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East Kilbride

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White close coupled toilet cistern with it's lid off, awaiting repair by A A MacMillan Plumbers of East Kilbride
One of our customers who lives in Stewartfield, East Kilbride, called us in for a common plumbing problem. Their downstairs toilet wouldn’t flush no matter how hard or fast they pumped at the handle. This is one of these issues that just creeps up over time, initially, you can still make it flush and kind of get used to it for a while, just like a dodgy door lock, you can get the knack of it. However, the day eventually comes regardless of how wise you are to it, or how much you have got the hang of it. Your toilet will simply not flush. No matter what!
If and when this happens to you, there’s no need to panic, as you can still flush through the toilet pan with a basin or bucket of water directly down the pan. This ad hoc method should keep things ticking along until you call in a reputable plumber, such as, A A MacMillan Plumbers.
Bottom view of a white ceramic close coupled toilet cistern that has been removed from the toilet pan and is awaiting further disassembly
The reason this toilet cannot flush is because there’s a fault with its syphon (the green part in the middle of the cistern in one of the above images. To replace the syphon we first have to separate and remove the cistern from the toilet pan. As you can see there’s a rusty metal plate, and rubber washer, this is a close coupling kit. It’s best practice to replace this kit, in this type of toilet, when a syphon is renewed.
Close up view of a faulty toilet cistern syphon lying on top of a white ceramic Ideal Standard cistern. This flushing unit is being repaired by A A MacMillan Plumbers of East Kilbride
You can now see that the old syphon has been removed from the toilet cistern. After cleaning off the worst of the rust and debris from around the syphon hole in the ceramic cistern, we are ready to build the cistern back up again with the new parts.
New close coupling kit and syphon assembly fitted to a white ceramic Ideal Standard toilet cistern. Work is being undertaken by A A MacMillan Plumbers of East Kilbride
In this picture you can see that the new syphon has been fitted to the cistern along with the correct close coupling kit for this make of toilet. This kit includes the metal plate, bolts, wing nuts, washers and large rubber doughnut washer.
Close up view of a stripped down toilet cistern float valve. The rubber diaphragm washer is being replaced by A A MacMillan Plumbers of East Kilbride
While working specifically on the syphonic flushing mechanism of the toilet cistern, we felt it best to service the float valve and replace its aging diaphragm washer. This enabled a far faster flow of water into the cistern, allowing it to fill up faster than before.
Ideal Standard toilet cistern with its lid off, showing the brand new syphon fitted by a A MacMillan Plumbers of East Kilbride
Finally, in this rather fuzzy photo, we can see the rebuilt toilet and cistern with its new syphon fully fitted. The toilet now flushes like a dream with little or no effort and is set up for many more years of good dependable service.
Old leaking deck mixer kitchen sink tap that is about to be replaced by A A MacMillan Plumbers of East Kilbride
This kitchen sink deck mixer tap was in a bad way. The tap valves were very worn, one would hardly open and the other was screeching every time it was turned on. Furthermore, the tap leaked badly between the neck to the body and leaked into the cupboard below by passing the defective seal between the bottom of the tap and the kitchen sink.
Shiny new chrome plated deck mixer taps that has just been supplied and fitted by A A MacMillan Plumbers of East Kilbride
Here you can see the nice new deck mixer tap that we supplied and fitted to our customers kitchen sink in Stewartfield, East Kilbride. This kind of tap is a great workhorse and should give many years of trouble free service.
Emergency Plumber East Kilbride - very old leaking hot water tank. This copper cylinder was causing a water leak to the room below
This is a before picture of a very old leaking hot water cylinder from a house in Eaglesham. We were initially called out on an emergency basis on the Saturday night, to stop the leak from going down stairs to the kitchen below. We achieved this by stopping the water from entering the tank and draining off the remaining water from within the tank.
Plumbing Repairs East Kilbride - New copper indirect hot water cylinder supplied and fitted by A A MacMillan Plumbers to a property in Eaglesham
The after image shows the replacement tank that we supplied and fitted later that week. It is high quality, heat efficient, UK manufactured cylinder. All the brass fittings and copper pipe work were also of high quality UK manufacture. This installation should give our customer many years of trouble-free working service.
Foam insulated copper hot water tank with an immersion heater fitted to it. This indirect hot water cylinder was installed by A A MacMillan Plumbers of East Kilbride
A new high quality UK manufactured immersion heater was fitted to the new tank and was rewired with new heat-resistant flex. This water heater provides a useful back up in the event of any problems or break down of the main heating system boiler.
White ceramic Ideal Standard toilet cistern with the lid off, showing noisy float valve that is about to be replaced by A A MacMillan the plumber in a property in East Kilbride
Toilet cistern fill valves can cause a few problems. Common amongst them are; they wont stop filling, they take for ever to fill, or they become exceptionally noisy. This valve fell into the later category. It was in an en suite bathroom of a property in Lindsayfield, East Kilbride and the constant noise was driving the residents crazy during the night.
Ideal Standard cistern with its lid off showing a plumbing repair that has been carried out by A A MacMillan Plumbers at a property in East Kilbride. A new water inlet valve has been supplied and fitted
The solution was to fit a top quality quiet fill valve, seen here on the right hand side of the after picture. The screeching cistern noise has now been eliminated and the residents are now enjoying, not only a fully functioning toilet, but also a good nights sleep.
Shower mixer bath tap valve being stripped down and repaired by A A MacMillan the plumber at a house in Clarkston, East Renfrewshire
The hot tap in this old shower mixer in a house in Clarkston was barely working. We stripped the tap valve down, cleaned, greased and fitted a new washer. Now it’s working as it should and the resident is again able to enjoy a nice hot bath or shower.
Cheap and nasty under sink plumbing at a property in East Kilbride. There's so much wrong with the waste pipework, it's a real cowboy plumber job
People spend a small fortune on a kitchen refit and sadly, all too often, they get saddled with a waste plumbing “system” similar to the one shown in the picture above. For starters, the fittings themselves are really cheap and nasty. However, to compound matters further, the waste water from the left hand sink has to travel uphill to reach the drain and the dishwasher hose to the right is slung so low, it allows dirty waste water to drain into the dishwasher every time the sink is drained. To top it all off, the waste piping leaks like a sieve every time the sink is drained.
Re pipe of the complete waste pipe system underneath a sink at a property in East Kilbride. This work was undertaken by A A MacMillan Plumbers
The after picture shows the complete replacement of the waste pipe system. The customer opted for mid price waste fittings which were leagues ahead of the cheap rubbish that had been “fitted” previously. The sink now drains as properly and should give many years of trouble-free service. A waste system re pipe is not a glamour purchase, it hasn’t got the “wow” factor, nevertheless, it is critical to the safe and efficient discharge of waste water.
White kitchen sink with the wastes removed ready for the fitting of new basket strainer wastes at a property in East Kilbride. Work carried out by A A MacMillan Plumbers
As part of the re-pipe work the above picture shows the sink cleaned down in preparation for the fitting of new quality basket strainer wastes. The previous, cheap, inferior quality, defective and leaking wastes have been removed and binned.
New brushed stainless steel basket strainer wastes fitted by A A MacMillan Plumbers, to a white kitchen sink at a property in East Kilbride
The after picture with the new high quality basket strainer wastes fitted and tested. The customers of Stewartfield, East Kilbride were very pleased with the work as the previous kitchen sink plumbing waste system had been causing concern for a few years. The waste piping had “already been repaired a couple of times” by other plumbing companies, “but the repairs never lasted long, we were throwing good money after bad”.
Emergency plumbing in East Kilbride. Our customer has nailed through pipe, A A MacMillan Plumbers have cut out a section of plasterboard to access the pipework
The following pictures are of emergency plumbing work, undertaken in Ballerup Village, East Kilbride. The customer had unfortunately and very unluckily nailed through a central heating pipe, when attempting to put up a mirror in their downstairs cloakroom toilet. First we carefully cut out a section of plasterboard to access the pipe.
Emergency Plumber East Kilbride - nailed through pipe has been repaired and support brackets added for the reinstatement of the plasterboard. A A MacMillan Plumbers
The next stage was to repair the pipe with a brass compression fitting and fit internal support battens to enable the accurate refit of the plasterboard section that we had previously cut out.
Plumbing Emergency East Kilbride - the nailed through pipe has been repaired and the section of plasterboard has been reinstated and gaps filled in. Work carried out by A A MacMillan Plumbers
The above image shows the refitted plasterboard, which has been filled and marked off with the position of the pipework. The customer will now be able to safely fit their mirror and cover the repair with a coat of paint.
Rusted through water storage tank and stand lying on the pavement outside some flats in Brancumhall, East Kilbride. A A MacMillan Plumbers
The image above is of a cold water tank that sat upon the metal frame. This set up was housed in the kitchen cupboard of a flat in Brancumhall, East Kilbride. If you look at the top right of the tank you can see an eruption of rust, the tank was leaking at this spot and was at the end of its useful working life.
Inside of a rusty old water storage tank that was being removed by A A MacMillan Plumbers of East Kilbride
As you can see, the inside of the tank was extremely corroded.
Copper pipework fitted to brass compression fittings and supported by munsen rings. Plumbing repair work undertaken by A A MacMillan Plumbers of East Kilbride
The solution to the problem of the rusted out tank was to connect the rising mains water pipe directly to the old cold feed from the tank. We also fitted a new fill valve to the bathroom toilet cistern as the existing fill valve would have been unable to cope with the increase in water pressure.
Copper pipework around a soil waste pipe inside a cupboard at a property in East Kilbride. Work carried out by A A MacMillan Plumbers
The pipework alteration was undertaken using highest quality UK manufactured copper pipe and fittings. As illustrated in the above image, the pipes are secured to the wall with sturdy brass fittings. The customer benefited from not having to replace the tank, now enjoys fresh drinking water in the bathroom and has gained usable cupboard space.
A wall hung basin located in a downstairs toilet of a house in East Kilbride that is about to be removed by A A MacMillan Plumbers
The above image is of a small basin in a downstairs toilet of a house in Whitehills, East Kilbride, before removal. There’s nothing wrong with it, the customers just wanted to freshen the toilet up with a more modern looking unit that afforded some storage space.
A view inside the cabinet of the new basin unit fitted by A A MacMillan Plumbers showing the pipe alteration work
To fit the new unit we had to alter the waste piping and fit a new trap. We also altered the feed pipes and fitted screwdriver operated isolating valves. The carcass of the unit also had to be cut to suit the pipework and to enable a flush fit around the skirting boards.
New white ceramic basin cabinet unit fitted with single lever mixer tap and pop up waste - A A MacMillan Plumbers of East KIlbride
The white ceramic basin unit newly fitted with a chrome plated single lever mixer tap and pop up waste.
Shower cabinet with a defective silicone seal between the tray and tiles. Areas of the grouting are also cracked and passing water in a property in East Kilbride
The silicone seal on the shower tray at this house in Whitehills, East Kilbride was defective and passing water down to the room below. There was also some cracking of the grout work around a couple of the lower tiles.
Old silicone sealant scraped off and removed from between the shower tray and tiling at a property in East Kilbride that A A MacMillan Plumbers were working in
The old defective silicone sealant was removed by gently cutting and scraping it away. This is a laborious and time consuming job but it has to be done to enable the work to be done to a high standard.
The shower tray and tiles have been thoroughly cleaned and have had masking tape applied to them ready for the application of the new silicone sealant by A A MacMillan Plumbers of East Kilbride
The areas that are going to be resealed have to be thoroughly cleaned then masked off with tape. This allows a neat and effective silicone bead to be applied.
The shower tray has had a fresh bead of silicone sealant applied around it by A A MacMillan Plumbers of East KIlbride
The final result is a neat silicone seal that will prevent any leakage when the shower is in use.

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A A MacMillan Plumbers

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East Kilbride

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