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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.

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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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Call a Plumber in Bristol Today

If you're looking to have a new central heating system installed in your home you need to make sure you choose the right installation company. There is the option of looking through local papers or the yellow pages to finding a local plumber or installer. You need to make sure the company you choose is experienced and legally allowed to carry out the installation. Every single year people die from Carbon Monoxide poisoning which is caused by incorrectly installed and maintained gas appliances, which is why it is so important to choose the right company.

You might think that choosing a larger well known company might cost a lot more but generally they don't. Because they get wide spread coverage they can drop their prices. So don't dismiss the big boys over local companies as you may find them far more competitive in price than you first thought.

One way to see if the company is fit for the job is to find out if they have won any awards. There are plenty of organisations that reward excellence service in plumbing and heating. The Corgi Awards is one, they have been around for 6 years and winning one of these awards is very prestigious in this industry. They look at customer service, safety issues and environmental responsibility and look to recognise and reward those for their achievement.

The H&V awards are given out to excellence across the The Heating and Ventilating Contractors' Association (HVCA). In 2010 Northern Gas won installer of the year at these awards which tells us they are a company with a great service that we can trust.

If you're looking to have gas central heating installed and is thinking of choosing a lesser well known company or a company that hasn't won any prestigious awards you should make sure they are on the Gas Safe register. This is most important. The Gas Safe Register is a government incentive which replaced the previously CORGI standard. Basically companies are only allowed to install Gas appliances if they are on the register, and each engineer will carry a Gas Safe card to prove to you their credentials and proving their skills are up to date and relevant to the work they are doing.

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Gas Boiler Installation Advice and Understanding

Boilers are an inextricable part of our lives today. If you live in a cold climate, you're certainly aware of the need of heating set ups in your life. Have you ever thought of a chilly morning when you would have to place your foot on a cold floor? If you've already experienced it, you definitely know the scary feeling of treading on a cold surface. Therefore, it's very essential to keep your home interiors cozy and warm during the winters. These central heating set ups are definitely the most cost-effective or economical forms of keeping your house comfortable. In place of heating every room individually, you can heat the entire building from a single unit. The starting installation expenses are a bit massive, but the operating costs are pretty low or reasonable. Some of the biggest advantages of these installations are reliability, safety and durability.

When you're a homeowner, you have countless responsibilities lying on your shoulders. These responsibilities are not restricted to utility bill disbursements or architectural framework of your residence. At one point of time or the other, you'll realize the need of trained gas engineers at your place. Thanks to improved technology, our lives have become a lot easier or comfortable that what it was a decade back. Today, boilers are an indispensable item, particularly for those who live in the colder regions of the planet. From taking bath and brushing teeth to washing utensils and clothes, you need hot water for a number of reasons. Just buying a good heating set up isn't enough; you need to hire professional boiler installers as well. People often tend to save money by attempting the installation job on their own, but that's not very advisable. If you lack experience and knowledge, the DIY attempt can land you in a pool of troubles.

Only a trained and certified gas engineer has the skill to complete the boiler installation work to perfection. However, with so many heating professionals around, making the right choice is often difficult. Although all of them make big promises to offer high quality services, only a handful of them actually keep their words. What's more, there are many fraudulent heating professionals in the market as well. In order to steer clear of these frauds or deceptions, consider taking advice of your friends and relatives who hired such experts in the past. Choose a professional that has knowledge about boiler repairs as well. Keep your eyes and ears open; make a choice that's proves valuable in the long run.

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What is a thermal imaging plumber I hear you ask?

OK let me explain.

With the technology that is now available today for our modern plumbing and heating engineers. We can now trace blockages as well as water leaks and more with a thermal imaging camera.

Whereas before these cameras arrived these problems were trace by digging up concrete floors, lifting wooden flooring, basically it was a time consuming trying to trace out the problem, as well as expensive for the customer.

Modern technology has now produce a thermal imaging camera that can see where the plumbing and heating engineers cannot.

These thermal cameras have been around for sometime, but they have been way too expensive for the plumbing and heating boys.

Now that the costs have come down a little they are now within their reach.

All Gas Safe Registered Engineers must have a flue gas analyser in their tool kit which as we know is another very expensive piece of kit, now we have the thermal camera that can be added to the kit.

So the first place you would look is directly above where the water is dripping, this is normal. Water will travel the easiest route, so if the route takes it to the other side of the property, you can see it's involved tracing the source.

With the thermal imaging camera, you can trace the route of the leak and locate the source without removing any flooring, ceilings or causing any damage.

Conclusion

These thermal imaging cameras will eventually become part our plumbing and heating engineers tool kits. They can and will save the customer on the final repair invoice.

They also make you look more professional in your work. As customers become more aware of these cameras and what they can do, they will start searching for a thermal imaging plumber instead of just a normal plumber.

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BristolĀ 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.


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