Tip of The Month – Got a blockage? Charles could help you with that…

The average cost of hiring a plumber to unblock a sink or drain is around £150. More often than not, callouts for blockages turn out to be relatively easy jobs. It’s more about the time we need to spend on it, rather than the difficulty. They are usually nice and stress-free, and the customer is always happy with the result. Other plumbers might think I’m mad for making the following suggestion, because it effectively means Read More…

Tip Of The Month – Gain full control. Make your radiators more economical.

For some people, the thought of installing a smart meter is a step too far, and I can understand why. Many believe that having your energy supplier know your every move around your home is just a tad intrusive, and it dissuades them from taking advantage of a genuinely useful technology. Those of you who already use devices such as Alexa or Google Nest smart speakers, will probably love what’s out there. So, without further Read More…

Tip of The Month – Need some plumbing stuff? It’s always worth spending a bit more…

It saddens me that many of the plumbing problems we get called to deal with, should never have happened in the first place. Fitting out a kitchen or bathroom is never a cheap task, and it’s easy to see why many people choose less expensive alternatives when buying things like taps, boilers or shower equipment. But the truth is, there are a lot of very cheap Chinese products out there that look the part, but 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…

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…

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 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…