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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.

Are you in need of London Plumbing services?

London plumbing services

If you are in need of London plumbing services, the best people to contact are CW Services Plumbing and Heating. Whatever your plumbing needs CW will be able to oblige. Not only do we carry out quality work, but it is all done at competitive rates.

No call-out charge

The first thing you should be aware of is that we do not have a call out charge. That means that if you want us to come to your property to assess what work needs carrying out or to give you a free estimate, you pay nothing.

When looking for London plumbing services, for whatever reason, the first thing that pops into potential clients’ minds is not money, but quality. Having an inferior plumbing job done can leave you with more problems that you started with. Not only that, it can, of course, involve more expense, not to mention the inconvenience.

Quality is our watchword

That is why here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating, the first thing on our priority list is to offer top quality work. However, you’ll find that if you do use our services, that top quality job will be carried out at a competitive price.

The next thing high on our priority list is reliability. If we agree to come to your premises on a specific day at a particular time, we will be there. Okay, it is not beyond the realms of possibility that we could be delayed by traffic or by a previous job taking longer than anticipated. But if that does happen, we will call you to let you know and keep you fully updated.

A comprehensive range of plumbing services including emergency call-out

The range of our London plumbing services on offer is fully comprehensive. They cover all plumbing issues, including:

  • Fitting new appliances
  • Installing new bathrooms
  • Putting in new pipework
  • Wet room conversions
  • Plumbing repairs
  • Anything to do with plumbing

We also offer a 24/7/365 emergency call out service. As one of the top plumbers in the London area, CW Services are fully Gas Safe registered. If you do have gas pipes and gas appliances in your home or on your business premises, it’s crucially important that you only employ Gas Safe qualified plumbers to carry out any work of any description when gas is involved.

Both Gas Safe registered and CIPHE approved

Being Gas Safe certified not only means we can be trusted to work on gas piping and appliances. It also says a lot about the general quality standards of any plumber. Here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating, we are also CIPHE approved.

The initials CIPHE stand for Chartered Institute of Plumbing Heating Engineering. This is the top professional body for plumbers here in the UK. Member companies are all carefully vetted by the Institute before being appointed. It means the public know that any plumber who bears the Institute’s letters after their names, can be fully trusted for quality work.

Are in need of London plumbing services, as a homeowner, a tenant, landlord, or a business premises owner? If so, call CW Services Plumbing and Heating on 020 7733 6812 or 07949 095 184.

Can I install a toilet in a new room easily?

London toilet installation

If you are looking for a good plumber to carry out a London toilet installation you’ve come to the right place. CW Services Plumbing and Heating are one of the most sought-after plumbers in South London and with good reason. We carry out quality work at an affordable price.

Toilets used to be (and still are in some circles today) referred to as “WCs.” The initials “WC” stand for “Water Closet” or “Water Convenience”, and indeed, the latter of the two descriptions says it all – convenience. Having only one toilet can prove problematic and uncomfortable if you are dying to go to the toilet and it is already occupied. Additionally, there is always the unpleasantness and embarrassment of leaving odours for the next user.

It’s for these two reasons, plus others – increasing the saleability and maybe the price of your property – that so many people today decide to opt for a new London toilet installation.

Things to think about if considering a new London toilet installation

It is not particularly difficult to add a toilet to your home. All you need is a space of approximately six feet by three feet. This will accommodate the toilet itself, plus room for a small hand basin if there isn’t one already. But having said that, it is relatively easy; that is, only if you are, or you employ, a professional plumber.

Thinking about where your new London toilet installation will be best positioned will depend on several factors. First, you will want to consider it from an accessibility point of view. Most people for example like to have an en-suite. But wherever you end-up siting your new toilet, you need to consider the existing plumbing layout of your home.

Having an exterior wall or skylight where you can install a ventilator, is something else you need to think about. If this is not possible you may want to consider allowing for a fan to be introduced to circulate and dissipate air and odours, and to help prevent moisture build-up where your London toilet installation is to include other things like a bath or shower unit.

An alternative solution if there are plumbing issues

If you find that the ideal place for your new toilet is not practical for plumbing reasons, all may not be lost. Typical problems include: if the basement is your first-choice site. This can present gravitational issues.

If your preferred location is too far away from the main drain line, this can present another issue. A new London toilet installation in this instance could mean an expensive overhaul of the existing plumbing system

But as we said, all may not be lost. You could opt for a Saniflo toilet. This type of toilet incorporates a macerator. Macerators are units that liquefy waste thanks to the high-powered blades they incorporate. The macerator unit can be fitted either behind the toilet or in the wall. Once liquefied, any waste can then be pumped through a regular (smaller diameter) pipe to the main drain system.

These types of toilets (also referred to as up-flush toilets) are more costly than standard toilets. However, because they don’t require expensive plumbing system modifications, it could be an option worth considering.

Call CW Services Plumbing and Heating for your free consultation

Wherever you want your new London toilet installation to be sited, we here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating can help. For a free consultation, please call us today on 020 7733 6812 or 07949 095 184.

Finding quality, affordable London plumbing services

London plumbing services

Do you live in our fair capital city? Whether you’re a homeowner, a landlord or a tenant, you’ll probably need London plumbing services at some stage. The same goes for if you have a business property if it has plumbing of some kind.

You made need London Plumbing services to cover all sorts of things. Repairs (including emergencies) are the reason that most people end up looking for plumbers, but there are other things too.

You may need a new bathroom or shower fitting. How about plumbing for a new appliance? Maybe you want to replace your boiler, or you be thinking about installing central heating or doing a wet room conversion?

The value of a good recommendation

Whatever it is you need, you’ll be spoiled for choice. There are literally hundreds or registered plumbers to be found in local directories or on the web. The problem is that they are not necessarily all good plumbers. There are plenty of “cowboy” plumbers about who do poor quality work. These guys will cost you more as you will probably have to hire another plumber to come and make right.

So what’s the best way of going about choosing someone that provides London plumbing services you can rely on? Your first port of call should be to take a personal recommendation. At CW Services Plumbing and Heating, this is how we get the majority of our work.

Checking out a plumber’s credentials

You may not know anyone who can provide you with a recommendation. What do you do then? You can’t rely on advertising because all businesses will tell you that they are the best thing since sliced bread. So how do you sort out the wheat from the chaff?

One good way of finding a supplier of top quality London plumbing services is to check out a business’s credentials. However, it’s not enough just to believe what you’re told. Its all too easy for a plumber say they have some form of accreditation. You need to verify they are real.

London plumbing services that are Gas Safe registered and CIPHE approved

Here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating we are both Gas Safe registered, and CIPHE approved. Our Gas Safe registration reference is 233012. If you go to the “check a business” page on the Gas Safe website, you can enter this number and check out our registration.

In terms of our  CIPHE accreditation, this stands for Chartered Institute of Plumbing Heating Engineering. Go to the “find a plumber” page on their website. Enter our postcode, SW2 1BZ, and you’ll see our name listed.

Once you are satisfied that the plumber you are checking out has legitimate qualifications, the next thing to do is check out their reliability. The easiest way to do this is to search the company’s website for reviews and customer feedback. For CW Services’ reviews, please follow this link.

Reliable and affordable emergency plumbing services

Should you find yourself with an emergency you’re in luck. We offer a full 24/7/365 emergency call-out service.

If you’re a Londoner and you need a top London plumbing services provider, you now know where to come. CW Services Plumbing and Heating are fully qualified and provide best-quality service. As well as being 100% reliable, we also offer competitive rates. To find out more call us now on 020 7733 6812 or 07949 095 184.