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When should you book a boiler repair in South London?

boiler repair in South London

Book a boiler repair in South London as soon as you know your boiler is malfunctioning. The same goes whether the boiler is electric or gas-fired.

If your boiler stops working altogether, you’ll want to fix it straight away from a convenience point of view. But if it’s not running efficiently, you ought to get it repaired or serviced from the cost angle. An inefficient boiler will result in higher bills. But that’s not all.

The dangers of CO emissions

If you have a gas-fired boiler, it could be emitting CO gas. CO is the abbreviation for Carbon Monoxide. It is invisible, and it has no odour. In other words, it is impossible to detect without the proper equipment. If your appliance is not burning its fuel efficiently, it could be poisoning you. In a confined environment, this can be deadly.

Whereas you can appoint any plumber to carry out a boiler repair in South London, only a Gas Safe registered plumber can work of gas appliances or piping. Their special training teaches them the correct way to service or repair boilers, fires, and gas cookers ensuring they do not emit CO.

The landlord’s legal responsibilities

If you are a landlord who lets property, you are legally obliged to have gas appliances serviced every 12-months. You must also have the equipment certified. A copy of the certification must be given to your tenants. This is something that we here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating can do.

With winter now upon us, the last thing anyone wants is a boiler breakdown. The best way of avoiding having to organise a boiler repair in London is to have your boiler regularly maintained. You can take a yearly maintenance contract out with CW Services. It’s the easiest way of ensuring against a breakdown and of also preventing CO emissions.

If you have an emergency and need a boiler repair in South London carrying out straight away, we offer a 24/7/365 call-out service.

A gas or electric boiler repair in South London

The good thing about having an electric boiler is that they don’t require an annual service. There is no danger of CO emissions as there is no flame. Also, because there are no moving parts, there is little to wear out.

As far as costs are concerned, gas fired boilers are cheaper to run. They are however usually more expensive to install. There is also the cost of the annual servicing to be taken into consideration.

Whether your boiler is gas or electric, makes no difference to CW Services Plumbing and Heating. We can install, service and carry out a boiler repair to the highest standards at an affordable price.

So, if you need a boiler repair in South London, or you want to prevent one, don’t hesitate. Call CW Services and speak to Colin on 020 7733 6812, or 07949 095 184.

Where to find a South London emergency plumber

South London emergency plumber

Knowing where to find a South London emergency plumber is pretty obvious. The internet or a local phone directory will have listings. Knowing how to find a good one, however, is another question. When you’ve got a plumbing emergency, you need to call someone you can rely on, and that is where we here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating come into our own.

To borrow the words of another advert, “we won’t make a drama out of a crisis.” Quite the opposite in fact. We will come straight round, address the crisis and fix it so you can return to normality.

The first choice South London emergency plumber

CW Services have been the first choice South London emergency plumber for many years. There is no plumbing situation that we cannot handle. Whether it is a domestic call-out, a business call-out or you are a landlord in need of plumbing help; we are the firm to call.

Not only do we have the necessary skills and experience to cope in any situation, but we are also Gas Safe certified. So, as well as problems with water pipes, drains, toilets, sinks, baths, wet rooms and showers, if a gas appliance is faulty, we can fix that too, and in complete safety.

No bodges with CW Services

Some plumbers will come to address your emergency and do a bodge-fix just to get you out of immediate trouble. The problem is however that temporary fixes are only that – temporary. They don’t last long. When they fail and fail they will, you are right back in an emergency situation.

Ninety-nine times out of a hundred we will be able to give you a permanent fix there and then.  Bur, if we have to do a temporary fix, we will tell you. However, the fix will suffice until we can come back to do a permanent repair or replacement.

We will tell you exactly what has happened and why. We will then explain what needs to be done to make a permanent repair. We’ll let you know how much it will cost and when the work can be completed. You’ll have all the facts, and you will be in control.

Quality work at an affordable price

Many a South London emergency plumber will play on the situation and overcharge you. Not us. We have one labour rate. That same, competitive rate applies whatever time of day or night you call us out. The same goes for bank holidays etc. Our emergency call out service is available 24/7/365. If for any reason we can’t get to you, we will recommend another plumber to try.

If ever you need a South London emergency plumber, call CW Services. You can call us on our office phone – 020 7733 6812, or on our mobile number – 07949 095 184.

Ways to reduce your heating bill

Boiler check-ups in London

Being a homeowner comes with certain responsibilities. One of the most important is paying your utility bills. With the onset of winter with its attendant cold weather, you might want to look for ways to reduce your heating bill. It is after all, probably one of the biggest bills you will be faced with. Finding a good plumber who does boiler check-ups in London will be a big help.

Fitting loft insulation and double glazing

There are several ways you can go about reducing your heating bill. If you live in a house with a loft, getting insulation fitted is one of the most significant savings you can make.

Okay, first of all, you must pay for the insulation and the fitting; unless of course, you are a competent DIYer. Once fitted, it will last for many years. During that time, you’ll recover the cost and more in terms of lower heating bills.

In the same way that loft insulation can make significant reductions to the cost of heating your home, so too can having double glazing fitted.

Organising regular gas boiler check-ups in London

Another way of making savings is organising boiler checks in London or wherever else you might live. If your boiler runs on electricity, it doesn’t need an annual service. However, if it drives the central heating in your home, you should have your thermostats checked. It will also benefit you to have your water pipes checked too.

Over the years sludge and silt builds-up within water pipes and radiators. These can affect the system efficiency, so having them cleaned or Power Flushed is well worth doing. It’s a different story if you live in London and have gas-fired central heating. Gas-fired boilers contain moving parts. These wear over time and need replacing.

Organising annual gas-fired boiler check-ups in London will not only ensure your boiler works efficiently. It will also make sure that your boiler is working safely too. With ongoing wear and tear, your boiler will not burn its fuel properly. This applies to all gas fittings. It’s not something that you would notice, but this can lead to carbon monoxide being emitted.

Beware of CO poisoning

Carbon monoxide (CO gas) is colourless and odourless. This makes it undetectable to your senses. If you are in an enclosed space where these emissions are taking place, you could be killed. The gas lulls you off to sleep. If you remain asleep, you can suffer brain damage and eventually you would die.

Because of the severe nature of CO poisoning, it is recommended to have all gas appliances checked yearly. These types of boiler check-ups in London must be carried out by Gas Safe certified engineers or plumbers. Here in South London, CW Services Plumbing and Heating are appropriately qualified. Be safe and arrange an annual boiler check-up and service with us today.

Landlords take heed

If you happen to be a landlord, any gas appliances in your properties must, by law, be serviced every year. You must also provide your tenants with a copy of the safety certificate. It is something that CW Services can do for you. As well as the private sector, we also work in the commercial sector too.

If you would like to appoint us to service your gas appliances, please call us on 020 7733 6812, or 07949 095 184. Don’t take any chances with your well-being. Contact us today. As well as keeping safe, you can minimise your heating bills by ensuring your gas boiler is working efficiently.

How often should you check gas appliances?

Gas appliance installation in South London

After the completion of a gas appliance installation in South London, or anywhere else here in the UK, you should have the appliance checked over on an annual basis. It doesn’t matter what type of appliance we are talking about. It could be a gas cooker, a gas fire, or a gas hot water boiler. If it uses gas, it needs regular servicing and maintaining.

Are you a landlord?

There are two reasons that you need to have gas appliances regularly serviced. One is from a performance and lifetime point of view. The other is from the angle of health and safety. It is this second aspect (health and safety) where the law comes into play. If you are a landlord renting out a property fitted with gas appliances, you have a legal duty.

This responsibility is to safeguard the health and safety of your tenants. It is because there could be a risk of explosion or carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

Carbon monoxide poisoning

Carbon monoxide is nasty stuff. It is what gas appliances emit when they do not burn their fuel efficiently. The nastiness comes from the fact that this gas has no smell or colour. In other words, it is undetectable unless you have specialist equipment.

Over the years there have been many deaths through CO poisoning. If you are in a confined space with a faulty gas appliance, the carbon monoxide will lull you off to sleep. If you are not awoken, and the emission continues unabated, you can die or suffer permanent brain damage.

Everyone should have their gas appliances checked every 12-months

It’s only landlords who are legally bound to have gas appliances regularly checked in buildings they let. However, given the serious nature of carbon monoxide emissions, all private households should have their gas appliances checked every 12-months too. It is not a legal obligation, but it makes good sense.

Only use Gas Safe registered plumbers or fitters for your gas appliance installation in London

It is essential to use only Gas Safe registered plumbers or fitters to carry out your annual gas appliance service. These men and women have been specially trained. They know what to look for and what to do to ensure appliances are running to peak efficiency.

If you require a gas appliance installation in South London, call CW Services Plumbing and Heating. We are of course fully Gas Safe approved. We can handle any sort of installation, and we can also carry out a regular 12-monthly safety check.

There could be serious consequences to not using a Gas Safe registered company for any gas appliance installation in South London. Therefore, it makes good sense to follow the recommendations. This also goes for organising an annual servicing.

Take out an annual service contract with CW Services

More and more people are taking out annual service agreements following new gas appliance installations in South London. If you haven’t already done so, please contact us here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating. Our contact numbers are on 020 7733 6812or 07949 095 184.

We work for private homeowners, business property owners, tenants and landlords. Whichever category fits your circumstances, why not call us today for an informal, chat and a free, no-obligation quote?

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.