Ah finally Winter is coming to an end and the joys of spring are finally in sight! Whilst winter is known for the havoc and mayhem it can cause (we’ve all been there when the boiler packs in or a frozen pipe burst) but this can all be avoided by preparing properly. And there is no better time to start preparing than the present, right? Well while it might be too early re-post our ‘Top Winter Plumbing Tips’, including your plumbing and heating in your spring cleaning can save you money and prevent future problems. So here are our top tips:
April 1st till the 7th is Asbestos awareness week. While it may seem strange for us to write a blog about asbestos, it is likely that we may encounter some on certain jobs. That is why we make sure our engineers know and understand its dangers and we believe that our customers knowing more can only be a good thing as well.
At the end of last year we saw a historic agreement made on climate change as global leaders from 196 countries came together in Paris, and agreed upon terms to limit their emissions to restrict temperature rises to 2℃. The British Government is also due to announce its fifth Carbon Budget soon, outlining its targets for carbon emissions by 2032. In order to hit these targets and stick to the Paris Agreement the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has already identified the importance of decarbonising the heating industry. So what are the best ways of doing this?
We recently saw a story about a rabbit that had to be rescued from a roof in Omagh, County Tyrone after Storm Gertrude and this made us think, what are the weirdest places animals have been found! So we’ve searched deep into the depths of google to find some of the best stories….
How to know if you’re experiencing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning:
Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is responsible for around 200 hospital admissions in the UK each each, with around 40 deaths* . As an odorless and colourless gas this ‘silent killer’ can be hard to detect, but the more you know the safer you are. Symptoms of CO poisoning include, headaches, breathlessness, dizziness, nausea, collapse or falling unconscious. If you feel like you or anyone you know is starting to suffer from such symptoms it’s important to leave the room or area immediately and contact a certified gas engineer to come inspect the area. In high concentration CO poisoning can kill within only a matter of minutes, but even small doses can cause major health issues. If you think you have been exposed to CO poisoning it's always best to go see a doctor.
We were shocked to see that a recent study from the Association of Plumbing and Heating and Contractors (APHC) found 28% of homeowners have dropped something down the toilet! The most common item to take the unfortunate plunge was a smartphone, but this is hardly surprising with 24% of respondents claiming to take their phones with them to the toilet to pass the time.
Stranger items that were found to have fallen down the loo include:
-An Alarm Clock
John Thompson, Chief Executive of APHC, said: “This research is a more light-hearted look at the plumbing industry as our members find all sorts of items lost down the toilet; and these are often the items that householders can’t retrieve themselves! However it’s a cautionary tale that smartphones are easier to lose than a traditional book or magazine.”
Adding: “Plumbing is a centuries old trade and although technology is rapidly advancing traditional plumbing skills are still needed to keep our home plumbing running smoothly as we expect. We will always be calling on plumbers to fish things out of pipes.”
So no matter what you may drop down there, you can always give Alistair Thorpe a call! (well as long as you haven't lost your phone down there)
.At Alistair Thorpe, we believe that the best way to prevent frozen or bust pipes is to be prepared and ensure your home and/or business is ready for winter.
Scottish Water are encouraging customers to heat, insulate and protect your pipes.
Top tips for 6 degrees and milder:
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Did you Know...
Heat loss is one of the biggest considerations when it comes to making your home warm and cheaper to run. The less heat loss, the less heating required - therefore saving energy and money.
Heat can escape through the roof, walls, windows and floors, however there are several ways to reduce energy consumption and heat loss: