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Plumbing Airlocks Resolved

Airlocks are a common problem with hot water plumbing systems. If you have an airlock in your heating system, it can prevent your radiators from working and can prevent proper hot water circulation in your taps. If you have airlock issues in your plumbing system, then read on to find out how No1PHD can help fix your airlock problems.

What is an airlock?

An airlock is air that gets trapped in a liquid heating system. Your boiler and radiators work by sending hot water through pipes throughout your house. These should be sealed, but for numerous reasons air can end up trapped in the pipes. This air acts as a lock of sorts and prevents the water from flowing through the pipe. The result is the stoppage of proper hot water flow which can prevent taps from working and radiators from heating up. General radiator maintenance by a professional service provider can reduce the risk of such issues.

What causes airlocks in pipes?

Water flow is crucial to a properly working plumbing system, but occasionally air can find its way inside the pipes and get trapped, blocking the flow of water through the pipes. Since air is less dense than water, it will tend to find its way to the top of pipe systems and sit in bends, preventing water from properly flowing through the pipe. Hot water pipes are less pressurised than cold water pipes, so it’s more common for airlocks to occur in hot water pipes, which causes issues around hot water taps and radiators in the household. If you’ve been experiencing problems with radiators not heating properly, or hot water taps not flowing, you may have an airlock issue. Read on to learn about how our expert plumbers at No1PHD can help solve your airlock issues and get your hot water problems solved quicky.

How can No1PHD help with airlock issues?

We have a team of experts on hand to help deal with any plumbing, heating and drainage issues you may have. Our team have worked on projects both big and small, so whether the airlock issue is in your home or at your place of work, we’ll be able to get it sorted.

We can do more than simply fix your airlock issues. Our team of experts can also help prevent future airlock issues, by checking that everything in your system is adequately sealed and there is nowhere for air to get in. Extra care needs to be taken when draining and refilling hot water systems, so we are also able to help in instances like such as those, to ensure that air does not enter the system and become a future airlock issue.


Can airlocks be prevented?

If you are having issues with an existing plumbing system, you can check that everything is properly sealed, but if you are fitting a plumbing system into a new build, then there are measures that can be taken to help mitigate airlocks. Our experts can help advise you on plumbing systems and anticipate likely places where airlocks may form. In these cases, vents can be installed that can be bled from time to time.

Depending on your budget and your preferences, these vents can either operate automatically or will need to be bled manually. In both cases, we at No1PHD are happy to not only help install the system, but perform regular maintenance to ensure it keeps working long after installation. With regular maintenance, this can help stop airlocks from snowballing and becoming bigger issues down the line. These can also be fitted onto existing systems if this is something you desire and our experts will be happy to accommodate your needs and advise accordingly.

What can I do if I have an airlock issue?

If you suspect you have an airlock issue then get in touch with us at No1PHD. Plumbing systems can be very complicated and it’s not always easy to determine the cause of a problem. That’s why we have a team of experts on hand to help identify any plumbing issue you may have. Whether it turns out to be an airlock issue or something else completely, our experts will be able to advise you on the best course of action and fix it in most cases. We’ll take care of it so you don’t have to. Call us now on 08006906777 for all your plumbing, heating and drainage needs.

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After noticing that the house was unusually cold, we found that the heating wasn’t coming on and that our hot water had also failed. We called the team at No 1 PHD who dispatched an engineer to investigate. After discovering that the culprit was a faulty boiler part, they ordered in a new part and got it fitted as quickly as possible. The guys were great, and we couldn’t be happier.

Mr Lincoln

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For days, we’ve noticed a foul smell coming from outside and a gurgling sound coming from one of the drains. Whenever it would rain, the area around it would flood slightly and take ages to drain. We tried buying drain unblockers, but none seemed effective. Eventually, we turned to No 1 PHD and were left wondering why we didn’t do this sooner.

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