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It might seem like your boiler doesn’t get much use in the summer compared to winter, but that isn’t necessarily true. For example, in hot weather people take more showers – because they are warmer and because they take part in more sports or other outdoor activities. One in five people shower more than once per day in the summer compared to one in ten in the winter. Whether you use your boiler a lot or hardly at all during summer, it’s important to keep your boiler well-maintained all year round so that it’s always working whenever you need it. Here’s how: 1. Take cooler and shorter showers to minimise the strain on your boiler and lower your water usage. 2. Turn on the heating just for ten minutes or so every once in a while, as leaving the system switched off for a long period of time can cause your boiler to seize up and put your pipes at risk of corrosion. 3. Check for fault warning signs such as leaks, cracks, unusual noises, and black sooty marks so that you can detect any problems and get them repaired quickly. 4. Get your boiler serviced in the summer to ensure it’s still in great shape after work hard last winter – and ready to go again during the next one. Here are three reasons why getting your boiler serviced during the summer is a great idea. With the kids off school, the weather looking great (some days, at least) and the seaside calling to you, your boiler is probably the last thing on your mind. 1. It’s good to be prepared for winter The worst time to find out there is a problem with your boiler is when you need it the most. It’s best to get your boiler serviced in the warmer months so that you know it’s going to be in good working order when it gets really cold. The last thing you want is to put your central heating on in October and realise it isn’t working, and then having to deal with your family routine being disrupted while the problem is being fixed. 2. Winter is the busiest time of year for plumbers How many call-outs do you think plumbers get in the summer compared to winter? While other people may be switching on their heating in autumn to find there is a problem with their system or remembering that they need to arrange a service, you can get ahead of the game. In summer there are fewer boiler service and repair call-outs, so take advantage of this and book an appointment at a time that’s convenient for you. 3. Boilers need consistent care Many boiler breakdowns are caused by poor maintenance, and this can be because the boiler is not used or looked after as much during the summer months. Leaving your system switched off for months at a time can put the pipes at risk of corrosion. The winter months can also take their toll as your boiler is in constant use, so it’s a good idea to get your boiler serviced in the summer after this period of heavy usage. A serviced boiler is not only a boiler you can rely on, but it is also much safer, as poorly maintained boilers increase the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. For a boiler service with Baker Smith, in St Albans and surrounding areas including London, give us a call on 01727730590 or contact us using our online form. Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Baker_SmithLTD Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bakersmithlimited
Gas-related incidents were the cause of many deaths and injuries in the past year, Would you know how to spot and prevent a gas leak in your home? Read on to find out why gas leaks occur in the home and how you can keep your family safe. What Causes a Gas Leak? Gas leaks can be caused by faulty, badly maintained, or improperly installed appliances such as boilers and cookers. When these appliances are defective, gas can escape from the gas hose that leads into your appliance, or from the seal surrounding it. Older appliances are more likely to be problematic, so it’s important to keep on top of services and get any second-hand appliances checked out when moving into a new home. Why is a Gas Leak Dangerous? A gas leak can cause carbon monoxide poisoning, fires or even explosions if problems are left unfixed. How Can You Detect a Gas Leak? The biggest sign of a gas leak is if you can smell gas in your home. If you feel dizzy or unwell and your symptoms disappear when you go outside, this could be a sign of a gas leak or carbon monoxide poisoning. Other signs include: Your boiler’s pilot light keeps blowing out The pilot light or gas rings on your cooker are orange or yellow, rather than blue There is a scorched area on the outside of your appliances There is more condensation than usual on your windows What Should You Do in the Event of a Gas Leak? If you think there is a gas leak in your home, you should: Turn off the gas supply at your gas meter (if you’re not sure how to do this or where the valve is located, it’s a good idea to find out now in case you need to know in the future) Open all the windows and doors to circulate air around the house Avoid using any electrical devices (including mobile phones), smoking, using matches or burning candles as this could ignite the leaked gas Call the national gas emergency number on 0800 111 999 (by either using your mobile outside or using a neighbour’s phone) and wait for help to arrive The National Gas Emergency Service will make your property safe, but they will not repair the appliance that led to the gas leak – you will need to arrange for this to be fixed separately by a certified Gas Engineer. How Can You Prevent Gas Leaks? Prevention is far easier than cure, so to ensure you do not have to deal with a gas leak in your home, take the following steps: Check your appliances regularly for wear and tear Book your appliances in for regular servicing Make sure your appliances are installed and serviced by a Gas Safe Registered engineer Keep a carbon monoxide alarm in your home (installed in an open space such as a hallway) and change the batteries regularly If you suspect you have a gas leak in your home, it’s important that you take action immediately. Gas leaks can be prevented by ensuring your boiler and other gas appliances are serviced by Gas Safe Registered engineers – such as the team at Baker Smith. If your boiler is due a service or you’re concerned about any of your appliances being faulty, contact us online using our online form on the contact page or call us on 01727730590. Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Baker_SmithLTD Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bakersmithlimited
A new bathroom doesn’t have to cost you a fortune, and knowing what to look out for means you can refurbish your bathroom even on a small budget. Here are our tips for giving your bathroom a new lease of life without breaking the bank. 1. Know What You’re Getting The first thing to keep in mind when looking at bathroom suites is understanding what you are getting. For example, baths are usually sold separately, so if you are looking at a suite, make sure you know exactly what is included, as you may also need to buy taps separately for the basin. 2. Choose Your Bath or Shower Baths come in all styles and prices, ranging anywhere between a very affordable to luxury at the top end. Cheaper baths are made from a thin acrylic and while they keep the water warm for longer, a steel bath tends to be more durable and therefore provide better value for money even if it costs a little more, also keep in mind you may need to buy the frame and panel separately. In terms of showers, Electric showers and bath/shower mixers are the cheapest and they are also very economic to run, followed by manual shower mixers. Thermostatic mixers and power showers are more high end and this does not include the shower enclosure or shower trays which will could cost extra. 3. Choose A Sink Ceramic pedestal sinks are a little cheaper than semi-pedestal or wall-hung sinks. If you’d like a sink that sits on top of a vanity unit to give you a little storage, this will cost a bit more as you’ll need to buy the unit as well. So this isn’t as cheap as buying a pedestal sink and then a cabinet to put on the wall, but it may save you some space depending on the layout of your bathroom. Don’t forget about taps, which are often not included with the sink. There are a whole range of tap options to choose from, which are separate units for hot and cold, Mixer taps, one tap with two separate controls for hot and cold, mono bloc taps which control temperature and flow from one lever. 4. Add On Your Extras If you can save a little money on your bathroom suite, you may want to treat yourself to some little extras, such as heated towel rails and lighting. Bearing all this in mind, a budget bathroom could be achieved for the entire suite, depending on whether you want a bath, shower or both. But don’t forget to factor in labour costs for plumbing and tiling, too – and be sure not to cut any corners where the fitting of your bathroom is concerned. Even if you are handy at the smaller jobs, it’s a good idea to get professional help if you’re not quite so confident with undertaking larger projects such as a bathroom installation. It’s better to pay for a professional to do a great job done than to attempt it yourself, or to pay someone else who may not know what they are doing and be left with a mess and even more expense instead of the fresh new bathroom you’d been hoping for. If you are looking for a plumber in the St Albans, Harpenden and surrounding areas, our friendly team will be happy to help. Contact us today: email email@example.com Tel – 01727730590 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Baker_SmithLTD Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bakersmithlimited