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Water in your Oil Tank?

Plumbing & Central Heating Spares, Servicing, Maintenance, Energy Efficient Replacement Boilers


Home Heating OilThis can be a bit of an issue, and one of the first signs that water has infiltrated your tank is when your boiler starts playing up. It’s a good idea to act quickly if you suspect this has happened, as water in your oil tank can be damaging. Although people often believe that their fuel delivery was at fault, this is usually not the case. In fact condensation is typically responsible for this type of contamination. Oil can over time, draw moisture from the surrounding air, which causes water droplets to form on tank walls. Sometimes rain can get in through damaged vents, ill-fitting filler caps, loose inspection lids or corroded seals. It can also penetrate the tank walls where there are splits or weak spots.

Is water in your tank a problem?

Despite seeming a harmless substance, water can be extremely detrimental to your tank and heating system. If water builds up, it may enter your fuel line, compromising the burner components on your boiler. It can also freeze up in colder months, causing blockages to the fuel supply. Another problem caused by water ingress is corrosion in metal tanks, allowing the formation of sludge. This sludge can get pulled into the fuel line and result in a damaged boiler.

How to deal with the issue

On discovery of water in your oil tank, your best course of action would be to contact an OFTEC registered engineer. This is especially advised if you have more than an inch or two of water. If there is just a small quantity of water, you could try draining the water yourself via the sludge valve at the bottom of a metal tank. For plastic tanks, a hand pump may be an effective way to siphon off water. Even smaller amounts of water may be removed by inserting a chemically treated absorbent material to soak up the water. Dispose of this water carefully as it will be contaminated with oil. Find out more about home heating oil on the Wise Oil website.


Plumbers Merchants, Heating & Boiler Spares, Heat Pump, Church Hill & Worcester Boilers

Why are Homes Still Being Built on Flood Plains?

Plumbing & Central Heating Spares, Servicing, Maintenance, Energy Efficient Replacement Boilers


rhinos plant hireNew building regs are being called for by MPs due to the continued practice of homes being built on flood plains. The government is also being urged to ensure mandatory installation of sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) in new builds. The House of Commons public accounts reported that there is “a disconnect between the developers who financially benefit from new housing developments and those who face the consequences of it not being sustainable or insurable”.

The report praises the Environment Agency for achieving its target to protect 300,000 homes on time and budget, it states “However, Defra should recognise that with new build on the flood plains and increased vulnerability to existing properties from climate change, the net number of homes that are better protected is actually lower.” Defra [the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs], is the parent organisation of the Environment Agency.

There is a fear that building on flood plains could increase by up to 50% over the next 50 years. The MPs say: “Planning policy guidance notes should be strengthened to avoid new builds in areas prone to flooding wherever possible, but in any case, the environment agency should be involved in measures to mitigate the risks”. According to Meg Hiller MP and chair of the accounts committee, floods are becoming very frequent, especially as a consequence of climate change. She stated “The risks to our homes, businesses, national infrastructure, food supply and whole ecosystems are not even being properly monitored, much less strategically mitigated.”

The report recommends new homes should include flood protection features such as sealed floors, and raised electrical sockets and fuse boxes. Adequate insurance cover is also an issue in these areas, and councils agree that this needs to be addressed. If you have experienced flooding in Bexleyheath, you can hire a submersible pump, or choose from a vast range of equipment at Rhinos Plant Hire.



Plumbers Merchants, Heating & Boiler Spares, Heat Pump, Church Hill & Worcester Boilers







Underfloor heating

Underfloor heating can help keep floors and rooms warm. It can sit beneath pretty much any type of floor, including stone, tile, wood and carpet. The most cost effective to install is electric underfloor heating,

In an electric underfloor heating system, a series of electric wires or electric heating sheets are installed beneath or within your flooring. These are used to heat an area or a room, such as a cold, tiled bathroom floor. They’re usually placed on top of a layer of screed (to ensure the surface is completely flat) and a layer of floor insulation (to ensure the heat travels upwards rather than down).

To install electric underfloor heating most people choose to employ a professional company or trader. Professionals are best placed to recommend what system to install and how to prepare the floor. If you are a confident DIYer, you could feasibly install the electric heating sheets or cables yourself – but you’ll need a qualified electrician to connect your system to your electric mains supply and fit a sensor that connects to the thermostat.

The pros for underfloor heating is a modern and high-spec feature that allows you to enjoy the luxury of warm floors during cold winter mornings. It can be an efficient way of heating a room as the heat rises slowly around the whole room, while radiators heat a more isolated area.

There are some cons for underfloor heating too. It can take longer to heat up than radiators, which work quickly to high temperatures. In some cases, such as with smaller systems, they won’t be able to totally supplement radiators. An underfloor heating system can be pricey to install maintain and run.

How much you pay for underfloor heating varies dramatically, depending on what type of underfloor heating you get, whether it will be installed in a new room or retrofitted to an existing room, and what your floor structure is like.

If this is not for you then have a wide range of radiators competitively priced.  See

The Benefits of Oil Boilers

High Quality Home Heating Oil, Fast & Convenient Online Ordering, Affordable Fuels,County Down

The problem with many old boilers is that as well as breaking down or heating your home inefficiently, they are environmentally unfriendly. This also means they are costing you more than you need to be paying in fuel bills! Oil boilers and central heating systems are becoming increasingly popular, partly due to the continued fall in the price of home heating oil.

The pros of oil fired boilers include :-

  • The benefit of attractively low cost heating oil allowing worry free home heating
  • Reliable, round the clock heating and hot water provided
  • New, modern oil condensing boilers are extremely affordable
  • You can use bio-diesel or recycled fuels for an environmentally friendly heating solution
  • Indoor or outdoor installation possible
  • Probability of even cheaper oil prices
  • Easy and automatic boiler fuelling
  • Oil boiler systems can be combined with green technologies such as solar thermal heating and solid fuel stoves
  • You can use any supplier to buy cheapest oil on offer
  • Has lower CO2 emissions than some other fuels

Cons consist of :-

  • A slightly more complicated installation process
  • A working chimney may be required to allow escape of exhaust gases
  • Initial cost is high, although this is often outweighed by long term savings
  • You may need a hot water tank if you don’t already have one

Before deciding to install any new heating system, you must ensure that your home is insulated to the highest degree. Even a highly efficient, cheap to run boiler will be no help if you are losing heat through your windows, doors, walls and roof.

You can buy a range of high quality home heating oil, gas oil, solid fuel, bottled gas, Derv and Fuel Additives online from specialists like Finlay Fuels, Northern Ireland. They also provide boiler servicing and have over 25 years experience in the industry and are renowned for their friendly customer service. Call them on 028 9752 8332.

Solid Fuels, Derv, Fuel Additives, Bottled Gas, Retail Fuel Services, Boiler Maintenance & Servicing, Fast Delivery

Affordable Homes on the Agenda

Affordable Homes & Construction in Ilford, Changes to Overall Infrastructure & Environment

Affordable starter homes are on the agenda in a big way throughout the UK, especially in London, with the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan pledging to ‘raise the bar’ when it comes to new homes. According to figures, only 13% of new properties could be described as ‘affordable’ in 2016, and there are long term plans in place to ensure that this figure reaches 50%.

Ilford is one of the areas destined to experience a significant and hopefully positive change, partly thanks to the arrival of the new Crossrail programme. When completed, this major infrastructure project will provide ease of access to inner city London, for those living on the outskirts. The £14.8bn Crossrail railway line, due to open in 2018, will run between Reading and Shenfield in Essex through central London, and is to be named the Elizabeth line. There are hopes, once the line is fully functional, for benefits such as additional jobs, boosted economy and an enhanced living environment in places like Ilford. The Crossrail scheme has had a mixed reception, as some welcome the proposed changes, while others worry about rising house prices, and an influx of people possibly causing traffic congestion.

Schemes like Crossrail, are incorporated in the London Plan, which aims to improve and develop the economic, transport, environmental and social framework of Greater London by 2036. The plan and its policies, will guide decisions made with regard to applications for planning permission. There is a determination to ensure that processes are transparent and well scrutinised, so that the required amount of affordable housing is strictly adhered to. Financial details of proposals will be published on application, and any unexpected profits will be reinvested to produce more affordable homes.

There are of course still a number of smaller construction projects underway in and around areas like Ilford, being carried out by companies and individuals. Where budgets are limited, there is the option to hire heavy or small plant, rather than buying brand new machines. Rhino Plant Hire, offer a range of high performance plant for hire in Ilford, including diggers, skid steer loaders, telehandlers, bowsers and rollers. Their friendly team can advise on what may be required, and can be contacted on 01277 372 626.

Starter Homes in and around London, Building in Greater London, Plans to Boost London Economy

Warm and Safe Energy Efficient Boilers

Plumbing & Central Heating Spares, Servicing, Maintenance, Energy Efficient Replacement Boilers

plumsparesIf you needed an ingrowing toenail operated on, chances are you wouldn’t want a car mechanic to do it! You would probably like a qualified expert to do the job, not an unreasonable requirement. When it comes to working on areas of the home, there are certain things that the enthusiastic DIYer will tackle with a fair amount of confidence. Insulating doors and windows, fitting locks, painting and decorating, are all tasks which the inexperienced homeowner can get away with performing competently [usually]. Some things are however best left to the experts, the most prominent of these being electricity, gas, heating and plumbing. If problems arise with any of these, it is normally best to avoid pitfalls or disasters by seeking professional help and advice.

Parts and Spares

At, we offer a wide range of spares for most makes of boiler, working closely with reputable manufacturers SARIgas, and stocking their boilers and spares. We supply parts and system controls for skilled tradesmen who cater to the domestic and commercial sector, and who demand superior quality products. Any time you have work done to your gas boiler it should only be carried out by a Gas Safe engineer. This is a legal requirement and you should always check that your gas engineer is Gas Safe registered before any work is undertaken. The current legislation was introduced to ensure a safe and responsible service for everybody where gas is involved.

Energy Efficient Boilers

An alternative to gas boilers is the oil fuelled range of boilers, which run on home heating oil. These are becoming particularly popular with residents in Northern Ireland, who have been experiencing sustained low oil prices for a number of years. Many are taking the opportunity to stock up while the price is right, as there is no telling when the cost of the oil may soar. Finlay Fuels offer home heating oil at excellent prices, along with easy online ordering and a customer friendly delivery service. You can also purchase bottled gas from Finlay Fuels who are located in the County Down area.

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Highly Qualified Electrical Contractors for Retail, Commercial & Industrial

Retail, Commercial & Industrial Electrical Contractors, Smoke Alarms, Factory Relocation, Cat 5, Cat 6, Cable Networking & CCTV Installation

TKEIt pays to choose carefully when planning electrical work on your retail, commercial or industrial premises, after all it can be very frustrating as you prepare to open your business, to discover there is an issue with the electrics! Many electrical faults cannot be ignored and must be dealt with before business can commence. It is not unusual to read comments posted on review sites from disgruntled customers, stating ‘Three days disruption at work with either incompetent engineers or incorrect parts’. One owner of a retail store complained that the ‘qualified’ electrician he contracted, left a LED light switch which was extremely hot and in fact melted the plastic on the switch. They were told by a second electrician that this could easily have caused a fire, with the consequent risk of injury and damage.

We all know that electricity although necessary, must be treated with great respect due to its potentially hazardous nature. It follows then that your best option is to find a reputable and certified electrical contractor, in order to keep you and your employees and customers safe, and to limit inconvenience and expense.

Our web promotion partners Turn Key Electrical Ltd, are specialist electrical contractors with a world of experience in electrical work and installations for shops, offices and factories. They are NICEIC approved contractors offering high quality shop fit outs, redesign, refurbishment and relocation electrical work. Turn Key Electrical Ltd are experts in voice and data cable networking, installation of fire alarm and CCTV security systems, enhanced store lighting and counter hearing loops. With extensive knowledge in electrical work for industrial sites, they can provide superior electrical installation of production process lines, smoke detection and sprinkler system integration, CCTV systems and electrical inspection and testing for change of use or system loading.

The skilled Electricians at Turn Key Electrical Ltd, are fully qualified 17th Edition Certified Electricians, with a vast expertise in full 3 phase electrical installation and installation of electrical hot rooms, high integrity data systems and complete office electrical installation and refurbishment. Turn Key Electrical Ltd have an impressive history of project work for some prominent clients including JD Sports, BUPA/Spire Health, the Maritime Museum in London, the Science Museum in London, Philpotts Sandwich Shops, Canterbury of New Zealand and Castle Galleries.

Turn Key Electrical Ltd, have completed electrical system installations in a wide variety of hotels, and are proud of their record for delivering excellent customer service, while saving the client money wherever possible. They can be contacted on 01302 719800


Lighting, Counter Hearing Loops ,Voice & Data Cable Networking, Fire Alarm Systems & Sound Systems

New Technology Saves Time, Money & the Planet

Melcotel Mitsubishi Hotel Air Conditioning Central Control System, Off Site Manufacture, Installation & Maintenance, VRF Heat Recovery

tkac bOur web promotion partners Turn Key Air Conditioning are specialists in supply, installation and maintenance of quality air conditioning and heating systems for a wide range of applications. They have an in depth knowledge of a selection of air conditioning systems for hotels, and pride themselves on their ability to bring each client a service tailored to their particular needs.

Turn Key Air Conditioning always recommend that they are involved in the planning and designing process, as this makes for a smooth and trouble free project completion. At this crucial stage, experience and a sound understanding of these installations is essential to identify potential snags and other considerations. There is also the question of co-ordination with hotel staff members and other trades working in the vicinity, to ensure problems do not arise due to lack of communication.

Turn Key Air Conditioning are all about innovative and exciting new technology, keeping a finger on the pulse awareness of the latest developments. As air conditioning systems evolve and become increasingly sophisticated TKAC strive to offer their customers high performance products and services. They are happy to inform customers about new solutions which may benefit them, such as Mitsubishi Electric’s Melcotel Control System. This ground breaking technology can reduce a hotels air conditioning energy usage by more than 50%. In one controlled 6 month trial, a 19 storey,135 bedroomed hotel with an electricity consumption of 17.2 kWh per day, saw this reduced to 7-8 kWh per day! The Melcotel system works with keycard systems and non keycard systems, and prevents the air conditioning from working when rooms are unoccupied or when guests open a window without turning off the heating or cooling. This clever, state of the art technology has numerous advantages including constant monitoring of room temperatures to ensure energy efficiency, and automatic regulation of each room. Feedback regarding these versatile systems, is incredibly positive and uptake of the system has been outstanding.

Clients of Turn Key Air Conditioning include the world renowned Cairn Group, whose members include the Crown Plaza chain of Hotels. A substantial rolling programme of hotel refurbishments has been underway in this group, involving work on the air conditioning systems. Standards of work expected by this chain are exceptionally high, which is why the expertise of Turn Key Air Conditioning has been commissioned. TKAC have also completed projects for Bell House Hotel in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, St James Crown Plaza Hotel, opposite Buckingham Palace, the Hotel Indigo in Kensington, Kings Cross Hotel in London, Arthouse Hotel, Glasgow and Newcastle Airport Hotel.

Call Turn Key Air Conditioning to discuss your project on 0191 438 7410

Air Conditioning Systems for Hotels, Retail, Airports, Installation Repair & Maintenance Specialists, Off-Site Manufacturing Contractors


Domestic & Commercial Building Maintenance for Efficient & Cost Effective Performance


Building Maintenance Specialists, Plumbing, Heating Engineers & Electrician Services, Manchester City Centre, North West

ebsMost home or business owners are aware of ‘jobs’ that need doing around the home, office or other premises . Its a curious fact that things seem to break down in clusters, and the longer they are left the more of a problem they can become. Our vehicles need regular checks and servicing to keep them functioning safely and efficiently, and the home, office or shop premises require the same attention. It is always a good idea to keep your home and other buildings maintained in order to avoid eventual trouble and costly repairs. Potential problems noticed and tackled at an early stage may prevent further time and expense. Keeping your home or office maintained will add to its value, safety and appearance, plus a property in disrepair runs inefficiently and you could see increased utility bills.

Our web promotion partners Eastwood Building Services, offer the peace of mind which comes only with the knowledge that your home or business premises are being professionally maintained. Eastwood Building Services are skilled building maintenance experts, providing all aspects of service, repair and appliance replacement. They are qualified to deliver services such as plumbing, heating, electrical, plastering, tiling, flooring, joinery, double glazing and a variety of decorating services in and around Manchester and the North West.

Eastwood Building Services, are specialist repair and maintenance contractors of Church Hill boilers throughout the UK, and official stockists of Church hill boiler replacement spares and parts.

Their experienced Gas Safe Registered engineers will always strive to negate the need for complete boiler replacement, and have access to parts like rod and high limit thermostats, steam control thermostats, contactors, immersion heaters, relays, relay bases, thermostatic mixing valves / blenders, red, green & orange indicator lights and 22mm flow switches.

Conveniently located in Technology House, on the University of Salford campus, Eastwood Building Services are ideally placed to service houses, flats, apartments and offices in Manchester city centre. Ongoing contracts include servicing of boilers and heating systems for a number of prominent landlords and estate agents in Manchester and the North West. Successful projects have been completed for many commercial organisations and specifically building maintenance for schools, colleges and universities

The friendly team at Eastwood Building Services, are experienced in all types of Gledhill boilers, including vented and unvented hot water and heating systems, PulsaCoil A Class and 2000, Electromate and Torrent heating and hot water cylinders. They are also authorised installers of outstanding Waterguard property protection systems.

Call Eastwood Building Services on 0161 278 2688

Heating & Plumbing Engineers & Specialist Installers of Church Hill Systems Boilers, Gledhill Water Heaters & Waterguard Home Protection


Home Heating Oil, Solid Fuels & Red Diesel in County Down

Plumbing & Heating Spares would like to launch our new blog with a piece about friends and marketing partners, Strangford Fuels, in Northern Ireland.

In a new article on the partner pages of our website, Strangford Fuels encourage customers to plan ahead for the winter. The cost of fuel throughout the UK continues to rise and it is a brave gambler who expects fuel prices to fall over the winter months.

Independent fuel distribution companies such as Strangford Fuels Ltd in County Down do everything they can to help. Strangford Fuels buy home heating oil, solid fuels and red diesel in bulk and pass on the savings to their customers. They offer an efficient delivery service to domestic and retail customers throughout County Down.

When it comes to solid fuels, Strangford Fuels provide choice. They have Anthracite, Phurnacite, Burnglow, and Blend smokeless fuels. They offer coal in Premium and Economy grades. 5 Star coal from Strangford Fuels burns hotter for longer and produces less ash while economy coal is an excellent everyday fuel. Solid fuels are available in 25kg and 50kg bags with a minimum 5 bag delivery to domestic customers and 20 bag delivery to retailers. Minimum delivery loads reduce transportation costs and keep prices down.

Strangford deliver home heating oil directly from their fuel depot in Downpatrick. Ordering in advance and keeping stocks topped up helps to maintain prices. No matter how much Strangford’s encourage home owners to plan ahead, there are inevitably times when some people run out. Because of this, Strangford Fuels also offer emergency home heating oil in 20 litre drums. Emergency home heating oil drums are available from retail outlets in Downpatrick, Crossgar, Strangford, Ardglass and Newcastle.

More information on all Strangford Fuel products and services can be found on the their website at