Fixing the Sink

April 11, 2023

How to Choose a Reliable Plumber

Look for a plumber with clear communication, punctuality, knowledge, and trustworthiness. Check for qualifications and accreditations like NVQ Level 2 or City & Guilds. Read online reviews, ask for personal recommendations, request a detailed quote, and ensure there’s a repair guarantee. Finding a reliable plumber can be a daunting task, especially if you’re in the midst of a plumbing emergency. …

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February 8, 2023

How To Get Your Plumbing and Central Heating Ready for Winter

Insulate exposed pipes with foam lagging to prevent freezing and potential damage. Protect outside taps with insulating covers to prevent cracking and leaks caused by freezing water. Maintain a consistent temperature indoors, use frost protection settings on central heating systems, and bleed radiators to ensure even warmth distribution. Also, arrange an annual boiler service to ensure efficiency and safety during…

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December 7, 2022

How to Balance and Bleed Your Radiators

Bleed your radiators if you notice cold spots, using a radiator bleed key and a bucket to catch water. Balancing your radiator system ensures even heat distribution; consult a professional if unsure. Use an adjustable spanner or lockshield valve adjuster and a digital thermometer to adjust radiator valves for optimal heating. Repeat the process on all radiators for a fully…

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October 17, 2022

How to save money on your energy and gas bills

Save on water bills by taking shorter showers, turning off taps while brushing teeth, using rainwater for gardening, and fixing leaks promptly. Reduce electric bills by boiling only needed water, washing full loads of laundry, choosing energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs, upgrading to an efficient boiler, and turning off standby appliances. Lower gas bills by using oven heat to warm…

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August 26, 2022

How to unblock a drain and when to call a plumber

Unblock a drain at home using methods like plungers, drain cleaners, boiling water, baking soda and vinegar, or a DIY drain snake. However, if unsure or unsuccessful, it’s best to call a plumber. Call a plumber if home remedies fail, or if the issue persists despite repeated attempts, indicating a deeper problem. Plumbers have the expertise, tools, and technology like…

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April 5, 2022

Electric heating vs. gas heating: which is better?

Electric heating uses electricity to power the system, offering easy installation and low maintenance, but it may be slower to heat up and potentially more expensive. Gas heating relies on a gas-fuelled boiler to heat water, providing faster heating, quicker replacement, and typically lower costs, but it requires annual maintenance and contributes to fossil fuel emissions.   Are you wondering…

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February 11, 2022

5 Common Shower Problems (And How to Fix Them)

Clogged drains can result from hair and soap scum buildup, fixed with manual cleaning or baking soda and vinegar; recurring issues may require professional intervention. Low water pressure can be improved by descaling the shower head or seeking assistance from a plumber to diagnose deeper pipe issues. Bursts of scalding hot water can be prevented by installing a high-efficiency toilet…

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dripping tap

December 9, 2021

My tap won’t stop dripping – what should I do?

Fixing a dripping tap involves turning off the water supply, removing the knobs and stem, inspecting for damage, replacing worn parts if necessary, and testing the tap; if unsure, it’s best to consult a professional plumber to avoid mistakes or delays. A dripping tap is not only annoying, it can also gradually up your water bills if left unaddressed for…

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Immersion Heaters

October 4, 2021

How often should I get my boiler serviced?

Boiler servicing is crucial for safety, efficiency, and prolonging the lifespan of the system, preventing breakdowns and gas leaks. It’s recommended to service your boiler annually to catch developing issues early and ensure safety and efficiency. During an annual boiler service, a professional engineer may conduct visual checks, examine pressure, flow, flue, and combustion, inspect components, seals, and electrical elements,…

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August 24, 2021

The History of Central Heating

The history of central heating dates back to ancient civilizations like Ancient Korea, Ancient Greece, and Ancient Rome, where rudimentary systems were developed. The concept of central heating was largely forgotten after the fall of the Roman Empire, and fireplaces became the primary heating method across Europe. In the 18th and 19th centuries, there was a resurgence of interest in…

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