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Plumber Horsham

Boilers

We are Gas Safe registered and we are fully qualified to replace & install boilers.  If you are looking for a more energy efficient boiler, or would like to move your boiler, or thinking about replacing an old boiler we can help.  

We also service boiler and are able to check them over for you to make sure they will get through the winter - contact us and will be happy to help, please find more information on boilers and gas below.

Boilers are at the heart of the home, providing us with heat and hot water. Yet most of us forget about our boilers until they start causing us trouble.  Your car has a health check every year – the MOT and we should do the same to our boilers.

Here's a list of top reasons why you should make sure your boiler is serviced regularly.

·              Save money on repairs 
Full-blown boiler problems can often develop from minor faults. An annual service will increase the chance that these are picked up on and fixed before they become a problem, saving you money and future hassle.

·              Reduce your heating costs 
The engineer who undertakes your annual boiler service will make sure that it is running as efficiently as possible. This will go a long way towards making sure that you minimise your heating bills.

·              Carbon monoxide can kill 
Boilers that aren't properly installed, maintained or ventilated can produce carbon monoxide. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headaches, drowsiness, nausea, breathlessness and stomach pains. Signs are hard to spot and can be confused with tiredness or a cold. Unfortunately this silent killer can't be seen or smelt, so it really is important to make sure your boiler is serviced at least once a year.

The following symptoms indicate that your gas boiler probably needs to be serviced:

·              An irregular or yellow boiler flame

·              Stains or smoke marks appearing on or near the appliance

·              Hot water has limited flow or is less hot than it should be

·              Boiler refilling and/or overheating frequently

·              Boiler fan makes loud noises

·              The boiler pilot light goes out repeatedly

·              The pressure drops

As gas fuels your boiler it isn't burning correct, carbon monoxide is produced.  Though this can't be seen or smelt, it can cause headaches, drowsiness, nausea, breathlessness and even death.

Because of this, it's important to get your boiler serviced at least once a year. This will also help your boiler to run more efficiently, helping you save on your heating bills and can prevent costly repairs in the future.


     Do's & Don'ts 

·              Run your heating regularly 
Run your heating at least once a month, even in summer, to keep it running efficiently and clear the boiler pump of any grit that gathers when it's not in use.

·              Service your boiler 
Do get your boiler checked once a year by a Gas Safe Registered engineer to ensure that it's running smoothly and safely.

·              Fit a detector 
Do fit a carbon monoxide detector to warn you if there's a leak. If a leak occurs call the National Gas Emergency Service immediately on 0800 111 999.

·              Avoid blockages 
Don't ever cover your gas boiler or block the air vents. Make sure the outside flues aren't blocked.

Central Heating

Do you have radiators that are cool, or some rooms that are hotter than others, or perhaps radiators are cool at the bottom and hot at the top? 

It could be a number of faults but looking after your central heating system makes sure you are getting the most for your money with your heating.  Maybe the thermostat is set too low, or the system needs balancing, or could be the central heating system needs to be flushed out and the sludge that has built up be cleared out.

Why you should clean your central heating system

Most central heating systems develop this sludge over time. It starts as in the diagram below with a small amount of deposit 

You may detect that one of your radiators is warm at the top and sides but cold in the middle (take care when touching the radiator to ensure that you do not burn your hand). If this is the case you may have a build up of “sludge” in the radiator.

                                                                         

Removing these radiator sludge deposits requires care. Disturbing the sludge which has built up in the heating system over many years could merely result in redistributing it throughout your other radiators, expanding the problem in future years.

As these radiator deposits will lie dormant in your system you do not want to replace or update your boiler with the latest model without removing these contaminants and debris.

                                                                         

If this does happen it will inflate your heating bills, which will be costly, and it will possibly require costing you further money. We can power flush and resolve central heating problems.

Cookers

1 in 3 people say they would fit a gas appliance themselves to save money. In the right hands, gas is safe, but badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning.

It’s important that you don’t try to fit, fix or move gas appliances such as your boiler or cooker yourself. Only Gas Safe registered engineers the right skills and tools to do this safely.

We can test for gas leaks, will test the working pressure.  If needed make pipework adjustments should the connection not be in the correct position for the cooker.

So if you are moving home and need your gas connected disconnected and then re-connected at your new property or are replacing your old cooker, give us a call and have the assurance that your appliance is fitted safely and correctly.

Drains

For the majority of private property owners they are responsible for the maintenance of drains that serve their property.   This is for drains outside the property that serve the property, and responsibility stops up to the point where the drains connect to public main drainage.

To report a problem with a main drain, please contact your water supplier.  The contact details will be on the reverse of your water bills. 

If you bath, sink, basin or toilet is taking a long time to drain away waste water, or there is a bad smell around your drains and waste pipes this probably means you’re your drains may be blocked.

It may seem obvious, but don't empty any more water into the drains!

 

Blockages can be huge inconveniences, but they're often fairly easy to deal with, and we've got the tools and skills to get things back to normal.

Garden

Outside Tap

Garden taps are very handy to connect the hose for washing the car, watering the garden (or refill the watering can), and washing down the muddy dog (or the kids) and so the list goes on!

We can fit garden taps so you don’t have to run hoses all round the place to reach the car, endless trips to refill buckets or watering cans.  There are, surprisingly, water regulations in place regarding the installation of garden taps.

Guttering

Defective rainwater guttering can be the source of of damp problems in the structure of a building. The guttering and associated pipework are designed to carry rainwater away from a building, if they are not properly maintained, the water can run down the outside wall, eventually causing damage within the structure, ruining the decoration and/or causing mould growth. It is important to keep the guttering and pipework in good repair.

The best time to carryout work on the gutters is in the late autumn, after all the leaves have fallen - clearing gutters before they cause over winter problems. Often problems are only apparent while it is raining, so keep a lookout whenever it is raining for any rain water leaking from the gutters or running where it should not.

If water is seen coming over the side of the guttering during heavy rain, it may indicate that there is a build-up of rubbish laying in it. It is surprising how much rubbish can build up, the common sources are leaves from nearby trees, moss and other growths from the roof, rubbish washed off the roof, scraps of food dropped by birds etc. If you start to look up at guttering around buildings, it is surprising how often you see plants growing up there, these plants must have a root system and that indicates a build up of dirt and rubbish.

 

Water Butt

It makes sense to save rainwater with a water butt, providing your plants with lots of water whenever they need it. This will help you beat the hosepipe bans and drought orders that have become common during the summer months.

Butts are attached to your house, shed, garage or any other garden building that has a gutter and a down pipe. And if a building such as greenhouse doesn’t have any, then consider having them fitted – you could save many litres of water. It is estimated that around 24,000 litres can be saved from the average house roof every year.

Give us a call and we will be happy to help!