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Whether it’s replacing a leaking tap, carrying out planned or emergency response plumbing, heating or drainage, 7 days a week – We promise that we will work tirelessly at all times, to provide you with the same high standard of service that our reliable and trustworthy reputation has been built upon.
At Plumbing on Tap we understand how inconvenient a plumbing malfunction can be. This is why our team of residential plumbers offers the widest possible range of services. All our services, no matter how minor, are backed up by a quality guarantee and by our outstanding reputation in the plumbing industry.
Non-urgent plumbing services
At Plumbing on Tap we still consider non-urgent plumbing services as important. Whether you require the replacement of a ball valve at your home or the full installation of a bathroom suite at your commercial premises, our expert plumbers will attend to your request as soon as we can.
We do not lower the bar when it comes to non-urgent Brighton plumbing services. You can rest assured that every plumbing job we undertake will meet the high standards of quality that our company is known for.
Frequently Asked Questions
Purchase patch kits for plumbing leaks from the hardware store. You can also use a hose clamp with a rubber patch. Waterproof tape wrapping or using an epoxy paste can also help, but keep in mind that epoxy paste should be applied when the pipe is dry. However, these measures might only serve as a temporary measure, because once an area of your plumbing starts to leak, there’s a good chance that other spots can start leaking as well. You should therefore contact a professional plumber.
- Presence of water loving bugs: the sight of water loving bugs can indicate increased humidity and dampness in your home. A water leak is most likely what’s attracting the bugs to begin with.
- Mildew or odor of decaying wood: when you suddenly start sighting mold inside your house, this means that there may be a leak. There could also be a leak if you notice the odor of mildew, decaying wood or that of stagnant water.
- Unusual noises in your plumbing: air in the lines as a result of leaks can cause pinging or stuttering when a faucet is turned on.
- Wet spots: a leak in the pipes can cause wet spots on the walls and carpets. Your yard can also become soggy and subsequently dip. The drywall can also begin to buckle as it absorbs water.
- Sediments and rust in the water: since rust causes pipe leakage, sediments and rust particles in the water could indicate leakage.
- Lag your pipes: changes in the weather can cause water in the pipes to freeze. Consequently, the pipes will expand, causing leaks to occur. However, lagging the pipes with insulation can help prevent this. It can also help you to save money on energy bills.
- Know the location of your pipes: you can prevent plumbing emergencies by knowing exactly where your pipes are within the walls, so as to avoid putting nails in those areas.
- Keep your boiler serviced: service your boiler regularly, so as to detect any underlying problems with your central heating system early enough.
- Keep the water pressure at a reasonable level: high water levels can severely strain your pipes in the long run, causing leaks and reducing the life expectancy of your plumbing. Continuous high water pressure puts a lot of strain on the components of the plumbing system, such as joints and valves. You should therefore keep the pressure moderate at all times.
- Corrosion: several factors can cause your pipes to corrode, including ageing, water quality issues, and the resultant chemical reactions.
- Clogs: clogs are often the most common cause of leaks. When a clog is present, the water begins to drain more slowly. This takes a long while to drain off completely or stop draining at all. Subsequently, this causes the pipes to start leaking.
- Degradation and movement: over time, the foundation of your house settles; this in turn causes a shift in the pipes, which may potentially separate them.
- Water pressure: pipes are designed to bear a certain amount of pressure. Leaks occur when this pressure is exceeded.
- When your toilet takes several flushes to clear, the first thing you should check is if the water in the tank is low. Adjust your float to increase the water level and ensure that the level is at least an inch below the overflow tube.
- It could be that the flapper closes too soon. Check the length of the chain. Adjust the chain slack to about a quarter to half an inch of slack.
- Check the fill tube between the fill valve and the overflow tube. The first flush will serve merely to fill the bowl while getting ready for the next flush, if the bowl is not filled prior to flushing.
- Finally, it could be that there is some material that is clogging the trap-way of the bowl, the trap, vent pipe or drain pipe and slowing the siphon action of the flush. Use a plunger, a toilet auger, a snake, or a blow-bag to unclog.
Toilets have an elaborate plumbing system which carries waste out of the home and often miles away to sewage and reclamation plants. In most cases, as a result of this complicated system, toilets tend to make a range of noises, with some being normal and others occurring due to the breakdown or malfunction of one or more parts. A groaning noise is often a common problem. It comes from a problem with the diaphragm in the bullock (fill-valve). This is the case even if the diaphragm looks like it is okay. It will not require cleaning or repair, but a replacement of the fill-valve diaphragm and an adjustment of the water level in the tank will solve the problem.
My shower pressure drops when the toilet is flushed, and it makes the water in the shower too hot. What can you do to help?
Mixer showers have difficulty controlling water temperature. When the toilet is flushed somewhere in the house, or a cold faucet is switched on, the cold-water supply is suddenly reduced. This means that a higher proportion of hot water is coming through the shower. The opposite is the case when someone turns on the hot faucet, causing the water from the shower to be freezing cold. This can be remedied with mixer showers that are plumbed into the wall and use built-in thermostats. These constantly regulate the temperature of the mixed water to ensure adequate temperature.
A dripping tap can easily be fixed through any of the following means:
- Change the cartridge or washer depending on the design of the faucet: turn off the water supply and drain the system. Pry off the cover of the faucet and remove the screw. Use an adjustable wrench to loosen the nut counterclockwise. Remove the headgear/cartridge and fit in a new one. Reassemble the tap and turn on the water supply.
- Grind the seat to stop drips: if, after you have changed the washer, the faucet still drips from the spout, it may be that the valve seat (the part pushed against by the washer) is worn. You could use a nylon liner to make a new valve seat or grind away a little of the metal to form a new, flat seat.
Properly functioning drainage is essential for a safe and healthy home. For this reason, it’s prudent to carry out a drainage survey before buying a home. This is known as a ‘pre-purchase drainage survey’ or ‘home buyers drainage survey’.
A typical home buyers drainage survey is performed with the aid of Closed Circuit Television Camera (CCTV). This is known as a ‘CCTV drainage survey’ and will help identify potential drainage problems before the property is purchased.
Certain drain blockages require repairs, something at which our skilled technicians are more than adept. We always provide an honest free no obligation estimate for our drain unblocking services. However, in the event of an emergency, we may be required to re-route technicians from other parts of town to your property, which could incur extra costs; this also depends on your location and the time of emergency. You can use our online form to get a free estimate for drain unblocking, but for a better idea of our emergency call-out service, call us on 07872 987681 to find out more.
Blocked drains can be very inconvenient to everyone in your household; however, after unblocking, it’s vital you know just how to avoid any reoccurrence. In order to prevent drain blockages in future, you’ll need to know what can be poured down the sink and what should be disposed of by other means. Solid food, grease, cooking fat and meat juices are just some of the common culprits of blocked drains. Avoid the temptation to pour hot oil, fat or grease down the sink; instead, allow any of these to cool and solidify, then dispose of properly. The same applies to solid food and other non liquid substances.
Also, ensure your drain strainer is always plugged in to help separate the tiny bits of solid from any liquid that should go down the sink.
One of the most common problems households face is blocked drains. This can happen as a result of several factors, including build up of waste or damaged pipes. Sometimes, clogged and blocked drains clear up naturally as a result of the pressure of water flowing through the pipes; however, there are times when you’ll need an expert to handle your blocked drains. You can tell your drains are blocked if:
- Your sinks and toilets begin to overflow
- You notice a strange sulphurous smell around your drains
- You hear gurgling and choking sounds coming from sinks, showers and toilets
As the recommended installer for Worcester Boilers, Plumbing on Tap is proud to offer an unbeatable 7-year guarantee on any new Worcester Boiler you purchase. We will also offer a whopping 10-year guarantee with boiler installations if you include a system solution package in your purchase. We provide the best in boiler options at competitive rates, and you will be hard-pressed to beat our prices. If you find a cheaper option anywhere else, we offer a price match guarantee and, in some cases, will beat the price by a certain percentage of the difference.
Our plumbing and heating services are covered by Public Liability Insurance. This ensures that claims from our customers for damages or injury caused by our business are properly addressed. At plumbing on Tap, we have the best engineers and specialists to carry out projects, and our public liability insurance policy simply makes sure that these workers are protected from damage claims, while ensuring that clients are duly compensated for any negative experiences.
At Plumbing on Tap, we value customer satisfaction and strive to provide the best in plumbing and heating services for our clients. As such, we take customer complaints very seriously and we consider them to be areas of improvement to enable us to be better at our job. You can file a complaint by calling us or visiting our office, and we will address the problem immediately. You can also follow the Complaints Policy guide on our website or send us an email. Once we receive your complaint, you will be contacted to acknowledge the receipt and we will arrange a meeting with you to try and resolve your issue. If a final decision is made and you don’t agree with it, you may appeal and request a review, which will be done by a third party. We resolve all complaints within a few weeks of receiving them.
If you want to obtain a reference from a previous customer, contact us and we will try to address your issues first. We do try not to burden our customers with requests for references, so we have to ensure that your enquiries cannot be addressed by our team before connecting you to someone who has worked with us before. You can also read the many glowing customer reviews on our website to have an idea of how our customers feel about us. Feel free to browse through over two hundred customer reviews on our Checkatrade page, or read about the superb quality of our products and services in our Which? Magazine review.
Homeowners are often discouraged by contractors from purchasing or supplying their own materials. This is to prevent the use of substandard products in the projects. Most plumbing and heating services will include in their contracts that the customer is responsible for any damage caused by the materials they have supplied. To avoid such scenarios, it is better to allow the experts to supply the materials. However, clients can discuss with the contractors if they have any preferences in terms of where the materials are obtained from. This way, the client can receive expert advice on their choice of suppliers and the quality of their products. We source our supplies from credible names in the business, and while we aim for a flawless delivery each time, we do take full responsibility for any damage caused in the course of the project.
We are a flexible company and understand that you may have to rearrange your appointment due to circumstances beyond your control. Changing your appointment is quick and hassle-free. Simply call or email us to reschedule your appointment to a date that is convenient for you and our specialists.
Plumbing and heating projects can be quite expensive, which is why we offer a number of finance options to help you cover your expenses. With a minimum deposit of 25%, you can benefit from zero interest credit for 12 months. We are very transparent about our prices, and we will always discuss the costs before the project is carried out. We will also explain the finance options available to help you pay.
We accept all major credit and debit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, UCB and Maestro. We also accept cheques. We include VAT charges on all major purchases and services such as boiler installations and bathroom renovations. Our VAT registration number is 920466732. Our prices are fair and we have no hidden charges. Contact us if you wish to make enquiries about paying for your project. You can also call us to discuss a payment option not included here.
We encourage our customers to give us as much information as possible, including photographs, for a more accurate online quote. However, our experts are always available to carry out home surveys, where they will take specific measurements and notes to enable us to tailor our services to your needs.
From broken toilets to ruptured pipes, we understand that emergencies happen, and our team is always available to provide emergency services seven days a week at no extra cost. We charge you for the work done by our specialists, and we do not include call out fees in your total bill. Do not hesitate to call us whenever you have an emergency and we will be on site as soon as possible.
Our plumbing and heating services are recommended in Brighton and Hove, but we are also the number one plumbing and heating company in the entire South East. We operate across the region from Worthing all the way to Eastbourne and as up north as Burgess Hill. Wherever you are in the South East, Plumbing on Tap is only a phone call away. As a property owner in Brighton and Hove, chose Plumbing on Tap and our specialists will see that your plumbing and heating needs are well taken care of.
Our contact centre is always open. You can call us at any time of the day for enquires or a free quote, and our friendly receptionists are always happy to help. You can call us, send an email, or visit our office. You can also fill out an online form and our engineers will get back to you as soon as possible. We are also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide emergency heating and plumbing services across Brighton and Hove.
At Plumbing on Tap, we employ only the best workers who get the job done. Our engineers are registered in the Gas Safe Register, the official gas registration body for the United Kingdom and surrounding areas, as mandated by the Health and Safety laws of the country. We are also members of Checkatrade, where home owners can check the background information and reputation of plumbers across the country. We are also proud to be associated with Which? Magazine, trusted by consumers to provide credible reviews of products and services in the country. We are a Which? Trusted Trader, and our products and services have been tested, monitored and vetted by both Which? and Checkatrade. When it comes to boiler services, we are the recommended installers for Worcester Boilers, who recognise our superior workmanship and have verified Plumbing on Tap as a brand of excellence in Brighton.
Over time, tanks split or rust, while wear and tear can also lead to a dramatic leak and potentially flood your property, causing major damage. It’s therefore important to get a fast response, stop the leak and diagnose the exact problem. Our plumbers carry stock to help with speedy repairs. Full quotes for new tanks will be given if a replacement is needed.
Our qualified plumbers are committed to installing and repairing tanks and overflows to the highest of standards, with the least amount of disruption to you and your family.
A water storage tank should meet the following requirements before installation:
- A tank of 250 litres is considered adequate for most homes, so don’t buy a tank bigger than this, as it’s important for the water to be replenished with fresh water.
- Your water tank must be made from approved materials like Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) or Polyethylene, as these are approved for water storage. Older tanks are made of galvanised iron, which rusts over time, discolours water and leaves a bad taste. Be sure to look for the WRAS approved product logo, as this will ensure the tank is safe for storing drinking water.
- The tank you purchase must be for potable drinking water, as the design of the tank is different from those used to store non-potable water.
There are several reasons why a ball valve will need to be replaced. They include:
- Internal Leaking
- Leaking at the seams
- When it is no longer stopping water
- When it is not closing completely
- When it is broken
Our team of expert plumbers can replace ball valves, restore the lining of your tank, and repair any connecting pipe work to ensure water in your property is flowing properly.
A noisy tank is an annoying and common occurrence – especially if the tank is in your living space. However, not every sound a tank makes is problematic, but it might sometimes be a signal that points to a bigger issue. For instance, an accumulation of mineral deposits and sediment will cause your tank to make a noise; a clogged drain valve is also a sign your tank needs to be looked at; a leaky tank and cold or lukewarm water from the tank are also indications your tank needs to be repaired. Rusty water and rusty valves are also pointers that suggest a repair is needed.
Our effective water tank and pipe work cleaning service helps reduce limestone build-up and other potentially harmful bacteria in your water system. Cleaning your tank and overflow also helps improve the effectiveness of your water system.
Plumbing On Tap provides a 7 day a week plumbing service in Brighton. You can call us at any point during normal office hours with any plumbing related emergency and we can send out a fully certified plumbing technician straight away in most cases or, at the very least, same day. We also stock many common plumbing parts, potentially saving you the inconvenience of waiting for a part.
Plumbing On Tap are the number one recommended plumbers in Brighton, Hove and Worthing.We can send out a plumbing and heating specialist for all of your needs. We are proud to offer central heating installation and repair,boiler repair, maintenance, and installation, gas safety inspections, taps and toilet repair and installation, pipe repair, tanks and overflos, power flush services, bathroom and shower fittings, and so much more. Give us a call today!
This could be due to what is known as an “airlock,” which can be a reoccurring issue with many radiators. Anytime water is added to the heating system air will enter the system as well. As air is lighter than water, the air will settle within the radiator. This means less water running through the central heating system and colder room temperatures, not to mention an increase in your heating bill. A fantastic way to tell is to feel the radiator itself: if it’s colder at the top than at the bottom, there is a good chance of airlock.
While bleeding a radiator is common practice among homeowners, you can sometimes find yourself in the position of having bled the radiator but it still continues to remain cold. We never recommend any DIY or “cowboy” plumbing jobs when it comes your home’s central heating, so it would be best to call a Gas Safe certified plumbing and heating engineer to inspect your radiators.