Plumbing & Heating – Hints and Tips

Essex Property Maintenance are somewhat pioneers in plumbing and heating and amongst the other varied list of services we offer we have some impressive plumbers and heating engineers that work hard to bring you one of the most convenient plumbing and heating services in Essex. We do make every effort to make sure our clients receive the very best workmanship and transparent prices so that you can budget with the reassurance that you are safe in our hands.

Here are some tips and hints to help you when you are choosing a plumbing and heating engineer:

new-shower-installationChoosing a Plumbing and Heating Engineer

Firstly think about the work that you need to carry out in your home or property, here are a few of the most regular works that our team carry out for our clients:

Underfloor Heating Installation

Installing a New Combi or Conventional Boiler

Bathroom Installation

Heating System Diagnostics & Repair

Central Heating Maintenance & Servicing

Servicing a Gas Boiler

Fixing an Electric Shower

Moving a Light Switch

Installing New Sockets

Toilet Repair

Emergency Work

Installing a Washing Machine or Gas Powered Tumble Dryer


There is nothing like being left without heat in the dead of winter and being left without hot water when you need it. If your boiler breaks down, your toilet breaks or your shower needs fixing it is simply an inconvenience. Whatever reason you have to call on an expert trader, there are a few things to think about before you choose one.

new-bathroom-tilingAre They Gas Safe (CORGI) Registered?

Anyone working on gas powered appliances and systems in your home MUST carry the Gas Safe accreditation that was formerly known as CORGI. If the person working on your gas is not then they are breaking the law and potentially leaving you in a very dangerous situation. The CORGI gas registration scheme was replaced in 2009 and you can check to see if your potential engineer is registered with the new scheme by contacting the UK’s gas safety authority on 0800 408 5500.

What to Ask For

Always ask your heating engineer to see their identity card. Every tradesman registered under the Gas Safe scheme has been issued one. The rear of the card lists the projects that engineer is allowed to carry out.


Any plumbing engineer should carry the following before embarking on working on the system in your home or property; you can ask to see proof of the following:

City & Guilds Craft Certificate


NVQ Level 2

City & Guilds Advanced Craft Certificate


S/NVQ Level 4

Water Regulations

Other Things to Do

With installation of a new boiler, heating system, bathroom or kitchen you may need to contact your local council. This ensures that the work can be carried out at your home. You will be liable for all work carried out in your home so for this reason alone it is worth spending the time researching and gaining proof of qualifications, certifications and whether the heating engineer has been registered as Gas Safe.

In summary, it’s so important to do this properly after all your home is your castle and it’s great when everything in it work efficiently and the systems work as they should.

If you have a problem with plumbing or heating, or have a requirement for servicing, maintenance or installation then please feel free to call our Essex based team who will work to ensure that work done is completed professionally, to a high standard, and to an affordable price.

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