Services Offered By Plumbers in Bristol
A plumber in Bristol is a very important person who plays a very crucial role in the smooth running of a home or business premises. The supply of clean water and the proper disposal of waste from a building is the responsibility of the Bristol plumber.
Users of a building require water every so often and will, therefore, use water appliances like sinks, toilets and water fountains. The waste then has to be disposed of through the sewage system. The water supply and disposal systems require installation, repairing and maintenance and this is ably done by a plumber in Bristol. There are a variety of services that can be provided by a plumber.
Drain Cleaning in Bristol
Blocked drains in Bristol are a very common plumbing problem and they occur due to a variety of reasons. Foreign objects can get into the drainage due to children flushing large objects like toys down the toilet. Leaves are also a common cause of blocked drains when they accumulate in the drainage pipes.
A gas leak in Bristol can cause explosions while liquid gas that burns inefficiently can produce carbon monoxide. Properly installed gas produces carbon dioxide and vapour which are both harmless. Carbon mo, on the other hand, hand causes health complications when inhaled for a prolonged time.
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Everyday people say to me 'how can you charge that much money?' And my response is always 'I charge based on supply and demand'. As a plumber in Edmonton, and I am sure this is the same everywhere else we charge by the job or by the hour. And why would I go to someones house to fix something for $40 per hour when everybody else in Edmonton is more than willing to pay $85 per hour.
I am not saying it is OK to over charge someone, I have seen that and do not agree with it. Many times people have called me up and said what do you charge to unplug a drain. I can only give them a guess because with all the experience in the world nobody knows how long it would take to fix. But there is times when people have asked only to find out if the person who was just at their home was charging a proper price. For instance I was called to unclog a toilet once, and could not make it there that day as I was already booked. They called someone else and within 20 minutes of the plumber showing up the toilet was working again. The price was $350. When they told me this I could not believe it. That price is way too high, but the homeowner could have called another company.
Now, just to tell you that is not all profit for the company. They have van costs, overhead, multiple forms of advertising, non billable employees, just to name a few. The average shop of 5 plumbers will have total expenses of $750,000 per year. This can be more or less depending on the type of plumbing company. Construction, service, or what have you. With 5 plumbers the average company will gross about $1,000,000 per year. So there is good profit in this type of business. But it only takes one bad plumber in the company for them to quickly lose $200,000-$300,000. The risks are high, very high, and many fail.
After talking to some clients about this they say that has nothing to do with me. But in reality it has everything to do with the consumer. Look at shop lifting. The price of most products include a certain volume of those being stolen each year. A company can not survive if they do not pass these costs onto the consumer. And if you as the consumer do not want to pay then you have the option of repairing the problem yourself. Now if the plumbing company is giving you good service and you are happy with them stay with them. If they are charging a ridiculous price, then find someone else. Just make sure what the going rate is and don't pick the bottom guy, or the top guy. Most time the company in the middle will give you the most bang for your buck!
Boiler Installation Cost - Keeping the Cost Down
"How much does a plumber cost per hour?" is a complicated thing to ask as plumbing repair rates can be different and surely differ depending on the job. Multiple plumbing service providers charge a set expense for just being there, and after that give rates for each task executed, including unblocking a drain or changing a sink. Other plumbers will have un-costly hour by hour rates but afterwards charge for their driving time, while others may charge what seems like an excessive hourly rate, so the time should start when they get there. Others might charge an additional expense only for starting to work.
A trustworthy plumber needs to give you a detailed bid of your plumbing pricing. They may do an evaluation and allow you realize exactly what should be fixed, and what will be the price. This will provide you an idea of how much the overall fixes will be and let you find out if you want to work with that company. As well as that, there can be additional recommended fixes that need to be completed or future problems they could generate. However, a trained plumber will allow you to determine if you want those fixes completed at the moment or later.
Who is the best plumber in Bristol?
Finding good plumbers in the UK is difficult. Need a plumber in an emergency and you've got a real problem.
There's lots of articles available on selecting plumbers. We've all heard the advice - get quotes, follow up references and ask friends and families for referrals. All good stuff but it makes it sound as if people needing a plumber have a choice available to them.
This really misunderstands the issue which the average householder faces. Yes we do want to find a great plumber, that knowledgeable, polite, punctual, reasonably priced paragon of virtue but before we get that far, we have to find a plumber who is prepared to do business with us.
If you need a plumber in an emergency, you'll either find the ones which have priced themselves out of the market and so are often available - Mr or Mrs "It'll cost you!" or their more reasonably priced cousin Dave "Quickest I could get to you is next Wednesday." Not great if you have a leak and it's now Sunday.
Indeed the position is not much better if you are planning routine work such as having a boiler serviced or a bathroom installed. Getting a quote can be a challenge - getting the work started much more difficult.
Once you've found a possible plumber, do take steps to check them out. In reality, plumbers are no more likely to be rogues or cowboys than anyone else and most are extremely professional and hardworking. But erring on the side of caution is probably wise.
Take particular care if you are employing a plumber to carry out gas work. Check that your plumber is registered with CORGI. Registration numbers can be checked on CORGI's website - http://www.gassaferegister.co.uk/. Operatives working for a registered installer will also carry a card which can be checked by a householder.
Good luck finding your ideal plumber. If you find a really great plumber in your area, please do let me know via my website.
Bristol Commercial Boilers
There is lots to consider when you are considering a new boiler installation. This guide will take you through the process from start to finish. This is quite a difficult task describing in words what a Gas Safe engineer does every day. Not all of the points will be relevant to your particular installation but this guide will at least give you an idea of what to expect from your new boiler and what to expect from an installer coming to your house.
Things to consider:
- Your budget - grants, loans and other schemes
- Finding an installer - getting 3 quotes
- The current water pressure of your system
- Your current system - layout/design and condition, boiler siting
- Your hot water demand - bathrooms, ensuites etc
- Choosing a boiler
- Upgrading your pipework - gas and water pipework
- Adding a MagnaClean
- Adding thermostatic radiator valves/room thermostat
- Adding additional radiators
- Powerflusing your system or flushing your system
- Commissioning your system
- Filling in the benchmark/notifying building control
- Advising the customer on how to get the best efficiency from their boiler
- Installers working to best practice
Your budget - grants, loans and other schemes
There are lots of schemes available depending on your circumstances. The new Boiler Scrappage Scheme is available to all households in England who have a G rated boiler in their home. It gives £400 towards the cost of a new boiler installation. There is also a scheme called the Warm Front Scheme which provides upto £3500 towards home heating and insulation improvements. To be eligible you must be on some sort of benefit or be a low income household. It is normally a bad idea to finance your boiler installation using a credit card or bank loan. Although there are cost benefits to be gained by having a new condensing boiler these will be eaten up by repaying the loan. If your current boiler is in good working order and you are worried about it breaking down then a British Gas homecare agreement is advisable at around £19 per month. An Npower agreement which offers less benefits is also available at around £7.99 per month.
Finding an installer - getting 3 quotes
You should aim for 3 quotes. This is more than adequate to get a good idea of what you want. Each individual engineer will give you different ideas on how best to go forward. They will also have their own favourite boilers and methods of working. It is a good idea to bounce ideas and questions around to ascertain whether the engineer is actually competent in the field he will be required to work within. Unfortunately there are lots of newly qualified plumbers and gas engineers in this industry and although they are perfectly safe and 'passed off' to work they may not be a) able to advise you of the most efficient method going forward, b) advise you completely wrongly or c) not actually have an answer. Sometimes it may be difficult to find someone you trust; after all, this will be a huge investment.
Often using the yellow pages can be a bad idea. So can using someone who posts leaflets through the door. The best and trusted method will always be by personal recommendation. Asking the engineer lots of questions can also give you some degree of confidence. Checking their Gas Safe registration should also be a priority. Unfortunately there are lots of illegal gas engineers operating and these people are putting lives at risk. Checking someones gas safe registration is very easy. Ask to see a Gas Safe registration card. Every engineer carries a card and it amazes me that 99.5% of customers do not ask for ID. Every engineer should be proud of their qualifications and love to show them off. Do not be shy and in future make a point of it.
Once you have got your 3 quotes you need to analyse what you are getting. Quotes should be broken down as much as possible. This will give you an idea of what exactly you are paying. I don't understand how companies can justify listing a load of materials and specifications and then adding a figure. Costs should be fixed price costs whether you are a millionnaire or on a very low budget;)
It is best to get a written contract for your own benefit. If the company doesn't offer one then you can easily draw one up. This will protect against faults that might develop later on after the system has been installed. If installed to best practice and following all manufacturers instructions then a central heating system will only rarely breakdown due to a manufacturer component fault. That is why respected installers offer a personal guarantee on all their work, this can be upto 5 years but 3 years is normal. This is alongside normal manufacturer guarantees which can be upto 5 years parts and labour. Other ways of finding an installer can be the internet however personal recommendation is always the best method.
Adding a MagnaClean
Some companies will not fit and guarantee their work if you do not agree to having a MagnaClean fitted. This additional work can be carried out for a very reasonable price as they would be already carrying out work in the property. More information can be found by clicking on the MagnaClean website. Unfortunately new condensing boiler have very weak heat exchangers and the MagnaClean will save them from getting damaged. This is why most companies insist on every customer having one installed.
Adding thermostatic radiator valves/room thermostat
Adding thermostatic radiator valves can significantly reduce your heating bills. It allows each radiator to be controlled individually. Why have the heat on in the whole house when you only need it in one? It is recommend not turning a valve completely off but setting it to 1. Adding TRV's will in the long run save you lots of money and can be very cheap to install. Some companies will have offers when supplying and fitting these. Energy efficiency should be promoted whenever.
A room stat or a programmable room stat is a legal requirement. Your installer will advise what the best option for you is. A wireless stat will be more expensive but there is the advantage of no visible wiring.
Adding additional radiators
If you need to add additional radiators it is best to add these while having a new boiler installed. It will more than likely be cheaper. Some of your radiators may be undersized or very old and you should consider upgrading these.
Powerflusing your system or flushing your system
There is a huge difference between powerflushing your central heating system or just flushing your system. Powerflusing involves higher pressure and circulates fresh water and special chemicals around your system. It is normally needed on older systems as sludge and dirt builds up over years and years. This will mean that you either have cold spots or not very hot radiators. Having fresh water in a system means water can be heated up to the maximum pressure the boiler will allow and will mean hotter radiatiors which in turn means more efficiency. A powerflush is not a legal requirement when replacing your boiler but it is advisable. When a powerflush is taken with a boiler installation discounts can be given.
Normal cold and hot water flushing is a requirement when a boiler is installed. Cleanser and inhibitor is added. A hot and cold flush must be done in order to work to best practice. New boilers do not like any dirt in the system, heat exchangers can get very 'clogged' up and the cost of replacement can be very great.
Commissioning your system
Things that should be included in your installation and are considered best practise:
1. Flushing with Fernox or Sentinel product/filling with inhibitor from same
2. Roomstat/programmer, TRV's (best practise, recommended)
3. Balancing and commissioning according to manufacturers instructions, important so as not to invalidate warranty.
4. Decommisioning of old boiler, tanks and all waste materials associated with installation
5. Making good eg. new and old flue openings
6. Completion of Benchmark log book, important.
7. Notification of new boiler to Building Control
8. At least 3 years guaranteed on pipework and associated fitting (the boiler manufacturer will have their own guarantees.)
The above should be in writing to protect your expensive new purchase.
Filling in the benchmark/notifying building control
Filling in the benchmark and notifying building control is part of commissioning process and a legal requirement. Pressures and temperatures need to be taken to ensure the system is correctly configured. Not filling out the benchmark and not notifying building control may cause problems if you ever decide to sell your property as proof the boiler was installed by a competent person will be required.