Common Plumbing Problems

Want to fix a common plumbing problem but unsure where to start? Our Company Director Ed Barros of Tooting-based Happy Dog Plumbing, has some helpful info in regards to some common problems – some easily solvable, some which may need a hand from your friendly Tooting engineer!
Some plumbing problems can be fixed at home with a little know-how. We often give advice over the phone, thus saving the client time and money. However, we’re always ready and able for when things get a little more advanced!
Dripping taps
Standard taps which have rubber washers often drip as a consequence of over-tightening. People tend to shut taps off tighter than they need to which deforms the washer to the point where it is not able to shut off at all – hence the drip. This is easily fixed with either a new washer or a tap reviver kit.
Shower temperature not consistent
If the shower is the only source of inconsistent hot water, then the thermostatic cartridge is often the cause. Unfortunately, a lot of showers do not have any logo or manufacturers details, but we are often able to identify the shower from a picture, so we always ask clients to email images to save them time and, of course money. Once identified, this type of job is usually completed within an hour, restoring consistent hot water.
We created a blog for our local community partner Tooting Daily Press about common shower faults, you can read it and find out more here.
Leaking taps, overflowing tanks / WC’s
Often leaks or running overflows are considered an emergency if the water is not containable and / or causing damage. However, there are often local isolation valves on taps, water tanks and WC’s which turn the water off. This can take the panic out of a leak situation by allowing the water to be turned off to the offending item without affecting the water to the rest of the property. Clients can then arrange for an engineer to attend and carry out the necessary repairs.
Bleeding a radiator
When your radiator is hot at the bottom and cold at the top, then it means there’s air in the radiator and it therefore needs bleeding. Worcester Bosch have a handy video to guide you on how you can bleed your own radiators, if you are experiencing issues with cold radiators:

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