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Preparing Your Home for Winter with Dublin Plumbing Services

The winter months can get cold in Dublin, and you do not want to be freezing because the cost of heating your home is uncomfortably high. There are ways to prepare your home for these cold and wet months that won’t break the bank when your energy bill falls through your letterbox. Here are just a few suggestions that will help you to keep your home toastie this winter.

Service Your Central Heating System

Central heating systems that need cleaning and maintaining do not run efficiently. Running inefficiently means your system could be costing your more than it should to keep your home warm. Apart from the expense of running your heating, there is also the safety aspect to consider. A faulty boiler could leak carbon monoxide, which is a danger to the whole family. This gas can cause people to feel very ill, and at its worst can prove fatal.

If your boiler is a few years old, it could be time to replace it. All household equipment becomes less energy efficient the older it gets, a fact recognised by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), who offer grants towards the costs of upgrading your boiler.

You should use professionals who are registered to do this type of work, so you have the peace of mind you get from knowing your boiler is safe and running efficiently. A registered gas engineer will be able to provide you with a Gas Safety Certificate for the equipment they have serviced. If you have a gas fire or gas cooker in your home, it is a good idea to get them checked and certified at the same time. All your gas appliances should be serviced at least once a year, or they can become a hazard.

Prevent Water Damage with Dublin Plumbing Services

Water can cause a lot of damage to your home, and what can start as a small drip can quickly become a major leak. Dublin plumbing services can help you to prevent this from happening. Your pipes can all be checked, and you can get advice about protecting your pipes from the cold to help them avoid freezing or bursting during the winter months.

You should also ask Dublin plumbing services to check your drains to ensure they are all flowing freely.

Dublin plumbing services may find problems with your pipes and drains that you were not aware of, which could reduce the risk of you having problems with water during the winter months.

Another potential cause of water damage is from blocked guttering. During autumn, leaves can fall and block your gutters, stopping water escaping to the drains as it should. If the water overflows it can create water damage to your walls internally and externally. Have your gutters cleaned before winter sets in. Have your roof checked for loose or missing tiles too. It doesn’t have to be a large gap in your roof for water to seep in.

Insulation

Between 25% and 35% of heat is lost through an uninsulated roof. That can amount to a lot of extra euros on your energy bills. A lot of heat can also be lost through walls that are not sufficiently insulated. With grants available, ranging from 400 euros to as much as 6000 euros, insulation might not cost you a great deal, but could help keep your home warm and lower your energy bills. The amount of the grant does depend on the type of property you live in and what is being insulated, but the whole range of grants and how to apply for them is shown on the website of the SEAI.

An insulated loft could also mean you notice a difference in the coolness of your home in the summertime. The insulation will lower the intensity of the sun’s rays that are able to seep through to your home, helping to keep the internal temperature lower when it is very hot outside.

Get Rid of Drafts

Doors and windows can be very drafty, especially if they are old and warped or if they are new and have moved slightly as they have settled. Buy some sealing tape and seal any small gaps if they are on the inside. Gaps will not only let warm air out, they will let cold air in, and drafts can be very uncomfortable. If the gaps are on the outside of the windows or doors, some mortar might be needed to fill them. If one of them has moved a lot, you may need a professional to properly put it back in place.

If your windows are single glazed, consider having them changed to double glazed units, as these will help to keep the heat in your home, as well as reduce any noise from outside. They will also add value to your home when you decide to move to a new home.

Call the Experts

If you need your central heating serviced, call GasSafe Engineering Ltd on 01 969 5219. Our friendly and experienced engineers can deal with gas and oil boiler servicing, heating installations, plumbing installations, boiler replacements, appliance servicing, power flushing, as well as fitting new water tanks and refurbishing bathrooms.

With more than 15 years’ experience helping people all over Ireland, our team of engineers includes experts in all the services we offer. We can also deal with all your commercial plumbing needs. Chat to one of our friendly support team, who will answer any of your queries and arrange a free quote for whatever work needs to be done.

If you need our domestic or commercial services and prefer to email rather than phone, the address to use is info@gassafe.ie.

Using the best Dublin plumbing services or the best gas and oil engineers will not cost you a fortune when you get in touch with GasSafe Engineering Ltd.

Do Your Business Premises Need A Gas Service?

All businesses in Ireland have a legal responsibility to ensure the premises are safe for their employees, their customers, and any other visitors. Complying with health and safety laws is an important part of being a business owner, and that includes ensuring all gas appliances are safe. Any that are not could produce carbon monoxide, which is potentially lethal to anyone that breathes it in.

Health and safety in the workplace, or in any area the public have access to, is a matter that needs to be taken very seriously. Ignoring your gas boiler or central heating maintenance can lead to hefty fines, as well as putting peoples lives at risk.

Reduce Your Risk Of A Breakdown With A Gas Service

The risk of a boiler breaking down is significantly reduced if it has been regularly serviced and maintained. It will also ensure it’s working to its optimum efficiency, making it cheaper to run. Servicing your boiler annually means any repairs will be spotted before they cause too much damage. All in all, a gas service of your boiler and heating system could save you significant amounts of money.

There is also your productivity to consider. During winter months there are minimum temperatures you have to make sure your premises are above or your workers have the right to refuse to work until something is done about it. The acceptable temperatures for indoor workers are between 16 and 75 degrees celsius, although there are some that start at a higher level. Offices for instance, where people do not move away from their desks all day, should reach at least 17.5 degrees celsius within one hour of employees starting work.

This is all part of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Applications) 2007, which deal with workplace temperatures, and there are severe sanctions if you breach these rules at your business.

Can Anyone Carry Out A Gas Service?

A gas boiler service, regardless of whether the boiler is located in commercial premises or in the home, can only be carried out by a Registered Gas Installer, and it is illegal for anyone else to carry out the work.

This has been the case since 2006 when the Commission for Energy Regulation worked with the gas industry to put safety regulations in place. Prior to this registration was voluntary. This increased the risk of someone who was not qualified carrying out work they may not have been qualified to perform.

Each individual is registered in his or her own right, and they all have a Registered Gas Installer ID. Gas companies can also register to obtain their own ID.

A Registered Gas Installer (RGI) is fully trained and insured and will be able to give you a conformance certificate once the work has been completed. This will give you peace of mind knowing you gas boiler is safe, and you will have it to show the Health and Safety Authority should they decide to call.

Genuine Parts and Makers Recommendations

An RGI will use genuine replacement parts in most cases. Of course, there will always be the odd screw or gasket that is universal when they are carrying out a gas service, but generally they will follow the maker’s recommendations.

The manufacturers will also state how often the boiler will need a service. This is usually annually, but the makers might recommend that it is done more often, This is more likely to be the case with a commercial boiler than a domestic one, as they get more use and are under more pressure.

Replacing Your Boiler

There comes a point where no matter how often your boiler is serviced or how many new parts it has, a replacement would be a better option. New equipment is more efficient than older boilers. This applies to many gas and electric appliances. For example, a dishwasher that is more than 4 years old will use about 10 gallons of water for each wash cycle. A new model will only use 7 gallons and will consume less electricity. It might not sound like a big difference, but if that dishwasher is used just once a day, that is a saving of 21 gallon’s a week or 1092 gallons a year.

The same principle applies to your gas boiler, although they do tend to stay efficient for around 10 years rather than 4. Newer models are more environmentally friendly and will reduce your heating bills.

Call Gas Safe Engineering Ltd For Your Gas Service

We have been servicing gas and oil boilers since 2006. We also offer a range of other services, including gas safety checks, leak detection, pump replacement, plumbing maintenance, heating installation, bathroom refurbishments, cooker and gas fire installation, and most other things you can think of relating to gas and plumbing work. In fact, if it’s not shown on the list you should contact us anyway as there’s still a good chance we will be able to help.

We have a reputation for high quality workmanship and excellent customer service, which is why estate agents, housing associations, nursing homes, public houses, hospitals, restaurants, churches, schools, factories, offices and hotels are among the large variety of businesses we have worked with. We also offer all our services in the domestic market, and will gladly do a gas service in your home.

If you want a gas service, a quote for a regular maintenance contract, some plumbing work, a new heating system installed, or anything else you think we might be able to help you with, call us today on 01 969 5219. We are a friendly bunch who will be glad to answer any questions you have.

If you prefer to contact us by e-mail, the address is info@gassafe.ie, or you can complete our contact form for us to get in touch with you.

However you decide to get in touch, you will not regret speaking with the experts at Gas Safe Engineering Ltd.

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