06 May 2015
1- Know how to turn off your water
Normally water can be shut off at the meter so knowing where the shut off valves are, and how to control them, will prevent a lot of unnecessary water damage in the event of leaks or pipe bursts at home. Care should be taken when turning these valves on or off because the water pressure could be high, and valves could be old – turn them slowly. Knowing where the shut off valves to sinks and toilets are can also save time and unwanted water damage.
2- Learn how to read your water meter.
Ensuring you’re being billed properly is of course handy for your pocket. Always check your usage each time you are billed and try to catch leaks. Your water company can help you read your bill and meter and any questions and explanations you need, call the number on your bill.
3- Find out the water pressure
The main cause for plumbing leaks is high water pressure. The water pressure coming into your home should be under 80 psi. An easy way to check is to buy a pressure gauge which might cost about 10 pounds. If you’d rather not check it yourself then your water company will usually come and check it for you free of charge.
4- Know where the clean-out plugs are on your sewage system
Whether you have a sewer or septic tank, knowing where the clean-out plugs are is the key to solving a clog or backup problem in your plumbing system.
5- Know how to shut off the gas supply
As important as the water valves, if not more so, is knowing how shut off the gas supply to your home. Educate yourself on the gas supply to the building as well as each gas appliance you have then if you know an issue is just with a specific appliance you can isolate the incident and save time by shutting off the gas at this specific location.
In the event of a plumbing emergency Homecure Plumbers offer 24 hour emergency plumbers in London, seven days a week. All our London plumbers are gas safe registered and can be with you in an hour.
Absolutely brilliant service by Homecure. We have had an ongoing issue with our troublesome boiler for a few months now. We have had several companies in over that time but no one had seemed to solve the issue with many people advising to change the boiler even though it wasn’t even 10 years old. We thought we would give Homecure a try after a family friend had recommended them and all I can say is they were fantastic. The engineer who came (I think his name was James) was able to find out what the issue was within 30 minutes, he also explained why it was most likely the other engineers didn’t find the issue. I can only put this down to some serious expertise on his part. A new part was ordered and a return visit booked for the next day and everything was restored and working perfectly again. The prices were definitely reasonable for the experience and expert knowledge received, I would say you definitely get what you pay for. I only wish I found Homecure Plumbing earlier. Needless to say I would highly recommend and will definitely be using again. Regards David H
At Homecure we have been regularly updating our working practices in line with health and safety advice provided by the Government. For customers who are self-isolating and in need of emergency plumbing and heating services we want to assure you that we are doing everything possible to minimise the risk of the spreading the coronavirus while we carry out our tasks.
All members of our team currently working will be following the infection control measures laid out by the World Health Organisation:
When our team members are visiting customer’s properties, they will use alcohol-based hand sanitiser (60% minimum) to clean their hands before and after the job has been completed. They will also have access to personal protective equipment (PPE) that can be used:
Homecure remain available to provide emergency services for your home during the current pandemic. If you wish to book an appointment with our team and a member of the household is currently in isolation, has symptoms, or has been diagnosed with COVID, we ask that you inform us before our arrival so we can prepare accordingly.
As the situation continues to change we will update our health and safety protocols to ensure our customers and team remain safe at all times.