Posted on: 18th Nov 2013
Whether it is in the kitchen sink, the bath tub or that brand new stylish basin unit that you had installed, having a blocked plug hole is inconvenient and unpleasant.
It is probably the most common problem to occur in modern plumbing systems, as general the materials used and the designs incorporated minimise most other faults. However, a blocked plug can occur for many different reasons which is why they can happen annoyingly frequently.
Of course when it does happen it isn't usually a reflection on your cleanliness or maintenance any more than it is on the design of your fittings. The causes are usually simple and straightforward and can mostly be solved with a little application and few DIY skills.
When you do get a blocked drainage system of any kind it is important to tackle it swiftly as it can, in some rare cases, reflect a more serious underlying problem.
So what are some of the most common causes of blockages?
1. Foreign Objects
By far the most common cause of a blocked plug hole is because something has become stuck somewhere in the system. Although we don't realise it, a lot of material such as hair and soap in bathrooms, and fats and food waste in the kitchen, end up going down the plug hole.
Sometimes for various reasons this can accumulate further down the pipes and ultimately build up over time to cause a blockage which is only noticed when a slowing of draining water becomes an actual pool that refuses to budge
Posted on: 28th Oct 2013
Although a bath may be the centre focal point for many bathrooms, the basin is used far more regularly and as such, is an important part of any choice of suite. In fact, the wide range of basin styles, their supporting structure and the taps that go with them, means you can mix and match to make your bathroom a uniquely personalised design.
Traditional styles based on Victorian originals are still immensely popular but modern, contemporary designs offer a varied choice when it comes to both stylistic decisions and functional design. It is certainly the contemporary basin and mixer tap combinations that are the most exciting elements when designing a modern bathroom, so what should you be looking for?
Victoria Plumb has a wide range of top-end designs that offer high quality materials and workmanship while being extremely affordable. Choosing a basin design that sits on a counter top, can allow for a wide range of flexibility.
Whereas a traditional pedestal style basin can suit period homes and more traditional suites, those looking for a more modern and practical solution can pick and choose between different solutions; from counter tops that feature semi recessed basins through to glass or marble structures with a choice of basin styles on top.
The style of tap you choose doesn't simply reflect an overall design choice, as it can be a standout feature that brings its own unique slant to a suite – although it must still fulfil a vital function.
A mixer tap should provide hot and cold water in exactly the proportions you want with an easy-to-use mechanism. That's why all our taps at Victoria Plumb are manufactured to the highest specifications, utilising the latest ceramic disc technology.
There are as many styles of contemporary basin taps as there are basins themselves, and the chance to mix and match means that you can come up with your own unique combinations
Posted on: 13th Aug 2013
As opposed to a classic floor pedestal basin, wall mounted basin units save space while still looking elegant. They are also known as “cloakroom” basins, given the tendency for this versatile style to be chosen for less spacious en suites and cloakrooms, and can be found with dimensions as small as 360mm x 250mm.
Installing a wall mounted basin does not mean giving up on a pedestal, if that's the style you'd prefer. Semi pedestals save space and have a more contemporary appeal than the classic floor pedestal.
Sometimes a semi pedestal will mean that plumbing may have to be concealed and this can be a problem depending on how your walls are built. If the semi-pedestal isn’t for you, there is always the stylish option of keeping the piping exposed
with a bottle trap. This can also be boxed in if required. Wall mounted basin units are also available as corner units, making them especially useful in small and cramped rooms.
One of the major benefits of a wall mounted basin unit is that it can be fixed at any height; which is very useful if you need to install a small basin in a child's bathroom, for example. They are also much easier to clean without a pedestal and especially so if the plumbing is concealed
Posted on: 22nd Apr 2013
When it comes to your bathroom, the things that seem like the hardest work are often the easiest. If you’ve got the look and style already set out in your mind, but are still a little stumped what to do with your plumbing, then don’t worry.
Here are some great little suggestions for design elements that you can incorporate into your new bathroom to help create the aesthetic you want, without unsightly plumbing.
Removable Basin Panels
Using a basin, you might think that no matter what you do, you can’t hide the pipes. This is simply not true. If you’re going for quite an ‘open’ look with small, rounded basins on shelves, make them removable. Small basins are a lot more contemporary that giant, square eyesores.
A dainty bowl will also allow you the space to incorporate a cupboard arrangement around it. This way, all of the main pipes will be hidden, and then, when you need to access them, you can simply detach the sink from the shelf top.
If you already have your basin installed and don’t want to purchase any new features for your bathroom, you can always decorate your piping