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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?

Commercial water heater installation quote

Commercial water heater installation in South London

Are you looking for a quote for a commercial water heater installation in South London? If you are, you’ve come to the right place. We are CW Services Plumbing and Heating. We can solve all your plumbing problems whether for commercial premises or a private home.

Most commercial businesses have a hot water supply in this day and age. Being able to wash your hands after using the toilet at work is more than just a luxury. It is a necessity from a hygiene point of view. Health and safety is an important issue for all businesses. Having access to hot water at work helps employers to enact their duty of care towards their employee’s well-being.

Where to start

When you are considering obtaining a quote for a commercial water heater installation in South London or anywhere else for that matter you need to know where to start. The first thing to take on board is that there is a difference between a water heater and a boiler.

A boiler is a part of what is referred to as a closed loop system. The loop facilitates hot water and steam circulating through a series of pipes. These pipes can feed radiators or other heating systems such as wet underfloor heating. The water goes around the system warming the various elements, then it returns to the boiler for reheating and recycling.

A hot water boiler heats the water to higher temperatures than water heaters. This is because it turns the water to steam. It is this steam that is circulated as it is easier to move around and it doesn’t lose as much heat as water does.

The other thing about water heaters is that some models don’t have tanks built into them. Whereas a boiler stores hot water in its shell, water heaters only heat on demand. Typically, these are ideal for occasional hand washing in staff toilets.

About storage water heaters

Storage water heaters are good for storing large quantities of hot water. If your commercial water heater installation in London needs to cater for lots of people using hot water at the same time, this may be your best option. Just bear in mind that stored water will gradually lose its warmth. This means more expense in reheating the water for continual use.

When a balanced flue commercial water heater installation in South London is best

If your business premises has a problem with contaminated air (i.e. in a dry cleaner’s premises, or a factory processing chemicals), a balanced flue system might be the best solution. This type of installation draws clean air in from outside the building. Hot water is delivered straight away to the point of use.

Advantages of fan assisted flue systems

Another type of commercial water heater installation in South London you might be interested in is a fan assisted flue system. This type of heater is an excellent choice when an extended flue run-in required. The inclusion of the fan enables hot water to be supplied immediately. If positioning is a problem due to building constraints, fan assist is ideal.

Which type of fuel?

Having decided what type of commercial water heater installation in South London it is you need, you should next consider what fuel you prefer to use. There are several options:

  • Electric
  • Mains gas
  • LPG or Propane
  • Oil
  • Solar

Given the vagaries of the British climate, solar may not be your best route. If you choose a gas installation, make sure you employ a Gas Safe registered plumber. CW Services Plumbing and Heating are fully, and currently Gas Safe approved.

Getting it right

Making the right choice of commercial water heater installer in South London for your business is important. You want to make sure the system you install best suits your needs. You also want to ensure that it is the best type of system from an economic point of view.

If you would like any help or more information about the various types of installation, please call us. You can reach us on 020 7733 6812or 07949 095 184. Why not call us today for an informal, chat and a free, non-obligatory quote?

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.

Where to find London heating services

London heating services

Summer’s not the time that we tend to think about heating. However, if you do need London heating services for a boiler repair or to prepare yourself for the cold of winter, summertime is an excellent time to start.

Here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating, we have been providing London heating services to Londoners for many years. We’re based in SW2 so most of our work tends to be in South London. But if you happen to live anywhere here in the City and you need a top-class plumber, we can help.

All types of heating systems covered

Whether you have or are interested in gas or electric heating makes no difference. We are fully Gas Safe registered and have a lot of experience with both types of fuel systems. We also know about solid fuel systems including biomass and LPG.

The most common things we get asked to help with here at CW Services are hot water boilers. We both install new and carry out maintenance and repairs. We also offer a 24/7/365 emergency call-out service.

Underfloor London heating services

An increasing number of people are now having underfloor heating installed. It comes in two types – wet systems and dry systems. Wet uses water as its heating agent while dry used electric wiring which in inlaid into sheets or tiles.

Installing underfloor heating is something that is best done when properties are being built. It can however also be introduced retrospectively, and this is something that we can help you with too.

Electric underfloor or dry heating is the easiest to install retrospectively as the heating elements are already inlaid into the mats. They take up less space beneath the floorboards whereas wet systems incorporate small diameter pipes which need more room.

If you are looking for London heating services to install underfloor heating, we here at CW Services would be pleased to come to your home, carry out a quick, free survey, and advise you how best to proceed.

The importance of a regular maintenance/service regime

Heating systems need to be properly maintained and regularly serviced in order to get the best out of them. This will extend the working life of your boiler and system. Also, if you have a gas boiler, an annual safety and maintenance check will ensure your system is operating correctly and not emitting CO fumes.

Another advantage of having a regular maintenance/service regime in place is that your heating bills will be lower. An efficient boiler costs less to run.

Whoever you get to supply you with London heating services, you will want to make sure that they are reliable. This not only means that they will turn up when they say they will, but also that the work they carry out is of top quality. Our customer service and satisfaction is something that CW Services Plumbing and Heating are proud of.

Remember, whatever London heating services you need, CW Services come highly recommended. Call us today 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.