UK water laws must be acknowledged

Plumbers and home owners are being advised to acknowledge UK water laws.

The water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS) has highlighted the need to check UK water laws before undertaking plumbing work. UK water companies and WRAS  have emphasised the need for consent to be granted from the local water supplier.

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London plumber, wherefore art thou…

Finding a decent London plumber shouldn’t be like a quest for true love but there are some things you need to do to make sure you find a reliable and cost efficient plumber in London, without too much effort.

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Which boiler will save me the most money?

When considering the cost of installing a new boiler it is also wise to take into account the cost savings, as a new boiler will also save money – the question is which boiler will save the most?

Homecure have compiled a list to help you decide which boiler is best for you.

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How to reduce heating bills

There is no way around putting the heating on in winter but there are still ways you can reduce heating bills without compromising on your comfort…

Not only will the cold be a shock to our sun soaked systems, so will the increased energy bills that start to arrive in the post. But, its not all bad news, we have a few great tips that mean you can actually reduce heating bills by up to 20 per cent.

Homecure’s 5 ways to reduce heating bills

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Winter Boiler Service in London – call now

For a boiler service in London there is no time like the present. There is of course no escaping the fact that winter is on the way. Winter clothes are working their way out of the wardrobe and you’re wearing jumpers around the house to avoid the inevitable heating switch on for a little bit longer.

But when you do finally succumb to the cold, you hope that your heating system is still working. A yearly MOT for your car is a priority for everyone, but what people don’t check are household appliances, or realise that boilers need a service too. A well-maintained boiler will work a lot more efficiently, and use less energy, than one that hasn’t been tended to – more importantly, you will know it is safe to use.

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For a boiler Service in London call Homecure

Homecure carry out a boiler service in London seven days a week and our qualified, experienced plumbers in London are gas safe registered and City and Guilds accredited. Our boiler repair services in London start from a low £59 plus VAT and we are available at short notice for emergencies. We carry out same day repairs or replacement of parts – from fans, diverter valves, PCB’s, thermostats, air pressure switches, heat exchangers or anything else that might go wrong in there. And we work with all boiler brands including Vaillant, Bosch, Potterton, Baxi, Alpha, Vokera to name a few.

We operate throughout the London area – including central London, Greater London and throughout the Home Counties. No matter where you are, in or around London, we’ll come out to you.

As well as a boiler service in London we also offer advice on new heating systems if you are looking to save energy or upgrade your existing system – and we offer free quotes.

For a boiler service in London, or anything else, call Homecure London Plumbers free on 0800 002 9991.

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How to reduce water bills

Reducing water bills is not as easy as with gas and electricity where you can switch to a cheaper provider to reduce water bills further. However, the steps below can help you save by deciding how you’re billed.

Can a water meter reduce water bills?

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Heating problems should be sorted in summer

Heating problems can arise at any time and although summer is the last time you’ll  think of your heating system, it is in fact the best time to have it looked at. No one wants to start a cold winter realising they have heating problems. Having a qualified heating engineer to regularly service your central heating system is the best way to avoid breakdowns.

Read on for some signs that could point to heating problems…

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Saving water: Leak prevention

Saving water by economising is a well voiced topic; take baths instead of showers, turn water off while brushing your teeth. But something in your home could be silently using too much water, – a leaky loo, making saving water impossible! A loo with a leak can waste up to 400 litres of water a day – enough to full five bathtubs and costing up to £300 per year if you are on a water meter.

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Preventing blocked drains

Prevention is better than cure, so the saying goes, and one of the best ways to prevent blocked drains is to be careful about what you put into them. It’s that simple. 

When things like cooking oil, coffee granules, hair, vegetable peels and soap scum are constantly running down the drain it’s only a matter of time before it turns into a blockage. Regular cleaning also has its advantages for preventing blocked drains and there are some simple methods that can also be carried out periodically.

Our tips for avoiding blocked drains:

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Is DIY dead? Hiring a professional is now affordable

Would you hire professional plumbers or Do it yourself? Homecure looked into the claim that DIY is dead…

Homecure pride themselves on a professional service but for a long time DIY was king. Home improvement TV shows like Changing Rooms and Ground Force in the late 90s captured the British DIY obsession, while stores like B&Q, Homebase and Wicks thrived on this DIY demand. But with Britain now boasting an influx of experienced and inexpensive builders, the do-it-yourself culture appears to be over.

The DIY struggle…

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Top winter plumbing tips

Plumbing tips to prevent the big freeze in London…

Christmas is well and truly over however, the big freeze is just around the corner and if you’re thinking that your pipes could do with a helping hand then right here is where you get the low down.

Read on for some top professional plumbing tips to get you through to the spring and if you think that preventing pipes from freezing requires industrial equipment then check out the advice below and get ready for warmth.

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Why is water pressure low in my bathroom?

This can be a really annoying and slightly perplexing situation and if you’ve ever taken a shower that’s more of a dribble than a jet then you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about.

Thankfully, low water pressure in the bathroom can often be resolved without the need to get in touch with a local plumbing firm however, if it persists it’s always best to call in the experts.

Below are some quick and easy solutions to counteracting low water pressure in the bathroom and if you’re bothered by weak flushes or trickling taps then here’s how you get down to business.

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Finding a plumber in London – our tips

Living in London has its advantages, the choice, the variety – but how do you go about finding a plumber in London? Someone local and reputable?

Plumbing problems around the home can strike at any time. From burst pipes to dripping taps, knowing what to do in the event of an emergency can be the difference between a problem solved and a DIY disaster.

Below are a few tried and tested ways to find someone in your area who’s reliable, trustworthy and good at their job. Finding a plumber in London is all about a little research.

Homecure’s tips for finding a plumber in London

Word of mouth

For centuries this method of passing on good (and bad) news related to trades people has been effective. Today people are finding a plumber in London on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, because it’s easy to reach out to the wider community. People you trust always provide the best source of information and if you’re looking to employ a tried and tested plumber in your local area then word of mouth is always the best way forward.

Online quotes and testimonials

Of course, if none of your Facebook friends or Twitter followers know of a local plumbing firm then there are endless lists of companies offering plumbing services in the directories and online. Picking someone who is best for your job is the next challenge, and the answer is on the testimonials page, showing reviews from satisfied customers. Forums and message boards also show you who’s saying what about whom. Often a good plumber will be a name that comes up more than once when you add it to a search engine, so don’t be afraid to ask around online before you invite them into your home for real.

Shop around

Although it can be tempting to dive in to the first plumber in the phone directory or the friend of a colleague at work, the best advice is always to shop around. Finding a plumber in London who is efficient and value for money depends on getting a few estimates first. Understanding the average price  a job should actually cost also helps, so it certainly pays to shop around when it comes to finding an affordable and reliable plumber. Also, remember that this professional person is going to be coming into your home so make sure you feel comfortable with their attitude and their character before you welcome them through your door.

Expert in the field

Finally, always ask to see a professional guarantee that a plumber is who they say they are and that they are expertly trained. This is a sure fire way of knowing that you’re finding a plumber in London who has a good reputation and is recognised for carrying out work to industry standards.

 

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Finding a plumber in London is easy when you know how!

Green Deal

Green Deal: What’s it all about?

It seems like the Green Deal is mentioned anywhere and everywhere at the moment – it’s a newly launched government initiative aiming to help households become more energy efficient. The scheme helps people through providing one-off payments and loans that can be used against things like energy efficient boilers, insulation, cavity wall insulation and much more.

Who’s eligible?

Eligibility for the Green Deal is determined by the energy efficiency of a property – if your property is already very efficient, the chances are that you’ll be unable to get funding. The scheme works on the difference between the cost of implementing energy saving methods, versus the amount of money you’ll save through the installation. If the savings are small when installation costs have been taken into account, the chances are that your application will not be successful.

The Green Deal is open to landlords too – so if you’re a tenant in a rented property it might be a scheme worth discussing with your landlord. Although landlords give the final go ahead, they must first seek permission from tenants to go ahead with the scheme – loans handed out under the scheme are repaid through higher energy bills – usually footed by tenants themselves. Loan repayments are added onto energy bills and the loan remains tied to the property – if you move out, the loan will be repaid by the next owner or tenant via their energy bills.

How can Green Deal help you?

The Green Deal is there to help reduce energy consumption (and consequently monthly energy bills) through the more efficient use of energy. This is achieved in varying ways depending on the property in question – here are some of the areas that the Green Deal covers:

  • Insulation: Lots of heat is lost through lofts and the walls of buildings. If you don’t have any insulation in your loft then you could see a noticeable reduction in your energy bills by installing loft insulation. The same goes for cavity wall installation. These tend to be the two most common energy saving methods employed by participants on the Green Deal.

  • Heating: Various components of your central heating system might not be up to standard – old boilers are notoriously inefficient. Boilers with a low energy rating can be swapped out for new condensing boilers – most of which have an energy rating of “A” (which is as good as it gets).

  • Draft proofing and double-glazing: By closing up gaps beneath doors and in window frames you can stop energy escaping. By replacing old, worn wooden window frames you can also reduce energy consumption. Draft proofing and the installation of double-glazed windows and doors is covered by the Green Scheme.

Winter is a constant in our lives, so if you’re serious about making your home more energy efficient, now’s the time to look into the Green Scheme in closer detail.

Fighting Back Against Energy Price Hikes

Energy price hikes are constantly in the news – they affect us all in equal measure, which is why so many people are perplexed and frustrated when energy companies ramp them up further still on an annual basis. With no end to energy price hikes in sight, we’ve put together a top five list of things that you can do in order to keep your energy prices as low as possible.

Use less

The simple answer to the energy price hikes is to use less. Of course in theory that’s a great idea – but in practice it’s a little harder. Even people that consider themselves to be fairly energy conscious can save a great deal of money by turning off lights when they’re not in use – or turning the central heating down by a degree or so. A concerted effort in a household to use less energy can go a long way in driving down your energy bills. It’s easier said than done, but almost every household has some scope to save energy usage by cutting wastage.

Don’t be afraid to switch

Energy companies rely on consumers having a “can’t be bothered” attitude. Once they sign you up, they find it hard to believe that you’ll ever switch. Call their bluff – if you find a better deal on energy prices elsewhere, don’t hang about, switch to a new provider! It’s possible to save hundreds of pounds every year by switching to another, cheaper provider. The process isn’t as long and complex as it used to be either.

Get a new boiler

Your boiler can be likened to the beating heart of your household. Without a boiler you’ll have no hot water and no central heating. The problem is, since boilers were first installed in properties technology has come on significantly. Older boilers don’t make efficient use of the energy they consume – sometimes replacing your boiler can reduce your energy bills by hundreds of pounds on an annual basis. It’s worth considering investing in a new boiler – the payback time might be a lot shorter than you think!

Look after your central heating system

Central heating systems tend to be neglected. We all rely on them, but how many of us actually maintain and care for them? One of the best ways to keep your central heating system in tip top condition is to have it power flushed every now and then. This will remove any blockages or debris that has built up in the system allowing it to operate more efficiently with an even distribution of heat to all of the radiators around your home.

Explore alternative energy options

In the past, alternative energy sources such as solar panels have been considered to be expensive and a waste of time. As our energy requirements continue to evolve, more and more people are waking up to the reality that solar panels can be a great investment as can other alternative energy systems.