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TM Hughes & Son have over 30 years of domestic and commercial plumbing experience in Brentwood and the surrounding areas.
Each of our Plumbers is knowledgeable with many years of real-world experience.
Over time we have done work to a high standard for Brentwood’s people, building a reputation of reliability, competence and honesty.
Our prices are among the best in the area and are regularly reviewed to ensure they stay that way.
All of our services have no call out charges or unpleasant hidden extras.
All TM Hughes Plumbers and Gas Engineers are Gas Safe Registered and Worcester Bosch Accredited.
Plumbing Services Brentwood
Full Bathroom Refurbishments & installations are undertaken by our Plumbers, Heating Engineers, Tilers and Electricians. Our skilled and experienced staff will create your dream bathroom, whether that be a traditional style suite with rounded edges and classic taps or a modern design with the latest shower enclosure and monobloc taps. Everything from flooring to radiators is taken care of. We’ll work with you to show you what’s possible and plan your Bathroom down to the last detail, so it’s built or refurbished to your exact specifications.
Bathroom designs can be based on a particular theme (victorian, Scandinavian, shabby chic, modern, etc.), or you can simply choose your tiles, suite and flooring. Designs can be simple or complex; it’s entirely up to you. If you see a bathroom design you like the look of online or in a magazine, show us, and we can copy it.
Bathrooms are built to a high standard from the ground up, first of all. We’ll lay a non-slip waterproof floor for which there are various choices, from tiles, concrete, vinyl and even wood (desirable for certain ‘looks’). We fit Underfloor heating to many bathrooms. Nothing beats a warm floor when stepping out of the bath. Underfloor heating in conjunction with a heated towel rail is a popular option.
There are multitudes of Bathroom suites available in different shapes, sizes and designs. Baths, basins, toilets and showers can be sourced to fit any space. Our fitter will make sure you get the most out of your Bathroom, making suggestions for the best possible performance. We handle all the electrical work and are well versed in Bathroom lighting, an essential component when achieving a specific style or look.
Bathrooms can be partially refurbished. You may like your existing suite, tap’s fixtures and fittings and may only want new tiles on the floor, walls or both. This is ok we handle all types of bathroom work, big and small.
Blockages are the most common Plumbing issue in the Brentwood Home. Is your toilet pan filling up when you flush? Or maybe water’s draining slowly from your sink, shower or bath? Bad smells or gurgling noises coming from the drain? If the answers yes to any of these questions, then you have a blockage which we can shift for you in no time. Whatever you do, don’t leave it. Eventually, your pipes will block fully, allowing no water to pass, which could end up flooding your kitchen or bathroom.
Burts Pipes usually occur in winter when an uninsulated pipe freezes, expands and splits the pipe causing a continuous leak when the water defrosts. Turn off the mains water supply and give us a call. We’ll be with you ASAP. We also defrost frozen pipes and offer a pipe insulation service. Burst pipes can be very damaging and expensive. Prevention is better than cure. Make sure your pipes are insulated before the winter comes.
Leaks can cause a lot of damage any leak; however, small ones should be repaired on discovery. Leaks can occur in pipes, baths, boilers, central heating systems, sinks, toilets and water tanks. The source of a leak is not always immediately obvious but don’t worry, one of our Plumbers will quickly pinpoint where the leaks coming from and will have it repaired in no time.
The mains stopcock controls water flow into your home from the mains water supply in the street. In a Plumbing emergency, you will have to shut off the water supply via the mains stopcock. Ensure you know where your mains stopcock is and that it works correctly. Many in Brentwood haven’t been used in years and have seized up, so they will need freeing or replacing.
Saniflo Systems are Macerator devices that turn toilet waste into a slurry pumped through pipes into the sewer. The release of Saniflo allowed Toilets to be installed anywhere in the home, a cupboard, the loft, in the garage even, anywhere you want. We offer a full Saniflo fitting service to our Brentwood customers. There are several types available on the market. Our Plumber will advise you on the best one for your home and situation.
Shower Services include installing or replacing electric, eco, power, digital, mixer and thermostatic Showers, repair and pressure adjustment. We also supply and fit all shower pump types, including standard, universal, single and double impellor negative or positive head. Whatever your heating system, we have your shower needs covered.
We install traditional Pillar, Mixer, Monobloc and commercial taps. Your existing taps can be replaced if you fancy a change or repaired if they’re leaking. Both kitchen and bathroom taps use mechanisms that will eventually wear out. Fortunately, they are simple enough to replace whether they use a disc, washer, cartridge or ball system. We carry various Tap parts in stock, and for the ones we don’t carry, we can source the same day.
All types of Toilet are installed and repaired regularly by our Plumbers. We can fit close coupled, back to the wall, wall hung and corner toilets, and all types of cisterns, including low, high, and concealed. Any problems you have with your existing Toilet are quickly remedied. Common problems we see in Brentwood are blockages, overfilling and broken/non-working flushing.
Most Plumbing & Heating problems are detected quickly with our Thermal Imaging camera. The use of Thermography allows us to instantly identify heat loss and leaks in heating systems and pipes. Saving time on the job (and the customer money) and eliminating any unnecessary disruption would have otherwise been caused by lifting floorboards and cutting into walls.
Waste Disposal Units
Waste Disposal units are a great addition to any kitchen. They allow the quick and clean disposal of all your food waste. Energy-efficient and self-cleaning, they fit discreetly underneath the sink. All food waste’s ground into beautiful pieces, mixed with water and flushed into the drain. Let us know if you want one fitted or are experiencing problems with an existing unit.
There are two types of water cylinder vented and unvented we work with both. Vented cylinders are fed from a cold water tank (usually in the loft) heated water’s distributed with gravity. Many older homes in Brentwood have vented cylinders. Unvented cylinders are often found in newer homes in the area—no tank’s required as the cylinders fed directly from the mains. Manufacturers recommend unvented water cylinders are serviced every 12 months. We install service and repair both types of the water cylinder.
Water Heaters are an excellent heating water option when a Boiler isn’t present; we often install them in commercial properties. Vented Water Heaters run off a cold water cistern while Unvented heaters are connected directly to the mains water supply. Other water heaters include instantaneous and boiling water dispensers.
All TM Hughes & Son staff are Plumbers and Heating Engineers (with the relevant Gas Safe accreditation)
Our Heating Services cover the installation, servicing and repair of all parts of the heating system, including boilers, radiators, controls, pumps, pipes and valves. We also offer Underfloor Heating and Powerflushing services.
The heating systems of most homes in the Brentwood area are Gas-powered. We can work on all fuel types, including gas, electric and Oil. Gas is cheap fuel and more environmentally friendly than electricity. Electric and Oil boilers are often found in homes off the gas grid.
TM Hughes & Son are Worcester Bosch Accredited engineers. We also install, service and repair Boilers by Alpha, Ariston, Baxi, Ferolli, Glow-worm, Grundfos, Heat-line, Ideal, Keston, Potterton, Saunier Duval, Vaillant, Viessman and Vokera. .You can read more about our Boiler services below.
All parts of a central heating system are essential, working in unison to provide hot water and heat. Life would be very uncomfortable indeed, without central heating. Arguably the most vital part is the Boiler which heats water for your taps, shower and radiators. Boilers work extremely hard 365 days a year. An annual service is vital to keep it running at the best possible efficiency. Periodic power flushing will also significantly benefit your Boiler and central heating system.
The best condensing boilers run at over 90% efficiency. Old boilers (those over 15 years) can run as low as 60% efficiency, which means 40% of the fuel burned is wasted—bad news for your pocket and the environment.
Homeowners usually upgrade their boilers when they feel they’re no longer efficient or fail beyond repair. When upgrading, it’s straightforward to fit a boiler of the same type in its place. Alternatively, you may want a different kind of Boiler that’ll suit your needs better.
The preferred option for smaller homes (and most homes in the UK, for that matter, accounting for around 50% of all boiler installations). The combination boiler provides instant hot water, has a built-in pump (no external pump required) and doesn’t require a cylinder. Economical and saves space.
The preferred choice for larger homes that require a supply of hot water so the shower and hot taps can be used simultaneously. Features a pressurised cylinder for hot water storage enough to provide a family home and will still supply hot water in the event of boiler failure (as long as an immersion heater’s fitted).
The original Boiler, regular systems are still found in older homes they use a vented cylinder, feed and expansion tanks which makes the whole system bulky and complicated. Although modern combi and system boiler cover is favoured for most situations, regular boilers are fitted as upgrades to existing systems and the largest of homes. The system design allows for a continuous supply of hot water at multiple points, so it is ideal for the largest homes.
For years TM Hughes & Son have been installing and replacing Boilers throughout Brentwood. Our engineers are Gas Safe Registered and Worcester Bosch Accredited, so we are well-positioned to help you choose the best Boiler for your home and budget. We offer free no-obligation Boiler Quotes and up to a ten-year warranty on new Boiler installations.
A boiler is a big purchase. Once installed, it will be serving your home for the next 15 years+. You must pick the right Boiler for your home and your hot water demands. An engineer will visit to examine your existing Boiler and central heating system. A straight upgrade may be required to remove your old Boiler and put a new one in its place.
If your heating and hot water demands have increased or decreased, you may want a different type of Boiler. For example, you may want to remove a traditional boiler with water tanks and cylinder and replace with a new combi boiler freeing up space in the process. Not a problem, we can convert your existing central heating system to accept a new boiler type. Don’t worry if you’re not sure about boiler sizes and types. One of our friendly engineers will go through all the options (and prices) with you.
Installing a new energy-efficient Boiler will save you money on gas bills and make your home feel cosier. Most new Boilers nowadays run at over 90% efficiency, while old boilers run as low as 60% efficiency—a significant saving.
The household Boiler is the hardest working appliance in your home, day after day, month after month, year after year, your Boiler’s working to supply you and your family with hot water. Older Boilers are prone to breaking down, usually in winter when you need them the most. In the event of Boiler Failure, we can be with you within 2 hours and carry most Boiler parts in stock so we can have your heating and hot water back on in no time.
We fix all Boiler issues before they cause the Boiler to fail (which could cause damage and be expensive to repair). Issues such as low pressure, extinguishing pilot lights and loud noises can be examined and repaired. Sometimes the removal and cleaning of certain parts are enough to get the Boiler running. Other times parts need to be ordered. Usually a swift process our engineers have the essential parts on their vans. We have good relationships with local suppliers. If a part’s required and we don’t have it, we can usually pop out and get the part locally, ensuring boiler repair occurs the same day.
Engineers are on call 24/7 to deal with boiler breakdowns. We serve homeowners, landlords, tenants and business owners. All types and makes of Boiler are covered under our repair service.
The best way to prevent Boiler Breakdown is to have an annual service ensuring your Boiler runs efficiently and cost-effectively. Our Boiler servicing is amongst the best priced in Brentwood.
Boiler manufacturers generally recommend annual servicing, as do home emergency cover policies. On home insurance call outs for a boiler breakdown, the engineer will likely ask for a service record. Servicing is necessary for insurance validation.
During the service, our engineers can identify and fix any minor faults before they turn into serious issues, issues that cause boiler breakdown and, in severe cases, damage. Boiler Servicing also protects you and your family from carbon monoxide poisoning.
When you book a service, one of our Gas Safe, Registered engineers will show up at the agreed time and present his Gas Safe ID. Certified, experienced professionals always carry out servicing. The service itself is relatively swift and tidy. A procedure’s followed that covers every part of the Boiler.
The casings checked for damage and leaks. Internal components are cleaned, all seals and connections are checked. Loose connections are tightened worn seals are replaced. We’ll also check all pipework to ensure it’s in good working order. Safety devices are tested, as are gas and boiler pressure. A service ensures all exhaust gasses are removed through the flue (essential for preventing carbon monoxide poisoning.
We service all types of Boiler (regular, combi and system), all fuel types (gas, electric and oil) and all makes.
Carbon Monoxide Alarms
Carbon Monoxide is a deadly invisible Gas that’s produced when carbon-based fuels are not fully burned. Any fuel-burning appliance is a potential risk. Your home must be fitted with Carbon Monoxide alarms to fit yourself or get us to fit them for you. In the event, your Carbon Monoxide Alarm goes off, evacuate everyone from your property and call an ambulance if anyone’s showing signs of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. Call us, and we will be with you immediately, do not re-enter your home until we have given you the all-clear.
Central Heating Controls
Your Central Heating’s Controls ensure your systems set optimally, keeping your home warm while preserving energy when the heat’s not required. Old or incorrectly set Heating Programmers can result in wasted energy and money. Our Brentwood Heating Engineers supply, fit and set all kinds of heating controls, including Thermostats, Programmers, Thermostatic Radiator Valves and Cylinder Thermostats. Replacing or simply resetting your controls can save you money and make your home more comfortable.
Your controls set your desired temperature and establish when your heating and hot water turn on/off. Correctly set controls to ensure you have heat and hot water when you need it and that there’s no energy wasted. Modern central heating systems will have the following controls.
- A Thermostat – Sets the temperature.
- A Programmer – Sets the times heating and water is active
- Thermostatic Radiator Valves – Sets the temperature of each room
- Cylinder Thermostat – Sets the water temperature within the cylinder (not applicable to combi boiler systems)
Central Heating Pumps
Your Central Heating Pump moves hot water around your home and heating system, keeping you warm and supplied with hot tap water. If your pump fails, you’ll have no hot water or heating. We supply, fit, replace and repair central heating pumps, so if some or none of your radiators are getting warm, your pumps making weird noises or won’t start, why not let one of our Plumbers take a look at it? Pumps are located within the Boiler or on the system. This will depend on your Boiler and system. Power showers utilise a pump also. We install, upgrade and repair both central heating pumps and shower pumps.
Gas Cooker Fitting
By law, Gas Appliances need to be installed or disconnected by a fully qualified Gas Safe Registered Engineer, a service we often undertake around Brentwood. Our engineers can fit or disconnect Gas, LPG and Dual Fuel Cookers, ovens and hobs. The service includes the mandatory Gas Safe certification that is essential to validate household and landlord insurance.
Gas cooker connection and disconnection is a swift process. Your old cookers pulled out and disconnected. Your new cookers unpacked, connected, put in place and tested.
Always use a gas safe registered engineer when it comes to fitting or removing gas cookers. It’s not a DIY job and can be very dangerous. We offer a disconnection/connection service at a very reasonable price.
We fit gas ovens, cookers, and hobs of any size and make. All appliances are fitted and tested to the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure your new cookers working properly. Using us will validate your cooker warranty. Most state a qualified gas engineer must fit the oven (otherwise, the warranties invalid)
We can also install any accessories you may require, such as extractor fans, oven switches, smoke/carbon monoxide alarms etc.
Gas Fire Servicing
Gas Fires should be serviced annually to ensure they are running efficiently and they are not a carbon monoxide risk. We service Standard Open Fronted Gas Fires, High-Efficiency Gas Fires, and Outset Gas Fires whatever your flue type, whether that be Brick Chimney/Class One, Pre-Fabricated or Pre-Cast. A service record’s included with every Gas Fire Service.
If you haven’t had your gas fire serviced in the past twelve months, have noticed soot stains on the exterior, have a smokey room or your fires hard to light, it’s time you had a service.
We offer Gas fire Servicing, which will make your fire run safely and efficiently. A service uncovers any problems, some of which can be rectified during the service.
An engineer will dismantle the fire’s working parts and clean every individual component thoroughly, so your fire runs smoothly. Chimneys and flues are very important. They expel excess gasses. We’ll check gasses are removed at the required rate. Finally, the safety devices are checked before the fires put back together.
Carbon monoxide alarms should accompany gas fires. We can advise on this if alarms are not present.
Gas Safety Inspections
As a landlord, Gas Safety Inspections and safety certificates are a legal requirement. We issue Landlord Gas Safety Certificates (also known as a CP12). We can check your property every 12 months and issue the correct certification making sure you and your property are above board and legal. If your gas system or appliances don’t pass the inspection, we’ll do the necessary work so your property passes.
We make gas safety inspection for landlords easy. If you let a property, a gas inspection must occur every 12 months or whenever a new tenant moves in. An inspection verifies that your properties safe, a CP12 certificate’s issued to prove your gas system and appliances are safe for your tenants to use and comply with the gas safety installation and use regulations 1998.
Inspections are carried out by qualified gas safe registered engineers who’ll visually inspect every appliance, check gas is burned correctly, exhaust gasses are adequately exposed of (no carbon monoxide risk) and that safety devices are working. Once everything is tested and passed, a certificate’s written and issued.
Once passed, you can rent your property safely and legally, relax in the knowledge your property and tenants are safe. Inspections validate your landlord’s insurance also.
If your property doesn’t pass the inspection, we will advise on repairs and return once a repair has been carried out. Often corrections can be carried out during the inspection. We always write to customers two months before their landlord’s certificates expire as a reminder.
Fitting an Immersion Heater to your cylinder gives you the option of both gas and electricity as fuel for your hot water supply. A back up in case your Boiler fails. An immersion heater will heat a typical 120-litre cylinder in a couple of hours, and a well-insulated cylinder will keep your water hot all day.
Oil Boilers are present in some rural areas around Brentwood that are off the mains gas grid. Oil’s an excellent alternative to Gas with good energy efficiency. Our Engineers are fully qualified to supply, install service and repair all types of Oil Boiler, regular, system and combi. We also cover all aspects of Oil supply tank work.
Powerflushing involves pumping chemicals through your system, removing any unwanted obstructions in the process. A clear system gives you optimal, cost-effective heating while protecting your boiler, radiators and pipes from corrosion and failure.
Power flushing clears debris within your central heating system. Debris is inevitable hot water produces limescale which breaks away and settles in radiators. Rust particles are formed from the inside of radiators, combining with limescale to form debris commonly known as sludge. Sludge is actually like having mud in your radiators, pipes and boiler causing inefficient and expensive heat output.
As the year’s pass, the sludge becomes more prominent, radiators only partially heat, rooms are cold, and heating becomes more expensive to run. Sludge is indicated by dirty water on radiator bleeding. If you notice any of your radiators are only get hot from the middle or top upwards, then it’s time to consider a Power Flush.
Left alone, your heating efficiency will decrease, and central heating components will be at risk of blockage and even damage. An engineer will attach a Power Flush machine to your system. Over the course of a few hours, water (mixed with chemicals) is gently pumped through the system. The chemicals will breakdown and dislodge all sludge and debris which is collected and removed.
The process is continued until your system’s 100% clear. You’ll notice the difference instantly. Your system will heat quickly, and all radiators will heat fast. A Pwerflush lasts a long time corrosion inhibitors are added to the new water to help prevent sludge build-up in the future.
Radiators & Valves
Radiators and Valves need to be set correctly. Radiators and valves must also be in good working order to ensure optimal heat output for each room. We can quickly set your Radiators if you’re experiencing problems such as only some radiators getting warm. New Radiators and Valves can be supplied and fitted, including flat panel, towel rails, column radiators and designer radiators. Thermostatic valves are fitted to all new Radiator installations as standard. We can also upgrade your old manual valves to modern Thermostatic if you want better control of heat in every room.
All components must be appropriately set for the Boiler and central heating system to function at its best. If you feel you’re not getting the mist from your system, one of our engineers can set everything correctly. It’s amazing how many households have their system set inadequately and are wasting money unnecessarily. Sometimes upgraded parts are in order. For example, replacing manual radiator valves with thermostatic valves can dramatically improve comfort and energy usage.
Underfloor Heating provides even heat distribution throughout a room. Pipes (wet system) or Coils (Electric System) run under the floor, supplying heat underfoot over the room’s whole surface area. Underfloor Heating uses less energy than radiators, the absence of which saves space, making your home look and feel bigger. Our Brentwood Heating Engineers install service, and repair both wet and electric Underfloor Heating Systems.
Wet Underfloor Heating (AKA water or hydronic underfloor heating) pumps hot water through pipes that run under the floor. The pipes are set in screed, are insulated or sit in specially made tiles. The screed, insulation or tiles are also heated; they retain and emit heat making the whole system very efficient. We can add Underfloor Heating to your existing central heating system by installing a manifold, thermostat and pump, which will work in conjunction with your current boiler.
Electric Underfloor heating is cheaper to install than wet systems. However, it’s more expensive to run. Cables or mats with pre-installed cables are run under the floor and connected to the electrical system. Electrical systems can be set in the screed or laid directly underneath the flooring.
Both types of Underfloor Heating can be fitted into any home and work with any kind of flooring, including wood, carpet, tiles and vinyl. We also service and repair all types of Underfloor Heating. Issues are usually found in the above-ground components like the manifold. When there’s a problem under the floor, we’ll detect it quickly with a thermal imaging camera.
Contact Your Local Brentwood Plumber
We can give you advice on any small Plumbing issues you want to fix yourself or give you a no-obligation quote or estimate for those jobs that need professional attention.
- All Plumbers are Gas Safe Registered
- TM Hughes & Son are Worcester Bosch Accredited
- We undertake all Plumbing and Heating jobs no matter the size
- Our prices are regularly reviewed, making sure they are among the best in Brentwood
- No call out charges
- Vans are well stocked with tools and parts to complete almost any job
- Work’s always done to a high standard our Plumbers ensure you’re satisfied with the work and price
If you would like a quick and free no-obligation estimate or quote or would like to speak or book a plumber, please contact us using the phone number or contact form below