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When to Replace Your Boiler and Prevent Costly Repairs

Generally considered the heart of the home, your boiler can contribute up to 60% of your energy bills, and that’s why it’s important that these major appliances are well taken care of. By ensuring that your boiler is in good condition, you will have improved quality of heating and hot water, a reduced carbon footprint […]

How to Find a Trusty Boiler Engineer and Avoid Scammers

Have a blinking boiler? Or a gurgling radiator? Are there cold spots on some radiators? Have a faulty gas appliance at home? These problems are not only annoying but also dangerous. You have to call a reliable gas boiler engineer at once.  We understand that it’s overwhelming to choose a trusted professional, so we have […]

How to Choose a Saniflo Toilet System – A Complete Guide

Are you considering switching to a Saniflo system? If yes, read this guide to find all the information you need to know about this type of toilet. We’ll review more important aspects of having such a system and try to help you determine which Saniflo you need. Hopefully, this aids you with your best decision […]

Cold Spots On Your Radiator? Here is How to Resolve That Issue

The primary function of a radiator is to heat the room it’s in. Naturally, if you notice something’s wrong with the room’s temperature, you check the radiator first. The most common problem is cold spots on the radiator, whether on the bottom or on the top. These so-called ‘cold spots’ occur when there’s an obstruction preventing […]

How to Change a Radiator Valve Easily in 8 Simple Steps

Your radiator is your best friend during winter because it keeps you and your family warm. However, there are several reasons to consider replacing your radiator valves. From faulty components to modern upgrades, and the list doesn’t end here. Even more important, your valves can sometimes break when the cold snap comes. Therefore, if that […]

18 Types of Toilets, Styles and Toilet Mechanisms Explained

Can you believe that something as trivial as choosing a toilet could require a lot of research and effort? Your choice becomes even more important, having in mind that some types of toilets might last about half a century. But don’t worry, we have gathered some of the most important aspects to consider making this […]

Replacing a Shower When Tiles Can’t Match [Project]

The director of the Bathroom and Boiler division of My Plumber shares his secret to replacing a shower when the tiles can’t be matched.  This project is a huge money saver for clients who don’t want to spend money replacing all the tiles in the bathroom. There are a few plumbers who would tell you […]

Bathroom Refurbishment Project in Wimbledon

Complete bathroom refurbishment is one of the large-scale renovations every homeowner would have to deal at some point. A good example of such a project by the professional technicians from My Plumber is a bathroom refurbishment in Wimbledon we did for a client. Completely changing the layout of an entire bathroom is no small feat. […]

How to Change a Kitchen Tap in 8 Simple Steps

Many plumbing jobs require a professional hand, but there are certain tasks that you can always DIY. Replacing your kitchen tap falls into that category. With that in mind, while fitting a new unit may be easy, you still have to do your homework beforehand and this is exactly what we are going to help […]

Mixergy Tank – The Eco Friendly Hot Water Tank

The Mixergy eco-friendly hot water tank is coming to London! The eco-friendly hot water tank, with energy economy and cost savings, now has permit approval for London household installation. And we have granted My Plumber an exclusive contract for London and inside the M25!! Mixergy Tank – The Eco Friendly Hot Water Tank How Does […]

Top 3 Gas Combination Boilers of 2017/2018

Due to popular demand we have updated our 2017 Top 3 Gas Combi boilers article for 2018. Bringing you the latest reviews of combi boilers from our qualified plumbers and gas engineers here at My Plumber. Currently gas combination boilers are the most popular and trusted kind of boiler in UK. However, choosing a brand […]

How to check for bathroom leaks

Usually the first sign of a plumbing leak in your bathroom will be water stains on the ceiling of the room directly below. This is usually a sign that the leak has caused expensive damage to hidden areas and you’ll need to call out a plumber to take a close look and repair the leak. […]

How to Fix a Toilet Flush Button in 10 Easy Steps

The toilet flush button got somehow broken and now you just have to go back to the old bucket-of-water trick? But don’t despair! Replacing the faulty flushing system is not that hard. In this post, we’ll do exactly that – teach you how to fix the flush button in just a few simple steps.  So, […]

Nest vs Hive Smart Technology

Smart heating solutions for your home come in many shapes and sizes but 2 of the most well known are Nest and Hive. What do these systems do? Essentially, what these smart technology systems do is allow you to control your home heating systems remotely via apps or manually via a thermostat. You can schedule […]

Unclogging Bath Tub Drains

If your bath tub is draining slowly, or even worse, the water isn’t draining away at all you’ll probably need to get a plumber to fix the problem. Most bathroom drain blockages occur as a result of hair and other debris that can build up and block the drain. The first sign is usually that […]

House Drainage System Explained [Simple Beginner’s Guide]

To avoid many of the common plumbing-related issues, such as burst pipes, a leak under the sink, blocked drain and clogged toilets, you must first understand a bit more about the standard house drainage system. Table of Contents What is Drainage? What is Plumbing? Foul Drainage Systems And Surface Water Drainage How Drainage System Works […]

How to remove a radiator

Today we explain how to remove a radiator without draining the system down. Our team can help with radiator replacement services here in London. Any home heating system is complicated and something that most people don’t want to meddle with. However, one day you might find yourself in a situation where you’d have to remove […]

How to Fit a TRV – Thermostatic Radiator Valve

A thermostatic radiator valve gives you more automation over the temperature at your home. To that, the device lowers your monthly energy bills. The fitting process is fast and simple, but there are some details you need to know to avoid damages.  Follow this guide to learn an easy method on how to fit a […]

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations 2015

From 1st October 2015 new regulations require landlords to ensure that carbon monoxide alarms and smoke alarms are installed in their properties. The regulations require that as a landlord you have at least one smoke alarm installed on every level of the property and a carbon monoxide alarm is installed in any room where a […]

Gas Safe Register

Gas Safe Register is the official list of gas safe engineers who are qualified to work safely and legally on gas appliances. On 1 April 2009 it replaced the old CORGI registration as the gas registration body in Great Britain and has since been improving and maintaining gas safety in the UK. Only a Gas […]

Boiler Efficiency and Ratings [Beginner’s Guide]

Tradespeople often mention boiler efficiency with heating systems and maintenance, but what exactly is it? Believe it or not, an energy-efficient boiler lowers the cost of your monthly bills. It also contributes to the well being of the environment. Read further to find out more about the boiler efficiency ratings and what makes them so […]

Hounslow Business Awards 2015

The third annual Hounslow Business Awards, organised by Hounslow Chamber of Commerce in association with Hounslow Highways, will culminate this Friday evening, 9th October 2015, with a glittering black-tie Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony at the Hilton, Syon Park. The event will be hosted by Neil Bentley the popular radio DJ. Stephen Fry, chief executive […]

What is ErP And How Does It Affect Your Choice of Boiler?

So, what is an ErP boiler? It’s a unit that meets all requirements and, ideally, is A-rated. That means the appliance is over 90% energy efficient. There are two divisions in the ErP directive – EcoDesign and Energy Labelling. We discuss those in more detail in the upcoming sections. But first, let’s find out what […]

A Brief History of the Central Heating System

Today we tend to take for granted living indoors at a comfortable even temperature. In winter especially, central heating has really changed our lives quite dramatically. Without it people had to spend hours carting coal about, lighting fires, keeping fires going, and they still had to wear masses of clothes indoors. To make a heating […]

Top tips to keep your home warm this winter

The winter months are just around the corner and during this time we all tend to spend more on our energy bills. Here are some effective ways to help you save a few pounds on keeping your home warm this winter. Tin foil behind radiators Source: Energy Saving Trust By carefully putting tin foil behind […]

Top 10 Boiler Maintenance Tips For Every Homeowner

Your boiler system is one of the most expensive investments that you make, so it is understandable that you would like to avoid replacing it for as long as possible. Regular maintenance is key to keeping your unit healthy and efficient in the long run. Remember, a faulty boiler is dangerous for you and your […]

What is a Condensing Boiler – Everything You Need to Know

Condensing boilers are becoming more and more popular around the world. They are slowly but surely replacing the conventional boiler options. According to estimations, around 16% of the global CO2 emissions per year come from non-condensing boilers. Quite the figure, right? It’s no wonder that many countries are imposing specific regulations for boiler usage. More […]

What are my responsibilities as a Landlord?

As a landlord of a property, you have the responsibility of ensuring that your rental property is a safe home for your tenant to live in. Gas safety As a landlord you must: ensure that gas equipment you supply is safely installed and maintained by a Gas Safe registered< engineer have a registered engineer do an […]

Who to use for your home repairs? Handyman vs Plumber

We quite often get asked what the difference is between a handyman vs plumber.   It’s easy to see see why people get confused because some of the “wet” jobs can be fixed by a handyman such as changing tap washers, changing a simple ballvalve, perhaps changing a trap under a sink.   Certainly, handyman can […]

Access Panels For Boiler Flues in Voids

It is a well-known fact that carbon monoxide can cause poisoning and, at worst, death.  In the UK, many people have died because boiler flues have been badly installed.  This is why it is so important to have your boiler service carried out annually or an annual gas safety certificate (CP12).   The engineers at […]

How to cut your energy bills

1. Turn down your central heating thermostat by 1 degree.  In doing this, you could save up to £55 per year. 2.  Get thermostatic valves fitted on your radiators.  This will help you to control the heat in a room and could reduce the energy your boiler uses up by 40% 3.  According to the […]

Nest vs Evohome vs Heatmiser Neo

My Plumber has gone that extra mile when choosing a new thermostat for our clients in Chiswick and west London, but which of our top three thermostats do we like the most? After two bitter winters, the last winter turned out to be more about who had the best waterproofs instead of fighting a big […]

Nest Next Generation Thermostat

Meet the next generation thermostat: ‘Nest’. Most people do that quick pocket check before leaving the house… Keys, phone, wallet, bag… Heating?   We never remember to turn our heating off before leaving our house causing us to rack up hefty energy bills! My Plumber are pleased to say those days are over.     There […]

Evohome – control heating using your mobile, tablet or laptop

We fit a lot of heating systems into properties.   Controlling the comfort of a room is usually the work of a room thermostat and thermostatic radiator valves on radiators.   Using the combination of the two, you can make a room colder or warmer depending on your comfort levels. This has worked successfully for many years […]

Guttering Tips for Rainy Weather

The My Plumber drainage team often gets asked about leaking guttering or maintaining guttering. At the moment in England, we seem to be experiencing more and more rain and we need our guttering to be working properly to protect our homes. The last thing you want is rain running over the top of your London […]

8 Common Types of Taps Explained

If you’re on the hunt for new taps, whether to boost the aesthetics of your kitchen and bathroom or simply because you’d like to do a mini-makeover of your home, then this post is right for you. Here, we’ll cover important things you need to consider before you buy new taps, discuss the different types […]

Gas Safe Regulations – Flues in Voids

Important advice for consumers who have flues which run in ceiling spaces Some properties, mainly flats and apartments, have been built with boiler flues which cannot be inspected because they are hidden behind walls or ceilings. The boiler flues that this information relates to are connected to room-sealed fan assisted boilers.  If you live in one […]

How to negotiate the cost of your new home

Many clients do not realise the condition of the electrics or the gas appliances when they are looking to buy a property. Finding this out before hand benefits you because not only can you see how much you will have to spend on the property when you move in but also you can use this information cleverly to […]

How to fix a dripping tap

Leaking or dripping taps can be a serious issue in daily life. Not only do they produce an annoying sound, but the leaking can also result in wastage of 3 gallons of water every day. One day, you’ll realise your water bills are rising and what you are paying for is simply draining out. Repairs […]

How to Fix a Toilet That Won’t Flush | My Plumber

Not being able to flush the toilet in the morning will not just ruin your day but probably your whole week. The sooner you deal with the issue, the better. If you don’t believe you can handle this job on your own, you can always hire a professional. Licensed plumbers charge on an hourly basis. […]

How to drill into a wall

Before you go drilling into your walls it can be handy to know exactly where to drill. A stud finder / metal detecting tool can be very useful. If for example you’re putting up heavy shelves, you’ll want to fix them to the studs – the wooden battens that secure plasterboard walls. Similarly, there are […]

How to wire a plug

Here’s an easy way to remember which wire goes where: Blue goes on the left. The second letter of blue is L = Left Brown goes on the right. The second letter of brown is R = Right That leaves the green earth wire which goes in the middle.