Emergency Plumber in Maidstone Boiler Repair Near Me

Last night we were called for an emergency plumber in Maidstone, Kent. The customer has searched for Maidstone boiler repair near me, and Ability plumbers in Maidstone were to the rescue.

We can attend your home for your plumbing or heating problem within a 1-hour response. Our emergency plumber Tom arrived in 30 minutes of the phone call and had the water leak stopped within 15 minutes of arrival

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A Brief History of Maidstone

Maidstone is a large town situated in Kent in the South East and has a population of over 113,137 people.  It lies 32 miles east-south-east of London.  The River Medway runs through the centre of the town linking with Rochester and the Thames Estuary.  There is evidence of settlement dating back to the stone age.  The River Medway has been used for trade and the town is the centre of what is known as the Garden of England.

It has been suggested that the name Maidstone derives from stones set into the river to allow clothes to be rinsed in the cleaner water away from the banks.

During the English Civil War, the Battle of Maidstone took place in 1648, resulting in a victory for the Parliamentarian, Andrew Broughton, who was Mayor in 1649 (and also Clerk to the High Court of Justice) was responsible for declaring the death sentence on Charles I, and today a plaque in the Town Centre memorialises Broughton as ‘Mayor and Regicide’.

Paper mills, stone quarrying, brewing and the cloth industry have all flourished here. Today, residents are employed in the retail, administrative or service sectors; there are industrial estates around the town providing employment. Some of the workforce commute to other towns, including to London

Plumbers in Maidstone

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Our engineers are Gas Safe registered and understand the importance of gas health and safety within your property.  For this reason, it is vital that you choose a trained Gas Safe professional to undertake any gas fire, cooker, boiler or appliance work, so call us for our Plumber in Maidstone today.

We serve areas in Maidstone and surrounding areas including, Allington, Alyesford, Barming, Staplehurst, Bearsted, Kings Hill, East Peckham, Kingshill, Wateringbury and Laddingford.

Which Smart Thermostat Is Right For You?

We have been carrying out an assessment of the new and available digital room thermostatic controls here at Ability.

Traditional thermostats are pretty much a fumble to use. It feels like it takes a million button presses to set or program anything and forget adjusting the temperature if you’re not at home or in the correct room. If you’d rather adjust your thermostat from your phone, with your voice, or if that isn’t futuristic enough, let it adjust itself automatically, you’ll want a smart thermostat like one of these new models that we have on offer here at Ability.

Google Thermostatic Control

Google’s Nest is the biggest name in smart thermostats, and with good reason. Originally designed by Tony Fadell, the father of the iPod, the Nest series use a click-wheel interface for turning the temperature up and down that feels incredibly intuitive. The Nest’s biggest feature, though, is its ability to learn your habits and adapt its temperature schedule accordingly, negating the need for you to futz with it.

Nest Thermostatic Control

Nest Thermostatic Control

The Nest Learning Thermostat is probably what you think of when you picture the Nest, but it isn’t actually my top recommendation for most people. The Nest Thermostat E, in our opinion, is a better buy. It’s cheaper but contains almost all the same features, and its clean white housing is more likely to blend into the walls of your home.

The Nest Thermostat E’s display isn’t quite as nice, but that’s a small downside considering the savings. It does, however, lack compatibility with some HVAC systems – so check Nest’s compatibility tool to see if it’ll work with your home, and keep in mind that if you don’t have a C-Wire, it may not be advisable to use the Nest at all (even though it will technically work). You can read more about C-wires on-line.

Honeywell Thermostatic Control

If you’re on a stricter budget, the Honeywell T5+ gets you the most important smart features in a great package. It’s not exactly “cheap”, and it isn’t as attractive as the other options on this list, but it’ll get the job done, you can control it from your phone or with your voice using Alexa and Google, and use its geofencing features to automate energy savings when you aren’t home.

But that discount has to cut corners somewhere: it doesn’t integrate with SmartThings, doesn’t support room sensors, and doesn’t learn your habits the way Nest does, but if you want basic smart home integration at a more affordable price, the T5+ will do the job.

Ecobee Thermostatic Control

Canadian company ecobee is the other big name in the smart thermostat space, and their latest offering is known simply as the ecobee SmartThermostat. It has a decidedly more techy look, with a black touch screen that’s easy to navigate and adjust, along with sensors for different rooms just like the T9. the ecobee sensors are slightly less powerful as the T9’s, since they don’t detect humidity, but they’re still quite useful. Like other thermostats, you can control it from your phone, set schedules, and automate energy savings when you leave the house. You can check compatibility with your home’s HVAC system here.

If your not sure which thermostatic control is for you then please give us a call here at Ability 01892 514495 and we can discuss the best option for your needs.

Bringing The Right Plumbing or Heating Engineer Into Your Home

Contacting a plumbing or heating engineer to repair leaking or burst pipes, service your boiler or gas fire in your home or office is a necessary exercise, and choosing the right company needn’t be costly. Make sure that you are hiring the right company, like Ability, for the job.

Hiring a plumber requires plenty of trust, after all, you’re allowing a complete stranger to enter your home.

Ability, a plumbing and heating company based in the heart of Kent, offers a checklist of the most important factors that all plumbers should comply to

1. Certification

It is extremely important to hire an accredited and registered plumber and heating engineer, even better if the plumber is registered with CIPHE or the heating engineer with Gas Safe, these are just two of the many governing bodies we are registered with here at Ability. Many people claim to be plumbers, but are in fact ‘jacks of all trades’ or ‘handymen’.

Avoid them where possible because they may not possess the quality workmanship, experience and knowledge or skills needed to comply with the plumbing standards issued by CIPE and Gas Safe and may also be uninsured.  More often than not, people who use uncertified plumbers are left with larger and more costly messes after the so-called ‘plumber’ has left. We see this time and time again, it gives the industry a bad name and pains us.

When hiring a CIPHE registered plumbing company, or Gas Safe engineer you can feel confident that they possess the skills and expertise to deal with any plumbing or heating problem you may encounter, be it major or minor. Also, only CIPHE registered plumbers and Gas Safe engineers are authorised to sign and release a certificate of compliance, which is needed when a house is sold, or as a guarantee of a plumbing and heating job done well.

2. Work Experience

Work experience is important in all careers, and it’s equally important in plumbing and heating. Most plumbers should have at least ten years’ of plumbing experience, with additional knowledge and experience in construction and renovations. Here at Ability, our plumbers and heating engineers have over 15 years’ experience each and the company being established now for 40 years this year, our knowledge of the industry is second to none.

3. A Business Bank Account

It’s very important for a plumbing company to have a registered business bank account. Not only is it professional, but it also makes you feel more confident that you’re dealing with a legitimately registered business and not a ‘fly-by-night’ who might disappear with your deposit without starting (or finishing) the job.

Rather spend your hard-earned cash on hiring a CIPHE registered plumber and gas engineer who has a registered business that can be tracked. Our bank details are available on our invoice and quotations and upon request when calling us up by telephone.

4. Well-maintained vehicles with visible branding

All our vehicles are clean, well-maintained and branded with our company logo.  We believe that the vehicles our plumbers and heating engineers drive are an extension of who we are and reflects the pride we have in our work and business.

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5. Neat and clean presentation

Hiring a plumber or heating engineer requires plenty of trust, after all, you’re allowing a complete stranger to enter your home. It is important to us that we make a good first impression and all our employees will always look neat and presentable.

6. Able To Do Physical Labour

It is necessary for plumbers and heating engineers to maintain their ideal fitness levels, as they are often required to exert themselves physically. They climb into small and tight spaces, lift themselves over walls, and lift heavy objects and equipment. Plumbers and heating engineers who are unfit could possibly struggle to perform their tasks optimally.

7. Punctuality

Our plumbers and heating engineers take pride in themselves, our business and work is always punctual. Being punctual is associated with a positive work attitude, which our plumbing and heating engineers pride themselves on, they can be relied upon to get the job done on the time agreed. A plumber who is late reflects a disinterest in customer service and in performing to the best of their abilities.

8. Communication skills

It’s important for our plumbers and heating engineers to conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times. This includes the manner and tone in which they communicate with customers and their colleagues.  Hiring a plumber or heating engineer that shouts over the phone, is unapproachable and disrespectful will more than likely result in a poor relationship. Trustworthy plumbers and heating engineers are normally polite, approachable and easily contacted.

9. Reachability

Don’t hire plumbers and heating engineers who are difficult to reach and who doesn’t answer your calls, emails or WhatsApp messages. Although plumbers and heating engineers have families of their own and are also tired in the evenings after a long and hard day at work, it’s reassuring to hire a plumber or heating engineer who cares about their work and customers enough to take the time to discuss matters with them and who will also respond in the case of an emergency.

10. Willingness To Correct Problems

Even qualified and experienced plumbers and heating engineers can make mistakes under pressure. If you notice what appears to be a mistake in your plumber’s or heating engineer’s work and you discuss it with them, they should be willing to fix the mistake or be willing to take time to explain why it appears to be a mistake, but actually isn’t one.  If there is a problem with the job we always return and we guarantee our work.

Gas Safe Register Identity Verification Is Not Frequently Used

Ability cover the Kent, West and East Sussex area.  We are Gas Safe registered and always carry our identification cards, we were shocked to learn this week that, a third of UK adults (33 per cent) admit they’ve not checked on the Gas Safe Register to see if the engineer working on their home’s gas appliances is doing so legally, according to the Register’s latest research findings.

The findings come as Gas Safe Register – the Government’s official gas registration body – nears completing 2,000 illegal gas work investigations in three years. More than two-thirds of these (69 per cent) found to be unsafe, meaning the people living in the properties were in potential danger from unsafe gas work.

Alarmingly, many customers assumed the companies were Gas Safe registered just because they noticed a logo on the engineer’s website or uniform (28 per cent), or by asking the engineer (13 per cent).  These customers did not think to ask for the registration number and actually verify this with Gas Safe directly.

When asked why they hadn’t thought to check if their engineer was working on their home’s gas appliances legally, the research found a lack of understanding and an assumption that all engineers are registered among 40 per cent, with 29 per cent saying they did not realise they had to check.

Some of those who failed to check an engineer’s registration information blamed being in a rush (15 per cent) or forgetting to ask (18 per cent). Some 14 per cent of respondents claimed they were ‘too embarrassed to ask’ if the engineer was on the register.

Ability encourages that when an engineer visits their property to carry out work that they verify their Gas Safe identification.  This is so important to ensure safety within your home.

If you live in the Tonbridge, Sevenoaks, Crowborough, East Grinstead, Paddock Wood, Orpington and Bromley or surrounding areas and require plumbing, heating or electrical work please do not hesitate to give us a call on 01892 514495 or by email at info@ability.uk.co,

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As we approach the end of another successful year in the plumbing, heating and electrical industry, we are humbled by the good comments from our customers. We are grateful for all the business we have been given and all the hard work we have managed to get through.

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Its been an interesting year in the plumbing, heating and electrical world with a rollercoaster of a year regards the weather. Remembering the “Beast from the East” to the longh and hot summer, it can be said it was extreme in the year of 201h8.

The Future is Bright

The natural growth of Ability in the plumbing, heating and electrical world has seen us grow in numbers and area coverage. With a full-time electrician on board now and a new apprentice. Just two of the new editions here at Ability.

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Electrical Testing

So we can confidently say its been a successful year for all and as we spring into the new year with ambition and confidence, we can be comfortable and relaxed in the plumbing, heating and electrical world-safe in the knowledge that our customers, both existing and new will be kept warm and safe in their homes, schools, office and workplace. With a varied team of engineers, we cover all aspects of plumbing, heating and electrical both domestic and commercial.

If you have a problem with your plumbing, heating or electrical appliance in your home, then please do not hesitate to call our office. We have engineers on standby for your phone call over Christmas and the New Year

We wish you all a fun and festive time. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all here at Ability.

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Please see some interesting articles found this year on the news this week. If you require any advice or help we are always happy to help in the plumbing, heating or electrical world.

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Electrics Fixed After Flood

After a cold water storage tank burst in a domestic home in Sevenoaks, the customer reported water running from the light fitting and the electrics and power had tripped out. We were able to attend almost immediately and make the situation safe. Our electrician Brett was on the scene within the hour and he isolated the electrics. 

Our plumber Daniel wasn’t far behind him. The customer had already isolated the water mains and drined the tank and so we just had to make the repair, refil vent and test the system. Its what we do on a daily basis.

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Engineer to the rescue

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Gas Central heating services and boiler repairs carried out by official installers!

Our highly skilled and proficient gas engineers are qualified to carry out a wide range of heating installations. We can install, hot water cylinders, immersion heaters, radiators, gas fires, boilers and muchmore. We also have a team of professional electricians to carry out any electrical adjustments. To get a quote, please do not hesitate to contact us at the office on 01892 514495, or complete the form to request a callback. We have gas central heating, gas engineers and heating engineers in and around your local area now so call for those cold radiators or leaking hot water cylinders.

CENTRAL HEATING SERVICES – OUR QUALITY PROMISE

Hot Water Cylinders and Radiators

After discussing works with a friendly member of our team, we will arrange a suitable day for one of our qualified oil heating engineers to commence works. All labour and parts come with a full guarantee for complete peace of mind. We strive to complete the jobs as efficiently as possible and leave the property as we found it. So if you need your eletrics looked at or your plumbing please call us today.

Our oil heating engineers serve Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Sevenoaks and the East Grinstead areas

If you are having problems with your central heating we strive to be on your property as soon as possible, especially during the winter months. We try our utmost to be at your property within the same day, alternatively, we can arrange a convenient time to begin the works. Please do not hesitate to call us on 01892 514495 to arrange a prompt visit.

The statutory requirements for electrical work are different in England and Wales from those in Scotland and Northern Ireland. To find out more on what you should be looking for and to ensure you get a registered electrician for your area, click on the relevant country.

Weather Change Sees Plumbers Step up a Gear

Weather Change See Plumbers Step up a Gear

This week saw a drop in temperature, and the weather change sees our local Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Sevenoaks, East Grinstead and Edenbridge plumbers step up a gear.

trusted plumbers in tunbridge wells-plumbers step up a gearThe long summer may be drawing to a close but the heat is on for our local and friendly plumbers. Working hard for our customers here in West Kent, East Sussex and Surrey, our plumbers step up a gear.

The holiday period seems to be over and as families and business alike start to prepare for the changing of the seasons. The plumbers here at Ability start to knuckle down to some seriously hard work ensuring that your boilers, heating, plumbing and electrical appliances are serviced and maintained.

That’s why we are on hand 24/7 for your needs. When the colder days set in, we want to be ready to help. Make your call today, to us here at Ability and we will do our best to see that your needs are met as our plumbers step up a gear.

Trusted Plumbers in Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge

A customer that called on Thursday last week, via a recommendation from a church that Ability work for, provided a five-star review.trusted plumbers in tunbridge wells-plumbers step up a gear

As trusted plumbers in Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge, we were able to come to the rescue of this elderly gentleman within 30 minutes and isolate his leaking stopcock. Trusted plumbers in Tunbridge Wells.

He was s impressed with our engineers work that he rewarded our plumber with some of his favourite homemade sponge cake. So another satisfied customer and a big pat on the back for one of the team here at Ability.

So if you are looking for a reliable and trusted plumber in Tunbridge Wells, then look no further. For all your plumbing, heating or gas needs one of our qualified and experienced staff will be happy to help you today. Ability-The Trusted Plumbers in Tunbridge Wells.

 

 

Be safe at your summer outdoor Event

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Please give us a call if you are unsure about any of the safe information listed, as provided by the health and safety executive and government bodies.

If gas appliances, such as ovens, cookers and boilers, are not properly installed and maintained, there is a danger of fire, explosion, gas leaks and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

Employers need to comply with the relevant regulations to help ensure worker and public safety. You can do this by following our advice on maintaining and servicing gas appliances, by using a Gas Safe registered engineer or a competent person

Gas Safe

  • If you suspect a leak, turn off the supply and immediately call the National Gas Emergency Service on 0800 111 999 for natural gas. For liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), call your LPG supplier
  • If in doubt, evacuate the building and inform the police as well as the National Gas Emergency Service or your gas supplier
  • Do not turn a gas supply back on until a leak has been dealt with by a competent person

Appliances and pipework

  • Use a competent engineer to install, maintain or repair your appliances
  • Ensure that your gas pipework, appliances and flues are regularly maintained
  • Don’t use any appliance you know or suspect is unsafe
  • Check that the room has adequate ventilation – don’t block air inlets to prevent draughts and don’t obstruct flues and chimneys

Industrial and commercial plant

Explosions can be caused by the ignition of unburnt gas.

  • Consider the need for explosion relief and/or flame-failure protection as necessary
  • Make sure that the gas supply is interlocked with the ventilation of the appliance
  • The equipment should be designed, operated and maintained to make sure dangerous levels of carbon monoxide (CO) are not produced. It should not be used in poorly ventilated spaces
  • There should be enough ventilation to remove combustion products
  • Make sure the operators are fully trained – use a safe procedure for purging, lighting up and shutting down the plant

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    Gas fire open flue fuel effect comfort warm and efficient

Home Hob and Another day in the plumbing and heating industry.

Home hob fitting and testing

Today we installed this stainless finish gas home hob with safety fed shut down devices and complete control isolation valves. Then went onto service a Worcester Bosch Combination condensing Gas Boiler. Pictures below.

A brief history of the gas cooker

Modern kitchen stoves may use alternative methods for heating food. Natural gas and electric stoves are the most common today in western countries. Both are equally effective and safe, and the choice between the two is largely a matter of personal preference and pre-existing utility outlets: if a house has no gas supply, adding one just to be able to run a gas stove is an expensive endeavor. In particular, professional chefs often prefer gas cooktops, for they allow them to control the heat more finely and more quickly. On the other hand, some chefs often prefer electric stoves because they tend to heat food more evenly. Today’s major brands offer both gas and electric stoves, and many also offer dual-fuel stoves combining gas and electric cooktops.

In the industrialized world, as stoves replaced open fires and braziers as a source of more efficient and reliable heating, models were developed that could also be used for cooking, and these came to be known as kitchen stoves.[3] When homes began to be heated with central heating systems, there was less need for an appliance that served as both heat source and cooker and stand-alone cookers replaced them. Cooker and stove are often used interchangeably.

The fuel-burning stove is the most basic design of kitchen stove. “Nearly half of the people in the world (mainly in the developing world), burn biomass (wood, charcoal, crop residues, and dung) and coal in rudimentary cookstoves or open fires to cook their food.”[4] More fuel efficient and environmentally sound biomass cook stoves are being developed for use there.

A warm day to be climbing into the loft however that’s what we do. Here’s today’s pictures.

 

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New integrated stainless steel gas hob