If you need a friendly local Chelmsford Plumber and would like a free estimate or quote, please call us: 01245 830075
TM Hughes & Son have over 30 years of experience in domestic and commercial Plumbing. We offer a range of services ranging from simple plumbing jobs like changing taps or unblocking toilets to full bathroom refurbishments and central heating installations.
Our Plumbers are highly experienced specialists with an excellent reputation for being reliable, competent and honest. Our rates are also very fair with no call out charges or hidden extras.
Every Plumber on the TM Hughes team is certified with gas-safe registration. We are accredited by checkatrade.com and trustatrader.com so you can rest assured every job big or small will be completed to a high professional standard.
With our combined experience there isn’t any plumbing job or problem we haven’t done or solved. Between our team, we will find a solution for your plumbing needs whatever the circumstances.
Plumbing Services Include
- Bathroom repair and refurbishment
- Burst pipe repair
- Gas heating services
- Leak repair
- Mains stopcock unsticking & replacement
- Pipe repair
- Pipe unblocking
- Pipe fittings replacement
- Saniflo installation
- Shower installation, service and repair
- Shower pump installation service & repair
- Tap installation & repair
- Toilet installation service & repair
- Waste disposal unit installation, repair and unblocking
- Waste & overflows installation, repair and unblocking
- Water tank installation, service and repair
- And lots more
Plumbing Repairs & Installations
The plumbing system in your Chelmsford home is carefully designed so various pipes can deliver water to multiple points in the house. These points are of course taps, showers, baths, water tank and central heating system. Running water combined with the household plumbing system gives us optimal comfort, but water is very corrosive.
Parts wear out; pipes get blocked, so the plumbing system has to be maintained and repaired. Let’s go through the system in your home and the regular plumbing jobs we undertake.
The water comes into your home via the local water supply in the street. A waste system is in place that lets all the used water out. The drain is just as significant as the mains water supply, what comes in must go out.
Our plumbers are experts in household plumbing and waste systems. Here is an explanation of some of the plumbing jobs we undertake in Chelmsford.
The first point of call for running water is usually the Kitchen where the main water supply comes in. The mains water supply to your home can be turned on and off by the mains stopcock.
It’s essential for you to know where your mains stopcock is and that it’s in full working order. If there’s ever a plumbing emergency, you must shut off the mains water supply or your home could be severely damaged. Our plumbers can check and replace your mains stopcock if needed.
There’s then a network of pipes that supply your home with water. The first group supply your kitchen tap, dishwasher and washing machine. Fitting dishwashers or washing machines isn’t a difficult job and only takes a few minutes. One of our plumbers will be more than happy to help. Kitchen taps are connected by two pipes one hot, one cold.
Taps are (or should be) fitted with flexible hoses. A flexible hose connects your taps to the water supply and can be shut off at the hose entry which is handy if your tap ever springs a leak. Hoses also make the job of changing a tap cheaper and more accessible. The water can be shut off at the hose instead of the mains water supply.
Our Chelmsford plumbers are used to seeing waste disposal units under the sink and are experts in fitting, servicing and unblocking them. Waste disposal units have boomed in popularity in recent years, and it’s easy to see why. They are very convenient in that they simply grind up your waste, mix with water and flush down the drain.
A typical Chelmsford bathroom has a toilet, basin, a bath or shower (or both) the main bathroom has more plumbing than any other room in the house. There are four types of toilet, close coupled (with the toilet and cistern close together) are the most common toilets with close to wall designs coming in second.
Other designs include corner and wall hung, although we have found these designs are not as common. Cisterns can be hung low and high and can be hidden. Whatever your Toilet and cistern type internally they all work the same. The cistern is filled, a float stops the water once complete.
The float stops the cistern overfilling and flooding your bathroom as well. When flushed, the waste is expelled down the soil pipe to the sewer. The cistern then refills.
Toilets are prone to problems such as blockages, which are inevitable for most households and can be very inconvenient especially if you only have one or multiple toilets sharing the same soil pipe.
In the event of a blockage, we will be with you quickly and have your toilet unblocked in very little time. Other toilet problems include constant filling, overfilling and not flushing.
This is due to the float valve system which again is quickly repaired or replaced. Sadly blockages not only occur in toilets. Any waste or pipe can suffer from one. We have removed thousands of blockages over the years and will happily deal with any blockage in your plumbing system indoors our outdoors in the sewer.
Bathroom baths and basins use the same system as kitchen sinks with a hot and cold supply to a pillar, mixer or monobloc tap. Bathroom taps use the same internal parts as kitchen taps but are designed to look different on the outside.
The taps in your home will be one of the following mechanisms – ball, cartridge, disc or washer. Sometimes they leak, sometimes they don’t work, or you might want them replacing as part of a refurbishment.
Our local Chelmsford plumber can fit any tap and repair most. Sometimes taps are too old or worn to repair, but we will always do everything we can to restore an old tap to full working order if that’s what you want.
You will likely have a Shower somewhere in your main bathroom whether inside an enclosure or fitted inside the bath. We supply and install all types of showers including mixer, electric, power, eco, digital and thermostatic; we also specialise in standard and universal pumps. Any problems with your existing shower?
No problem our Chelmsford plumber can help you. He will quickly diagnose and fix any problems you have. Common shower problems we deal with are leaking heads, temperature fluctuations, water not heating, poor water pressure and no water.
Every working part of your bathroom and kitchen that uses water will require a waste to remove wastewater and overflow to stop your home from flooding if the waste ever blocks.
The overflow also allows air into the drain. Your wastes and overflows should be kept clear and unblocked when necessary. If you feel you have a blockage, we can quickly unblock it for you.
Saniflo’s are a valuable addition to any plumbing system their unique design allows dishwashers, toilets, baths, showers and sinks to be fitted anywhere in the home, in areas not previously possible.
A Saniflo grinds any waste down into a fine slurry and pumps it through narrow pipes straight into the drain. We supply and fit all Saniflo systems around Chelmsford.
Depending on your central heating boiler type you may or may not have a water tank in your loft. Our local plumber is highly proficient in water tank installation and fitting and will fit the ideal water tank with the perfect settings for your home and plumbing system.
All of our plumbers are certified gas safe registered engineers Central heating, Boiler installation, service and repair. Please take a look at our Chelmsford Heating Services Page for more information on our gas services.
Emergency Plumbing Chelmsford
We are emergency plumbers in the event of a plumbing emergency we will be with you within two hours. Before we can get to you there are steps you can take in the meantime to prevent and minimise damage.
Here are the most common plumbing emergencies that occur and what you need to do in the event of one.
Blockages are the most common and least serious plumbing emergency. Water can still pass through pipes when blocked. But will lead to a full obstruction, which is inconvenient and can be damaging (and expensive).
Blocked pipes need dealing with when detected. Signs of blockages include the toilet pan filling up with water when flushed. Water drains slowly from your bath, shower or sink. Foul smells and (or) gurgling noises from drains and the outside drains backed up with water. If you have a blockage get in touch and we will clear it.
Burts Pipes can be very damaging. The first time a Chelmsford resident detects a burst pipe is when water comes through the ceiling. In more extreme cases water doesn’t leak through and can build up in a void. A bulge appears which will ultimately burst. Releasing hundreds of litres of water, likely causing thousands of pounds of damage.
On discovery of a leaking pipe shut off your mains water supply immediately and give us a call. We will be with you ASAP. Pipes usually burst in winter. When pipes are not lagged, they can freeze. The frozen water expands causing the pipe to burst.
Pipes that are in areas vulnerable to cold weather need insulating. To prevent the risk of freezing and bursting, we offer a full pipe insulation service.
The most serious of all Plumbing emergencies is a Gas leak. If you suspect a gas leak in your home evacuate your family and shut off the gas supply immediately. Do not smoke or turn on (or off) any electrical appliances.
Open all your doors and windows go outside and phone us. We will be with you ASAP. Do not reactivate your gas supply until you’re given the all clear from a Gas Safe registered engineer.
Carbon monoxide poisoning is very dangerous and can kill. Your home should have at least one (if not more) carbon monoxide detector. If you don’t have a carbon monoxide detector in your house get one immediately.
They are available from DIY stores, or one of our gas engineers can supply and fit one for you. If your carbon monoxide detector starts beeping, evacuate your family and give us a call.
If you or your family members experience Confusion, Dizziness, Headache, Nausea or Vomiting call an ambulance immediately. Do not re-enter your property until we have given you the all clear.
Book Your Local Chelmsford Plumber
Don’t worry if your specific requirement isn’t listed we can undertake and complete any plumbing job. Some people discover a plumbing problem and wonder if they should call a plumber.
If you have an issue that you’re not sure about feel free to give us a no-obligation call. A friendly plumber will advise you over the phone whether it’s an issue you can deal with yourself or a problem that needs to be looked at by a professional. In which case we can give you an estimate over the phone if required.
Our vans are well stocked with enough tools and parts to match any requirements you have. You will not be disappointed with our rates. Our prices are regularly reviewed to make sure they are fair and competitive compared to other Chelmsford plumbers.
Our customers are valuable to us our priority is to your plumbing work to the highest possible standard making sure you are satisfied with the work and happy with the 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