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
“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are particularly vulnerable to the effects of scalding because they often live alone, in older homes, that feature outdated plumbing.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Heating systems currently attract dirt and obtain air within them. It is important to service regularly to remove these to ensure that all is working to its full potential. If dirt and air are left untreated it will inevitably lead to problems and could, therefore, lead to system breakdowns, which usually happens at the most inappropriate times
Ability has found that whilst technology has moved on and heating systems are far more advanced with smart controls etc we have also noticed that unfortunately, they are more sensitive to contamination from dirt particles and with airlocks.
Whilst many of us will have our boilers serviced regularly, we do not tend to think about the quality of water that is running throughout our heating systems. An inhibitor to minimise corrosion should be applied particularly in hard water areas. It is recommended that a heating system should be flushed every 5 to 6 years to ensure efficiency and stop limescale build-up and remove debris and rust.
Common Heating System Complains
Here at Ability we look at some of the most common system complaints to look out for, which suggest air and dirt which could jeopardise the performance of a light commercial or domestic heating system.
Noisy System – if the system is becoming unusually noisy when in operation this is usually because there is air and build-up within the heating systems resulting in the radiators and pipework banging and clanging as the water tries to pass through.
Cold radiators – If radiators have cold spots or are cold at the bottom but warm at the top, this would suggest there is a build-up of debris within the systems and therefore a power flush may be required.
Air – if there is increased air in the system, this will accumulate in the radiators and potentially clog up the pump, this will usually be noticeable by a noisy system and should be treated as soon as possible to prevent problems.
Replacement of Parts- if parts are being replaced faster than expected this could be due to contamination within the heating system. When there are debris and air within the system the parts such as the pump are having to work harder to achieve the same output, leading to strain and excessive wear on parts. Replacing parts can be very costly and can be avoided by keeping the boiler regularly services, water treated and radiators bleed.
If you require any assistance please contact us on 01892 514495 or email email@example.com
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.