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Using central heating after the summer

Central heating installation in South London

If you are looking for a plumber to carry out a central heating installation in South London, look no further. We are CW Services Plumbing and Heating. We’re based in Brixton and are the number one choice for new central heating installation in the area.

There can be little doubt that central heating is the best and most economic way of heating your property. This goes for both domestic or commercial premises. No other forms of heating are as efficient or as cost friendly.

Underfloor heating is probably the most popular alternative. However, it takes longer to heat up rooms (especially if they are large) and if it is a retrospective installation, it can be quite expensive.

Electricity versus gas

When you’re considering having a new central heating installation in South London, your first decision will be whether to have a gas fired or an electrically driven boiler.

There is more maintenance involved with a gas boiler than an electric one. But by the same token, they are more reliable as they do not suffer from power-cut problems.

All gas appliances need to have an annual safety check. The prime reason for this is that if they are not correctly serviced, they can after a while emit CO gas. CO is the abbreviation for carbon monoxide. This is a colourless and odourless gas. It cannot be detected ordinarily, and if you are in a combined space where emissions are taking place, it can be deadly.

Only book a Gas Safe registered plumber for your central heating installation in South London

There is one very important thing to remember when you have any work done that involves gas appliances or gas pipe-work. Only ever use Gas Safe registered plumbers for fitters. You’ll be pleased to know that we here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating are fully Gas Safe approved.

Having a regular safety check will cost a little money. But on the plus side, you will benefit from ensuring your boiler is running at peak efficiency. This means that in the long term your running costs will be lowe. You will also extend the working life of your appliance.

Electric boilers do not really require any maintenance. However, depending on the electricity supplier you use and the tariff you are on, electric powered central heating can be more expensive than gas to operate.

The flexibility of modern central heating

The great thing about any central heating installation in South London is the flexibility it will give you. All modern radiators are thermostatically controlled. It means you can set the temperature on a room by room basis. You can also turn the radiator off altogether in any one particular room without affecting the rest of the house.

Post-summer maintenance

During the summer you will probably not need to have your central heating on. But if you include what they call a “combi-boiler” in your central heating installation in South Londo this is no problem. You can just heat hot water for washing-up, having a bath or shower etc. without having to put the heating on.

When you do begin using your central heating again after summer, it will be a good idea to do a little routine maintenance. Just visit each radiator and bleed off any air that may be locked in the system. Once every two or three years, you might also like to think about having the system drained down and cleaned. We can Powerflush your system for maximum efficiency.

Whatever type of central heating installation in South London you decide to go for, CW Services will be able to carry out the work for you safely, and competitively. This also goes for any maintenance or repair work. To find out more, please call us today on 020 7733 6812or 07949 095 184.

Do you need London gas safety certificates?

London gas safety certificates

Who needs London gas safety certificates? Does this apply to everyone? This answer is that legally it depends on your circumstances. If you own a property in London which you own and let or rent out, and it contains gas appliances, then according to British law you must have a gas safety certificate covering each gas appliance. The applies not only to London but the UK as a whole.

The underlying principle is that all gas appliances are potentially dangerous. As a homeowner, you have a responsibility to yourself and your family to promote your and their safety and well-being. But this is a moral rather than a legal requirement.

However, if you own property that you let or rent out to others, this responsibility becomes a matter of legal necessity.

Gas safety certificates are valid for 12-months. Depending on the number of fittings they cover, the costs will vary.

Only gas safety registered professionals can issue valid London gas safety certificates

Gas safety certificates are only obtainable from Gas Safe certified professionals. In order for gas fitters and plumbers to get their certificates, they have to undergo specialised training. The training and the certification covers different categories of Gas Appliances. This means if you are going to employ a Gas Safe registered plumber or fitter, you mist check what their registration covers.

Gas Safety certificates are issued on the day that the inspection is carried out. The last for 12-months only after which they must be renewed.

Gas Safety certificates for all purposes

CW Services Plumbing and Heating supply London gas safety certificates for landlords, their agents, or any premises owners who desire them. Although not a legal requirement for private homeowners who live in their properties, many like to have them for their own peace of mind.

The other reason many private homeowners like to have a current Gas Safety certificate is if they are selling their homes. It gives potential buyers confidence. It means the property and appliances they are considering buying are well looked after and properly maintained.

Other people who should have any gas appliances gas safe certified on an annual basis are business owners. The leases on business premises often carry clauses exempting property owners or their agents from the responsibility. It then becomes the business owner’s risk. They, of course, they have a duty of care to safeguard the health and safety of their employees.

What Gas Safety certification helps to prevent

Not only is there a risk of explosions due to gas leaks. The other single most dangerous risk is CO poisoning. CO stands for carbon monoxide. It is a colourless and odourless gas. It gets emitted when appliances do not burn completely burn their fuel, and because it is difficult to detect, it is very dangerous. CO poisoning can cause permanent brain damage and is potentially deadly.

It is for this reason that landlords must have London gas safe certificates covering any gas appliances in the properties they let or rent out.

If you are in need of London gas safety certificates for any property or any reason, please contact CW Services Plumbing and Heating on 020 7733 6812 or 07949 095 184.

Quote for gas appliance installation in London

gas appliance installation

The best way of getting a gas appliance installation at a competitive rate is to get several quotes. If you live in South London, however, you need to ensure that one of the quotes you get comes from us here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating.

Before you start collecting quotations though, there is one thing you need to be aware of. You must take care to make sure that all of the plumbers you approach are Gas Safe registered. If you are a landlord letting out property, this is a legal requirement.

Various types of gas appliance installation

As one of the top Gas Safe registered plumbers in London, CW Services Plumbing and Heating handle all sorts of gas appliance installations. These include:

  • Gas-fired water heaters
  • Gas-fired central heating systems
  • Gas cookers
  • Gas fires

So, if you want anyone one or more of the above-listed items installing, ensure we are one of the plumbers you approach for a quotation.

Every installation is different. That’s why we offer to visit your premises, whether domestic or commercial, to do a survey before we quote. This is all part of our free quotation service. Don’t worry; you won’t be put under any pressure by us to go with our quotation. The choice of which contractor to use for your gas appliance installation is yours and yours alone to make.

Quality of workmanship is all important

Why are we so insistent that you should get a quote from us? It is because we know that our rates are very competitive. But that’s not all. Lots of plumbers can claim to charge competitive rates. But what about the quality of the work that they carry out?

The one thing you can be sure of is that is you choose CW Services for your gas appliance installation, not only will you pay a competitive rate, you will get a top-quality job. Yes, you can always find someone cheaper. But cheaper is not necessarily better. In many instances, it means that whoever is carrying out the work will be cutting corners.

Check for Gas Safe registration and CIPHE membership

When you compile your list of plumbers to approach, as well as being Gas Safe registered, you should also look to see what other professional qualifications they hold. At CW Services Plumbing and Heating for example, not only are we Gas Safe registered, we are also CIPHE approved.

CIPHE stands for Chartered Institute of Plumbing Heating Engineering. Members of this organisation have to achieve a standard of excellence to be listed, so any plumbing company you come across who have a current CIPHE registration should provide top quality workmanship.

Contact CW Services Plumbing and Heating for a free gas appliance installation quotation

If you are looking to have a new gas appliance installation carried out in South London, you now know what to do. Just be sure to contact us here at CW Services Plumbing and heating amongst the plumbers you speak to. The numbers to call us on are 020 7733 6812 or 07949 095 184.

Where to find top plumbing services in South London

If you are looking for plumbing services in South London you will find a large number of companies to choose from. The problem of course to sorting out the wheat from the chaff.

Plumbing is course a fundamental service. It lies at the heart of cooking, cleaning, heating and waste disposal; so, when something goes wrong with it, it needs fixing quickly. That is why it is so important to use someone that provides top plumbing services in London, or indeed wherever it may be that you happen to live – and therein lies the rub. How can you find the best?

The worst thing you can do is try blind luck. If you pick up the local trade directory (Yellow Pages, Thomson Local, etc) and just stick a pin in the list of plumbers you’ll find there, you could end up in trouble.

How to find top plumbing services in South London

Unfortunately, plumbing as a trade has its fair share of “cowboys.” These are people who will do a poor job and charge you a small fortune only for you to find later that the work they have carried out needs redoing properly.

A list of names tells you nothing other than what the plumbing companies are called. If you cool at those plumbers who have taken out box advert, it will at least tell you something about them. The problem is though – can you believe what you read?

The next best thing to try when attempting to track down someone that provides top plumbing services in South London, is to search the web. It’s how most people find the things they are looking for. Most plumbers worth their salt will have a website. But that in itself isn’t enough.

Knowing what to look for

Advertising is all about blowing your own trumpet. Let’s face it, no-one is going to sell themselves short. It all comes down to knowing what to look for when you do check out a plumber’s website.

Your first consideration should be about whether the work you need doing affects a gas supply in any way. If it does then you must find a plumber who is Gas Safe registered. One tip to take on board is to check out the registration. It’s all too easy to pretend to be registered, and fake IDs can look totally authentic.

Checking out the plumber’s registrations

The best thing to do is to visit the Gas Safe website. Then you can enter the plumber’s registration number and see if it is indeed recognised and current.

CW Services Plumbing and Heating are renowned for providing top plumbing services South London. Not only are we Gas Safe registered, we are also G3 approved for working pressurised plumbing systems (such as Megaflo systems), and we are CIPHE (Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering).

Personal recommendation

The ultimate way to find top plumbing services in South London is to have a personal recommendation. People who have had good experiences with plumbing installations, repairs etc., are usually only too pleased to pass on their good fortune. It’s how we here at CW Services get the majority of our work.

If you happen to have a plumbing emergency, we’ve got that covered too with our 24/7 emergency call-out service. Whether you are a homeowner, a tenant, a business owner or a landlord, simply call us on 020 7733 6812 or 07949 095 184 anytime, night or day.

Time for a new boiler installation in London?

Boilers don’t last forever. It means that at some time in your life you will probably be faced with having to have a new boiler installation in London or wherever else you might live. If you live in London, CW Services Plumbing and Heating cannot be beaten for top quality work at a competitive price.

Take prompt action to avoid a complete boiler breakdown

If your boiler is making weird noises, it could be a sign that it is on the way out. The best thing to do is to take immediate action and get it checked out by a professional plumber. The last thing you want to happen is that your boiler breaks down altogether. It will leave you without hot water and maybe heating, if it drives your central heating system too.

The benefits of a new boiler installation in London

If you do need a new boiler there are several benefits that a new boiler installation in London will give you. The first one is reliability. Most reputable new boilers come with a guarantee. Also, if you use us here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating to do the work, that too will be guaranteed for 12-months.

The other benefit is from a cost perspective. Yes, a new boiler will cost you money, but you could well find that your operating costs come down. If for example, your old boiler was running inefficiently, (say the element has become furred-up) your heating bills would have been higher than they should have been.

Another thing is that most good quality boilers today are well insulated. This means that any hot water in them stays warmer for longer.

One more benefit you could enjoy from a new boiler installation in London is water pressure. If you suffer from low pressure through some of your taps, you could correct this. You can have the plumber install a water pum. Alternatively, you might like to consider installing an unvented boiler.

We install all types of boilers

One of the best-unvented cylinders on the market today is made by Megaflo. CW Services Plumbing and Heating, are not only Gas Safe registered, we are also G3 qualified. This means we are approved to install pressurised systems.

As well as being able to help you with a new boiler installation in London, we also do boiler repairs and servicing. We also handle all types of boilers: unvented, vented, combi, biomass, gas or electric.

Regular servicing prolongs a boiler’s life

Regular servicing is of course especially important if you have a gas fired boiler installed. It will prolong your boiler’s working life and will help you to ensure that your boiler operates efficiently. This will not only help you to keep your heating bills down. It will also prevent your boiler from emitting poisonous carbon monoxide. Using a Gas Safe approved plumber like CW Services is however essential to guarantee your safety.

We also offer an emergency call-out service

If you find you have a critical situation, you’ll be pleased to know that we offer an emergency call-out service. To take advantage of this or to organise a visit for a plumbing survey and free no-obligation quotation, all you have to do is call 020 7733 6812 or 07949 095 184.