Throughout the years, plumbers have stood by to rescue the households across the country from a number of show-stopping problems with their bathrooms, showers, toilets, sinks, taps and wider pipework networks. The trade itself continues to go from strength to strength and offers a great career path for those wishing to pursue a vocation that offers flexibility, advancement and daily stimulation.
Taps On Plumbing provides emergency plumbing in Bristol along with a selection of central heating and bathroom remodelling services. We are already halfway through 2019 and many young people will be reaching the end of secondary school ready to make decisions about their future. As experienced Bristol based plumbers, we would like to give any advice we can to young people interested in joining the trade.
Plumbing and central heating engineers need to be ready for anything. Central heating systems and pipe networks can be so varied and different, that they are open to a catalogue of potential issues all of which need to be solved by your central heating engineer as soon as he/she walks through the door. A heating engineer carries an array of different tools at any one time and as one of Bristol’s seasoned plumbing suppliers, we can vouch for that fact that there are some core essentials that every plumber should carry.
The UK government has for some time faced pressure to take action on climate issues and pollution. Earlier this year it announced fresh plans to even outlaw wood burning stoves that do not satisfy stringent environmental clean air standards set at government level. Harmful emissions have been a pressing subject in recent years after the high profile story of 9-year-old Ella Kissi-Debrah, a Lewisham child who died from asthma which many say was due to exposure to pollution from the main road next to her house. Aside from the full frontal assault of the UK’s Clean Air Strategy, there’s also been a wider push to address climate change issues which will see the government enact a ban on property developers fitting new homes with gas boilers by 2025. Read More
When you have been in the plumbing business for as long as we have, you certainly experience your fair share of emergency call outs some of which require you to fix a multitude of different problems. What you do tend to notice over time is that there are a select few issues which seem to occur repeatedly. When looking for emergency plumbers in Bristol you do not have the luxury of time. That’s why at Taps on Plumbing we offer a 24-hour on-call service to tackle any plumbing emergencies you may have regardless of when they occur. Generally speaking some of the most common causes we are called out for include the following.
Household boiler explosions are not commonplace but unfortunately they do happen and can cause serious harm to those caught in the immediate vicinity. Just earlier this month a suspected boiler explosion destroyed a family home in Staffordshire inflicting multiple fatalities to the four occupants inside. Back in 2015 two sisters were having a coffee in the front room when the central heating boiler exploded sending shards of brick and mortar in all directions. Although one of the sisters later recovered from minor force trauma injuries, a fireman later stated that she would have been cut in half if it wasn’t for the thick coffee table shielding the lower half of her body. As a result of the explosion, her property also suffered significant structural damage.
If you are searching the market for gas boilers Bristol your research may have thrown up a well-known debate over the use of either vented or unvented cylinders. These two systems operate very differently and as with most comparisons, the balance of pros and cons completely depends on your personal situation, set-up and preference. Our team of gas engineers at Taps-On Plumbing are seasoned experts and have experience in advising and installing a range of gas boilers Bristol.
When choosing between vented and unvented you should consider the following information and how it may work for you.
It’s hard to imagine the thought of living without central heating as it is considered bare basic essential in every house in the developed world. You might find it hard to believe that there was a time in history that reliable and effective central heating did not exist! Taps-on Plumbing has provided central heating installation Bristol for a number of years and take great pride in offering the latest in central heating technology which once upon a time was unthinkable. With autumn well underway, we have started to turn our radiators on due to the drop in temperature, in fact, the 1st of October is known as radiator day!
As we brace for the cold season and start to rely on our central heating to keep our homes warm and comfortable it’s very interesting to look back on the fascinating development of central heating as a concept through history.
At Taps-On Plumbing we have always remained committed to providing our customers with the most up to date energy efficient boilers on the market. As experienced specialists with years of Checkatrade approved work behind us, you can be confident that we only use high-quality boilers from the best manufacturers. If you are in need of a boiler replacement service then you may have questions around who the best boiler manufacturers are, the most suitable models and which boiler provides the most value for money. Searching for the most reputable boiler manufacturer can be confusing especially if you have not had a lot of experience in choosing boilers. We have decided to provide an overview of the best boiler manufacturers in the industry, so if you are looking for gas boilers Bristol look out for these brands:
We all know how important boilers are in making a home comfortable and providing hot water for basic sanitation. What we do tend to sometimes overlook is the fact that like every appliance, boilers will run into problems now and again especially as times goes on. Unfortunately, the average individual is not always able to spot the signs of ill boiler health. Not picking up on certain signs can result in a boiler’s health degrading to the point where it breaks completely and causes a huge sudden inconvenience. As providers of a high-quality Boiler Replacement Bristol, we have replaced many boiler units which have fallen into ill-health due to improper attention.
All boilers will age eventually and at some point you will need boiler replacement Bristol. In the meantime however, it is important to look out for the signs of boiler ill health:
All boilers should burn with a solid blue flame and never an orange/yellow flame as this indicates that the gas is burning with too much air and not completely combusting. There can be many reasons why your boiler flame burns yellow but the important thing to realise is that this is an indication that your boiler is producing harmful carbon monoxide which can fatally poison the occupants of your property. If your boiler is burning with a yellow flame then it is time to seek the help of a company that can provide professional boiler replacement Bristol. Aside from the severe health risks, when a boiler is not fully combusting it is not burning at an optimum high temperature and will therefore cost you more money.
Leaks are generally a tell-tale sign that there are loose pipe attachments/valves or compromised seals within the boiler. Aside from causing structural damage to your home such as wet rot or plastering problems, internal leaking runs the risk of short-circuiting the electrical components of your boiler that play a crucial part in monitoring the appliance functionality. Leaks are commonplace in very old boilers because the intensive day-to-day use can cause widespread corrosion in the unit’s pipework especially around the joinings. As it is often uneconomical to replace an entire piping interior of a boiler you will almost certainly need services for boiler replacement Bristol.
Banging noises otherwise known as ‘kettling’ can be a sign of serious trouble in the inner workings of your boiler and could indicate the presence of a larger problem. Depending on the extent of the problem there is a good chance that you might need to seek boiler replacement Bristol. Usually when boilers start to emit loud banging, clanging and clunking there is an issue with limescale blocking the heat exchanger. If the flow of water travelling through the exchanger is blocked by limescale, trapped water will start to boil and expand thus producing popping or banging noises. With excessive kettling, a boiler can become less energy efficient as it struggles to pump a steady flow of hot water into your system. If you live in a hard water area (where the mineral content of local water stocks is high) the risks of limescale issues in your heat pump is significantly raised. With research suggesting that 1 in 10 boilers is unsafe, we recommend that you give Taps-on a call if you are experiencing banging or clanging noises coming from your boiler. We will then inspect the problem and advise on the best options for boiler replacement Bristol if needed.
There are a number of reasons why you may be interested in services for central heating installation Bristol. You may be involved in a renovation project where a property has been stripped back and needs to be rebuilt from the ground up. Alternatively, it could be that your existing system is old, worn and needs a refit. More commonly, the majority of people searching for central heating installation Bristol are doing so because they want to make the transition from electric heating to gas. The benefits of this switchover are well founded as central heating is proven to be 3 to 4 times cheaper than electricity.
The three components of the central heating system are the boiler (this will heat the water), pipes (which will carry the heated water around the house) and the radiator system (which will provide heat to a respective area). If you are looking for central heating installation Bristol our friendly team can help advise on any of the following:
Boiler – As a highly reputable provider of central heating installation Bristol, the boiler is probably one of the most asked about components of the central heating system by customers. There are many different options for choosing a boiler which are detailed on our handy boiler guide page. If you are looking to install a system in a large household with multiple bathrooms then a conventional boiler is best suited as it can pre-heat large amounts of water for simultaneous use. The size of the boiler is also dictated by the size of your property and the typical demands for hot water in the building. Boiler sizes are usually rated in Kws and on average a detached house mostly uses a 30Kw model.
Pipes – The piping system will carry your hot water from the boiler to the where the heat is needed. The most common configuration is the double pipe system where hot water is pumped into a radiator through one pipe and then sent back through an output pipe to the boiler for reheating. This setup is usually more efficient than a single pipe system where hot water is pumped through a radiator and is then mixed back into the main pipe having been cooled down. This results in the next radiator further up the chain being fed cooler water from the main feed pipe.
Radiators – Choosing radiators is usually a very simple task. The main thing to consider is the size and insulation of the room as this will determine how much heating power you will need. From there you can then decide how many radiators you need and how big each radiator should be. You should also think about how you want to furnish the room and plan radiator placement accordingly. An example of why this is important is if you installed a radiator along the wall of a living room only for it to be totally covered by the back of a sofa, heat would be absorbed by the sofa and would not heat the room. If you are still not completely sure about the best radiator placement for your home, we would be happy to advise you on the matter along with anything else relating to central heating installation Bristol.
At Taps on Plumbing, we are highly experienced in central heating installations. We believe that every customer is unique so we take time to assess your heating requirements and then advise on the most suitable system for your property.
We will then safely install your new system to the highest standards.