This customer in Rossett wasn’t happy with his en-suite because it had a shower cubicle with walls on 3 sides which allowed very little light into the shower cubicle. The customer and his wife referred to the shower cubicle as ‘the coffin’ because it was so dark and horrible. No work had been done to the en-suite since the property was built around 15 yrs ago however the toilet and basin were in good condition. We were able to re-use the old toilet and basin which saved the customer some money. We removed the shower cubicle, removed the toilet and basin, removed the small stud wall, installed the bath, fitted the water wall boards around the bath, tiled one wall then fitted the toilet and basin back in position. I always recommend installing water wall boards around the shower area because they will last longer than the grout in between the tiles and they are a lot easier to clean, and they come in various colours and styles.
I would just like to say a big THANK YOU to all my customers who have taken the time to write a testimonial for Pavlou Plumbers. It really means a lot. Thanks again.
The testimonials can be found at www.pavlouplumbers.co.uk/testimonials
A customer in Hawarden had an old Worcester 280 which was expelling water from the pressure relief valve and the hot water temperature was not constant. Like a car, when a poorly maintained boiler gets to a certain age parts will start to fail one at a time. Its at this point the boiler owner needs to decide if they would be happy to wait for the boiler parts to fail one by one. Is happy to have to wait in for a gas engineer to attend to look at the boiler then wait in again to repair the boiler when the replacement part is sourced. Is Happy to deal with no heating each time the boiler breaks down.
Boiler break down covers are a good idea for customer who have an older boiler however some companies will not cover your boiler when it passes a certain age. I have heard of cases where customers have been paying a monthly fee for years then needed to make a claim only to be told that the customers heating system is not covered!
This Hawarden based customer who had the boiler pictured below installed decided he did not want to pay a monthly fee for his boiler break down cover because this combi boiler comes with a 7 yr manufacturers warranty. Other boilers come with a massive 10 yr warranty! Instead this boiler owner will have hassle free heating for at least 7 yrs (providing the boiler is serviced every year), and lower gas bills.
If you would like any advice on the state of your boiler then please do not hesitate to get in touch by phone 01244 88 88 01 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Its been a long time since my last post. The main reason for this is I’ve been busy repairing boilers and heating systems and replacing boilers over these last few weeks. If you have a non – condensing boiler, specially if your boiler was installed before the year 2000 then its likely that the boiler is coming to the end of its life cycle. The average life cycle of a boiler is 15yrs. If you have had your boiler serviced every year and the manufacturer of the boiler is a reputable one then your boiler could still be running fine, and it could last for up to 25yrs. However if the boiler has not been well maintained and it is a lesser known manufacturer then I would recommend saving for a replacement boiler. In 2005 it was made compulsory to install only condensing boilers due to them being a lot more efficient. This means it was not possible to buy an non – condensing boiler after 2005.
How do I know if I have a non – condensing boiler?
The main reason why condensing boilers are more efficient is because they extract more energy / heat out of the fumes that leave the boiler through the flue (chimney if you like) of the boiler. Due to more heat being taken out of the fumes condensing boilers have a plastic internal tube, which is fine because the fumes are not hot enough to melt plastic. A non – condensing boiler must have an all metal flue because the fumes are a lot hotter.
Here are a couple of pictures of old non – condensing, less efficient boilers.
Below is a picture of a more efficient condensing boiler
If you are still uncertain if you have a condensing boiler or not, or you would like a boiler service would like a more efficient boiler then get in touch to arrange an appointment.
If you are thinking about renovating your property then I would strongly recommend installing underfloor heating because it is much cheaper to run and provides a much better performance. Due to the source of heat coming from the ground, the temperature of the water running through the underfloor heating pipes is much lower than the water temperature in radiators. Lower water temperature means your boiler works less which means lower bills. Have a look at the YouTube video below for more information on why underfloor heating is better than radiators. Pavlou Plumbers are BPEC qualified underfloor heating installers so please get in touch for more info or to book a review.
[youtube height=”HEIGHT” width=”WIDTH”]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaPo7x0KlKg[/youtube]
A very happy customer in Ewloe wanted to sell their property however their bathroom and downstairs W/C had seen better days, so they invested in having a new bathroom and downstairs WC installed. A wise move in my opinion. The painting and flooring was arranged by the customer in the pictures below.
I supplied and fitted an electric shower in Chester yesterday. The tenant was very happy to have a working shower again.
The leading brand is called Insinkerator. Prices range from £99 upwards. The more expensive units can take tougher food waste such as bones.
[youtube height=”” width=””]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=is2gy8PMza8[/youtube]
There are a few different filters on the market that look similar to this:
These are relatively cheap and usually means drilling a hole into a stainless steel sink or in through a kitchen work top.
Alternatively, if you wanted to spend a bit more money you can get a 3 way kitchen mixer tap which will look similar to this:
with this underneath your sink
Booster pumps can be used to increase your water pressure for your whole house or just your shower. The 2 main leading brands are SALAMANDER and STUART TURNER. Care must be taken when choosing the right pump for your water system. This link from the Stuart Turner website gives a description on which pump would be suitable to boost your shower.
If you do not have a cold water tank then your only option would be the pump in this youtube clip.
[youtube height=”” width=””]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KamDatuI-eo[/youtube]
You also need to be aware not all showers are designed for high water pressure, therefore your shower may also need replacing if you install a high pressure booster pump.
You can also by power showers where the pump is in the shower unit, which means you have what looks like a large electric shower like the picture below. Installing this type of power shower on a stud wall is not advised due to the noise created when the pump is running.