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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 […]

Types and Styles of Toilets

There are a number of different types of toilet and so you need to be fully aware of what can and can’t be fitted in your bathroom before you go to purchase a toilet. Ideally, you may need to get a toilet plumber out to check what type of toilet you have because it depends […]

Which Saniflo System is best for me?

Saniflo is the leading manufacturer of macerators, grinders and pumps that can be installed almost anywhere to create unique bathrooms, kitchens or utility rooms in even the smallest of spaces. When it comes to picking the best macerating system, always consider the following factors so that you can get more value from the product: Efficiency […]

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 […]

The Best Water Heaters of 2017 and 2018

Due to popular demand we have updated our 2017 Best Water Heaters article for 2018. Bringing you the latest reviews of water heaters from our qualified plumbers and gas engineers here at My Plumber. If you haven’t replaced your water heater in a few years or buying a brand new one this year, in 2017 […]

Gas Safe Week 2016

Fighting for a Gas Safe nation We are proud to be supporting Gas Safety Week 2016, taking place 19th – 25th September. Gas Safety Week is an annual safety week to raise awareness of gas safety and the importance of taking care of your gas appliances. It is co-ordinated by Gas Safe Register, the official […]

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 change a kitchen sink

Kitchen sinks come in all shapes and sizes and swapping out your old sink for a lovely new one might not be a such a tricky procedure Of course this depends on a number of variables such as whether the dimensions of your new sink match the old sink. If your new sink is larger […]

How to fit, replace, or change a kitchen mixer tap

How to fit, replace, or change a kitchen mixer tap Having a problem with your kitchen tap? Maybe it’s leaking or possibly the taps themselves are playing up? Maybe you just want to replace them and modernise your kitchen. Most modern kitchen taps are ‘mixer taps’ where both the hot and cold water are delivered […]

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, […]

How to remove and install a new toilet

In this blog post our expert plumber walks you through removing and old close couple system toilet, preparing the space and installing a new toilet system. Removing your old toilet 1. Remove the lid on the cistern The first step is pretty easy. Simply remove the lid to the cistern and have a good look […]

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 […]

Unblocking and Fixing Sink Drains

Blocked sinks are usually caused by soap residue and other debris that build up in the drain, usually around the plug-hole, u-bend or further down your drainage system. Your kitchen sinks is more susceptible to getting blocked as they generally receive more grease and food stuffs that can, over time, block your pipes. With your […]

Household Drains and Drainage Systems

Backed up drains, blocked pipes, clogged toilets and leaks are something that most of us have had to deal with at one time or another. In this article we aim to give a brief outline of a typical household drainage system and explain how we can avoid and fix some of the most common problems […]

8 tips to save on your water heating

According to the Energy Saving Trust each household in the UK uses on average around 360 litres of water each day. Roughly 20 percent of your household heating bill is for heating your hot water so learning how you can use water more efficiently will help you save money on your energy bills. A good […]

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

What is a Thermostatic Radiator valve? A thermostatic radiator valve (TRV) is a device fitted to your radiator pipework that will individually control the temperature in the room by setting the heat output of the radiator it’s attached to. There are 2 main types of thermostatic radiator valve. One uses a spring that expands and […]

How to Find a Good Plumber

We’ve all heard the horror stories about a cowboy plumber that spends 10 minutes replacing a tap and the next 45 minutes texting his girlfriend before handing over an invoice charging well over the odds before riding off into the sunset. By no means are all plumbers cowboys. In fact its fair to say that […]

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

These days all boilers are required to be energy efficient, but there are still considerations that you should be aware of when you decide to buy a new boiler. Boilers are reported to account for as much as 55% of household energy costs and how efficient they are plays a big part on your energy […]

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?

ErP stands for Energy related Product, which is a new regulation set by the European Union. The aim of the directive improve the efficiency and performance of heating and hot water products, helping to reduce carbon emissions. In the past there hasn’t been a uniform way to see the efficiency of heating appliances and the […]

Can you trust your boiler engineer

Which? reporters have conducted undercover research to discover how well ten heating engineers carried out a service to their faulty boiler…and were shocked by the results. Who were assessed? Five engineers were selected from the major companies and a further five from independents. The big companies that were assessed included British Gas, Corgi Homeplan, Home […]

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 […]

10 Top Boiler Maintenance Tips

These are our 10 Top Tips for a Healthy Boiler… Choose My Plumber for boiler installations in London, from just £1650+VAT. We are fast approaching cooler weather and you might be thinking about turning your boiler on. Some maintenance carried out in early Autumn will not only save you money and but possibly even your […]

What is a condensing boiler?

This month we would like to explain the question that we are always asked:  what is a condensing boiler?  In short, a condensing boiler is a vessel that heats water using gas or oil.  They are efficient because the condense water vapour. 1) Are boilers only efficient when they are condensing? No! Condensing boilers are […]

How to unblock a toilet

Sometimes, you might have a small toilet blockage that you can unblock yourself without having to call out the experts. 1)   Do not flush the toilet If you flush the toilet, then the water is likely to run over the pan and onto the floor.  So the first thing to think about is actually […]

My Plumber secret: cheap shower fix

Jamie Glasson , 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 is a huge money saver for clients who don’t want to spend money replacing all the tiles in the bathroom. There are not many plumbers who would tell you […]

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 […]

How do I re-pressurise my Worcester Bosch Boiler

This blog will explain how to fill your Worcester Bosch boiler using an Internal Filling Key. The following boilers are included in this blog: Worcester 24 CDi 26 CDi Xtra 28 CDi 35 CDi II If your boiler has a cover panel underneath, you will need to remove it. This can be done by dropping […]

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 […]

Your Boiler is Losing Pressure? [6 Causes and Fixes]

There is nothing like coming back from work, dreaming to take a shower, only to find that there isn’t any warm water. Bummer. One of the reasons for the lack of hot water can be, and most likely is your boiler losing pressure. But worry not – it’s relatively easy to find out why the […]

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 […]

Showers and Showerheads

The art of choosing the right shower for the right system Choosing a new showerhead or shower requires more than simply picking a design that you like the look of. Believe it or not, you need to start with the system that you have in your house. Types of System There are three types of […]

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 […]

Why Replace Your Boiler

Benefits of having a new boiler 1) Reliability 2) Save costs in gas bills 2) Produces hot water on demand all year round 3) Produces heating on demand 4) No more tepid baths or showers 5) Enough hot water for the whole family 6) Relaxed bath times with the children 7) Get out of the house faster in […]

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 […]

Types and styles of taps explained

Choosing the right taps for your home can be quite a difficult task. Different types of taps like bath, shower and vanity taps, have different requirements, and picking sets that match your interior and also do the intended job effectively, can sometimes be tough. If you choose to fit matching sets of taps throughout your […]

Cold patches on radiators – Powerflushing Explained

Many people have not heard of ”Powerflushing”.  They do not know what it is let alone what a benefit it could be to a central heating system. Put simply, Powerflushing is a procedure that is carried out in your home using a specialist pump.  The procedure is carried out to resolve problems with the central heating or […]

Tips for refurbishing your shower room

The shower room is finished after 12 days of work.  This is about the average time you would expect for a small shower room.   You can really see the difference and I have to say, it is wonderful to be able to walk into a clean shower room with a wonderfully warm floor! Here are […]

How to choose a good plumber in London

When I first decided to set up My Plumber, believe me, I knew nothing about plumbing.  I was just a posh girl from the City.  Quite honestly, changing careers from being a commercial solicitor to owning a plumbing company was like walking into a different world. Ladies, you need to have your wits about you when […]

Shower room refurbishment – Day 6

We are getting to the more interesting stages of the job now where some of the bathroom furniture has been fitted. The shower screen is in place now Tiles on the floor are fitted (and nearly completed) Towel rail fitted Trim fitted around the shelf Mirror on wall At last our room is starting to look like […]

Shower room refurbishment – Day 5

The tiling seems to be getting finished really quickly now despite the fact that the tiles are porcelain and the cuts can be quite difficult. Always check the type of tiles with your tiler before you buy them.  If you can think about it, ask him where the cuts will be so that this is […]

Shower room refurbishment – day 3

We are just at the end of Day 3 of our case study.  A considerable amount of progress was made today and I am pleased to say that it is becoming much clearer where things will be going.  The recessed shelves in the showering area were created today so we can see where our “his” […]

Shower room refurbishment – Day 4

Today was a long day for our fitter. Not only did he finish fitting Aquaboard around the room (which is a waterproof board base) but also he has started tiling.  Even though only half the wall is tiled, you can get an idea of what the finished shower room will look like. There were some […]

Shower room refurbishment – Day 2

Yesterday I got in from work at 7pm to see what progress had been made through the day. Our fitter had completely removed everything from the room.   It was clear to see some rotten wood from our leak and this will need to be replaced.  Interestingly enough, the leak was a result of some poor […]

Shower room refurbishment – Day 1

I have decided to do a real life video case study of a shower room refurbishment to show people what to expect when they are having work done in their home.  For the first time in a long time, I am going to be the client.  The client from hell probably! but I will try to […]

Shower room refurbishment – Day 1 update

We are half way through day one and our fitter has stripped out most of the main pieces of bathroom furniture. You will remember that I told you that there was a leak coming through to the kitchen, well once the shower tray was removed, it was possible to see that there was damage to […]

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 wont flush

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.