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At DASIL Heating and Plumbing we offer a reliable, high-quality-plumbing and heating service along with a wide range of other services for domestic and commercial properties. With over 15 years’ experience, you can rely on our extensive trade and product knowledge to provide an excellent quality of work at highly competitive prices.

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Reviewed by Jim on 19/9/2018

Having not had our Baxi back boiler serviced for quite a few years, we were apprehensive about using a heating engineer unknown to us. As expected there were some problems with our boiler, but Terence took the trouble to show us which parts needed replacing immediately and what was likely to need replacing in future. He was careful and cleaned up after his work. Invoicing and work report professionally done. We would definitely hire him again without question, and will recommend him to friends and family.

I provide a friendly, punctual and professional service a very competitive and reasonable rates. I always work hard and to my fullest to leave you with the best possible results and satisfaction.

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Reviewed by Alan on 19/9/2018

Reliable, helpful & would not hesitate to recommend him

I am Aurangzaib Khan I look after daughter who is my life I’m from Pakistan but Afghan in origin studied Plumbing level 2 at CONEL and passed all my exams with distinction .As for my company well I chose the name in my college days as I want to Excel in every thing I do. I set my goals and always achieve above it .very passionate and full of commitment .At Excel Plumbing we believe in high standard at affordable price. I do gas safe certification /boiler repairs /boiler installation/toilet bath installation/cooker installation/radiator repair installation/heating/ leakage issues /block pipes or drainage.

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Reviewed by Michelle on 19/9/2018

Very thorough and knowledgeable kept me updated through the whole job . perfect

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Reviewed by Philip on 19/9/2018

Kenny Doran contacted me almost immediately after I posted my job. He arranged to come the same day and completed the job in about 20 minutes. He took time to explain the cast iron construction that was to be removed, how he would remove it, and how he would seal off the openings with cement.

DMK Plumbing & Heating is a family run business, We have been running for 14 years & specialise in all aspects of plumbing & heating including boiler Installations & break downs. We offer a 24/7 fast & reliable service with no call out charge! 24 month guarantee on all workmanship. Hi my name is Dean, I have been working in the construction industry for just over 14 years now. I went straight into plumbing & heating upon leaving school and have gained 14 years experience from construction sites to private dwellings doing all aspects of plumbing, heating, electrics, tiling, carpentry, maintenance and refurbishments. We cover a wide range of areas such as Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Bedfordshire Oxfordshire, London & surrounding areas. We have a friendly team and offer a fast and reliable 24/7 service with no call out charge. Qualifications. City & Guilds Qualified Plumbing & Heating Engineers City & Guilds Qualified Electricians City & Guilds Qualified Gas Safe Engineers City & Guilds Qualified Carpenters City & Guilds Qualified Plastering City & Guilds Qualified unvented systems Qualified Tilers Certification in Asbestos Awareness CSCS &JIB First Aid Discount for the over 60s All work is guaranteed for up to 5 years Free estimates and call outs £2 Million public liability

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Reviewed by Liz on 19/9/2018

Dean managed to resolve the issues left by Martin Stevens of Stevens and Sons and replaced the shower door. Liked the way Dean offered quotes on line which I could accept gives reassurance and transparency. Turned up on time and completed the job with no fuss.

I am Georgi Levkov, I have my company G.D.L PLUMBING - 16 LTD for 3 years. I have 18 years experience in plumbing (domestic and commercial). I have experience in all kind of plumbing works so I provide wide range of services. You can find us at gdlplumbing16ltd.co

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Reviewed by Imogen on 19/9/2018

They fixed the leak and bought a new part that was needed. However, they said they would come back to fit a new toilet seat and that I should just give them a call when I had bought the new toilet seat. I called them, they said in a vague way 'yes, we'll come later this week when we have some time.' But they never came back. That seems a bit unprofessional and unreliable to me.

Hello everyone, I'm Andrei and with my vast experience in home decorating/painting, tiling (tiles, marbles, natural stones) plastering, carpentery and joinery I can make your dream projects to became true! I look forward to hear from you!

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Reviewed by Linda on 19/9/2018

Good job overall

Arcturus Heating & Plumbing has been trading over 10 years our engineer is fully qualified and all work is gas safe registration notified, we have Public liability insurance and provide free quotes with no call out charges, Identification will be provided

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Reviewed by Valerio on 19/9/2018

Simon was very friendly and professional. He arrived on time, he checked the meter, the heater, all the heating and related plumbing and was gone in about 30 minutes.

We are a Family Business who have a Dyno-Plumbing & Heating Franchise. We started this Business in 2005 so are proud to say we have been working 13 years. We have a total of 8 office staff looking after 28 Plumbing and Gas engineers to serve our customers

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Reviewed by Lesley on 19/9/2018

This company did a very good job, fitted the water heater, disposed of the old heater AND cleaned up after themselves. The company should be proud of its workmen!

Elements are a premier heating and boiler installer. We will deliver impeccable service, quality installations and professional advice, without a hefty price tag. Try our Price Promise challenge. Call Today, Save Tomorrow.

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Reviewed by scott on 18/9/2018

Good communication and good quality of work. Explained options well and gave personal advice on pros and cons of each type of boiler.

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Solar panel installation specialists - what you need to know

The last decade has seen the number of homes with solar panels rocket, making them a common feature across our urban landscapes. In fact, over half a million homes in Britain now have them, and it’s easy to see why. Solar panels generate energy for your home, allowing you to do your bit for the environment, save on your electricity bills, and even make some money in the long run.

While this sounds like a no-brainer, you’ll need to do the sums to see exactly how your investment will pay back over the years. An expert energy installer will tell you what type of solar panels meet your needs and install the right system for your home, allowing you to start reaping the rewards from solar energy.

Cost of solar panel installation work

The cost of solar panels themselves has fallen in recent years due to cheaper manufacturing and higher competition within the solar tech market. So there’s never been a better time to invest.

That’s not to say this isn’t a considered decision, though. The installation of solar panels is still going to set you back several thousands of pounds, and the final figure will depend on the size of the system, as well as the quality and brand of the panels you choose.

The number of occupants in your home will be the main steer for the system and kWh required, but you should also consider other factors, such as the size of your roof and whether it’s south-facing.

Typically, you can expect to pay the following:

  • 14 m2, 2kWh: £3,000-£4,000
  • 21 m2, 3kWh: £4,000-£6,000
  • 28 m2, 4kWh: £6,000-£8,000

What types of solar panels are there?

There are a few different options available for solar panels. The most common is the monocrystalline or polycrystalline system. A familiar sight on many roofs, these are the blue or black photovoltaic solar panels, with a layer of glass covering them, and they’re usually mounted on an aluminium frame. They’re also the most efficient solar panel system for domestic use.

Despite their popularity, some still consider these solar panels a little ungainly. For those concerned about appearance, thin-film solar panels can be a more attractive option. These have a sleek finish and can be fitted directly onto many surfaces. Or, you can opt for solar tiles, which actually replace an area of existing roof (matched its style). While these options might be prettier, they’re more expensive and less efficient.

Out of all the options available, many people opt for traditional photovoltaic solar panels because they boast the biggest financial and environmental benefits. These perks include:

  • Electricity savings. Generating your own solar energy means reduced electricity bills. The level of this saving depends on the size of your system, volume of electricity use, and when you’ll be using it. If you can use electricity during the day when the panels are most efficient, you’ll save more (as less is needed from the grid).
  • Feed-in tariff. This is a payment from the Government for all of the energy you generate. This tariff is income tax-free and paid quarterly by energy suppliers. It’s guaranteed for 20 years and is index-linked, therefore rising with inflation. The rate varies depending on the size of your system.
  • Export tariff. You’re paid for any energy that you don’t use, which is sent back to the grid. The rate is set at 5.03p/kWh.

How do solar panels work?

All three options fall into the same category, and that’s photovoltaic solar, or PV. This means they produce energy from sunlight, which is then used to power lighting and household appliances.

There’s also another type of solar panel which serves a slightly different purpose. Solar thermal panels use the sun’s light to heat water for your house, allowing you to cut down on heating bills. However, this type doesn’t produce electricity, which is where the Governmental incentives are focused.

The qualifications your tradesperson needs

Both the installer and the system will need to meet the standards of the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS). Your installer should provide a MCS certificate upon completion of the work. You can then use this to apply for the Government’s schemes with a licensed energy supplier.

Planning permission for solar panel installation jobs

Generally, you don’t need planning permission to install solar PV systems. However, there are a few exceptions, such as properties in conservation areas, those that are listed, and for homes with flat roofs. You may need to get approval from the council, so check with your local authority.

Insurance your tradesperson needs

A reputable energy installer should have public liability insurance to protect against any accidental damage. Many will also opt for professional indemnity insurance to cover any guidance on design and financial advice regarding renewable energy.

Questions you should ask your tradesperson

  • Are they MCS accredited?
  • What brand of solar panels do they recommend?
  • Will the system have a warranty?

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