Being a plumber and heating engineer isn’t all about fixing leaky taps and plunging blocked sinks. Sometimes a job comes in that needs just a little bit more thought and planning to it.

Take a commercial Boiler installation job we had at a Travel Agency in Hertfordshire. The premises’ boiler had been condemned by Transco and through customer recommendation, Dorchester had been brought in to install a new boiler. Easy enough you think! Simply remove the old one, and put the new one in it’s place- Wrong!

The old, condemned boiler was housed, in the basement of the premises, in an old chimney stack, but this was not a suitable place for the new eco friendly boiler we were to be installing. We were going to be placing the new boiler in the rear of the building which meant re-routing all the pipework throughout the building. What’s the problem I hear you all ask?

Unfortunately the concrete flooring rendered us unable to lay the pipework, neatly hidden underneath the floor, and the listed building status of the commercial property meant that we weren’t able to drill through any of the walls. We toyed with a few ideas and eventually came up with the solution of positioning the pipework neatly along the surface of the walls in brackets, small enough, but strong enough, to hold in place but not damage the listed brickwork.

Initially the layout and difficulties with the listed building status caused us a few headaches, but as we love a challenge we put our heads together and came up with an efficient, economical solution that satisfied both customer and our workforce, as the job was completed in 3 days.

The dictionary definition of a plumber is:

‘a person who installs and repairs piping, fixtures, appliances, and appurtenances in connection with the water supply, drainage systems, etc., both in and out of buildings.’
The job of a plumber / heating engineer however is full of variety, challenges and as 99% of the time it’s spent working with the customers, it’s highly sociable too.
To get a better feel for the world of plumbing, here is a selection of some of our more interesting jobs.