When to call a professional plumber

There are times when the handyman at work will be able to fix a clogged toilet or a slow drain with a plunger and a little elbow grease, and there are also times when he won’t. Sometimes, problems will require a professional in order to avoid major property damage and extortionate costs; the question is, when? Here are some of the most common problems that are likely to require a call to your go-to plumbing service:

Low water pressure – when water is trickling instead of gushing, you probably need a plumber. Pipe obstructions, city supply issues or poor pipe design can all play a part in low-pressure fixtures. A plumbing professional will be able to recognise the source of your problem and provide an appropriate solution.

Leaking pipes – are not usually a big deal but can be a costly nuisance. Leaks usually happen at joints and typically require permanent plumbing repair that may mean replacing a length of pipe or its fittings; a job best done by a pro.

Blocked drains – plungers and a little muscle can sometimes do the trick when it comes to a minor blockage but it’s not uncommon for debris to cause to clog the pipes, requiring an expert to fix the problem.

Running toilet – there’s nothing more annoying, in an office (or in life), than a toilet that doesn’t work properly. Running toilets (that never seem to flush effectively and take forever to refill) could be the result of a silent leak, which could lead to higher water bills if not dealt with.

No hot water – never good in an office, especially for the staff who have cycled in to work and need a quick shower to start the day! This is usually a result of a failed water heater…but whatever the source of your water heater’s failure; it’s a good idea to hire a plumber or technician to handle the job.

Dripping taps – washers form a water-tight seal, preventing water from pushing its way through the pipes and out of the tap; these washers can become stiff, torn or dislodged, allowing a tiny trickle of water through and creating an annoying drip…drip…drip. A plumber has the specialised tools required to fix this type of problem with relative ease.

When you’re running a business, spontaneous costs can be pretty inconvenient but more inconvenient is spending more money on a problem that could have been solved quicker and earlier, had you called a professional sooner.

For all your plumbing questions, feel free to contact the CH Systems team on 0208 302 8149 or

Sources: – “5 times you should call a plumber”; – “The Most Common Plumbing Problems and When to Call a Professional”