Pompey Plumb Ltd, is a plumbing and maintenance company based in Portsmouth, Hampshire. Specializing in general plumbing, bathrooms, plastering, tiling and painting. We will handle every part of your new installation, from the preparation, with rerouteing of pipework, frame building and plastering; the fitting of the bathroom suite and towel rail; to the finishing, with flooring, tiling and painting, even the waste removal. With many contacts in the property maintenance industry, you can be sure that even the most unexpected of issues will be dealt with professionally.
Have a plumbing emergency? Give us a call and we aim to be with you within the hour, and will give you advice on how to handle the situation while we are getting to you.
We only use experienced and specialist plumbing engineers, plasterers, tilers, decorators and builders. These tradesman have proven track record for providing constant quality work, to the standards expected from a professional that has worked in the industry from many years.
Pompey Plumb Ltd is a new company, incorporated in 2019. We believe the key to building a good customer base, is to provide a quality and friendly service, at a fair price. With this premise, we believe that a happy customer is far more valuable than a flashy ad campaign.
We aim to keep our prices fair, but as we are a new company, we are offering unbeatable deals on a variety of work on our offers page, and we promise to beat any quote.
Leaks can usually be identified by either a discolouration or dripping from the ceiling, a suspicious wet patch on the floor, or in the case of a heating pipe on a combination system, this would result in a lost of heating due to a lack of pressure. Having no pressure in the boiler is usually indicated by displaying a fault code and/or by looking at the boiler's pressure gage.
Finding the leak, however, can be a slightly more difficult task. Because water will always flow to the lowest point, this means in many cases the leak may not be near where you find the water. Water pipes are often run underneath floorboards, in roof spaces, in boxing, or chased into walls. Most plumbers will tend to run pipework around the edge of the room close to the wall. However, this is not the case for all plumbers, and pipes in roof spaces will usually take the shortest route.
If the leak is excessive and likely to cause damage, turn the water off right away and call a plumbing engineer. To turn the water off, there is usually a tap known as a stopcock located under the sink. If you cannot find it there, it may be located in a cupboard near the front of the property or under the stairs. If you are still unable to locate the stopcock, there will be one located in the street outside of your property. However, in some cases you may need a special tool to turn the valve, if this is the case, then an adjustable will usually do the trick.
Faulty float valves
There are many different types of valve used in plumbing, and unsurprisingly float valves are one of the worst culprits for developing issues. This is because they contain plastic parts and get used a lot.
Identifying weather you have a faulty float valve will be shown by water discharging from a small plastic overflow pipe. Because the valve is no longer fully shutting the water off, it has no option but to flow out of the overflow pipe. Older toilets will also have an overflow pipe feature to identify weather the toilet float valve is faulty. However, with newer toilets, the overflow feature is built into the toilet's syphon, and if the float valve is letting by, you will see a constant stream off water flowing into the toilet pan.
As long as the water is flowing out of the overflow and not into your property, you are pretty safe. However, it is recommended you have the valve services or replaced as soon as possible.
Modern taps are not as easy to fix as older taps, back in the day, you could take the tap apart, reseat the tap with a special tool and replace the washer. However, most modern taps now come with plastic cartages which need replacing, if you can find them that is.
This is why it is good to go with a popular tap, then you know finding cartridges in the future will not be too difficult. You see all the time on plumbing forums, plumbing engineers asking for advice on where to find cartridges for random taps, in many cases are unable to locate them and having to install new taps instead.
A dripping tap is not too bad, unless it is the hot tap and letting enough water through to cause the boiler to fire up, costing you extra on your gas bill.
All modern plumbing installations should be fitted with an isolator valve, if this is the case with your excessively leaking tap, you can turn these valves off with a screw driver, this will stop the flow of water, making the tap unusable.
Radiator cold spots
There are two main causes of cold spots on a radiator, one could be because of excessive air in the radiator, but more likely it is a build up of sludge in the system, which is preventing the water from flowing around the radiator.
It is advised that only a competent person try remove air from a radiator. To remove the air from the radiator, you will need to use a radiator vent key, by slowly unscrewing the vent nipple with some tissue to catch any dirty water, until air or water starts escaping. If no air comes out of the radiator, close the valve off immediately. However, if air does start escaping, wait for all of the air to vent, until the valve passes water, then close off the valve.
It's advised that doing this may cause other problems. Firstly, by removing an excessive amount air from the radiator, could cause a low pressure fault in the boiler and you could be left without heating and hot water until it is re-pressurised. Secondly, if the nipple breaks or it comes out of the radiator fully and you are unable to put it back in, you could end up with a serious leak on your hands.
Dealing with system sludge is another matter entirely and you will need to get it power flushed by a trained professional. Power flushing is a the process of running cleaning chemicals back and fourth through each of the radiators in turn with a special machine, until the water runs clear and water tests prove minimal particulates remain in the system.
To prevent the build-up of sludge, magnetic filters can be attached to the system to catch the metal as is oxidised and released into the system. Oxidisation can be prevented by adding an inhibitor solution to the heating system.
Radiator not heating up
There are a number of reasons why a radiator may not be heating up. Firstly, again this could be due to excessive air in the radiator, it could also be a faulty TRV which is stuck closed, or it could be because of an airlock in the system.
A faulty TRV is the usual culprit for a radiator not getting hot, these complicated valves have tiny parts that over time, especially if not used often, get seized up and stop working properly. Sometimes all they need is some encroachment gently moving and oiling the pin that controls the valve. Other times the valve is too far gone and will need replacing, this will involve, either draining the system or freezing the pipe leading to the valve. Either way, the procedure and testing can take between 1 and 2 hours.
Airlocks can be caused by a dodgy heating system circuit, with lots of badly routed pipework and radiators being spurred off from the system at the wrong locations. Either way, usually airlocks only arise after the system has been refilled after draining. To fix the air lock, it is good practice to open all off the radiator valves, bleeding the system and then shutting other radiators to try and isolate the flow of water to the radiator/s with the airlock.
There are distinct sounds that you may hear from your radiator, a bubbling/pouring sound or a humming sound. The bubbling sound could mean there is air in the system, however, if the system has been recently filled, this air may pass out of the automatic air vent in the boiler. If the sound is persistent there is a good chance it needs bleeding.
The humming one the other hand, is most likely to do with a faulty TRV. These intricate valves have springs inside, which when they become unstable, can reverberate through the radiator. The only option for this would be to change the valve.
Low water pressure
There are a number of reasons for low water pressure, which in turn can cause issues with things such non-pumped thermostatic showers, where it can be impossible to even get any hot water from the shower. This can be due to converted houses that were not designed to supply water to the upper parts of the property, or at the times you use your shower , other people are also using the water, decreasing it's pressure.
However, if you are only getting a low flow-rate from one outlet and not the others, it is likely there could be some debris in the valve, restricting it's flow.
How can you mitigate a poor flow-rate? If it is just the shower you are having issues with, it might be best to have an electric shower installed, which doesn't rely on a minimum flow of hot water to work. Or if you have a bit more money to spend, you could consider installing a dedicated stored water tank and shower pump. Another option would be to install a mains booster pump, that will increase the pressure to all of the water coming into the property.
Noisy pipes, like radiators, can be due to faulty valves, these can be taps, float valves or TRV's, creating a humming/vibrating sound. However, another potential cause could be that the pipes are not secured properly, this usually creates a knocking sound when opening and closing valves, potentially weakening joints and creating a leak.
Another sound could be a creaking can cracking sound, this is usually due to the heating and expansion of the pipes and their effect on surrounding materials such as wood. The heat can make the wood to expand, creating friction and that annoying creaking sound. Fixing this problem could be a job for a carpenter, or it could simply need a little extra space around the pipe.
Slow draining water
If your water is slow draining, this could mean you have a blockage in your waste pipe or drain. However, it could also be due to poorly routed pipework that runs up hill or round lots of difficult bends. To fix this, there should be a rodding access installed on the pipework, which will allow a rodding tool to be pushed into it to help break apart to blockage. For poorly routed pipework, the only solution is to remove it and start again.
At Portsmouth Plumbers, we have years of experience in identifying and fixing all manners of plumbing issues, you can rest assured your plumbing installation will be done with the up most care in mind and to the correct HSE, British and EU standards. Take a look at our information section for help identifying those common plumbing problems and steps you can take to solving them.
Here are some of the services we offer:
1st and 2nd fix brazed pipework
Leak identification, detection and repair
Taps and valves
Baths and showers
Waste and drainage
Hot water cylinders
Need a job done in the evening or weekends and don't mind paying a little extra? We try to keep our prices as clear as possible and our pricing method makes sure that time is available for those more urgent jobs.
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Emergency call-outs, where we guarantee that we will be with you within 1 hour, plus the estimated travel time from the nearest engineer . This will be charged at 1.5x the current rate for the first hour, then normal rates thereafter.
Today more than ever, the bathroom is one of those places you can escape from the world. But what good is it if all you can see is wonky pipes, loose tiles and peeling chipboard wallpaper? We are fitting bathrooms from basic / cost effective all the way up to high-quality suites with all the mod-cons. As we expand our website, we will introduce you to some of the features available to you. Whatever you choose, you can rest assured your products will be install with the up most care in mind and to the correct HSE, British and EU standards.
As a new business, we are offering unbeatable prices on supply and fit bathroom installations. All of our supplied materials, including bathroom suites and taps, are quality products that have stood the test of time.
Our basic supply and fit bathroom packages start from just £1650, including:
Basin and taps
Bath and taps
4m2 of tiles
4 hours of pipework alteration
A lot of time the customer would like us to fit products that they have bought. This is perfectly fine with us, we just ask the all of the relevant materials are on the job when we come to do the work, that all the materials are to the correct UK sizing standards and of a reasonable quality.
Need a job done in a hurry and don't mind paying more for the evenings and weekends? We will stay later and work the weekends, our estimates are based on these labout costs:
Does your property feel like it's crumbling, with blown and cracked plaster? Well we use only the most skilled plasterers, that are capable of leaving your walls solid, flat and looking as good as new.
What better way to start the new season than with a fresh coat of paint. Weather it's preparing for a new arrival, freshening up the front of the house or any other painting problem, we have you covered. We use only the most skilled and compliant painters, they will have your property looking band new.
Beautiful tiling can make all the difference, weather your current tiles are looking outdated or its for that new installation, we have got you covered. We use only the most skilled tilers, that work with precision and care, so you can be sure that your tiles will be level, solid and looking fantastic.