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We are at the start of New Year.Let s focus what we know. Meteorologists are predicting this winter to be coldest for 8 years meaning there will be more than enough boiler services and plumbing issues.In April it will be 1 year anniversary of Boiler plus program. The evidence we have heard that this program is not working as hoped in England.The Boiler plus is not compulsory in Scotland. It is interesting to see if any solution are put forward by Department of Business, Energy &Industrial Strategy. HMRC is introducing tax changes which will affect businesses with a turnover above £85000 in April under its Making Tax Digital initiative.
Make sure you know your drain responsibilities
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What is The Purpose of a Grease Trap?
The wastes generated by large establishments such as schools, cafeterias, and restaurants is significantly more in both frequency and volume. If left unchecked, the wastes could end up accumulating in sewer pipes and create problems such as:
-Blocked drainpipes and sewers
-Restricted wastewater flow
To prevent these problems from arising it becomes necessary to install specialized devices. The device in question is called a grease interceptor or a grease trap (these terms are used interchangeably).
Health inspectors typically ensure that large establishments have grease traps installed in their premises.
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New £50m stadium for Aberdeen FC gets final approval
Read more at: https://www.scotsman.com/regions/aberdeen-north-east/new-50m-stadium-for-aberdeen-fc-gets-final-approval-1-4729416
Did you know, roots are one of the biggest potential hazards damaging drains
Whether they’re producing a nasty smell, an unhealthy noise or simply not draining like they used to, your drains are most likely in need of some care and attention.
It’s easy to overlook drain issues, hoping they’ll eventually resolve themselves, or assuming they’re not “that bad”. But leaving drain problems untreated can result in serious damage over the long term, which can prove more expensive and difficult to resolve than issues tackled when they first arise.
If you have concerns about your drains, Spring is a good time to investigate and resolve them. It’s also a time of year when fresh drain problems can emerge.
Roots are one of the biggest potential hazards for drains, particularly in the Spring, as the weather heats up and plant life undergoes a growth spurt. When roots grow into pipes it can cause damage to your drainage and cause blockages, which typically result in unpleasant smells and drain malfunctions.
Catch the problem early and it can be fixed with relative ease through a technique known as drain lining. If roots are given more time to grow and invade the pipe, the problem becomes much more labour intensive to fix and may require significant excavation to solve.
A Springtime Solution
CCTV drain surveys are one of the best ways to detect blockages and leaks (caused by roots and other issues) quickly and cost-effectively. By using a CCTV camera inserted into your drain, the Drain Doctor Aberdeen specialists can easily identify drain problems, locating the issue with precision. This makes undertaking repairs using techniques like drain clearance, drain lining and high pressure jetting much easier.
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Animals and birds also have trouble with drains
The diagram shows that your and Scottish Water responsiblities for the pipes that lead up to your property boundary.
High Preassure water jetting units
When drain rods or mechanical rodding can not reach or will not clear a blockage its time to get the high pressure water jetting unit set up, if there is limited access into the system or multiple bends to negotiate again drain jetting is often the answer.
Drain jetting is however more than just a tool for clearing blocked drainage systems, it is used to maintain sewer systems by removing silt and debris, for tree root cutting drains and for descaling pipe work constructed from materials such as cast iron.
Jetters come in all shapes and sizes from the small power washers you have in your garage through to trailer jetters, van packs and large volume tanker jetting units for industrial and municipal sewer systems, we also have ultra high pressure water jetters, hot water jetting units and jetters that can be adapted for sand blasting operations
When you have a blocked gully, toilet, sink or shower and the blockage is within the water trap a good old plunge can do the trick, this could be a modern flat plunger you tend to get with a set of drain rods or the old cartoon style shaped plunger. Problems occur however when contractors and home owners get stuck in and thrash about with a plunger on the main line drainage. The problem with plunging a drainage system is that if the blockage is an immovable object and you are pushing a plunger towards it the water has to go somewhere, not a problem if the 10mtrs from the manhole to the blockage has no lateral connections on it, should it have a branch line and that connection runs to a downstairs toilet then the waste water is going to rise at that point and before you know it you have the brown stuff flowing through the house. I`ve seen it done and i have followed contractors onto sites after they have been on the roof plunging the soil vent pipe, the rest bend at the base of the SVP has collapsed and the sewage has shot up through the downstairs toilet. So as mentioned in the earlier drain diagnostics page isolating the blockage can save a lot of mess and expense, but if used in the right circumstances plunging is an affective means of clearing blocked drains and traps.
When the first drain man crawled out of his cave he had his trusty cane drain rods at his side, we know this because we are still finding them in drains and sewers up and down the country. Gone are the rigid cane rods of the past and you now get flexible multi-coloured rods with an assortment of attachments but beware, I can well remember being in a tool hire shop in the eighties grumbling in disgust as the shop manager hired out a set of drain rods to a keen householder, i think i may have mentioned something about small contractors like ourselves losing work but i was quickly assured that very seldom did the full set of rods return to the shop, there was almost always one or two rods and a plunger left behind in the problematic drain.This is because the domestic drain rods on open sale screw together and during the process of thrashing about in a blocked drain they unscrew quite easily, especially when they become stuck and the person at the business end forgets that if he twists them anti-clockwise he`s in big trouble. Its amazing how many times over the years we find drain rods, plungers and corkscrew attachments in systems and guess what, the house owner who has lived in the property for 20 years knows nothing about them or how they got their, i am convinced there`s a phantom drain rodder skulking about in suburbia in the dead of night.Contractors tend to use lock-tight rods for this very reason, they won`t unscrew, they come in 2mtr lengths and are strong but fairly flexible.Rods are ideal for systems with access chambers and rodding points but are limited when they have to negotiate traps and multiple bends, rod attachments include plungers, scraping tools and retrieving heads.Blockages due to solids and paper snagging on displaced joins and sharp changes of direction can be easily cleared however rods tend to punch a hole through tree root ingress and grease and fat, so as soon as the blockage has been cleared it starts to build up again.
Hot water is central to many aspects of our lives; from making a morning cup of tea, to taking a hot shower. In essence, having hot water on tap keeps our days running smoothly.
I’m sure many householders have been in the scenario where water begins to run cool before everyone has had a shower – the source of many an argument and early morning stress, no doubt. Often this boils down to a household simply not having the right hot water system to meet their needs, especially when considering simultaneous water use.
Within the industry, we have a duty to ensure that people’s hot water needs are met and that the systems they have in place are appropriately matched to their current or projected usage.
With the government’s Autumn Budget outlining a commitment to build hundreds of thousands of new homes and many existing homeowners going for a system retrofit, there exists an opportunity to educate consumers about the various systems, and to individually tailor the system to meet their needs, making many a morning routine far more stress-free.
Setting the scene
Picture this: following on from a morning cup of tea, our hypothetical householder has a shave, using hot water from the tap and then goes on to shower. Let’s say the shower provides a flow rate of 9l per minute at 43°c, so a combi boiler is all that is required.
So far, so good from the combi boiler.However, add more people into the mix and things start to get interesting. If the kids are getting ready for school, and our householder’s partner is using the other bathroom, the combi starts to struggle to provide an acceptable flow rate at all the requested outlets.
Combi boilers, in all but exceptional circumstances, fail to meet the needs of those living in large households, thanks to the busy nature of daily life and that, often hectic, morning routine.
As a result, many are working their daily routine around the hot water limits of the combi boiler’s performance, which is not always practical in the real world.
For families living in a multi-bathroom household, a storage cylinder provides the comfort of simultaneous hot water use, on tap. Of course, a single bathroomed property has differing needs to a multi-outlet, four or five bedroom property, so it really is about selecting the hot water system that best suits the needs. There is no one size fits all approach.
Take the average householder – they’ll have a pretty good idea of how much hot water they need. For instance, when making a cup of tea, they’ll boil the kettle – no one has a 50l kettle for domestic use. By contrast, people often give little thought to the size of their hot water systems.
A hot water cylinder must be correctly sized to meet the demand based on the number of people in the household, and their bath/shower and kitchen hot water use. This is where manufacturers and installers can provide tailored advice.
Cylinder manufacturers who are part of the Hot Water Association (HWA) charter scheme can provide any help required to ensure the customers’ requirements are being met, even going so far as to future proof the cylinder installation for a renewable heat source application.
The right choice
The consumer must carefully consider what their home needs from its heating/hot water system and find the product which best fits their household.
In general, for multi-occupancy or larger houses, water storage systems work better than instantaneous hot water technologies.
Even though combination boilers are becoming increasingly prominent, it is worth considering the merits of more traditional water storage systems.
Everyone’s morning routines and needs are individual and different, therefore their hot water system should be individually tailored to meet those needs. In multi-bathroom households, hot water cylinders hold the key to seamless hot water provision and, as a result, stress-free mornings.
National Grid has announced that from 15.12.17 over 9,000 homes ranging from island cottages on Orkney to terraced houses in London are set to benefit from the first payments from its new £150 million Warm Homes Fund.
Following the first round of bidding, a total of £33m is now being awarded to 35 local authorities and social landlords representing partnerships across England, Scotland and Wales.
The money will be used to provide new heating systems for homes and will also fund programmes to help people with health conditions living in fuel poor households.
The awards include £5m to Stroud District Council, £3.5m to Cornwall County Council, £2.8m to the councils of Suffolk and £1.5m to Orkney Islands Council. Others will help authorities targeting inner city fuel poverty. Greater Manchester Combined Authority will receive £1.8m and Islington, representing a consortium of boroughs will receive £1.5m.
Bathroom products manufacturer, Inta, has called on the heating and plumbing industry to champion water and energy efficient products as it looks to step up its environmental credentials.The Water Efficient Product Labelling Scheme (WEPL) was introduced by the Bathroom Manufacturers Association (BMA) in 2007 and Inta says its success is such that it should now be incumbent on manufacturers and suppliers to promote these labelled products before any others.
The Water Label is similar in design to the energy label found on electrical goods and shows the volume of water that the product will use when installed correctly.