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Lanchester Plumbers & Plumbing Services

Expert Plumbers in Lanchester That You Can Trust

Whatever your plumbing requirements, whether for maintenance and repairs, routine work, or emergencies, give us a call for a fast, free, no-obligation quote.

Let us take the hassle out of the situation and give you peace of mind, whether the work relates to toilets, bathrooms, showers, kitchens, central heating systems, a simple leak, or a blocked drain.

Whenever you need a qualified, professional, friendly plumber, we're here to help you out.

Emergency Plumbing Services

Your First Choice For Emergency Plumbing in Lanchester

When the plumbing in your home or workspace is functioning properly, you don't give it much thought. But when there's a problem, it can be a major headache, causing stress, frustration, and a lot of damage.

When this happens, you need a reliable plumber who will resolve the problem with a minimum of fuss and delay. The last thing you want is the extra stress of hidden costs, bad workmanship, and missed appointments.

We're Here For Non-emergency plumbing Too!

This isn't only limited to plumbing emergencies, though. You need specialists that you can trust for all your plumbing work, whether it's for pipe work, bathroom installations, or fitting a new plumbing system.

And this is where the Easy Boiler Company can help. Our expert plumbers can handle any job, big or small, giving you peace of mind in the knowledge that your plumbing problems are in capable hands.

What Work Do We Cover?

The Easy Boiler Company plumbers cover all aspects of plumbing services on your property, including:

  • Toilet installation
  • Home improvement projects involving pipework
  • Leaks
  • Burst pipes
  • Overflowing water tanks
  • Blocked drains
  • Drain repair
  • Bathroom installation
  • Shower repair and fitting
  • Central heating system installation
  • Boiler installation
  • Concealed plumbing

Whatever your plumbing needs, you can rest assured that our plumbers will deal with it competently and efficiently.

Assessing the Cost Of Plumbing Repairs

The cost of plumbing repairs depends entirely on each individual situation. Emergency plumbers will generally cost more than those hired to perform routine repairs, especially during unsociable hours or at weekends. Of course, the size and scale of the emergency will play a big part in the final cost. A single tap repair will obviously cost less than fixing or replacing a leaking water tank.

For a small emergency that is easily fixed in minutes, an emergency plumber will usually charge a minimum rate of one hour's labour. However, for more complex jobs that might take several hours, they will usually charge a fixed day rate. For both scenarios, there is usually a call-out fee.

One thing that can increase costs is when concealed plumbing is involved. Many modern properties have plumbing hidden beneath the walls, which looks great but can cause problems when it comes to repairs or leaks, especially if concealed beneath concrete walls that need to be broken.

It is difficult to predict the cost of emergency plumbing without knowing the extent of the repair work needed. However, it is much easier to provide a price for any planned work.

How You Can Help

One of the major factors in plumbing emergencies is water damage from a burst pipe or leaking water tank. The first thing you should do as soon as a leak or burst pipe becomes apparent is to turn off the water supply. It is much easier to do this if you know where the stop valve is.

For most people, this will be within 3-5 feet of where the mains water supply enters the house, usually situated under the kitchen sink. Alternatively, you may find the valve in an airing cupboard, under the stairs, or in a garage or utility room.

Unless you are renting the property, it is your responsibility to repair and maintain the stop valve (also called a stop tap or stopcock). It's a good idea to lubricate this valve every so often to make it easier to turn off quickly in an emergency. To turn off your water, twist the valve clockwise.

Turning the water off will reduce the amount of damage and allow the emergency plumber to begin work immediately.

Any problems with plumbing beyond your property are the responsibility of your local water authority. Likewise, if you experience a drop in water pressure, this is not a job for a plumber, but you will need to contact the relevant water authority for assistance.

Fully Trained Specialists

People are often surprised at the cost of plumbing. But when you consider the specialist knowledge and skills required for the role, the prices are actually quite reasonable.

Anyone who chooses a career in plumbing will have to undergo several years of training - and it doesn't end there. Advances in technology and materials mean that plumbers will need to have ongoing training sessions to ensure that their skills are up to date.

Qualified plumbing and heating engineers need to possess an aptitude for science and maths, as well as being physically fit. They often need a head for heights, as well as being prepared to fit in some very small spaces!

At Easy Boiler Company, we only use fully trained and qualified plumbers for all our work. All installations are performed efficiently and professionally, and our friendly tradespeople will always leave the workspace neat and tidy.

We also understand the need for sensitivity and caution under the current covid-19 restrictions and will adhere to any social distancing rules when appropriate. Any tradespeople entering the property will observe the handwashing procedure and wear appropriate PPE.

Concealed Or Exposed Plumbing: Which Is Best?

One of the most frequently asked questions these days regarding plumbing is whether concealed plumbing is a good idea.

It's always good to hide unsightly plumbing, giving a fresh, clean, modern look to various rooms within the home. By 'concealed plumbing', we are not referring to the usual way that hot and cold water pipes are placed beneath floorboards. Instead, it involves also hiding plumbing inside walls and ceilings, either in the cavity or in purpose-made recesses made into timber studwork in plasterboard walls.

But what are the pros and cons? Let's take a look:

Concealed Plumbing

  • Aesthetics - bathrooms and kitchens can look much neater without exposed pipes trailing across the walls. This allows you greater freedom of choice when it comes to interior design and decor.
  • Cleanliness - walls and surfaces that are free from pipes are easier to keep clean. Pipes gather dust and trap dirt behind them, especially in bathrooms. Mould often accumulates unseen on pipes because of condensation.
  • Less easily damaged - exposed plumbing can be vulnerable to wear and tear over time. In certain settings, they are exposed to extremes of temperature and can be susceptible to freezing. There is also a small chance that they will be damaged by bumps and knocks, especially if there are children around.

 

Exposed Plumbing

  • Aesthetics - with the right choice, your exposed pipe work can look outstanding. Copper pipes, in particular, are amazing when fitted well. You don't want all your plumbing exposed, though, only the thinner ones that aren't too bulky and obtrusive.
  • Access - if or when there's a problem, a plumber might need to get to those pipes quickly. When they're hidden in a wall or ceiling, this adds more time to the job. This means that it might take longer to find out what the problem is and fix it, adding to the labour costs. Exposed pipes allow for a much quicker diagnosis and repair of the problem. With concealed plumbing, there's a chance that the plumber will need to break down part of the wall to access the problem.
  • Maintenance - also associated with access, but important nonetheless, exposed plumbing is much easier to maintain, making it less likely to need emergency repair.

 

As you can see, both methods have their attractions, just as both have their drawbacks. As a general rule, it is always best to limit the concealed plumbing to areas outside of the kitchen or bathroom. These are the two most likely places where you will encounter problems. Exposed plumbing will allow you to fix the problem yourself, if it's a straightforward job, or call an emergency plumber to resolve it quickly and easily if not.

One potentially hazardous situation relating to concealed plumbing is when you need to fit or repair a power shower.

What Plumbing Problems Do Most People Have?

It's easy to assume that plumbers are mostly called out to fix leaking taps. And in some senses, you'd be correct. However, many people are capable of fixing small problems like this, and DIY enthusiasts are capable of much more.

That's not to say that plumbers are in danger of being unnecessary: in 2020, plumbers were the most in-demand tradespeople all year. Some homeowners admitted in surveys that they had caused the problem themselves when DIY projects went wrong, which goes to show that sometimes it's best to leave it to the specialists.

Here are some of the more common plumbing problems that we are called upon to resolve:

Leaking Taps

Yes, we do fix them! But sometimes it's not as simple a job as you'd expect. When tightening the tap or replacing the washer doesn't do the job, it might be time to replace the tap entirely, which can be a tricky process. Leaks can be annoying, especially if you are within range of the constant dripping sound. But what's worse is that the volume of water lost through leaking taps can accumulate enough to affect your water bill. Our plumbers can quickly replace a tap, saving you the stress and hassle, as well as saving you money.

Broken Boilers

We rely heavily on our hot water and central heating boilers in the UK. So, when they fail, it is vital to call an emergency plumber to get them up and running quickly and with a minimum of fuss. Most actual breakdowns happen to older units that haven't been maintained properly, or at all. This highlights the need for maintenance, as well as the wisdom in having a modern, efficient boiler installed. We are happy to provide both.

It is highly advisable to avoid looking into the problem yourself, as you may void any warranties or guarantees, or make the problem worse. This is especially the case with water cylinders. Many homes have comb-boilers these days, but some still have water cylinders fitted with immersion heaters. If your hot water system fails, you can use the immersion rod as a backup, but this is an expensive option. The best course of action is to call on our professional plumbing services to get your system running as soon as possible.

Clogged Radiator

As winter approaches we switch on our heating, only to discover that one radiator remains stubbornly cool. There are several reasons for this, including a radiator clogged up with rust and dirt, which needs flushing out. Sometimes they just stop working and need replacing. Some customers feel competent enough to tackle the latter, but it can be a challenging job requiring knowledge and the correct tools. You will also need to buy the radiators yourself. Unless you feel absolutely confident, it is advisable to use professional plumbing services to do this. Our plumbers can work quickly and efficiently and will source the best and most cost-effective radiators at competitive trade prices.

As a side note, we often find that the problem is in the pipes rather than the radiators, so we perform a power flush on the entire system.

Blocked Toilets

This is one of the most unpleasant and undesirable plumbing issues that our customers face!

And it's something you probably don't want to tackle by yourself, even if you feel qualified. Our plumbing professionals are used to this kind of problem, with the correct tools and the depth of knowledge to take the stress out of the situation. It is essential to get toilets fixed as soon as possible, for obvious reasons, but if left unfixed they can lead to further issues, with extremely unpleasant results. Sometimes the blockage can be resolved with a plunger. However, serious blockages will require a suitably robust solution, which can only be undertaken by a qualified plumber.

Broken Toilet Flush

Staying on the theme of lavatories, a broken flush can be seriously annoying. In some cases, it requires a simple fix that you may be able to tackle yourself. However, many modern toilets have complex mechanisms or the cistern is hidden. Unless you have a good idea of the inner workings of the flush system, we recommend that you contact us for assistance. There is always the chance that you will cause further damage or a leaking cistern. This is why it is good to know exactly where your stop valve is!

These are just a few of the most common issues that we handle in our daily work, but our range of expertise extends well beyond this.

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