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.
Does your Central Heating need a Power Flush? We know that 80% of central heating systems require a power flush. We can now test your water in the radiators or boiler to determine the content and what will need to be done.
ABOUT THE PROBLEM
When our customers are experiencing poor circulation in their homes, such as ineffective radiators, it could be caused by hydrogen in radiators, and so it is essential to accurately identify the cause of the issue to resolve it properly. This guide can help you to conduct checks which will lead to an accurate diagnosis of the circulation problem.
Identifying the Issue
Check if the boiler is operating correctly. Check the pressure of the burner. Does it remain alight?
If there is a reddish tinge to the water, it indicates that iron oxide is present, suggesting active corrosion. The system may be drawing in air.
If there are black particles present in the water, these are most likely to be magnetite. As this is the final stage of corrosion, large deposits can be expected within the system.
If the water is clear water, it suggests that the system is free from active corrosion, but does not eliminate the possibility that corrosion has occurred in the past. It is possible that the circulation rate is not enough to keep debris in suspension. In this instance, you should check that the cold feed is not blocked.
Central Heating Cleaning and Power Flush Tips
If you are dealing with an open system, check the feed and expansion cistern. Is it clean, with no signs of pumping over or sucking-in through the open vent?
Check the pump. Is it correctly orientated and performing satisfactorily? Open all radiator valves, and, if necessary, vent the radiators. Note if the problem appears to be localised or general.
See if increasing the speed of the pump improves circulation. It is highly important to identify if there any radiators which fail to heat at all. If this is the case, it indicates that the system is blocked. Check all valves for free operation. If none are sticking, they are not the cause of the blockage. If you have established this, draw a sample of water from a cold radiator to check for sludge build up.
Do the system radiators need frequent venting? If gas is accumulating in one or more radiators, it is important to determine whether the gas is hydrogen sulphide, hydrogen or air.
Are we trusted local plumbers of Kent? Do you like the heating service we provide in East Sussex? After another successful week with the team here at Ability, we ask you the customer for feedback. It’s our priority to see that you have positive words for the service provided.
“The heating service in East Sussex is consistent,” says Mrs Bigg’s of Crowborough in East Sussex. “Ability plumbing, heating and electrical are trusted plumbers of Kent.”
It’s about understanding the customer’s needs. “Here at Ability we are ready to listen to the voice of the public,” says Matthew, a director of the company. If we take on board what is said and implement any changes that may be necessary then we can move forward with confidence that we are serving our clients well.
When someone needs trusted plumbers of Kent, we want to be that company that’s called first. If a home requires a good heating service in East Sussex, let Ability be the recommendation that’s made. Let Ability be the team for you.
Heating Service and Trusted Local Plumbers
The company has over 100 years of experience in the plumbing and heating industry. The team at Ability are well equipt to handle any problem you might have. We pride ourselves on being a family run business spanning three generations. Two are still working together.
So if you need a trusted local plumber of Kent or heating service in East Sussex then give us a call. we are here to help you today and one call is all it takes. Our Plumbing Heating and Electrical engineers are friendly, experieanced and competant.
The Health and Safety Executive has announced that Capita Plc will continue to operate the Gas Safe Register, the official register of engineers licensed to undertake gas work, until March 2024.
As the preferred bidder determined by a public procurement process, Capita Gas Registration and Ancillary Services (CGRAS) – a division of Capita Plc – will deliver the five-year contract starting 1 April 2019. The renewed contract is expected to be worth £93 million over the five-year term.
Philip White, HSE’s Director of Regulation, says: “The bid from Capita / CGRAS was the strongest on cost and quality and we are confident they will continue to raise the standards of gas safety and provide a gas safe home for everyone.”
So don’t always call the cheapest plumber first. Be wary of the local cheap boiler repair. Call Ability and our team will endeavour to help. With a clear transparent and upfront cost, no hidden charges and reasonable cost. We are not your cheapest plumber or a company offering a local cheap boiler repair, but we will give you the best price and the service you deserve.
This Friday night started with an emergency plumber call at 8 pm in Tonbridge, Kent after a burst water mains pipe in a loft had flooded the lounge and brought down a ceiling. So off to a late start for the weekend plumbing.
While we have an engineer on call all of our weekend plumbing, we do try to keep busy with the van and store stock or exercise. the heating faults diagnosis can be done on our testing bay at our store in the Southborough, Tunbridge Wells area.
In Tonbridge Kent today our team have a boiler installation and a system upgrade. With new radiators to fit and system power-flushing to complete, the engineers have a busy task ahead.
So with no more weekend plumbing and the heating faults all repaired we have made good progress. The electric shower has been completed and is working well.
If you need a plumber or electrician, please do not hesitate to call. One of our gas engineers, heating specialists or boiler technicians will always be happy to help.
This morning we had three calls within the first hour all with different problems. The first lady that called, a regular customer had an oil boiler broken down in Sevenoaks. The second call shortly after was from a gentleman in Tonbridge with plumbing issues, and then a School in Tunbridge Wells called us with an electrical fault.
We sent our senior engineer Tom to the boiler broken down. Then our plumber Daniel attended the plumbing issue and finally Brett, our electrician participated in the School visit. All three qualified and experienced tradesmen were able to get the customers fixed, repaired and working again.
The oil boiler broken down in Sevenoaks required a micro-switch and our engineer had one on his van. With the plumbing issue in Tonbridge, our plumber located the stopcock and replaced the tap. At the School in Tunbridge Wells our Electrician found a faulty socket and replaced the face plate.
Local and Friendly Team
Our ten-strong team of plumbers, electricians, gas engineers and boiler technicians can tackle your home issues whatever the weather. Whenever you need us, so do not hesitate to call. If you have a boiler broken down or a plumbing issue or an electrical fault, we are the people to call.
At Ability, we pride ourselves on a first-rate service. We have an aftercare policy that means we can get someone to you within 24 hours of your call most of the time. Covering a large part of the South East, and based in Sevenoaks, Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, East Grinstead, Heathfield and Crowborough, someone is always local to you.
So if you want us to look at your electrical fault, you have a plumbing issue that needs attention or you might have a boiler broken down, the number to call is 0800 889 015, do not hesitate to call and do it today!
There are a number of different types of electric heaters that you can purchase, including halogen heaters, fan heaters, oil-filled heaters and convector heaters. Ability provide all options.
Ability use Fan heaters, and they are a popular choice but may be noisy and are often not as powerful as other types of heater. The Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) said a fan heater would be the preferable radiator when looking to heat a room for a short amount of time.
However, it said convector heaters will heat a room more thoroughly and these will be the best option if you are looking to heat a room for a couple of hours or more. Here at Ability we can supply these heaters while waiting for the boiler parts.
Oil-filled heaters are one of the more reliable of the varieties. Even though they tend to take slightly longer to heat up than other models, they will stay warmer for longer – even after they have been turned off. Again, here at Ability, we can supply oil heaters on a temporary basis and free of charge.
Halogen heaters are another option, likely to be most well known for keeping punters warm in pub gardens, but they work quickly and are relatively cheap to run.
The different forms of portable heater also come with different heat outputs, for example, the most common outputs are 1.2kilowatt (kW), 2 kW and 3kW. The higher the kilowatt, the more powerful the radiator is but it will also be more expensive. Equaliy can provide a good heat.
Information from the CSE shows the cost of running a 1.2kW halogen heater, on average, is 17p on a standard meter, which is generally cheaper compared to other models.
However, this has less heat output than a 2kW fan heater that costs 28p per hour – a massive 11p more to run per hour.
Whilst convector heaters may be a more expensive radiator to run, they will keep the room warmer for longer – and are a better option in the long term than a fan radiator.
However, to accurately determine whether an electric radiator would save you more money than central heating, a number of factors would need to analysed.
This includes how many windows the room you are looking to heat has, what size they are, how well your house is insulated and the style of house i.e. is it old, new, leaky or modern.
There are also two different types of central heating – gas and electric – which come with pros and cons. If youd like to know more please do not heasitiate to call us heare at Ability and one of the team will happily assist.