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Its Gas Safety Week!

Posted by Bruler Ltd on September 22, 2016 at 5:45 AM Comments comments (0)

TOP TIPS TO STAY SAFE
Six simple steps to help keep you safe and warm in your home
Only use a Gas Safe registered engineer to fit, fix and service your appliances. You can find and check an engineer at GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500.
Check both sides of your engineer’s Gas Safe Register ID card. Make sure they are qualified for the work you need doing. You can find this information on the back of the card.
Have all your gas appliances regularly serviced and safety checked every year. If you rent your home ask your for a copy of the landlord’s current Gas Safety Record.
Know the six signs of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness. Unsafe gas appliances can put you at risk of CO poisoning, gas leaks, fires and explosions.
Check gas appliances for warning signs that they are not working properly e.g. lazy yellow flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks or stains on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room.
Fit an audible carbon monoxide alarm. This will alert you if there is carbon monoxide in your home.


Another engineer required!

Posted by Bruler Ltd on June 21, 2016 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Following the recent appointment of our new engineer Matt, we are now looking for another plumbing and heating engineer to join our growing team.

Job Opportunity Available – Plumbing and Heating Engineer

Location: Depot at Frome Somerset; Working across the southwest

Salary: Competitive hourly rate, determined by experience

Working Hours: 8am – 5pm Monday to Friday; Occasionally later, depending on job load, overtime available.

 

We are an expanding firm looking to recruit a gas engineer/plumber. Previous post-qualification experience is required. A full driving licence is essential and a CRB check will be carried out before commencing employment.

The successful candidate must have a warm, friendly and professional manner, and be prepared to take on a varied workload. This will include both small plumbing jobs, such as fixing sinks and toilets, and larger gas installations, such as boiler and central heating systems or complete bathrooms.

We can offer a company vehicle, tools and company uniform. We also give opportunities for training and professional development.

Further information available upon request. Please email current CV and a covering letter to info@bruler.co.uk

Required experience:

• Must have CCN1


CHAS Accreditation

Posted by Bruler Ltd on March 10, 2016 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Brûler Ltd is a CHAS Accredited Contractor.  To become a member we had to show compliance with important parts of health and safety law.  CHAS is established as the market leader for health and safety pre-qualification in the UK. It is available to suppliers (those who provide goods and services) and to organisations (buyers) looking for suitably competent suppliers.  Being a CHAS member means we can automatically work for private and public sector organisations that require a certain level of health and safety standards.

New build or extension? Consider underfloor heating

Posted by Bruler Ltd on July 22, 2015 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

With new build houses and extensions on the up it makes sense to consider fitting underfloor heating providing a cost effective solution using up to date technology .  There are two options available, a dry or wet system.

A dry system is made up of a series of wires or mats depending on the size of the room and efficiency of the insulation in the floor.  The electric system you install will depend on the size of the room and how well insulated it is, what the flooring below it is like and whether it is insulated, and the type of flooring you'll have on top. Options include loose-fit wiring flexible enough to fit into small or awkward spaces, electric cable systems, or heating mats you roll out to cover larger areas.

A wet system is water-based , a series of pipes connected to your boiler circulate warm water throughout the floor to heat the space. Alternatively, you can connect the water underfloor pipes to a solar water heating system.  Both systems are usually fitted under stone or tiled floors.  Underfloor heating will turn a toe curling cold bathroom floor into a pleasure for your feet!  A water underfloor heating system costs more to install as it is more complicated to fit, but a wet system is usually better for new builds.  The floor itself can be designed to hold the pipework, and be adequately insulated to ensure the heating doesn't escape downwards.  Both systems are contolled by a thermostat.

For wet underfloor heating systems we use Polypipe

For dry underfloor heating systems we use Ditra Mat


Magnetic Heating Filters

Posted by Bruler Ltd on July 13, 2015 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Upon installation of any new boiler, Bruler recommends the installation of a Magnetic Heating Filter to ensure that your system stays clear of black iron oxide sludge.

 

The idea works simply as a magnetic filter that collects the iron oxide sludge. It has to be annually serviced (which would ideally be done alongside your annual boiler service) in order to clean it out and keep it functioning as it should helping your heating system stay cleaner for longer. The sludge is breakdown or corrosion of the iron inside of the radiators which in time can cause a build-up and possibly lead to blocked plate heat exchangers, poor performance and cold spots on your radiators.

 

The existing heating system should be power flushed to clear it of any sludge that has previously accumulated, following this the filter should be installed after the last radiator but before the boiler and then it should be finished off by refilling the system and topping up with inhibitor (a chemical used to prevent the corrosion of metal by reducing the amount of oxygen particles in the water).

 

There are many different brands of magnetic filters but the ones that we recommend are a Worcester Greenstar System Filter with certain Worcester boiler installations as in some cases it can extend the guarantee by up to 3 years. In cases where the brand of the magnetic filter does not affect the warranty we recommend using an Adey MagnaClean which we often use and overall see great results.

 

We use our Adey MagnaCleanse alongside power flushing. The MagnaCleanse connects into the pipework that supports the MagnaClean. After draining down the heating system we then fill the MagnaCleanse with chemical cleaner and circulate this around the system whilst using a VibraClean (Radiator Agitator) to loosen off the sludge. All of this sludge is then circulated back to the MagnaCleanse where it collects around the magnet. After cleaning is complete, a MagnaClean will be installed and the system topped up with inhibitor.

 

For more information on having your system power flushed please see our previous blog titled ‘Power Flushing Domestic Heating Systems’.

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New Worcester Greenstar Controls

Posted by Bruler Ltd on June 16, 2015 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Worcester have released a new heating control called the Greenstar Comfort II RF Twin Channel Programmer.

 

This smart new control allows the homeowner to wirelessly control their heating and hot water system. The controls allow 24/7 control over the system, splitting each day into 6 time periods to allow for the maximum amount of efficiency from the boiler.

 

If offers a holiday mode in which only frost protection is active, meaning that your heating doesn’t need to be either running or entirely switched off when you are away.

 

The Comfort II control also displays any fault codes that may occur with the boiler and also provide an engineer with a clear history of any faults that the boiler has had previously.

 

The control boasts easy menu navigation, no wiring required and extremely reliable RF signal as well as a pre-set heating and hot water programme.

 

The videos below introduce these controls and show how easy they are to use.


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How to care for your septic tank!

Posted by Bruler Ltd on May 14, 2015 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Not all houses are connected to mains sewerage and in these cases, the chances are, that they use there own septic tank foul waste system. 

A septic tank needs looking after in order for it to function fully. Caring for your tank will prevent blockages and build ups.


Divert rain water from the septic drainfield

  •  A saturated drainfield can't absorb enough septic effluent.
  • Plan landscaping, roof gutters and surface drains so that excess water is diverted away from the soakaway area.
Don't overload the septic tank and drainfield
  •  Repair leaking and dripping taps and toilets. Dual Flush toilets often leak at the valve after a period of time and need replacing.
  • Use aerators on taps and low-flow showers to help lower water consumption. Power showers just increase the volume of water used.
  • Change to a low water consumption washing machine and reduce water levels for small laundry loads.
  • Don't run a half-empty dishwasher.
  • Toilets account for over 35% of all the water used in the home, water which overloads your soakaway. Fit dual flush toilets, use a 'Hippo' or, even better, convert your existing toilet to an 'eco' toilet with an INTERFLUSH conversion kit to reduce the amount of water needed to flush to the absolute minimum. The Interflush Is a kit which fits on top of your WC siphon and connects to the front mounted flush handle.The toilet only flushes when the handle is held down, releasing the handle stops the flush (when pan is clear). It only uses the exact amount of water required, any less and the toilet would need flushing again. That is why nothing can flush a toilet with less water.

 Keep trees away from the septic system

  •  Discourage root damage by keeping trees at least 30 metres away from the soakaway.
  • Trees with very aggressive roots, such as willows and poplars, should be even farther away from the system

 Don't use your toilet and sink as a rubbish bin

  •  Never flush cat litter, disposable nappies, sanitary waste, paper towels, facial tissues, coffee grounds, baby wipes or cigarette ends down the toilet they'll clog your septic tank in less time than you might imagine.
  • Don't install a waste disposal unit as these can double the amount of solids going into the septic tank.

 Be sensible with cleaning and disinfection products and what you pour down the sink

  • Overuse of Anti-Bacterials, disinfectants and heavy cleaners will kill the beneficial bacteria in the septic tank which digest your solids.
  • Don't use anti-bacterial hand wash products as you are poisioning your septic tank bacteria with every wash.
  • Do Not Pour Grease or oil Down the sink. Wipe greasy dishes with paper towels before washing.
  • Grease clogs the septic tank soakaway, and effectively 'waterproofs' it, making it impossible for soil to absorb liquids. If that happens you'll need a new soakaway.
  • White Spirit, varnish, paint thinners, motor oils, petrol and other similar chemicals will ruin your septic system and are not easily broken down by soil bacteria. They will pollute groundwater.
  • Condensate from Condensing Boilers is very acidic and must not go into the foul drains

 Protect your soakaway

  •  Do not drive over the soakaway, build a structure on top of it, or cover it with concrete or Tarmac. Gravel is OK, but only for foot traffic.
  • Sow grass over the soakaway area, if possible, as grass takes up a lot of water.

 Maintain your septic system

  •  Solids must be pumped from the septic tank on an ANNUAL basis. Ignore the ignorant who tell you that 'septic tanks never need emptying! They only store 12 months worth of sludge and extending the 12 month emptying interval will ruin your soakaway!
  • Never lift the lid of a septic tank yourself, particularly if you are alone! The gases in the tank can overcome you very quickly and the bacteria are dangerous! Sewage workers must have reglular vaccinations, including Hepatitis, Tetanus and Diptheria, to protect against them.

If you suspect a blockage or build up in your septic tank or you feel that it is not performing as it should be, please call Bruler on 01373 836705.

 

 


Plumber Wanted!

Posted by Bruler Ltd on March 17, 2015 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (1)

Brûler Ltd- Frome Somerset

PLUMBER / PLUMBING / HEATING / GAS ENGINEER /

Location: Depot at Frome Somerset; Working across the southwest

Salary: Competitive hourly rate, determined by experience

Working Hours: 8am – 5pm Mon to Fri; Occasionally later, depending on job load, overtime available

 

We are an expanding firm looking to recruit a gas engineer/plumber. A minimum of 5 years post-qualification experience is required. A full driving licence is essential and a CRB check will be carried out before commencing employment.

The successful candidate must have a warm and friendly manner, and be prepared to take on a varied workload. This will include both small plumbing jobs, such as fixing sinks and toilets, and larger gas installations, such as boiler and central heating systems or complete bathrooms.

 

We can offer a company vehicle, tools and company uniform. We also give opportunities for training and professional development.

Further information available upon request. Please email current CV and a covering letter to info@bruler.co.uk

 

Required experience:

• Must have CCN1: 2 years

Power Flushing Domestic Heating Systems

Posted by Bruler Ltd on February 5, 2015 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Power flushing can fix many Central Heating problems.

 

Our engineers can visit your home and assess your heating system to decide if Power Flushing will be a benefit.

 

Some of the symptoms which indicate the need for Power Flushing are.. cold spots on radiators, poor hot water flow, noisy boilers/pipework or boiler working intermittently.

Before we start power flushing we will establish how bad the build up of sludge is and treat it accordingly.

 

Power Flushing is a great way to maintain the life of your system

 

The Power Flushing process pumps water and chemicals around the whole central heating system. The specialist equipment we use  targets and breaks down the sludge and magnetite build-up in your central heating pipes and radiators. This is all filtered out of the system, leaving much better flow and heat distribution.

 

After we have Power Flushed the central heating system, the boiler and radiators will be much more efficient. This is because you are no longer heating large amounts of sludge and magnetite. Any cold spots on your radiators will be vastly reduced or gone entirely. The difference can be up to 50% increase on efficiency in the total central heating system. This is because it then takes less fuel to achieve the same temperatures.  

 

By having your system power flushed it will help to prolong the life of your radiators, pipework and boiler, plus it will save you money in the long run!

Call us for a no obligation quote 01373 836705

 


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