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  • Initial Checks to make on a Boiler

    Following on from our previous post, we advised that when moving into dated property, it is important to check that the heating system is up to scratch. However, checking your boiler is a vital task when purchasing any home – ensuring you are not faced with any large bills you’re unable to afford. In this post we look at of the information we believe you should make note of about your boiler.

    Where is it?

    First and foremost, you will need to determine your boiler’s location. Not only this but the water tank and stop cock too if you have a conventional boiler.

    Determine what type of boiler you have

    The majority of boilers in UK homes are combi boilers which do not require a water cylinder or storage tank. They provide hot water instantly but using too many taps at once may cause lower pressure.

    System boilers use a water cylinder but not a water storage tank. They are known as sealed systems and if this is the system you will be keeping, you may want to invest in a pressurisation unit to maintain pressure and replace any water lost through system leakage. System boilers will allow you to source hot water from various taps at once, though you will only be able to access the amount of hot water within the cylinder before it needs to refill.

    As mentioned, conventional boilers require both a water cylinder and storage tank. These boilers are found mostly in larger properties, as huge amounts of hot water can be accessed at once, though like in sealed systems, the supply can take a long time to replenish once it has ran out.

    The make and model

    You would need to know this information if there are any issues, or you would like to purchase insurance.

    The age and condition

    You can check the age of your boiler by looking for the serial number. If your boiler appears to be over 10 years old, you may want to consider replacing it as it may be producing carbon monoxide emissions along with running inefficiently. It is highly recommended that you install carbon monoxide detectors in your home as a priority task to ensure a safely running boiler.

    Assess the condition of your boiler by looking for any signs of rust, any leakage, damp around the boiler or dirt in the buttons or dials.

    Energy efficiency

    The European label introduced in 2015 meant that all modern boilers would be given an efficiency rating, with most scoring an ‘A’. If your boiler is an older, more inefficient model, replacing this would be a big investment costing somewhere in the region of £2000, however, the purchase would more than pay for itself in savings over time and would be much more environmentally friendly.

    Has it been serviced?

    If your boiler has been serviced in the last 12 months, there is no rush in booking in another. However, if the model is older or there is no history there, it is important to have the boiler serviced by a Gas Safe registered engineer as soon as you can.

    Is the boiler under guarantee or warranty?

    If it is, ensure you have all of the details you need in case you do encounter a problem. If it is past warranty or guarantee, you may be inclined to purchase boiler insurance. Though check with your home insurance first that the boiler is not something that is already covered.

  • How to Make a Dated House Liveable

    Have you recently or will you soon be moving into a dated house in need of renovation? After a clear out and a deep clean, if you intend to live in the property while the building work is underway, there will be a number of jobs for you to complete firstly to ensure the conditions are liveable. In this post we look at five tasks we think are priorities for a habitable home.

    Get the Shower Up to Standard

    Whether updating the bathroom is first or last on the list, we would advise making sure your shower is going to be up to standard. Even if your bath/stand-in shower is not quite as you would like just yet, investing in a Grundfos home booster will give you an much improved showering experience. With the rest of the house potentially being a building site, you at the very least deserve to have the luxury of hot flowing water at an acceptable rate.

    Have a Base Other than the Bed

    If you are moving in with minimal furniture, or are not yet sure which room to begin with, ensure that you give yourself a base to eat and sit at other than your bed. This could mean buying some cheap outdoor furniture to get you by, before making the much bigger purchase of an actual couch or dining table! Having somewhere other than your bed to eat dinner and relax at will allow you to feel much more civilised amongst the chaos.

    Change the Locks

    A ‘key’ initial job to do when moving into a new house, is to have the locks changed. Although you may have met the previous owner, you never know how many keys have been copied and who is in possession of one. Remember not just to switch the barrel on the front door but also on the back and any garage or other external doors.

    Check on the Central Heating

    If you are moving in in the summer months, it is still just as important to check the function of your boiler and heating system as in the winter. By doing this immediately, you can deal with and respond to any issues with your heating before you really need it. It will also help if you are making any major structural changes to the property to have your boiler situated where you intend for it to be as soon as possible.

    Buy the Bare Essentials

    You will need to buy some essential house-keeping items for your new home. However, stick to only purchasing what you really need and couldn’t get by without. This way, when it comes to decorating each room, you will have less to move and store. It also means you can keep things cheap and save for items like crockery once you have made decisions on colour schemes and designs.

  • Things to Think About when Considering Building a Swimming Pool

    Building a swimming pool is pretty much guaranteed to be a huge investment, but what a great amenity it would be to have at your home. You would certainly be the talk of your friends and would likely need learn to be a great host – if you’re not already! For fitness and leisure purposes, having your very own pool can be very rewarding. However, it would require a considerable amount of maintenance and care. That’s why in this post, we look at points to weigh up, before taking the plunge!

    Location

    Depending upon the layout of your property, you may have the option to choose between building an indoor or an outdoor pool. Indoor pools can cost up to four times more than outdoor, though the investment in the indoor option could result in a much higher rate of usage – all year round. If you were to go for indoor, you would need to think about how you would reach the pool, through your kitchen, utility room or basement even?

    Here you need to really think about how you are likely to use your pool most. Are you a keen swimmer who would prefer to access the pool even on those cold winter mornings? Or would the pool be a glamorous addition to your home, that you intend to use in the heat of the Summer sun - relaxing and partying with family and friends?

    Appearance and Features

    How will you design your pool? If you are to build indoors, perhaps sliding doors on at least one edge would allow you to feel as though you are bringing the outside in when enjoying your swim. Think about the shape of pool that you would like, a classic rectangular pool would be best for swimmers, though if you are a little more restricted with space, you might like to utilise this in creating something unique. Access through steps and ladders are something to consider, along with in-pool features like heaters and jets. You could really have some fun with colour with the tiles you choose, going for something bold and statement, or naturally and earthy, in-keeping with nature.

    Functionality

    As mentioned earlier, building a swimming pool unfortunately does require some maintenance! However, by investing in some great products in the initial build, the costs of upkeep can be kept to a minimum. Swimming pool pumps from our manufacturers Calpeda and DAB ensure that water is efficiently recirculated and filtered. Other additional products you will need include skimming, vacuuming and brushing products. Your pool must also be a safe place to swim, with the water measuring between a specific range on the PH scale – chlorine and other chemicals will be required to make sure bacteria and germs remain at bay.

  • How to Conserve Water in the Warmer Months

    Water is a precious resource which we all rely on to live – that’s why it is imperative that we do our upmost to preserve it. You may or may not live in a region that suffers with drought, though either way your actions will have an effect on the wellbeing of our planet. Therefore, in this post, we advise on steps that can be taken to reduce water wastage.

    Be Mindful with Taps

    Whenever you turn your taps on, think about why you are using them, how powerfully you are using them and if they really need to be on for the duration of the task you are completing. So much water is wasted whilst we brush our teeth and wash our hands, be sure to only run your taps to the speed necessary and turn them off in between rinses. When doing the dishes by hand, always fill a bowl rather than running the tap constantly, and be strategic with the order of washing – cleaning glasses and cups first before moving onto dirtier plates and pans.

    Use a GRP Water Storage Tank

    By using a GRP water storage tank, this will not only allow you to conserve water and eliminate wastage, but the materials that tank is made of will resist corrosion for a much longer period of time. The glass re-enforced plastic is lightweight and inexpensive, but incredibly strong. It’s properties help to manage temperature fluctuations within the tank as conditions change, minimising the risk of bacteria growth.

    Be Considerate with your Appliance Usage

    It is so important that we use our appliances sustainably, not only does practising this help to conserve water, it also saves power and electricity. When using a dishwasher, ensure it is fully loaded with before turning it on, rather than doing multiple small washes. You should also try to scrape dishes as well as possible, firstly to maintain function in your dish washer, but also to eliminate the need to leave the dish in for the next wash. If washing clothes, of course separate colours as you should, but try to fill that machine up! A standard washing machine can use 105 litres of water per wash, so it really is essential that we wash our clothes efficiently.

    Think About your Shower

    Minimise the amount of time you take to shower by setting yourself a time limit. You could do this by playing a couple of songs and aiming to be finished before the end. For a more efficient shower you could begin with shampoo, then condition and while this does its thing, apply your shower gel, then rinse both together. Use any facewashes at the sink, so that you’re not wasting any water whilst it activates on your skin. Showers can also be made more environmentally-friendly by switching to an energy efficient shower head. Standard shower heads can use up to 15 litres of water per minute, whereas these new alternatives offer a flow rate of 7. This can be an affordable but highly effective way of essentially halving the water used in your shower.

  • Bathroom Improvements you can Make this Spring

    Spring is a great time of year to get some DIY done at home. A few bank holidays over April and May can give you the opportunity to be productive with some domestic updates. In this post, we look at some improvements you can make to rejuvenate the look and functionality of your bathroom, in preparation for the summer months.

    All About Accessories

    An easy way of updating the look of your bathroom is to replace your accessories. If your bathroom is a shade of white, grey or black, you pretty much have free range of any colours to choose from, if not, identify a new colour which compliments the look of your bathroom and accessorise accordingly. The accessories may not necessarily have to match, if you can, select a tertiary colour that fits with the scheme. Think new towels, toothbrush holders, soap dispensers and storage to add a refreshing new appearance for your bathroom.

    Invest in Luxurious Products

    Following on from the above point, treating yourself to some more luxurious products with beautifully designed packaging which can double up as features, can be a great way of upgrading your bathroom. You may not wish to use the toiletries all the time, just for special occasions, to preserve them as a decoration for longer.

    Boost that Flow

    If you have been settling for a mediocre shower for just about long enough, investing in a Grundfos home booster will improve the flow of your water, giving you an overall warmer and more satisfying stream. Although this won’t give you any cosmetic value, you will certainly appreciate the effect this will have, especially when Autumn and Winter arrive!

    Paint your Bathroom Features

    A creative way to renovate your bathroom is to look into using chalk paints. These can be used to completely change the look of your furniture or even features like your bath or sink. Not only would this provide a fantastic finish, it would also be fun to do too. Products like aluminium, copper and gold leaf are also available to create a standout look to compliment your choice of colour. You can use stencils with these paints and effects to add an individual touch to your new designs.

    Refresh your Walls or Floors

    While you have a little more time over the bank holiday, get the wall paint out and touch up any marks, scrapes or scratches. This will make more of a difference than you would think, giving your walls a clean finish once more. Could your floors also do with a transformation? Fitting laminate or lino can be a job done at home if your feeling confident enough. If not, why not opt for a new bathmat or rug to add texture to the space?

  • Garden Pumps

    How to choose the right water pump for your garden

    We’re well and truly into the DIY season of the year with summer being just around the corner. The garden is one area we all try and focus on; dependant on the weather of course! It’s all about freshening up the fences with a new lick of paint, planting some new flowers, giving the BBQ a clean down and getting the garden furniture out.

    Although all the above is great and makes for a lovely afternoon in the garden have you thought about any water features or ponds and how they will need looking after and maintaining through the summer months?

    If this isn’t something you have thought about yet, there is no time like the present! We want to help you with understanding what pumps are suitable for your garden and will be most efficient for your usage.

    Choosing a pump for your pond

    If you are fortunate enough to have a pond in your garden looking after it should be one of your main garden priorities. Water in ponds can easily get murky over time which isn’t very aesthetically pleasing nor great for any fish or plants you have in the pond.

    To ensure your pond water stays clean and a healthy place for any living creatures a submersible pump is not only a worthwhile investment but is also a requirement for a pond.

    Submersible pumps are waterproof and don’t require much effort of hassle when installing them as they simply submerge into the pond itself sitting at the bottom. Once the pump has been submerged it creates a safe environment for survival.

    The great thing about a submersible pump for your garden pond is that it operates 24/7, with the pump constantly running it makes managing your pond water very easy as the work is being done for you.

    Another benefit of using a submersible pump is that they don’t require a lot of energy when converting rotary energy into kinetic energy which then turns into pressure energy. It sounds like a lot of work but the process is simple; the water is pulled in and the rotation of the pump pushes it back out which then rises to the surface keeping your pond clean and murk free.

    Which submersible pump should I choose?

    There are a variety of submersible pumps to choose from so when it comes to making your purchase we would like to help you make the right decision for your needs. Dependant on the size of your pond will determine exactly what pump will be the most efficient and effective for you.

    Whether it be a Calpeda, Lowara, DAB, Pedrollo or Ebara our expert team will be able to help. For our help and advice don’t hesitate to contact us, our knowledge is here to be shared to ensure you get the best out of your submersible pump and the customer service here at Complete Pump Supplies.

     

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