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We do property refurbish....with good team...plumber,carpenter,electricity,handyman,gas safe engineer,tiler.....any job is welcome.......TRUST PLUMBING24

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Bathroom Repair, Home improvements, Wooden Doors - Internal

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Reviewed by Carly on 20/9/2017

Has done a range of jobs for us, Is very versatile and flexible with timings. Came at short notice when we had a leak.

My name is Rick and I am the owner of Velocity Plumbing and Heating. I offer a friendly and efficient Plumbing service covering most of Kent. I am City and Guilds qualified with many years of experience across a wide range of plumbing activities.

Trades serviced: Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Plumbing Repair & Maintenance, Power Showers and Pump, Radiator, Water Tanks and Immersion Heater

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Reviewed by Andy on 20/9/2017

We needed some pipework replaced that fed our outside tap. Rick was up front and honest with what he recommended, but gave us a few different options and explained the benefits of each. The prices he quoted were all-inclusive, so no hidden fees. He was reliable and professional and did an excellent job!

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Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Bathroom Repair, Garden Wall, Chimney Building / Repair

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Reviewed by Camilla on 20/9/2017

Solved the problem quickly and was very punctual. No hesitation to recommend his work!

Hi there, I am a qualified plumber with 6 years experience, new to rated people. I offer a polite and efficient service. I am available 24/7 for a variety of plumbing and maintenance work.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Plumbing Repair & Maintenance, Power Showers and Pump, Radiator

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Reviewed by Jerry on 20/9/2017

Good communication, prompt and efficient.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Garden Wall, Chimney Building / Repair, Pointing / Repointing

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Reviewed by Carol on 20/9/2017

Brilliant Phil came to tile my kitchen and the result was excellent. I was really pleased with the standard of workmanship it looks great. Phil turned up promptly and finished the job within the specified time and he gave good advice. I would definitely recommend this tradesperson. Thanks Phil

Fast reliable professional Plumber / Gas Engineer. Approved by Gas Safe. No Problem Too Small. Vaillant Advance and Ideal Connect installer.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Bathroom Repair, Bespoke kitchens, Water underfloor heating

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Reviewed by Steven on 20/9/2017

Lawrence did turn up late for the Job but did apologies as there was an issue with his phone which kept him from notifying me that he was going to be late Overall He was very polite and professional, very clean conscious and carried out the Boiler service I will be giving him a call again for next years service

Pluming - Bathrooms, Wet rooms, Showers and Tiling Woodburners - Multi fuels, Stove fitting Chimley - Installtion and Repairs ROOFING REPAIRS FLAT ROOFS HETAS. ACRIDITTED. TWIN WALL CHIMNEY SYSTEMS

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Bathroom Repair, Chimney Building / Repair, Home improvements

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Reviewed by Onkar on 20/9/2017

Didn't turn up after cancelling the day before , then changing the time twice. On the same day What a waste of time

Our organisation provides a number of services for commercial and domestic customers alike. The main services we provide are central heating and gas installation, boiler repair and installation, gas leak repair, safety inspections, leaks and many more

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Gas Fire, Gas Cooker / Hob - installation / repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Plumbing Repair & Maintenance

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Reviewed by kadour on 20/9/2017

I will use again, definitely.

Local family business based in Crystal Palace whom specialise in all types of building works from Painting & Decorating to Driveways Kitchens and all Home Improvements. Testimonials and references are available, we also have Building Liability insurance

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Bathroom Repair, Garden Wall, Chimney Building / Repair

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Reviewed by Chris on 20/9/2017

Dealing with an unknown 'Tradesman' to carry out work on your property for me, is always a worry, you have absolutely no idea of of how things will turn out!. Dealing with Mr Kevin Street was an absolute pleasure!. He was the first to respond to the job being posted, nothing was too much trouble, the job went smoothly, And the works were completed to my satisfaction, tidying up as they went along!.

Victor & Co has operated throughout London successfully for over fifteen years. We are determined to maximaze our customer’s satisfaction by fulfilling their wishes to their specification, rather than forcing a compromise.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Garden Wall, Chimney Building / Repair, Cellar & Basement Conversion

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Reviewed by Gary on 20/9/2017

We appointed Vitold and team to refurbish a large apartment (bathrooms, kitchen, internal reconfiguration, electrics, flooring, decorating). The team were excellent, completed the work ahead of time, to a very high standard and throughout the whole process were very flexible as our requirements changed. They were understanding of our needs, provided input into the build and I would have no hesitation in recommending them. If we ever need to do any work in the future we will work with them.

Gas / Heating engineers - what you need to know

The most common job a heating engineer does is replace boilers. You should always use a Gas Safe-registered heating engineer or plumber to install your new boiler.

What a heating engineer can help with

  • Fitting boilers and central heating systems.
  • Regular maintenance and repairs.
  • Testing controls and safety devices to make sure they’re working properly.
  • Finding and repairing gas leaks.
  • Replacing or repairing faulty or old parts.
  • Advice about gas safety and energy efficiency.
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To get started, they’ll arrange a time to come round and look at your current setup, so they can measure up and give you a detailed quote. They might also give you price options for different boilers and talk about the brands they recommend. An experienced heating engineer will have a broad knowledge of boilers and will be able to tell you which ones provide the best value, which are most energy efficient and which are the most reliable.

Once you’re happy with the quote, they’ll fix a date to come over to install the boiler. They’ll usually supply the boiler themselves and be transparent about the cost. The bulk of the quote will be paying for the boiler itself, with labour on top. You can expect the installation to take the best part of a day overall.

The engineer will first remove your current boiler and any pipework that needs to be disposed of. They’ll then make all the adjustments needed to fit and mount the new boiler. If you’re having your boiler moved, then they’ll also need to drill out holes for ducting from the boiler and tidy up the location of the previous boiler.

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Once the new boiler is installed, with gas and water connections made, your heating engineer will test the boiler to make sure that it heats water efficiently and that it works with any central heating that you have installed. Make sure they talk you through the basic settings on the boiler, such as the thermostat and how to increase or decrease the pressure in the boiler as needed. The engineer should also show you how to ignite the pilot light.

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Combination (combi) boilers

The combi or combination boiler is the most popular kind of boiler that heating engineers install. They’re energy efficient, provide hot water on demand and will last a long time if they’re cared for properly. Water comes into the boiler directly from the mains, and is heated quickly and efficiently, before being piped to showers, taps and radiators. There’s no need for a separate hot water cylinder or tank in the loft – which makes it cheaper to install.

Conventional or regular boilers

A conventional boiler, or regular boiler, heats water in a tank that’s usually kept in the loft. The boiler heats the water in the tank, which is then piped to showers, taps and radiators. It’s good if you have multiple bathrooms that may be in use at the same time, as this system doesn’t have the problems of getting suddenly very hot or very cold, which can sometimes happen with a combi boiler system. It provides central heating efficiently too.

System boilers

A system boiler is a variation of the conventional boiler and can be confused with this more common type of boiler, so do ask your plumber or heating professional about which system you have if you are in any doubt. Your engineer should come to look at your old boiler and measure up for the job anyway, so this is the time to ask questions or advice on boiler types.

The main difference with the system boiler is that it heats water straight from the water supply, rather than relying on a cold water tank feed from your loft. This makes for more efficient hot water supply and also does away with the need for installation and maintenance of a cold water tank. For this reason, the installation of a system boiler can cost slightly less in terms of labour costs.

Costs for common boiler installation jobs

Some typical jobs Low High
Combi – no boiler currently installed £1,500 £2,500
Combi – combi boiler currently installed £1,300 £2,300
Combi – conventional boiler currently installed £2,000 £2,000
Combi – system boiler currently installed £2,000 £3,000
Conventional – no boiler currently installed £2,500 £3,500
Conventional – combi currently installed £2,200 £3,200
Conventional – conventional boiler currently installed £1,300 £2,300
Conventional – system boiler currently installed £1,300 £2,300
System – no boiler currently installed £2,500 £3,500
System – combi boiler currently installed £2,200 £3,200
System – conventional boiler currently installed £1,300 £2,300
System – system boiler currently installed £1,300 £2,300

The qualifications your heating engineer needs

Your heating engineer needs to be registered with Gas Safe, ensuring they’re trained and qualified to work with gas.

What is Gas Safe?

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The main focus of the Gas Safe Register is to improve and maintain gas safety to the highest standards. They make sure all gas engineers on the Register, over 120,000, are qualified to work with gas.

They work to protect the public from unsafe gas work through:

  • A national investigations team tracking down illegal gas workers.
  • Regular inspections of Gas Safe-registered engineers.
  • Educating consumers and raising awareness of gas safety.
  • Investigating reports of unsafe gas work.

Planning permission for heating engineer jobs

If the work is internal then planning permission isn’t normally required for installations of boilers or heating systems. However, if you live in a listed building you should check with your local planning authority.

If the installation requires a flue outside, it will normally be permitted development if certain conditions are met. See the Planning Portal for more detail.

Insurance for heating engineer work

As always, any good tradesperson should have public liability insurance, which protects against any accidents or damage to your home.

Building regulations for heating engineers

If a heating system or hot water system is to be replaced then an application may not be required, and, if it is required, it may not be necessary to apply in advance of carrying out the work. See the full details at the Planning Portal.

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Questions you should ask a heating engineer

  • Do they have public liability insurance?
  • Are they Gas Safe-registered? (They’ll have a valid ID if so).
  • What are the pros and cons of the three main boiler systems (combi, system and conventional).
  • What is the cost price of the boiler you choose.
  • Which boilers are the most efficient, reliable and easiest to maintain?

See the latest questions that homeowners have been asking heating engineers.

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