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Possible end of lead solder use in plumbing industry


Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineers(CIPHE) supports complete end to lead solder use in plumbing industry

A number of concerns have been raised that regulations ,which came into effect on 1 March last year is not being enforced by some retailers that may be unaware of the change of law

CIPHE rep said that while existing regulations have prohibited lead in any system in the water supply, solder containing the metal has been acceptable for central heating or gas pipe work.

CIPHE rep said : The only way it can be dealt with is for merchants to take the matter seriously, stop the sale of lead solder to non-professionals ,ensure lead solder they do have in stock is labelled for ‘professional use only’ and ensure they have the relevant safety data sheet that is supposed to be handed out with the sale of each roll’’

Such move will tackle fears that any individual could establish a plumbing regardless of qualifications or experience. Making such a licence mandatory would better prevent against bad practice

 HVAC definitions for plumbers


 Today many plumbers are involved in HVAC industry. We believe the provided info will help the plumbers, as well as the general public, gain clearer understanding of important refrigeration keywords.US based body ASHRAE and the International Institute of Refrigeration came together to ensure that the definitions of the 5 words key to refrigeration –cooling, refrigeration, chilling, freezing and cold chain-could be universally understood ,whatever part of the world they are in.

1) Cooling

  • Removal of heat,usually resulting in a lower temperature and /or phase change
  • Lowering temperature

2) Refrigeration

  • Cooling of a space,substance or system to lower and/or maintain its temperature below the ambient one (removed heat is rejected at a higher temperature)
  • Artificial cooling

3) Chilling

Cooling of a substance without freezing it

4) Freezing

Solidification phase change of a liquid or the liquid content of a substance usually due to cooling

5) Cold chain

Series of actions and equipment applied to maintain a product within a specified low temperature range from harvest /production to consumption


SNP first energy strategy by 2030


SNP first energy strategy by 2030: The equivalent of 50% of the energy for Scotland's heat, transport and electricity consumption to be supplied from Renewables It is clear that plumbers, ,installers and drain engineers have to adapt to this kind of strategy.

Hybrid technology offers a valuable opportunity for all plumbers in Scotland. With new insulated properties, the scope for installing a renewable heat source in tandem with a gas boiler is certainly possible

There is not clear advice from the UK Committee on Climate change. If plumbers or drain engineers rush out to buy battery vans, install heat pumps and expensive electric heating what happens on a below 0 pitch black frosty winter 's morning with no or very high wind in Scotland? Where is all this expensive non-polluting magic electrical energy for our EV vans and homes to be generated?


Fossil fuel heating ban for newbuilds by 2025


Chancellor Philip Hammond has confirmed the government ' s intention to follow advice from the Committee for Climate Change to ban fossil fuels in newbuilds from 2025.However it has been acknowledged that gas boilers ,using biomethane  or hydrogen as a fuel, should still be part of the mix for newbuild home.The above mentioned intention has not been confirmed by  Scottish Government.


Wokplace parking levy in Scotland.


It is strange to know that SNP Government wants to introduce the workplace parking levy in Scotland. The former SNP Transport minister Stewart Stevenson backs imposing the levy on companies. He said he was reluctant to support the measure if it ,,put a cost on individual citizens'' but added it was fair enough to impose the tax on companies regardless the size of company. Is this levy another punitive tax for small businesses or to get people out of cars? If employers end up paying it, the purpose of the tax is defeated.May be someone needs to explain to Mr.Stevenson how punitive taxes work.Or ,better still,just abandon this iniquitous toll.

The possible risking accidents for van drivers


Van drivers are risking accidents by failing to leave enough distance to stop.The majority of van drivers in drainage and plumbing industry carry up to a half tonne of equipment on a daily basis which can increase braking distances by up to 36%.At this moment Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is the  only manufacturer to offer Autonomous emergency braking(AEB) across its range as standard


Diesel Engine emmissions


The strict rules governing diesel engine emissions have been with drain industry for some time.The 2019 marks the beginning of the Stage 5 era in Europe.The Stage 5 is the new standard which now covers diesel engines right down to 19KW(25HP).It limits the level of pollutants that the  engine can emit.All manufacturers have been forced to add significant after treatment equipment such as filters, cat.converters, sensors and exhaust gas regeneration system.It is great for environment but perhaps it is also an additional  cost for drainage and plumbing engineers and installers


Start of New Year


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.

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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:

-Foul Odors

-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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or in our Grease trap section: Grease trap