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Circulation Problems

Circulation Problems With all of the dissimilar metals used in heating systems (copper, steel, cast iron, brass, aluminium etc) plus the added water, electrolytic corrosion can take place and ultimately damage your system, As you can see on these two separate photos, the white speedfit pipe is fully blocked and the copper pipe is badly restricted, In both cases the customer wasn’t getting any heat to the affected radiators and partial heat to many other radiators. When a system is “sludged” up like this it also puts a strain on the boilers heat exchanger, cylinder coil, pumps, motorised valves and
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Boiler Service in Watford

Boiler Service in Watford A new customer hadn’t had their boiler serviced since installation. Luckily they called Space Heating for a service and we were able to identify and rectify several faults. We were horrified to see the installer had fitted the boiler flue upside down. The flue is one of the most important parts of the boiler and the manufacturers go to great lengths to explain the different flue options in the manufacturer’s instructions. Even so, I’d expect the most inexperienced installer to know which way up to the flue. There were other faults on the installation. Have you
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Do you know a good plumber?

Do you know a good plumber? This was spotted on my travels and i just had to take a picture. I don’t know how some plumbers get away with the work they produce. Its by no means vertical, barely clipped and the branch into the main stack is sagging badly. I’m assuming they charged for this?   SEE ALL POSTS
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Should I get my boiler serviced?

Found on a routine boiler service An existing customer of Space Heating wanted us to service an existing boiler in a new property they had bought. On inspection of the flue it was easy to see it hadn’t been connected to the boiler correctly. In fact i could pass a screwdriver through a gap and into the Air Intake section of the flue. This had obviously been like this since installation and there were records on site showing the boiler had been serviced several times by different companies over the years. A warning notice was issued and the boiler made safe by
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Stored water in a loft

Stored water in a loft Would you brush your teeth in this? No, not knowingly but one of my new customers had been. A cold water storage vessel (c.w.s.v.) should be fitted correctly and to current regulations. A lid is a must, not a piece of wood or some polystyrene but a fitted lid which is made for that c.w.s.v. Also it should be sized correctly to make sure there is enough stored water for your needs but not too much where it could become stagnant. At this property there were two vessels connected together which held too much water
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Power Flush

Power Flush We were called to a house where a new boiler was fitted two years before and the owner was having problems with their hot water. Every time they had a shower the water kept going hot and cold. It was the same from every tap, also when the boiler had fired on full flame there were loud banging noises coming from the boiler. This picture is of the filter which should’ve been completely clear. As you can see its very dirty. This “sludge” wasn’t removed before installation. The installer skipped the time consuming but very important power flush.
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Flues in Voids

Flues in Voids A lot of the things we see by other so called “plumbers” are often quite amusing, but sometimes they can be dangerous. On this occasion we found an incorrectly fitted flue. As you can see there are no support brackets and the flue has become detached. Also the flue route wasn’t fitted to manufacturers instructions. We classed this installation as immediately dangerous and capped the gas pipe to the boiler. We returned the next day and fitted a new condensing boiler, and stopped what could’ve been a very dangerous situation. Like at this and many other properties the flue
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Dodgy Pipe

Dodgey Pipe We were called to a gas leak. The customer had already correctly isolated the gas before we arrived. After isolating all the appliances from the gas supply, there was still a big drop in pressure. By using leak detection fluid we found an un-soldered fitting. This was corrected and once gas was re-tested we reinstated the supply.   SEE ALL POSTS
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Cowboy Plumbing

Cowboy Plumbing Rather than change the gas pipe to the hob, why not cut off the hob fitting to suit your pipe ? When you buy a hob, it generally comes with a formed fitting which the plumber can connect onto with standard fittings. This pipe had been cut back and a compression fitting had been over-tightened onto it. The problem was they cut off the standard 15mm connection which meant the hob was unsafe to use. The customer was lucky there wasn’t a gas leak and we had spotted the potential danger. A new part wasn’t available to buy
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Mind the Gap

Mind the Gap We see this far too often. Lazy fitters not even making good the flue after installation. This one didn’t even need ladders to sort it. Installation was at ground level.   SEE ALL POSTS
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