This is where you will find helpful tips & hints, interesting facts & figures, and relevant insights & information about boiler repairs, central heating and plumbing. The content will include blogs, videos, research and reports about domestic problems that could affect you!

Cold weather and pipes

by admin on November 12, 2014 , No comments

Cold winter weather can cause plumbing pipes to freeze and – possibly – crack or burst, causing misery, with significant and distressing flooding and costly water damage to your home.

Taking preventative measures before winter sets in can reduce or eliminate the risk of frozen pipes, other cold-weather threats and the need for an emergency plumber. Be aware that all the pipework within the boundary of your home or business is your responsibility.

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Frozen condensate pipes

by admin on November 1, 2014 , No comments

Over the last few years, the UK has experienced some prolonged spells of cold and icy weather. This has resulted in a rise in the number of calls to heating engineers from householders with condensing (high efficiency) boilers, where the condensate drainage pipe has frozen and become blocked with ice.

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What can I do to get rid of unpleasant draughts in my home and minimise heat loss?

by admin on October 10, 2014 , No comments

Draughts cost money, are unpleasant to sit in, can cause illnesses, and make us produce a bad carbon footprint. Older properties are particularly susceptible to losing heat. Tiny gaps around doors, sash windows and chimneys will suck the heat straight out the room, costing you money and wasting valuable energy at the same time. What we really want to do is to insulate our home so it is warm and snug, cost-efficient and environmentally-friendly.

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Not enough water to the boiler problem

by admin on September 18, 2014 , No comments

There are a number of possible reasons why there isn’t enough water getting through to your boiler, so you should check the following:

Water flow rate
With modern, wall-hung, light-weight gas boilers, water flow rate is particularly important.
Check that the mains water is on. If it is, check your feed and expansion tank (if you have them, they’re usually found in the loft).

Float valve
First, shut down your central heating boiler.
Locate the tanks and double check that the float valve isn’t stuck. If it is, you’ll have to move its metal arm to release it. Check that the open safety-vent pipe is correctly installed. If not, air can get into the system, causing noise in the boiler. If this is the case, you’ll need to enlist the help of a professional heating engineer.

Frozen water supply pipe
If this doesn’t work and it’s currently very cold outside, then it’s possible your water supply pipe may have frozen.

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Why Do Boilers Break Down?

by admin on August 21, 2014 , No comments

Modern boilers are in general very reliable things, capable of quietly going about their business discretely and efficiently for many years. But they are also complex, engineered products and deserving of some care and attention.

Like a car, boilers should be serviced every year to ensure everything is as it should be. Not only will this allow any issues to be pre-empted, saving the heartache and inconvenience a breakdown can inevitably lead too,

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