If you have an old boiler, you may wonder whether it is as efficient as it could be. The answer will depend on how old it is. If it was fitted after 2010, it should be A-rated. Alternatively, it should have an efficiency level of at least 88%. This is significantly better than many other boilers produced before 2010, which could have a much lower efficiency rating.
There are several different kinds of boiler available today. Depending on the size and age of your property, one might be better for your needs than another.
This is the time of year when temperatures tend to drop and increase the chances of a frozen pipe. You can limit the chances of becoming a victim to this annoying hazard by lagging any pipes that are particularly at risk. Another good method to use is to keep your heating on throughout the coldest periods. You may want to be economical with your heating but you only need it on very low continually to vastly reduce the chances of a burst pipe.
No one wants to have the need to hire a plumber but now and again you may have to do just that. You may have a bathroom suite to be plumbed in, a leaky toilet or sink to fix, or maybe even a burst pipe. Whatever the case may be, you want to ensure you get the best plumber for the job every time.
They say the best cure is prevention, but we can’t always adhere to this. Frozen pipes can often be avoided by lagging them properly before they have a chance to get cold in bad weather. They also benefit from being kept warm by keeping the heating on all the time – even if you have it on the lowest setting. It won’t completely guarantee against a frozen pipe, but it certainly helps lower the risk of getting one.
We’ve all heard stories about people calling plumbers only to find they never call back, or worse, they come and ‘fix’ a problem only to make things worse. Oftentimes it turns out these people weren’t properly qualified in the first place.