Thermostatic Mixing Valves Are Recommended To Be Compulsory

Ability is a member of The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineers and this week they are campaigning for thermostatic mixing valves to become compulsory.

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) is talking tough on thermostatic mixing valves (TMVs) as it renews its call for the government to change legislation surrounding the devices.

The latest hospital admission statistics from NHS Digital show that the most vulnerable people in society continue to be at a risk from household scalds and burns. Admission figures show that scalds from tap water remained a significant issue for young people and the elderly in 2018/19, with:

• 34 per cent of scalding admissions aged 9 years or under

• Nearly 19 per cent of scalding admissions aged 60 years or over.

“Hot bath water is responsible for the highest number of fatal and severe scalding injuries among young children,” says The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). “Around 500 children, mainly under-fives, are admitted to hospital and a further 2,000 attend A&E departments every year as a result of bath water scalds.” Many could be avoided if thermostatic mixing valves had been fitted

RoSPA figures also show that older people are five times more at risk of a fatal burn or scald. And it’s not just hot water causing problems: radiators, towel warmers and central heating pipes can reach temperatures that high enough to cause a burn. Elderly people are particularly vulnerable to the effects of scalding because they often live alone, in older homes, that feature outdated plumbing.

CIPHE is keen to see the government extend current thermostatic mixing valve legislation to make their use compulsory in all homes. CEO Kevin Wellman says: “I find it unacceptable that so many innocent people are suffering scalds and burns. The majority of scalding incidents can be avoided – however, a lack of legislation and general knowledge continues to hinder efforts to eliminate these incidents.

If you are interested in having thermostatic mixing valves fitted please call Ability on 01892 514495 or email

Commercial LPG in a local hotel this sunny Summer Wednesday

Commercial LPG

We have contracts with local Councils, Schools and Charities, however, these don’t always include a commercial LPG outdoor barbecue.
This is probably an unusual concept to most, well it is not to one local hotel we are working for. We have been out to give an estimate and after it was accepted we were able to put together this outdoor LPG clay oven.
For the benefit of the customers and visitors, we are told the barbecue will cater for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and in fact all manner of celebrations this summer.
We were able to carry out the commercial LPG installation in accordance with gas safe who are always on hand for our engineers when any advice or help is required.
So in the photos below, we show an unusual setup but a great way to introduce a safe working facility for the use and comfort of a local business and local residents.

if you require any help or information on buying gas please contact Calor.

Commercial LPG photos taken at a local hotel we work for.

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Commercial LPG clay oven

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Commercial LPG clay oven bottles set up


Please see some safety information below regarding LPG and outdoor barbecue use;

Commercial LPG

Whether you’re camping at a festival, taking to Britain’s waterways or enjoying a caravan break, remember to follow these simple safety measures when using LPG

Liquefied petroleum gas, known as LPG, is commonly used outdoors, such as for camping equipment, BBQ’s and patio heaters. It is also used inside dwellings such as caravans, cabins, boats and rural homes. If you rent out your dwelling – even for a short term – you are classed as a landlord and therefore have legal duties when it comes to gas safety.


Using fixed appliances

All fixed LPG gas appliances should be regularly serviced and safety checked every year by a suitably qualified Gas Safe registered engineer. You should check your engineer is qualified to work on your property type, as well as qualified to work on the individual appliance.

For example, if you have an LPG cooker on your boat, the engineer will need to be registered to work on: boats, cookers and LPG.

When buying a new or replacement gas appliance you should check that it is suitable for its intended location (e.g. in a caravan) and the type of gas that will be used (i.e. LPG or natural gas). It must be installed by a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer.

We highly recommend you install an audible carbon monoxide alarm. Carbon monoxide (CO) is an extremely poisonous gas, which can kill quickly and with no warning, as you cannot see, smell or taste it.

Using portable appliances

If you are using a portable appliance with an integral gas canister make sure you:

  • Check the equipment’s condition before each use. If the gas canister seal looks damaged, or if the gas canister is extremely rusty and deteriorated, or shows any signs of distress, do not use it.
  • Familiarise yourself with the operating instructions before use.
  • Ensure that you have the correct type of gas canister for your appliance and that it is being inserted in the correct position and in the right way.
  • Do not force the gas canister retaining lever into position. It could damage the mechanical linkage and the pressure relief device.
  • Do not attempt to light the appliance if you are having problems with the lever, or if you smell or hear gas escaping. Call a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer to check it is safe.
  • On a boat, stow the canisters, used or unused and the stove if it has a canister inserted, in a self-draining gas locker, or on an open deck where any escaping gas can flow overboard.

Using gas cylinders

  • Install a gas detection system, if possible.
  • Keep the area well ventilated when in use, to avoid a build-up of poisonous carbon monoxide.
  • When you have finished with the appliance, turn off the gas cylinder before you turn off the appliance’s controls – this means that any gas in the hose and pipework will be used up.
  • When changing cylinders make sure all cylinder valves and/or gas taps are turned off before disconnecting. Only change a cylinder in open air.
  • Do not over-tighten joints.
  • Return used cylinders to your supplier. Do not throw them away. If you are unsure what to do consult the UKLPG website or your nearest stockist.
  • On a boat, regularly hand-pump bilges (the enclosed areas at the inner bottom of the hull) to remove potential low-lying vapours.


  • Only use rubber hoses marked BS 3212 or stainless steel convoluted hoses marked EN10380.
  • If connecting directly to a cylinder or if the outlet pressure of the regulator exceeds 50 mbar use a hose marked ‘High Pressure LPG’.
  • Ensure the length of the hose is as short as practically possible, but long enough that they are not pulled tight.
  • Replace any hose that is damaged or shows signs of wear, stiffness, soft spots or cracking.
  • Keep hoses clear from hot surfaces

Heating work yesterday complete-We begin today with Servicing

A long days work with central heating yesterday was had by all however a good nights rest means we are back-fighting fit and ready to go again. A gas fire installation and system upgrade meant an early start and a long days work in the plumbing world at Ability.

We are ready and willing to tackle all the existing on going plumbing jobs, all the new central heating jobs today can bring and any other gas and oil boiler work or general plumbers work. We have all engineers out working in Sevenoaks, Tunbridge Wells and East Grinstead today and the rest of the week. So may today bring sunshine to each and every plumber in every area across the South East. Particularly in the Kent, West Sussex, East Sussex and Surrey areas.

Tom is local to Tunbridge Wells first thing then onto Sevenoaks later and has various toilets, taps and boilers to repair and service. Daniel has a blocked sink in East Grinstead and is on call local to you for any same day service you as the customer may require.

Most of us are using our LPG Calor gas barbecues and so we must remember the safety requirements so we can all  have a good time responsibly.

A little snippet on gas safety today from Calor Gas that ive included in today’s post is very important for your peace of mind when out enjoying this beautiful sunshine and glorious summer weather.

At Calor our aim is to ensure our customers have a happy and safe barbecue experience, which is why we’ve provided some helpful safety advice for caravanners, campers and other fans of the great outdoors. Barbecuing is great fun, but BBQs have the potential to produce carbon monoxide so it’s essential that you take care. Following the simple guide below will allow you to make the most of the great outdoors with your friends and family.

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Lpg safety storage gas bottles calor heating and plumbing

Gas Boiler Installation-Commercial work in Sevenoaks

Yesterday two of our heating engineers completed a Keston Heat 55 A rated regular gas boiler installation in a basement which included upgrading the system controls and pipework to meet Part L Building Regulations.  The existing boiler was obsolete and the customer now has an efficient and reliable new gas boiler with easy to read boiler controls.  All gas boiler installations by Ability South UK Ltd are quoted individually and based on a site visit to ensure that  customer requirements are taken into consideration and where appropriate alternative options are given.

Existing obsolete boiler floor standing boiler before it was de-installed from alcove in the basement
Existing obsolete floor standing boiler before it was de-installed from alcove in the basement

The existing old boiler has been removed from alcove in basement
The old boiler has been removed from the alcove in the basement

Keston Heat 55 gas boiler installation complete with magnetic filter in new position in basement
Keston Heat 55 gas boiler installation complete with magnetic filter in new position in basement

New copper pipe work and controls for gas boiler installlation in basement
New copper pipe work and controls for gas boiler installation in basement

New copper pipework for new gas boiler installation where the old boiler was located in the alcove
New copper pipework for new gas boiler installation where the old boiler was located in the alcove