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PAS 2035 Red Tape expected to cause frustration


The Heating and Hot water Industry Council(HHIC) has warned that changes resulting from proposed PAS 2035 specifications could leave the vulnerable without heating and impede plumbers trying to do their job

HHIC said that expected new and replacement boilers to be plagued with administration and red tape, including simple boiler swaps under PAS 2035 which is new specifications for the energy retrofit of domestic buildings.

Organisations trading using the Trust mark Government endorsed Quality scheme are required to comply with PAS 2035.

It means with up to 5 plumbers required for every installation and loopholes which mean that they do not have to actually be qualified.

This new rules may increase costs, create confusion and not provide any additional ,meaningful safeguards to consumers.Drain Doctor Aberdeen rep has contacted The British Standard group to confirm the new rules.The Group responsible for PAS 2035 accept that the heating and plumbing industry has been overlooked throughout the draft process.Drain Doctor Aberdeen is in full support of anything that raises industry standard.However we believe what industry does not need is a burdensome piece of red tape.


The facts about fatbergs


  • 48% of people still pour fat down the drain
  • 85% haven’t heard of ‘concretebergs&rsquo
  • 46% of women flush tampons
  • 20% of men flush condoms
  • 48% of people flush wipes labelled ‘flushable&rsquo

Fatbergs are the equivalent of an iceberg, found down the sewer and consisting of a congealed, solid mass of fats, oils and grease (FOG) that have been poured down the drain and sewers, as well as non-biodegradable items that are regularly flushed, such as sanitary products, wet wipes, condoms and cotton buds.

57% people said they had subsequently reduced the amount of plastic bags they use, while 52% of people also said they recycle more.

But plastic is not always visible and many everyday items contain hidden plastics, such as wet wipes and sanitary products. These items are commonly found in fatbergs, as well as escaping into the nation's waterways and entering rivers, seas and oceans, harming marine life.

So-called concretebergs also pose a danger to the sewers and waterways. They occur when building materials, paint and concrete enter the drainage network and solidify, causing blockages that are almost impossible to remove. Only 15% of survey respondents had heard of the term concretebergs.

The grease trap tank acts as a reservoir holding the wastewater and food solids that enter the trap. As the wastewater cools, the fat, oil, and grease (FOG) harden and the food solids settle. The FOG, being lighter than water, floats to the top of the grease trap.

In order to prevent blockages of the sewer system due to accumulated grease and oils discharged from food facilities, many wastewater treatment agencies require the installation of grease traps or interceptors.

Every restaurant serving any type of greasy food or baked goodies (baked on premises) needs a grease trap

The size of the grease trap has to be large enough to handle the waste water flow from a food service establishment to prevent fats, oils and grease from entering the sewer system.


New Legislation for off- mains drainage


Imagine you have just found a perfect period home with breathtaking country view.The house is not on mains drainage but that means you don' t have to pay a separate charge.What is not to like?Quite a lot, actually

New Legislation coming into force at the beginning of next year means that homes with non complient drainage systems will be liable to large fines and huge costs.If you are selling a home with off-mains drainage,you have a legal obligation to inform your buyer about the system, and any necessary upgrades must take place before sale.More than a million homes in the UK fall into this category,most built before 1919 and in rural locations

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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