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Add Value to Your Property with a Downstairs Toilet

Why not make the most of your unused space by getting a toilet installed downstairs? It can improve the quality of your home life as well as add value to your property, without costing too much. Find out more about cloakroom suites here and don’t hesitate to reap the benefits!

Cloakroom Toilets

There are two main styles of cloakroom suites, first one being a traditional toilet design and the other being a contemporary style. Whatever you desire, you can be assured that there are a wide variety of bathroom units for you to choose from.

Depending on what work you want done, a cloakroom suite could cost you from £1000 to £3000. Depending on the current state of your home, you may need to either get new walls fitted or

Other factors that you may wish to consider are whether you want the tank hidden and if you need heating running into the room. This could be done with an electrical heater or towel rail, or you could simply add a radiator into your current central heating set up.

Your new toilet will need to comply with building regulations, although you should not need planning permission for it unless you home is a listed building. The main concerns under building regulations are correct drainage and proper installation of any new electrical fittings and circuits. You will also need an electric ventilation fan if you do not have a window in your new WC. But your tradesman should be happy to advise you on which model you require, as well as dealing with any other building regulations issues. The easiest way to get a precise cost for installing a new toilet is to post a job for free and receive up to 3 quotes from bathroom specialists in your area.

Things you’ll need

There are many different types bathroom amenities for you to choose from, that are ideal for having a bathroom in a smaller area. There are some things that you need to consider when it comes to having a downstairs toilet, in a cloakroom or under the stairs. These include:

Toilet – there are specific cloakroom toilets available, which are designed to make the most out of our space. From wall-hung pans to corner toilets, there are many different toilets that are used to fit toilets into smaller spaces.

Sink – There are also many different cloakroom sinks that are space saving and so can fit in small areas. There are also new toilet designs that have a sink implemented within the design of the toilet.

Radiator – there are also smaller wall radiators that take up little space within a cloakroom toilets.

Other Things to consider

Obviously, the kind of job you have done and what you spend will influence how much a new toilet can add to the value of your home. The location and desirability of homes in your area is also a factor. But there is little doubt that the addition of that extra loo will make your home a more attractive prospect when it comes to selling. Making sure that any downstairs toilet is wheelchair accessible or disability-friendly will also increase the contribution it makes to its selling power.

Bringing down bills by tackling energy efficiency

As the cost of energy rises, more and more homeowners are considering carrying out home improvement projects, this will make their house more energy efficient as well as environmentally friendly.

There’s a number of options available should you be looking to lower your gas and electricity bills, ranging from simply steps like fitting insulation and draught excluding any gaps around windows or doors, to big changes like installing a new heating system. Bigger changes that are much more costly, may seem like a big financial project, but will be worth so much more in the long term, especially if the current boiler and radiators are old and inefficient.

When it comes to targets and regulations, they’ve been introduced by the government in a big to encourage energy efficiency, this includes bringing down efficient carbon emissions by 80% by 2050 in order to create the opportunity for new advanced in technologies.

Efficient heating has played a key role in helping the public sector developers comply with the official standards and will continue to do so in the future. When it comes to fuel poverty, some households are spending more than 10% of their income on gas and electricity bills, spurring on housing developers to provide solutions that are both eco-conscious and cost reducing.
New technology has shown new heating systems being developed which require less electricity to run, these systems are making revolutionary changes when it comes to heating and energy efficiency.

Bathroom fixtures and fittings can be very water-inefficient, especially if they were installed many years ago, fitting water saving products can be a wise investment. Duel flush toilets can also result in significant water saving, the majority of water wastage comes from unnecessary flushing.

As well as lowering water bills for the household, an efficient bathroom will also make the property much more attractive when the time comes to selling and moving on. Buyers are now starting to become increasingly eco conscious and looking for properties that have energy efficient fittings. So investing in a water-saving bathroom could pay off in both the short and long term.

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5 Reasons to Install a New Boiler

Although its summer the efficiency of your new boiler may not seem as important, or be your current priority, but have you made future plans when it comes to winter, when your boiler will be getting used more. There are lots of benefits when it comes to planning for the future of a new boiler installation or boiler maintenance. We’ve listed our top 5 reasons as to why you should become proactive when it comes to upgrading your boiler.

Improve Efficiency

You may think that your old boiler is ‘ticking along’ just fine and maybe has a good few years left in it yet. This could potentially be the case, when was the last time you sat and weighed up the costs of repeated repairs and the lower efficiency of an older model compared with a modern system, this is simply a false economy and the money in which you are spending could be more beneficial in other areas of the home.

Avoid Emergency Repairs

As highlighted above, waiting until your boiler breaks or needs repairs before upgrading can be a costly approach which delays the inevitable and isn’t cost effective in the long run. If your boiler breaks down altogether this is only going to cause delay for you and your family, meaning you could be left without hot water or heating whilst the new boiler is installed. It is best to consider the long term investment over the short term pay out.

Increase Space

Many old boilers can be inconveniently located within your home, the can be large and awkward in size. Replacing your boiler can be an opportunity to reorganise the layout of the boiler cupboard which could even move the installation away from the floor, creating more space.

Ensure Safety

Whether you are a home owner or a landlord you will need to ensure the safety of your tenants. It is a legal responsibility to make sure your property complies with relevant safety legislation. If your gas boiler is old or poorly maintained these gas boilers can release poisonous carbon monoxide gas, often known as the silent killer, as it is tasteless and odourless. According to statistics from the NHS, as many as 50 people a year are killed by carbon monoxide poisoning due to faulty heating appliances.

Environmentally Friendly

Old boilers consume much larger amounts of fuel than modern systems and waste heat, which is costly for not only you and your tenants but costly for the environment too. Modern boilers are much more efficient and environmentally friendly.

Remember that the installation of any new boiler must always be carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer! Contact Heat Tec today, and you’ll quickly discover the reasons for our incredible reputation when it comes to our boiler replacement and installations.

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What to do if your boiler breaks down…

Should there be some odd noises coming from your boiler, don’t worry, these are simply problems that can be fixed quickly and won’t require an engineer call out. If it’s more serious then you may require more expertise.
Boilers have an annoying habit of breaking down, just when you need them something happen and they break down. Then there’s always the night mare of getting an engineer round before you freeze to death, or worse a family row may be sparked.
Here’s what you should do to ensure that you recognise the signs that your boiler is about to breakdown and cost you a packet.

Is your boiler making gurgling kettle sounds

Hearing this when your boiler fires may mean that your radiators will not be heated properly, the noises may be caused by air in the system, a blockage or sediment at the bottom of the boiler may need to be flushed out by a professional.
Frozen condensate pipes may also be to blame, if a frozen pipe is the cause then this may need to be thawed by using hot water bottles and heat wraps, but only if the pipe is accessible at ground level.

What does the ignition lockout mean?

This mostly happens to older boilers but can also happen to new ones as well, boiler manufacturers will install the lockout feature which may cause a shutdown as certain features are not working which affects the safety. Not all shutdown features stem from something seriously wrong, this could just be a simple glitch like a power cut or just low pressure. Normally there’s a reset button on the front of your boiler, your instruction manual will tell you to press this to rest the boiler and stop the lockout.

Why does the heating stop when I turn the hot water on?

If the diverter valve in your boiler is faulty then this may cause the heating to switch off whenever you turn the hot water on.
The issue could cause frustration when the radiator won’t warm up, when actually it could be the heating that’s flipped off by someone taking a hot shower.
Diverter valves are used in combination boilers, this will divert the flow of plasma between the domestic hot water heat exchanger and radiator.
Resolving this issue may require a new part and an installation job, which could be provided by a plumber unless you have the expert knowledge.

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The Boiler Guide

Take a look at our handy advice guide to help answer all of your boiler questions.

Types of Boilers

People tend to have different heating requirements, based on their requirements and preferences, so if you require a new boiler in your home, take a look at Heat-Tec’s guide on the different types available to you.
Boiler types…

    • Combi Boiler
    • Regular (Conventional) Boilers
    • System Boiler

Combi boiler

Combination boilers, known as combi boilers, combine the dual functionality of heating your property and producing hot water from one boiler system.

Combi boilers are popular in homes across the UK, this is for a number of reasons, over half of domestic boilers which are installed in Britain are combi boilers. Combi boilers work as part of a closed hot water system, they heat water up as it flows past a heating component in the boiler. The water will then be distributed to your showers and taps through the mains water supply and pressure.

These boilers will provide hot water on demand and the performance levels are very efficient unless a situation where multiple outputs are used at the same time. One of the main things to look out for when buying a new combi boiler includes the central heating output, this dictates the amount of energy that the boiler generates to keep hot. Hot water flow rates depend on the level of power that the water can distribute in the home. Heating Engineers can provide advice and advise you on the necessary boiler specification you should invest in.

Unlike regular and system boilers, with combi boilers, no additional equipment is required, so there’s no need to worry about extra space being taken up. There’s also no need for a hot water cylinder or cold water cistern, the process of installing the boiler will also be a lot quicker, which will also reduce your costs. If you choose to have a combi boiler installed, then you’ll need a flue, this is to take the waste gases outside of your home. You may want to consider a set of heating controls to get your heating working how you wish.

Regular boiler

Regular boilers are known as conventional or heat only boilers, they’re known as being traditional, especially when it comes to older peoples’ properties, you’ll often find these types of boilers in their homes. They’re known for taking up space, this is due to the use of the hot water cylinder or cold water cistern.

Regular boilers generate heat from the central heating system directly, the hot water that’s produced from this will be stored in a hot water cylinder until it’s required. Stored supply of hot water is drawn through when it’s needed in the water outlets, such as your kitchen or bathrooms.

Regular boilers include a boiler, heating controls, a hot water cylinder and an expansion cistern. Heating Engineers are able to recommend the exact items you’ll need if you are replacing and upgrading your boiler system.

System boiler?

System boilers can be considered as similar to regular boilers, they provide the heat for your central heating system as well as producing hot water that’s stored in a hot water cylinder until it’s required. System boilers were designed to make boiler installations a quicker and more streamlined process. This is down to the fact that the components require efficient heating and hot water which is built into the boiler itself.

A feed and expansion cistern isn’t required with system boilers as hot water will be pumped directly from the system boiler to the radiators and hot water cylinder. It supports the process to make it more efficient and financially beneficial.

System boilers can work as part of open-vented and un-vented hot water setups, a Heating Engineer will be able to explain this and address any questions you may have.

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6 Reasons to Get Your Boiler Serviced Annually

Why should you get your boiler serviced?

Boiler servicing is something that is often forgotten about or ignored by those who think that problems won’t occur (or at least hoping they won’t). The issue with that is, if you don’t have your boiler serviced on an annual basis, you could be leaving yourself open to more problems in the future. Whatever your reasons for not having your boiler serviced recently, we’re here to tell you why you should have it serviced on an annual basis. Let’s begin!

1. Catching Problems

You might be under the impression that your boiler doesn’t get used much through the spring and summer months, but you couldn’t be more wrong. Every day, hot water in your home will be used for washing up, baths, showers and general cleaning duties, along with a whole bunch of other stuff. Although your heating might not be turned on much anymore, it’s important that you look after your boiler all year round.

Identifying any small problems before they turn into larger (costlier) issues is wise. Not only could it save you money in the long run, it will also help to keep your boiler running safely and smoothly. The longer small problems are ignored, the worse they will. We’d advise that you get your boiler serviced every year to catch any problems before they escalate!

2. Cheaper than a Boiler Replacement

A boiler service doesn’t cost a large amount of money, despite what people may think. A replacement boiler, on the other hand, can be very expensive. Having your boiler serviced certainly costs far less than having your boiler completely replaced. Referring to point one; it’s important that you identify small problems before they turn into much larger and more costly ones. Worst case scenario, your boiler isn’t fit for use anymore and you need a new one. Finding money for a new boiler when you need a replacement one might be difficult, so the smart move to make is to get your boiler serviced annually and save yourself the heartache of having to fork out for a new boiler when it could have been avoided.

3. Saving Money on Energy Bills

Having your boiler serviced could save you a lot of money in the long run. If your boiler isn’t working properly for whatever reason, it could mean that you are spending far more on your energy bills each month, without realising. Depending on what make or model your boiler is and how long you have had it, will ultimately depend on how efficient it can really be. Having your boiler checked to improve efficiency will not only mean you can save money, but will also mean that your boiler doesn’t have to work as hard and will use considerably less energy, thus reducing your carbon footprint!

4. Legal Reasons

Calling all landlords – it is a legal requirement for you to service the boilers in properties you own, as well as all other gas appliances. As a property owner, it is your responsibility to make sure these annual checks are done each year for the safety of your tenants. Gas stoves, for example, are another of the gas appliances that should be checked on an annual basis, along with the boiler.

Gas safety checks should be carried out by a Gas Safe Registered engineer, as they are legally qualified to do so. Make it part of your yearly routine to have the gas appliances serviced in properties you own, or you could fall victim to a hefty fine if you neglect your duties as a landlord.

5. Health & Safety Benefits

We have touched on safety a couple of times throughout this article, but not in any great depth. For health and safety reasons, having your boiler serviced annually could be a life saver.

Did you know? 4000 people are admitted to A&E every year with carbon monoxide poisoning, according to the Department of Health. The symptoms that usually present themselves (headaches, nausea, breathlessness, dizziness, collapsing and lack of consciousness) are often assumed to be other common illnesses or infections. For that reason, it’s vital that you get you boiler serviced so that an engineer can check if it’s running safely and smoothly.

6. Keeping your Warranty

Your boiler warranty will usually only apply if you continue to have it serviced each year. If your boiler isn’t serviced every 12 months, your warranty may be void. If it does then break down, you won’t be covered under warranty and won’t be able to claim for any repair work that may be required.

Check the terms and conditions of your boiler warranty. If it requires you to have your boiler serviced annually, this is just another of the reasons why you should mark it on your calendar every 12 months.


Has your boiler been serviced this year?

If your boiler hasn’t been serviced in the last 12 months, you should consider booking it in. If you choose to ignore the reasons we have given you then you will only be leaving yourself open to a range of problems further down the line. Don’t be a fool – book your annual boiler service when it is time to do so each year.

Guest post by: SPM Plumbing and Heating, plumbing and heating specialists based in Verwood, Dorset:

https://www.spmplumbingandheating.co.uk

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5 Reasons Plumbers are called out

At Heat-Tec 2000 Ltd, our team of professionals are always getting called out on different jobs for various problems. To help see which jobs are most used, we’ve come up with 5 common reasons why plumbers are called out.

Plumbing Problems

Over the years we have provided our plumbing services across the country and have dealt with a number of customers who’ve experienced a range of plumbing problems. From a leaking tap to a complete part replacement, Heat-Tec 2000 Ltd can assist with a number of issues.
Plumbing is a very important aspect of most households, no matter how urgent or small the issue seems, plumbers can always be on hand to help make sure that the problem is fixed and your household is back as it should be. For our most common services, Heat-Tec believe that our top 5 problems are:

  • Leaking
  • Burst pipes
  • Shower repairs
  • Boiler issues
  • Shower part replacements

Plumbing in your property is very important, especially when considering your home, there’s lots of plumbing services available out there to take care of your plumbing. From a small tap problem to a full shower replacement, emergency plumbers can be on hand to make sure that your home is safe and that your plumbing is back up and running.

A local plumber can help!

When it comes to solving these plumbing problems, choose a plumbing company who have years of experience when it comes to dealing with clients across your local area. Choosing an experienced and knowledgeable plumber to attend to your requirements guarantees that your plumbing will be back up and running smoothly.
There are also emergency plumbing services available, so whatever time of day or night it is, plumbers can be on hand to help. The team at Heat-Tec can be on hand to assist, simply give us a call and we can help come up with a solution to your plumbing problems.

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Bathroom & Toilet Adaptations

There are a lot of things that are taken for granted in life; having a table to eat on, a bed to sleep in, a shower to clean ourselves and a toilet to… you know, do your business. If you stop to imagine that these things are taken away or made difficult to access for some reason and things become a lot more difficult.

For thousands of elderly and disabled people in the UK, this is a reality every day. For some of these people, just getting to the toilet can be a real struggle without the help of someone else.

Let’s stop for a second and think about the fact that, as people, we go the toilet around 8 times a day on average. Now amplify this even further by putting yourself in the scenario of someone needing to help you to the toilet 8 times a day and it’s easy to see how difficult some people have it.

But this doesn’t have to be the case. Bathroom and toilet adaptations are available to help people go to the loo without the need for assistance in and out each time.

Problems going to the loo?

Going to the toilet is a real problem for some people with disabilities or elderly people that require serious care.

Using functional rooms, such as the bathroom/going to the toilet, is the second biggest problem faced by families with a severely disabled child.

Combine this with the fact that bladder and bowl issues are the second most common reason why someone enters residential care and the problems going to the toilet faced by some people are clearer to see.

Of the 40,000 or so home adaptations undertaken under Disabled Facilities Grants on an annual basis, bathroom adaptations are indeed the most common – and that doesn’t include simple adaptations like handrails or toilet seat changes.

Would you benefit from a bathroom or toilet adaptation?

Answering a couple of simple questions straight away will help you to determine whether you would benefit from a toilet adaptation:

  • Is it difficult for you to get on and off the toilet?
  • Do you currently use a riser recliner chair?
  • Do you struggle with any other day-to-day activities, such as peeling vegetables or turning the pages of a book?
  • Have you needed help getting on and off the toilet in the past?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any or all of the above, then a toiler adaptation might be the answer for you.

What adaptations are available for toilets?

A range of options are available for toilet adaptations, including:

  • Soft seat toilets
  • Grab rails
  • Bariatric seats
  • Bariatric benches
  • Horse shoe seats
  • Wash and dry toilets

Toilet adaptations can give you the independence you need to live life more freely and effectively, without the need of ongoing support each time you need the loo.

Other home and bathroom adaptations are available to assist those who struggle with other day-to-day activities, such as getting up and down the stairs or having a shower.

Further Information

Not only can these types of adaptations help you to use the loo in a more comfortable, less-humiliating fashion, they can help you to save money on home carer fees in the long-run. More independence and dignity undoubtedly mean a better quality of life for those that would usually rely on someone else for help.

To find out more information regarding toilet, bathroom or building adaptations, Trent Valley Plumbing & Building Ltd will be pleased to offer some guidance:

https://www.trentpb.com

5 home heating myths that could be pushing up your winter bills

With the winter well and truly here, it can be tempting to draw the curtains, turn up the thermostat and reminisce the sunnier and warmer times. Keeping warm inside a house away from the elements may sound easy but you’ll be surprised, most people have no idea how to keep warm.

Recent surveys have shown how the majority of Britons believe that they understand their heating controls, with half misusing the energy by turning up their thermostat. People also think that turning up the heating makes it hotter quicker and that the external temperature will make a difference and that hot water needs to be on constantly, which isn’t true!

So take a look at the below points, we sort your heating fact from fiction…

You should turn the heating up when it’s cold outside
Recent reports have shown that just over half of people, have turned up the thermostat when it’s cold outside, but homes shouldn’t need this as the thermostat is there to maintain the internal temperature, whatever the weather is like.

You should turn the thermostat up to heat the room quicker
Further research has shown that people have admitted to turning their room thermostat up when they want the room to heat up quicker. This doesn’t heat up a room quicker, it just heats the home up to a warmer temperature.

You should leave the heating on low constantly
It’s common for people to think that it’s more energy efficient to leave the heating turned on at a lower temperature constantly, rather than turning it off and on. This is wrong as it only means that these homes are heated when no-one is there to benefit and then the home is too cold.

Keep your hot water on all day so you don’t run out
If your hot water tank is properly insulated, water which has been heated for half an hour in the morning should stay warm until midday. It’s much better to set your water to come on for half an hour before you get up to shower.

Keep electric storage heaters on all time
Research has shown that few people with electric storage heaters fully understand how they work, meaning households with electric heating could be paying much higher prices by not taking advantage of cheaper night rate electricity.

Heating facts

Closing your curtains does save heat
Studies have shown that drawing your curtains can reduce heat loss from 15% to 17% whilst drawing the blinds reduces it by 13% to 14%.

Old boilers drain energy
A boiler of 15 years old or more may be wasting from 30 – 40 pence of every £1 spent on heating your home and water. Updating your heating system to an A-rated condensing boiler or oil fired model could make your system up to 90% more efficient.

Bleeding your radiators does make a difference
It sounds like a hassle, but it’s essential, if your home’s radiators aren’t as powerful as you’d like, the first thing to do is to bleed them. Radiators containing trapped air are hot at the bottom but cold further up, so they’re not giving off as much heat as they should. Bleeding them is easy, simply put a radiator key or a small screwdriver into the bleed valve on the radiator and open the valve to let out the air.

The arranging of your furniture
Ever wondered why people always seem to put sofas in front radiators, it’s a bit daft isn’t it. You don’t want a radiator pumping heat into the back of a sofa, so it’s best to make sure situations like this are avoided.

Should you require any further advice regarding heating in your home, feel free to contact our professional heating engineers.

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HOW TO SAVE MONEY ON YOUR HEATING

The winter months and the colder weather is here, the professionals at Heat-Tec have put together some advice on how to save money on your central heating. Our top tips will help you to prepare for the cold months and will also save you some money on your heating too.

As plumbing and heating experts, we frequently deal with problems on a daily basis when it comes to heating. Our heating tips can help you save you a few hours each day or week. So instead of coming in from work and turning the heating on, take a look at our useful information.

6 Things to do Before Turning the Heating On

Should you feel the cold really easily or you’re looking for ways to cut back on costs, why not start with your heating. There’s a number of ways that you can warm your house up, whether it’s little or no cost. To reduce bills and stay warm, here’s 6 things to do before turning the heating on..

    • Close the doors in your home and use draft excluders
    • Blankets, get snug and save money!
    • Wear a fleece or jumper
    • Use a hot water bottle
    • Eat warm meals and drink hot drinks
    • Leave the oven door open after baking

Keep your home warm is by taking a shower with the door open. If no one is in, or you’re comfortable to leave it half open, this is a great way to increase the heat across the house. Not only that, it will allow the steam to spread throughout your home instead of being closed off in one room.

Further Advice

For further advice and information on Heat-Tec’s plumbing and heating services, simply get in touch. Should you have any problems with your heating or require professional advice, our team are more than happy to help. Being experienced heating engineers means that we’re dedicated to helping all of our clients across West Wickham and the surrounding areas. Have one less thing to worry about and choose our team for all of your heating needs. Contact our team today.