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How to combat rising water bills during a pandemic

rising water bills

With the full extent of the COVID-19 outbreak rearing its ugly head, the pockets of many working families have been hard-hit. Even before the outbreak, research shows that up to 3 million households struggle to afford their rising water bills.

With the UK Government’s 'lockdown measures' inevitably meaning more time at home and more water used, I share my tips for reducing water usage in times of lockdown.

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Marley Plumbing & Drainage has launched a new range of adoptable inspection chambers

inspection chambers

In response to customer demand, Marley Plumbing & Drainage has launched a new range of adoptable inspection chambers for both type three and type four installations, which are compliant with Sewers for Adoption and Building Regulations.

The new BSI approved range of inspection chambers, which are suitable for adoptable and non-adoptable applications, have been developed to be compatible with Marley’s 150mm Quantum sewer structured wall drainage and its 110mm and 160mm solid wall drainage, in order to provide specifiers, contractors and housebuilders with a ‘one stop shop’.inspection chambers

How to look after your plumbing tools and prevent costs

Plumbing tools

Take good care of your hand and power tools and enjoy the fluid workflow of every plumbing job.

DIYers often neglect their instruments. The lack of proper maintenance leads to many issues. A damaged or worn-out tool can become heavy on your wallet and even cause injuries.

A well-maintained toolset makes every task simple, saving you both time and effort. If you look after it properly, a plumbing instrument may keep its best condition for up to 7 years. Whether a drill or a simple wrench, take care of each of your plumbing tools and expect good service in return. Read more and learn how to:

SNIPEF pays tribute to its fantastic cohort of award-winning apprentices on World Plumbing Day

award-winning apprentices on World Plumbing Day

The Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation (SNIPEF), the leading trade body for the plumbing and heating sector in Scotland and Northern Ireland, has chosen to mark World Plumbing Day today (March 11, 2020) by highlighting the young people who represent the industry’s future.
 
The member organisation has tirelessly advocated the value of apprenticeships in sustaining quality and professionalism in this vitally important sector as well as creating a pipeline of continually improving skillsets. 
 

The end of gas central boilers?

Plumber fixing gas central boilers

The end of gas central boilers? By Izzy Schulman, Director, Plumbers4U

A new report in May 2019 declared the UK is set to become carbon neutral by 2050, slashing the country’s emissions by 80 per cent.

The energy use in our homes contributes to around a fifth of greenhouse gas emissions, and naturally, our boilers play a significant part in this.

As a result, energy regulator OFGEM revealed its plans to remove gas central heating from all homes by 2050 to meet the government’s target of net-zero carbon emissions. 

So, what does this mean for those of us with gas central boilers in our homes? There are currently four options being shared with homeowners…

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“No more DNO hassle” says Kensa Heat Pumps with Connect & Notify approvals

Kensa Heat Pumps Shoebox Installation

Kensa Heat Pumps have succeeded in securing their full suite of 3kW to 13kW thermal output single phase ground source heat pumps on the Energy Networks Association (ENA) Connect & Notify database.

The move means British-based manufacturer Kensa has the largest number of ENA Connect & Notify approved ground source heat pump products in the UK – over 60% of the ENA single phase database - enabling simpler, quicker and lower cost ground source heat pump installations. 

Kensa Heat Pumps’ Technical Director and co-founder, Guy Cashmore, comments:

“Installers of heat pumps will be familiar with the complications, hassle and potential additional costs of a heat pump not being ENA Connect & Notify approved.

How employers in construction can protect their staff’s mental health

Construction worker with poor mental health

The construction industry takes great care in protecting staff from visible risks, ensuring all precautions are taken to maintain the physical wellbeing of its workers. 

Despite this, construction is still one of the most dangerous sectors to work in thanks to the big presence of a risk that isn’t visible: employee mental health.

“Safety is one of the biggest concerns in the construction industry,” says Daniel Ure from online PPE retailer Vizwear, “and since one of the biggest risks to workers in construction today is that posed by mental health problems, addressing them needs to be at the top of an employer’s list of priorities.” 

Looking after your plumbing during winter

Burst plumbing pipe during winter

Winter can be one of the busiest times of the year for a plumber. The last thing you want during the winter months is to have to call one out. Whether it’s for a cracked pipe or a broken boiler, it can be inconvenient and expensive.

There are a few things you can do to protect your plumbing this winter. Allow North Staffs Utility Services to talk you through how you can winterproof your home, and avoid a plumbing emergency.
Insulate pipework
It’s important to insulate your pipework in order to prevent pipes from freezing or cracking, as this can lead to further issues occurring.