might be some trapped air or gas in the system. Below is a simple 8-point guide on how to bleed your radiators at home. What you will need: A Radiator Key or flat-headed screwdriver A cloth, towel or even Read More…