A quick guide on Powerflush

A quick guide on Powerflush

Powerflush is a cleansing process which aims to not only remove but eliminate deposits of sludge, rust and any other debris from your central heating system.

These toxins, if left, can seriously affect the efficiency of a heating system and in severe cases can damage the central heating all together.

Signs that you might need a Powerflush

Look for a number of signs before deciding to go ahead with the Powerflush process. These include cold areas on radiators, excessive noise from the boiler or the heating system pump, discoloured water when you bleed the radiators and the slow warming of the heating system. You might also notice the tap water getting cloudy, especially if there is a build-up of lime scale as well.

The Powerflush process

The generally aim of a Powerflush is to restore the full circulation of water around the central heating system, it can also eliminate noise from the boiler and the pump as well. This means that the entire central heating system has to be flushed in order to get the best results.

A qualified heating engineer will connect a powerful high flow/low pressure pumping unit to the central heating system; either to the circulation pump in the regular boiler systems or the pump head in combination boilers.  To finish it off with the help of high strength cleansing chemicals will also flush out anything in the system.

The chemicals used during a Powerflush include a sludge crust breaker and remover to help get rid of rust and sludge, a descaler to break down lime scale and a corrosion inhibitor to stop further rusting from occurring. The crust breaker and remover are acid-based so that they help to combat any rust present and any other debris, such as sand particles, that might have settled in the radiators, pipes and boiler. At the end of the process there is no acid left in the central heating system’s water.

Cost and time needed for a Powerflush

Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions power flushing  engineer state that a full Powerflush will take around 6 hours to complete. This is an estimate though as some badly affected heating systems will require more time whilst others may be finished quicker.

The price of a full system Powerflush varies with location and the size of the heating system and can range from approximately £350 up to £1200+. Occasionally the descaler isn’t included in the original quoted price and needs to be paid for on top.

It is important that your central heating system is as efficient at all times and although a Powerflush can be an expensive process, it can also save a lot of money over time with regards to your heating bills but should be used in conjunction with a complete boiler service for best results.

The process is clean and safe when done by a professional and can quickly eliminate cold radiators and noisy boilers and pumps.

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Lhps Guide to Buying a New Boiler

Lhps Guide to Buying a New Boiler

Buying a new boiler will never be exciting as buying new clothes or going on holiday, arguably buying a new boiler is one of the most significant and important purchases to buy. Here is Lhps Guide to Buying a New Boiler.

There are many considerations to think about before buying one, what would be the best boiler for your home, how much it will cost to have it installed and if it gas safety.

It can be a complicated and time if you’re not sure what you are doing. Here at Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions is a helpful guide, which will hopefully bring you everything you need to know about buying a new boiler.

Calling in the Professionals:
Rather than spending an evening trawling through the internet to find a boiler that perfect for you. Our recommendation would be to try and find three or even four separate quotes from Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions gas safety registered engineers croydon. Getting lots of quotes serves a purpose, it will give you a good figure of price you should be paying, and also allow you to compare the company professionalism and knowledge. At the end of the day this will enable you to make a more informed judgement on who is the best on doing the job.

Get Yourself Prepared:
A good tip is to prepare your home before an engineer arrives, by making sure that you are fully aware of what is going on. The engineer should ask you various and important questions on your current heating system in order to determine what are the best central heating system to use within the home.
A list of things to think about:

  • Where are you going to put it?
  • What and when do you use?
  • What are you going to spend?

Don’t be Afraid to Ask Questions:
Installing a new boiler is a big and can be sometime an expensive job, so don’t be afraid to ask some questions.
Ask them:

  • Are they Gas Safe registered, ask to see their ID badges and feel free to do your own research. If they have no ID and isn’t Gas Safety registered then never let them start any work.
  • Do they offer an after sales service?
  • Feel to check if they will provide a full written quote that itemises all of the parts used and the work undertaken?
  • If they can’t answer these simple questions then it may be high time to send them packing and look elsewhere – don’t be afraid of demanding the very best service you can get.

Ask Sale Service & Support:
Once the installation is complete, it is essential that you are fully aware of the after sale service; double check if the engineer is even offering it at all.
If something does goes wrong, its best you make sure you are using an engineer that is capable of repairing the boiler.
A good advice would be to keep using the same firm or engineer as they will be able to diagnose the problems quickly and you can be assure you are in safe hand.

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Gas safety awareness the ultimate 3 step guide

Gas safety awareness: the ultimate 3 step guide

When we use gas in our home, this constitutes as a risk for us. This reason for this is that gas is flammable and through inhalation is highly toxic for human Here is a guide on Gas safety awareness:

When it comes to using energy source it’s important to be very careful as it it’s has been proven that the majority of gas incidents are associated with careless mistakes made by the people affected. There need to be necessary precautions on avoiding gas leaks in closed places so an explosion or dangerous inhalation poisoning can be avoided.

The uses of gas appliances the same measures must be taken, especially in places where ventilation is not adequate. Another problem is, carbon monoxide buildup can become fatal so it’s essential to use gas appliances in places where vents are presents to allow the flow of air.

General Safety Precautions:

  • At all time only a certified gas safety registered installer is authorised to carry out or modify a gas installation. Never allowed anyone who doesn’t show you their ID card to touch your gas appliances.
  • If you find any anomalies, call a qualified engineer so they carry out a gas check and also amend the anomalies.
  • As a precaution for prolonged absences, it’s recommended to close your property’s gas tap.
  • A good gas flame is important in keeping an eye on. It flame must be clear, blue and stable, this ensure an efficient combustion. If the smoke produced by the flame blackens your pans, this is a sign of poor combustion. Call a plumbing or a gas safety engineer as soon as you spot this.

Recommendation to avoid gas leaks:

  • A maintenance contractor should carry out a general maintenance of your indoor installations and gas appliances, at least once a year.
  • A proper stove and heaters cleaning is another way to avoid gas leaks, as the ducts can be blocked by the build up of dirt. A simple solution is by observing your gas appliances’ flame: if the flame is yellow or red, cleaning becomes mandatory.
  • This is self- explanatory but never use sharpened tools such as knifes or scissors to cut gas cylinders’ safety seal. Through accident you can damage them and cause a leak.

What to do if the smell of gas is detected:

  • Immediately open every door and window in order to ventilate the room.
  • Turn of the gas and all gas appliances.
  • Never take any action that can produce a spark that can cause a fire.
  • Do not turn on the lights or any electrical appliances.
  • Do not make any phone calls on your home phone as today telephones are all electronic which means there a risk or arc formation and spark generation. Use a mobile phone out the property to be on the safe side.
  • After ventilation the property, get in touch with a gas safety professional who can repair your gas leak.

Overall in order to spread gas safety awareness, the top 3 recommendations should be followed. If you find your home with an emergency situation with gas, please do remember to ventilate the property and to turn off the gas immediately.  Also it highly recommended installing a CO detector where gas appliances are used dailies.

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Powerflushing Explained – A quick guide

Powerflushing Explained – A quick guide

For many people who have not heard the term ‘powerflushing’ before, they might alone know what the benefits are to a central heating system. Here is Powerflushing Explained – A quick guide so you never get stuck.

To put it simply, powerflushing is a procedure that is carried out in your home using a specialist pump. This procedure is carried out to resolve problems with the central heating or when a new boiler is installed.

  • It will cure flow and circulation problems in a central heating system.
  • It restores the system efficiency which will ultimately mean that the boiler doesn’t have to work so hard to pump water around the central heating system. (Ultimately saving you money)
  • It will help radiators to heat up evenly, preventing you getting cold patches at the top of the radiator.
  • It will clean the whole central heating system including underfloor pipework.
  • It will cure or prevents boiler noise and minimises the boiler warranty problems.

How is powerflushing carried out?

The powerflushing pump is connected to the system across the flow and returns the pipework. All debris and corrosion is then dislodged by the flow generated by the pump. The dislodged material is then flushed through the pump’s drain. At the same time, the pump is also filling the system with fresh water, from the cold water’s main. The last thing is then the inhibitor is added to ensure that the system continues to stay clean. How successful is power flushing? It all depends on the level of heating system corrosion that has occurred beforehand, as it can cure most circulation problems but cannot undo corrosion and gradual decay.

When hiring a plumber, they should be able to solve these problems and may recommend a power flush for the heating system.
The primary aim of power flushing the central heating is to remove all the sludge (iron oxide) which results in the radiators not heating up properly and generally blocks all the pipe work connecting the boiler to the radiators.

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