Power Flush and Magnetic filters work in helping the efficiency of your heating system. Here at Ability we look at the idea behind these devices. Once a magnetic filter is installed, the idea is that corrosion within a sealed wet central-heating system produces sludge – which can block up boiler heat-exchangers, pumps and radiators – and that because this sludge is ferrous in its nature (in that, it sometimes results from iron or steel corrosion), it can be trapped by a powerful magnet and this is what the filter does. Our team recently carried out tests on systems in Orpington, Kent and East Grinstead in West Sussex.
This theory is very much true. But sludge can also result from the corrosion of copper, zinc or aluminium components as well as existing debris or chemicals. This is nonferrous, and will not be caught by a magnet. So this is why a power flush is recommended.
Ideally, your central-heating system should not contain any sludge anyway, because it should be dosed with corrosion inhibitor from the beginning after its installation, unless of corse it is an old system that was installed before the introduction of these chemicals and procedures or a previous installer did not correctly carry out the work. We have come across this in the last 3 months in Crowborough Near East Sussex and Dunton Green in Sevenoaks Kent.
This is easy to do, but some heating engineers do not routinely install inhibitor or even check for its presence, preferring to sell magnetic filters to their customers instead. This is why adult Ability we always carry inhibitors and regularly introduce them into your system.
This is of a concern to us at Ability, because we know that some boiler manufacturers, when called out on warranty visits to your home or claims, will sometimes carry out testing to the system water for inhibitor, and they may decide that if the inhibitor concentration is not adequate, then this invalidates your warranty on the boiler. At Ability, we are sure to see that this is not the case for you, our customer.
Ability is members on the Gas Safe Register. We carry out gas safety checks for landlords in the Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Sevenoaks (Kent), East Grinstead, East Sussex and West Sussex areas.
A Gas Safety Certificate will be received when a registered engineer installs a gas appliance in your property or when a gas safety check is carried out. It should be received within 28 days of installation.
The CP12 will contain details of the landlord and of the appliances tested and their results. The engineer will note down any gas safety issues identified that will need attention. The engineer will then sign and date the CP12 certificate.
The most common appliances include gas fires, gas boiler, gas firewater heater, flued cooking ranges and water air heaters. It is important that gas appliances are checked regularly as this will prevent gas leaks and stop carbon monoxide being released. Carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal. Some of the signs of carbon monoxide escaping include increased levels of condensation in the room with the gas appliance, soft yellow flames, sooty stains or discolouration around the appliance and fumes or smoke. A carbon monoxide detector should be fitted as an indicator.
It is the responsibility of the landlord to ensure that gas safety checks are carried out on an annual basis as they have a duty of care to their tenant. The engineer carrying out the gas safety check must be a member of the Gas Safe Register. Failure to do this could lead to prosecution. A landlord has 30 days to have renewal inspection completed otherwise penalties can be applied and the landlord will then have to complete a new registration form.
If you require a gas safety check (cp12) in the Kent, East Sussex and West Sussex please give Ability a call on 01892 514495 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please do operate the boiler briefly to ensure it appears to work correctly. We recommend you isolate the boiler/heating system electrically and confirm this with suitable test equipment. When servicing the boiler we always check the fuse rating for the boiler/heating system is correct; most digital appliances will run on a 3amp fuse.
We will remove the boiler case and visually inspect the appliance, internally and externally, for any signs of distress, such as corrosion or water leaks, checking all components.
If necessary, Ability will clean the boiler and its components, including the primary heat exchanger, main burner, and the condensate trap, always referring to the manufacturer’s instructions for boiler servicing.
It’s most essential to reinstate the electrical supply safely. Then to carry out a check of the boiler’s gas burner pressure, a gas-rate inspection (taken at the gas meter), or both, where possible, will determine the correct working pressures.
Next, our engineer will visually check the flame picture (where visible) and carry out a flue gas analysis test, this if the boiler is a high-efficiency product or requires this procedure.
It is critical to ensure any combustion analysis test points are correctly replaced, and any boiler case seals are forming an effective seal. Boilers must not run with incorrect seal.
An excellent visual check that any ventilation requirements for the boiler have been met. Sometimes may include taking measurements.
If the appliance is an open flue ability will check the boiler chimney/flue throughout its length, including its point of termination. Carry out flue-flow and spillage tests; this is usually a smoke test.
It’s essential to check that any boiler safety devices operate correctly. Check there is no escape of gas from the boiler or connecting pipework to the boiler.
In the event of any safety defect(s) being noted, Ability will always advise the customer of the details, and either rectify them or act in accordance with the Gas Industry Unsafe Situations Procedure (GIUSP) Paperwork will be provided.
Where rectification is not possible, we will discuss with you, the customer if any remedial action is required, and give you all the options to correct the faults, the best way possible.
Finally, we will complete the Benchmark service record, and provide any additional work documentation while on-site or via email if you are not able to be present at the time of works.
Ability provides plumbing services in the Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Sevenoaks and East Grinstead area. We are skilled specialists in the installation and maintenance of water systems. In order to become a plumber, a license from a trade or vocational school and a background in various aspects of the industry has to be obtained.
The Development of Plumbing Pipework
The Minoan Palace on Crete is the oldest known structure to have sewerage and water pipes. Plumbing goes back to Crete four thousand years ago. The ancient Romans created complexed systems that transported water in and out of cities via aqueducts and bridges.
The pipes were originally made from lead and this is where the name Plumber comes from, the Latin word Plumbum meaning lead.
The Egyptians were the first to use copper piping as a safer and better alternative to lead.
Places like China used hollow bamboo reeds to carry fresh water and natural gas to and from the ancient salt mines.
In 1940 the War Production Board restricted the use of iron steel and copper. This meant that other materials such as cast iron and plastic had to be used in the manufacturing of plumbing materials. The use of lead piping decreased after World War II as people were becoming increasingly aware of the dangers of lead poisoning.
The Plumbing Inventions Of The Bathroom Appliances.
The first flushable toilet was designed in the Elizabethan era and was described in 1596 by Sir John Harington. Toilet paper was not invented until 1857 by an American man, Joseph Getty. In 1870 the first single piece ceramic flush toilet was manufactured and created by Thomas Twyford.
The first bathtub was made in 1883, it was a cast-iron horse trough with four feet added to the bottom and covered in an enamel finish. The creator was an American man called John Michael Kohler.
If you require a plumber in the Kent and West Sussex area please call Ability on 01892 514495 or alternatively email email@example.com
It is always a difficult decision when choosing a new commercial boiler, you need to consider the energy efficiency, whole life costing, installation, will replacement parts be readily available and good aftercare support. Ability likes to keep up to date with any new products available on the market and are pleased to hear about the new Bosch commercial boiler.
There have been significant advances in Bosch commercial boilers. The GB162 is now available as an 85kW model as well as the existing 50KW, 65kW and 100kW.
Advantages Of The New Bosch Commercial Boiler
It has a smaller flue containing a non-return valve. This means it is well suited to buildings with narrow, low and restricted space because it no longer requires the height of its previous counterpart and also has increased flexibility, making it easier to install and will, therefore, reduce installation costs.
The new Bosch commercial boiler offers a secure fit connection with 360 degree insulation reducing heat loss and energy consumption. It also has a removable single sided cover for easy access when servicing and maintaining.
There is no longer the need for an external pump system with the new Bosch commercialboiler as it has a new pump group which has the combination of lower hydraulic resistance and a more residual pump head. This again will reduce energy bills and installation costs.
The GB162 Bosch commercial boiler is also compatible with leading commercial boiler control meaning the heating can be controlled and monitored remotely via tablet or computer.
It is becoming increasingly popular due to its energy efficiency, reliability and high performance. The cascade design means it can now cater for large heat demands of up to 1.6mw and is ideal for large commercial properties.
Ability highly recommends this new product. We install commercial boilers in the Kent and West Sussex area and would be happy to provide a free with no obligation quotation. Please contact us on 01892 514495 or at firstname.lastname@example.org if we can be of service
When choosing a new electric shower, you need to consider whether it’s readily available and whether it has a good warranty. This gives assurance that if the shower was to go wrong a good aftercare package is in place.
When installing a new electric shower you must take into account the kilowatt of the shower currently in situ. If the intention is to replace a 9.5kW electric shower with a 10.8k the MCB current rating must be checked. The relevant wiring regulations must be adhered to and the circuit must be able to cope with the higher load as this could lead to overheating.
New electric showers should never be sealed to the wall as they need ventilation around the side and back of the shower module. Without adequate ventilation, the module is likely to overheat or be prone to condensation which will cause damage to the internal components. The water and electric supplies that come in from behind the unit must be sealed.
In accordance with the current wiring regulations, a new electric shower installation must have a 30 mA Residual Current Device incorporated into the electrical supply. A separate permanently connected
Typically, a minimum pressure of between 0.7 and 1 bar is required for new electric shower. For a gravity pumped shower the minimum head required would be between 0.008 to a maximum of 1 bar. This allows for running pressure.
If a replacement electric shower is being fitted it is recommended that a 30MA RCD is installed if it is not already in place.
On average a 10-minute shower will cost around 30p however, this is, of course, dependent on your electrical supplier.
The benefits of water softener installation in a home, especially in hard water areas can prevent the build-up of limescale in kitchen and bathroom appliances. This can extend the appliances’ life span. It is, however, an additional source of revenue and a good way to make plumbing jobs profitable.
The installation will be dependent on where the location of the incoming mains water stopcock is positioned, however it can be fitted in various places throughout the home. It may be that there is existing cupboard space that will be an ideal place to install the water softener rather than beneath the sink itself.
Water Softener Installation Process
The installation of the water softener will take between three to four hours. The first step is to turn the water off and drain down the system to complete all necessary pipework. This enables the water to be turned back on as quickly as possible and minimise disruption.
The bypass set will need to be assembled and tightened before putting it into the correct position.
Alterations to the pipework may need to be carried out to accommodate the bypass set for the water softener. This pipework will need to be prepared and fitted into place.
Whilst fitting the water softener many customers may choose to have a hard water feed incorporated alongside the bypass set for a drinking water supply. When these works have been completed the mains can be turned back on.
The water softener unit can now be fitted.
A hole for the overflow will need to be drilled from the outside in to avoid damage to brickwork and the hose cut down to the right size and fitted.
If the customer has decided to have a hard water feed incorporated alongside the water softener then a three-way tapwill need to replace the standard tap.
If the water softener system is not electric it will not require any further maintenance. The customer should be advised that one salt block per household, per member, per month, will be required to ensure the water softener works efficiently and this will reduce the use of household products.
Please call Ability if you want to consider having a water softener system in your home.
Ability take a look at one of the Uk’s leading boiler company and manufacturers brands. This Easter, Vaillant will be celebrating its own iconic bunny as the company marks 120 years of its ‘hare in the egg’ logo.
The Founder of the boiler company Vaillant, Johann Vaillant came across the image in a magazine which started it all on Easter Sunday, all the way back in 1899. He discovered a picture of a hare hatching from an egg, surrounded by dwarfs and animals, and this is when the boiler company acquired the copyright for his company’s trademark.
Over the years, the mark has been re-designed six times, adding the Vaillant name and inserting of a box around the original egg, amongst many other changes. However, crucially it has never lost its central theme of the hare, which came to be known as Johann in honour of the founder, as it varied his name.
Where It All Began-For Vaillant Boiler Company
The hare even starred in its own comic in 1935, where the boiler company journeyed through history, at one point advising a monarch on the benefits of a hot bath, thus keeping the hot water industry piping hot!
The very familiar Vaillant boiler company colours also have their roots in history, drawing inspiration from the black, white and green traditionally incorporated into the exterior design of homes in Vaillant’s native Bergisches Land, Germany.
Whilst the boiler company design has had many changes and improvements and evolved significantly from the picture which originally caught Johann Vaillant’s attention, the iconic hare and egg have remained throughout, and stood the test of time. The green which represents the origins of Vaillant, shows that the company is very proud of the history and it marks a real mile stone for the boiler company.
Smart thermostats and climate management services can save us installers at Ability time and our customer’s money. Svea Kübler, Product Manager at intelligent home experts tado°, looks at how the team Ability installers can make the most of opportunities in this fast-growing market.
Complicated heating systems, orders throughout the whole day, and back-office work in between our installers, who have a busy schedule. There is hardly time to train ourselves in new technologies like smart heating control. At the same time, our customer needs are increasing, they want smart and energy-efficient solutions that offer them comfort and affordable prices. The market is very competitive so our plumbing, heating and electrical engineers need to differentiate themselves to stay a step ahead of the game.
So if you need any services in your home or office. If your sockets don’t work properly or your toilet isn’t flushing. Then please give us a call and we will send one of our qualified and experienced engineers to solve your problem. We have engineers working around the clock for your needs. Our team Ability is only too happy to help when you are unable to do the work your self. There is only one local and friendly company to call.
Bubbling noises from radiators are quite a common issue but dealing with this problem does not necessarily require any specialist technical expertise, and you may be able to stop the annoying noisy and bubbling in a few minutes with the right tools and the right advise, before having to us the experts in.
So, if you have a noisy radiator and are hearing gurgling or bubbling noises, the following guidance could help you resolve the problem without calling us, Ability plumbers.
Sludge, Silt and Magnetite
Most of the components that make up your central heating system are made from metal, and metal, as you probably already know, will expand and contract as it heats up and cools down. So, it may be that the sounds you hear your central heating make are just being caused by that natural process. Because pipework creaks and groans as it expands and contracts, it can be something that you get used to, but if your central heating is making strange noises, it’s best not to ignore it.
Loud Heating Systems
More serious causes of annoying and loud central heating should be thoroughly investigated and fixed by us at Ability plumbing, with the worst-case scenario being that you have to part with a little bit of money to get it sorted. But here at Ability, we like to give you any help and guidance as well as the right information to fix things for yourself, so this post is designed to help you identify the most common causes of noisy heating systems to help you to solve the problems without having to splash the cash on expensive repair bills. If its something simple and we can help, then we will.
the water pressure
Sometimes, a central heating system needs an extra push to get air out of radiators. Make sure your circulation pumps are on, turn up the water pressure to around two bars, and then bleed the radiator again.
the pumping system
Is your pump working correctly? Is the vent on the pump’s suction side? Is your pump speed right or is it too high If the gurgling stops when you turn your pump off, then you may have isolated the problem – repairing it, however, could be a trickier task.
always, do not attempt to repair your boiler or central heating system if you
are unsure of what to do. If a repair involves taking a gas boiler cover off,
then it is too complicated for a layperson and you need to get in touch with us
here at Ability and we will send an engineer.
noisy radiator is likely to have air trapped inside it. An easy way to diagnose
this problem is to feel the radiator when it is turned on – if it is hot at the
bottom but cold at the top, then it needs bleeding.
might seem obvious but bleeding your radiators could be all it takes to expel
this air, stop the radiator noise and allow you to enjoy a near-silent central
heating system once more. You simply need a radiator key to let the air out.
you find yourself bleeding your radiators more regularly than you think is
usual, then there is probably a leak in your central heating and plumbing
system somewhere. You could add some anti-corrosion inhibitors into the central
heating system when the leak has been repaired to ensure the problem does not
repeat itself. To find out more about cleaning your radiators, please visit our Website or call us here at Ability.