Water Treatment for Central Heating Systems

Central heating systems are used on a nearly daily basis by people around the world, and like any other system, it is liable to encounter faults over time, especially if you have it for a significant number of years. However, there are a number of ways you can treat your system to maximise its performance and minimise the possibility of faults. Water treatment is a very effective method of caring for your system and coupled with various other factors it can significantly enhance the performance and lifespan of your central heating. Building Regulations, British Standards and the majority of boiler manufacturers…

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Sure Ways to Add Value to Your Home

Adding more value to your home can be achieved in a number of ways, with methods varying in size, cost and overall impact. From aesthetic changes to improvements to the inner workings of your home, with a few simple processes, you can add to the value of your home and make it more attractive to buyers. Central Heating Older houses may not come equipped with central heating, so Victorian or Edwardian homes may need to have this feature added. To fit central heating in a three bedroom Victorian or Edwardian home of average size would cost between £3,000 and £4,000. As well…

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Your Plumbing Problems Solved

Whether you live in a small flat or you own a large house, over the course of your time in your home you will almost certainly encounter some plumbing issues at one point or another. When these problems occur, it can be difficult to know where to start, so this article will look at ways to tackle these issues and keep your plumbing systems working as the should. Slow Heating If the water from your taps is taking a long time to heat up, it can be quite a difficult problem to solve. Check your hot water storage tank, if your…

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Winter Plumbing Maintenance Tips

As the temperatures start to drop even further, the cold snaps can play havoc with your plumbing at times. This can be very inconvenient, especially if your boiler or heating system breaks down during the colder months of the year. However, with a few simple maintenance tips, you can help prevent these problems and get the most out of your heating system this winter. Insulation If the water in your pipes becomes too cold, it can freeze, expanding and damaging the pipes themselves. You can help prevent this with a simple DIY-insulation method – use foam padding sleeves or specialist insulation…

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5 Winter Boiler Tips

Christmas is approaching and the time for cranking the heating up a few notches is well and truly upon us. Homes up and down the country will be shutting the…

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OFTEC and The Green Deal Fund Extension

The Green Deal initiative is a scheme backed by the UK Government which is designed to help homeowners and businesses cut down on their emissions and save money on their…

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Are Broken Boilers Making Essex Families Unwell?

In September earlier this year, families in Essex raised concerns that their boilers were making their children unwell. Surveys by experts showed that the boilers were to be classed as…

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The Benefits of a CCTV Drain Inspection

A CCTV drain inspection is an effective method for locating a drainage problem and working out the cause. But, what are the benefits of this service and how does it compare to other methods of drain inspection? A CCTV inspection of a blocked or damaged drain can help pinpoint the location of a problem and the root-cause. During this type of inspection a camera, small enough to fit into the tightest of drains, is fed down through piping, providing a live feed to engineers on the surface. If the camera comes upon a problem, engineers will easily be able to see…

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Seasonal Plumbing Tips

  In winter, most people spend more time indoors. That means that keeping plumbing in the best possible condition is even more of a priority than in the summer. The…

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OFTEC Training Courses

When people work with oil-fired equipment, it is vital to ensure they are properly trained to complete the tasks expected of them. Staff who are unable to recognise signs of danger can present a hazard, not just to themselves but to their colleagues and members of the public. Furthermore, as an oil engineer they should be aware of how to deliver the product appropriately, without causing any wastage. It not correct to assume that an employee’s previous training is sufficient for their role year after year. In the oil-fired industry, as in many others, the equipment and procedures change over time….

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The Green Deal

All About the Green Deal Initiative Improvements to a building that helps with energy saving can be a smart investment that also makes a property more comfortable to live or work in. Finding the money to pay for this type of work may not always be easy though. This is why property owners should consider the Green Deal initiative, which is a UK Government-backed scheme aimed at assisting homeowners and businesses make energy-saving improvements. Who is Eligible? The Green Deal scheme is open to any home or business premises in England, Wales, and Scotland fitted with an electricity meter. This applies…

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LPG – How to Stay Gas Safe

The use of LPG carries with it many rules regarding its safe use and installation, all of which should be adhered to strictly in order to ensure maximum safety. When choosing an installer of your liquefied petroleum gas system, make sure that you get the details of the work recorded in writing, particularly the following: 1. The date of the commencement of work, the length of the process and who will be notifying Local Authority Building Control when necessary. 2. The details of the work, the materials that will be used and the appliances that will be included. 3. Extra inclusions…

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