Here are some home heating, plumbing and energy saving tips from Peter Brown, a proud to be a well respected, reliable and family run plumbing, boiler and central heating expert in Harrow offering fantastic levels of service.
Don’t undo your work by having an inefficient loft hatch, says Potter. “Some people might have a lovely insulated loft but the loft hatch might be an old timber one that’s not insulated,” she says. Insulating it can be done with same self-adhesive strips as for window and doors. It’s also worth checking that none of your roof tiles is loose or missing. “If you have loose tiles or a damaged roof then you’re going to get water that can get into your loft and as soon as the insulation gets wet it loses its efficiency,” she says. Although the difficulty of checking may be the biggest obstacle, if it’s safe to do so then a single tile or so can be relatively cheap to replace.
Many homeowners and landlords in the harrow area and beyond are tempted to attempt DIY on their new bathroom installation. It’s a tempting thought – you save money on labour charges and it’s a project you can get stuck into. However, ask any professional bathroom installations company and they will tell you that, while most DIY-ers with limited skills can actually replace their own bathrooms, the end result lacks the precision, skill, and aesthetic excellence that it would have if done by a time-served craftsman. Many others think about becoming a project manager, allocating different work at different stages to a plumber, a plasterer, a tiler, an electrician, a decorator, and a unit installer. It might sound cheaper but that’s multiple tradesmen’s profit margins you’ll be paying together with the headache of getting the right people in at the right time. Based in Harrow and serving the community across North London, the Peter Brown bathroom installation team is almost certain to be the quicker, cheaper option with a guarantee of a beautiful new bathroom under guarantee at the end. How does our bathroom installation process work? Discover additional info on https://www.peterbrown.net/harrow-bathroom-installations.html.
Check your radiators are heating to the top. If they aren’t, the chances are you need to learn how to bleed a radiator. It sounds a bit medieval, but all it means is releasing the trapped air at the top, which is stopping the hot water from rising. Simply use a radiator bleed key (about £1 in any DIY shop) to open the little valve at the top. You’ll hear air hiss and as soon as you see a drip of water, close it up again. Bingo. Energy-efficient radiators.
Insulate your pipes: Insulating your hot water pipes is a quick and easy way to save energy. As well as reducing heat loss from your system, pipe lagging will also prevent pipes from getting too cold in winter, and therefore prevents pipes bursting. Pipe insulation is an easy DIY install – you can buy foam insulation tubes online or from a DIY store and slip them over your pipes. In a typical 3-bed semi-detached house, materials will cost around £20, and you will save around £3 a year on your energy bills, as well as reducing the possibility of expensive repair bills from burst pipes.
When your Peter Brown engineer is performing a power flush, they’ll connect the special equipment needed to your central heating. We don’t need to take off any of your radiators to complete your power flush successfully. Special power flush cleaning fluid is pumped through your system and that begins to loosen the gunge and the rust that’s built up. If your radiator has cold spots, that’s where a build up of unwanted material has occurred and the power flush will quickly remove it. The sludge and the rust then start to come out of the radiator which your engineer will collect and dispose of it. Once your engineer is confident that they have removed everything from your system, they’ll flush it again until the water coming out of the radiators is clean and is acid- and alkali-neutral. The final touch is to flush the radiators again with a protecting fluid to impede any future build-up of sludge and rust. Find extra details at https://www.peterbrown.net/harrow-power-flushing.html.