Unvented Hot Water System

Until the mid-1980s, the majority of UK water heating installations involved cistern-fed open vented low-pressure systems. While a large number of these systems remain in use, the fact that they are gravity fed means that they are often ill equipped to cater for modern lifestyles, leaving the end user frustrated as a result. More recently, combination boilers have become a `go to'; fitted on the assumption that they will provide instant hot water. However, for properties with two or more bath...

Gas Safety At Home

What is carbon monoxide? Carbon monoxide is an odourless, colourless gas that causes the accidental deaths of about 50 people and seriously injures nearly 200 people in the UK each year. Poisoning by carbon monoxide is almost certainly under-diagnosed, so many people may be suffering from symptoms without realising. Children, pregnant women and their babies and people with cardiovascular diseases are the most at risk. Because carbon monoxide has no smell, you may wish to install carbon m...

What happens during a boiler service ?

What happens during a boiler service? Below is a summary of what typically happens during your boiler service. Hopefully this will help you see what actually happens during the process, as well as provide you with a checklist of items to make sure your engineer covers all the bases.A visual check to ensure your boiler still meets current standards Boiler fired to identify any working faults Boiler casing removed to check all main boiler components (burner, heat exchanger, many inje...

CO Prevention is Better Than Cure

CO Prevention is better than cureFor the charities and organisations raising awareness of carbon monoxide (CO), a big question remains: why is a preventable problem still killing people and making thousands ill every year? In this blog post, we shine a spotlight on the work being done to keep people safe from CO. How to stay safe Get an annual gas safety check and have gas, oil, and solid fuel-burning appliances serviced every year.Fit an audible CO alarm in the same room as ever...

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A guide to landlords' gas safety checks and records

This article gives guidance on the responsibilities of gas engineers and landlords carrying out landlords' gas safety record checks.As gas safety check must be carried out at least every 12 months on every relevant gas appliance and relevant chimney/flue owned by the landlord and provided for the tenant to use. For new gas appliances, an annual check must be carried out within 12 months of installation. When tenants leave a property, landlords must ensure that gas appliances and fittings are ...

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Servicing can save money

In a bid to meet the country's 2050 carbon reduction objectives, the possibility of using alternative fuels - or at leat a different quality of gas - is becoming more likely. As many of these solutions involve changing the chemical properties of the gas that we use., inevitably this will have an impact on the performance of our appliances, making the need for regular checking and servicing of a heating system imperative. 1) Check the waterMost homeowners regard the content of the pipewor...