plumbing

This is a recent project that we worked on involving a 2 storey extension to an end of terrace family home in Letchworth. Extensions like this are very popular and can have a massive effect on the size and enjoyment of a home.

For this family, investing in this extension has resulted in a larger kitchen diner with utility room, and upstairs, an extra bedroom with an en-suite shower room. The bedroom is accessed by the existing landing and it has French doors that open into the bedroom with a Juliet balcony.

If we are quoting for a job where a new bathroom or shower room will be required, then as standard, our quotes include the cost of a basic bathroom suite, but often people will choose and supply their own. On this occasion, our client opted to supply their own bathroom suite, which comprised of a white shower, basin and toilet. This was complimented with grey floor tiles and pale grey wall tiles.

As part of this job we also demolished an outhouse, and in the utility room we plumbed in the dishwasher and installed a cupboard and shelves.

Many people are still opting to extend their homes rather than the more expensive option of moving house. It’s an almost guaranteed way to increase the value of your home, and done well will make it stand out from other houses nearby.
As always, it’s really important to employ a professional builder such as K.J. Hill in Bedford. If you get this selection right, you will find the whole process much less disruptive and difficult. Please get in touch if you’d like advice on where to start, or if you’re ready to get started on your own home improvement project.

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Helpful tipsWhen the temperature drops below freezing, if pipes aren’t adequately lagged, there’s a chance they may freeze, and even burst.

Having good insulation and keeping your heating on at a low level all the time should help to avoid either of these problem, but if you’re unlucky and your pipes freeze, this is what we suggest you do.

  1. Locate the stop valve and turn it off immediately.
  2. The simplest next step would be to call a plumber, but if you’d like to tackle it yourself, then read on…
  3. Check for leaking joints or bursts in the pipes.
  4. Very gently, heat any frozen sections with a hairdryer or heated cloth around the pipe. Remember that electricity and water don’t mix, so always hold the hairdryer above the pipe.

If in any doubt at all, call a reputable plumber!

Frozen pipes can lead to burst pipes, as water expands when it freezes. It isn’t the radial expansion of the ice against the wall of the pipe that causes the problem, but the build-up of pressure between the ice blockage and the closed tap can lead to pipe failure.

If a pipe bursts in your home the easiest thing to do is call a plumber, but before you do that you need to locate the stop valve and turn it off immediately.

If you’d like to tackle the job yourself, here are our suggestions:

  1. Locate the stop valve and turn it off immediately.
  2. Switch off your immersion heater and your central heating boiler.
  3. Turn on all hot and cold taps and allow to drain. This will help minimise the damage.
  4. Allow solid fuel fires to die out naturally.
  5. Switching off your electricity at the mains is a good precautionary measure if there’s any chance that water could come into contract with electrical wiring.
  6. As soon as possible, alert your neighbours so they can take any steps to safeguard their own homes.
  7. You can make a temporary repair to a burst pipe by binding it tightly with a cloth and/or tape, but this must be replaced by a permanent repair from a registered plumber as soon as possible.
  8. Re-fill your hot water system before you switch on your immersion heater or re-light your boiler.

Remember, adequate insulation is a good step towards minimising the risk of either of these problems, which can have devastating consequences.

Sometimes on older properties it is very difficult to ensure all pipes and drains are insulated against frost. In such an old property it may be worth considering an interior upgrade – even renovation with new protected pipework in modern materials installed to stay warm and run free. We can deal with upgrades and renovations, including the re-plumbing, as well as any remodelling of the interior space, e.g. with partitioning, new stairs, electrics, plastering and finishing. Call us for a consultation.

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Welcome to our blog

01/10/2013

Welcome to our new blog where we propose to discuss the many aspects of plastering, drylining and building in both the residential and commercial sectors of our industry. We look forward to showing information on domestic conversations, extensions and new builds, as well as renovation of care homes and offices.

For your convenience we have provided a tag cloud in the right hand column which should bring up related posts as we add them to the site.

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