Problem plumbing: changing immersion heater elements with GB Plumbing & Heating

Plumbing is a lot about problem solving and often the simplest jobs can encounter problems. Basic plumbing, which knowledgeable homeowners can often do themselves, can turn into a plumbing nightmare when they don’t have the right tools or expertise to complete the job. And here’s where comes in handy. We get thousands of jobs posted by homeowners who have begun a plumbing job and run into trouble, with jobs that started off as routine maintenance or repair work and then became an emergency call-out job!

This is not an ideal situation, so if you’re not totally confident in your plumbing abilities or you don’t own the tools for the job, it’s best to call in a professional. In fact, calling in a professional in the first case can often save money, rather than having to call a plumber out half way through the job, to not only fix the problem, but to correct any mistakes you may have made along the way.

Gareth Butcher and his apprentice Chris Alavi, of GB Plumbing and Heating, member of, invited us along to a simple plumbing/heating repair job in North London replacing immersion heater elements in a hot water cylinder. What they thought was a simple job soon heated up, and without their giant spanners and a vacuum cleaner designed to suck up water the homeowner would have been stuck without hot water long into the weekend!

Watch the video to see how to change immersion heater elements – including a few plumbing problems along the way.

Next time you need plumbing or heating work done, think: ‘am I really confident in my ability to complete this job?’ and if you’re not, the best thing to do is call in a professional. If you need general maintenance/repair work or a whole new heating system, post your job on and typically within 72 hours we will have put you in contact with up to 3 quality, local plumbing/heating engineers. And emergency jobs posted are often serviced within a few hours. It’s a simple solution to what is often a not so simple job.

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