Part 4 – Gas Safety Week. 17th – 23rd September 2018

The eighth annual Gas Safety Week will see organisations from across the UK working together to raise awareness of the dangers of poorly maintained gas appliances, which can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. The Gas Safe Register, of which are an accredited member has an entire section of their website to help people stay safe in their homes with some real life stories that could be useful.     Six simple steps to help keep you safe and warm in your home Engineer Hero Stories from John, Nathan and Nick Real life stories from people such as Jo,  Danielle, Jade, Rachel and Joanne who all have a terrible tale to tell about how they were affected by the danger that is Carbon Monoxide poisoning. Anyone who uses gas in their home needs to be aware of the gas risks and how to keep safe. This section of the Gas Safe Register website provides valuable tips to help you stay safe at home. Read the true life stories which underline the importance of gas safety....

Part 3 – Gas safety in the home

As proud members of the Gas Safety Register we wanted to share their top tips on Gas safety in the home with you. Many of us rely on gas appliances to heat our homes, provide hot water and cook our food. To make sure your appliances are in good condition and working safely, follow these top tips all year round. To watch a video from the Gas safety Register organisation click here.     – Have all gas appliances in your property safety checked annually by a Gas Safe registered engineer As part of any safety check ensure that the engineer carries out a tightness test of the pipework to ensure there are no gas leaks, and a visual inspection of accessible gas pipework should also be completed to ensure the installation is in good condition.   – Make sure you ask to see your engineer’s Gas Safe Register ID card both front and back. The front will confirm their registration and identity, the back will confirm they can do the gas work you’ve employed them to do.   – Stay aware of the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning Headaches, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapse and loss of consciousness. – Look out for warning signs that a gas appliance isn’t working properly Lazy yellow flames, excessive condensation and black marks/stains. However, gas appliances can be unsafe without displaying these symptoms, so best practice is to have them checked every year. – Buy an audible carbon monoxide alarm  Install it (in accordance with manufacturer’s guidelines) near to your gas appliance. Alarms are a strong second line of defence against carbon monoxide poisoning. – Use gas appliances...

Part 2 – Gas safety for tenants

We’ve covered the responsibilities for a landlord when it comes to Gas Safety. As a tenant renting a property, you should be able to sleep safe in the knowledge that there’s always a landlord responsible. But did you know they need to provide you with an annual Landlord’s Gas Safety Record? Unchecked gas appliances in your home could put you at risk of gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning. Click here to access great guidance from the Gas Safe Register website on what you need to...

Part 1 Gas safety for landlords

  SJS Plumbing and Heating are proud to be Gas Safe Register accredited, the Gas Safe Register provides a wealth of information and guidance on gas safety which we wanted to share with you over the coming weeks. In our average working day, we deal with both householders and landlords. As a landlord, Managing the gas safety of your property can be an additional headache on top of your other duties – but you’ll want to avoid opting for a quick fix. The Gas Safe Register website gives great guidance on what you need to know – for further information click...

“If we’d known that a job of this scale could be accomplished within a week and the disruption of the house could be kept so minimal, we’d have had it done years ago”

  Whether looking to buy a new washing machine or want confirmation that the hotel you’ve booked into isn’t situated next to a building site, many of us will do our research online and look for consumer reviews to help us make our final decision based on others experiences. Finding a good plumber is no different. S.J.S. Plumbing and Heating Ltd. plan to provide a superior service, turning up when we say we will and finishing the job to your absolute satisfaction. Over the coming weeks we wanted to share with you some testimonials from our customers.   “This is to recommend SJS following their installation for us of a new oil boiler and full replacement of our central heating system.  Jamie’s quotation for the work was clear, meticulously detailed and competitive in price. The start date agreed was adhered to and the team led by Jamie were friendly and extremely well organised and efficient.  The old system was removed and replaced within 3 days and there followed work to make good and a cleaning of the house by professional cleaners. Materials used were of high quality and the pace and professionalism of the work were impressive. If we’d known that a job of this scale could be accomplished within a week and the disruption of the house could be kept so minimal, we’d have had it done years ago. An added reassurance is Jamie’s expert knowledge of the products he installs and his reliability. On the basis of this job, and work done for us previously, we unreservedly recommend SJS.  Ken and Gill Langley, Reed, Herts” If you have...

What do people say about our service?

  Whether looking to buy a new washing machine or want confirmation that the hotel you’ve booked into isn’t situated next to a building site, many of us will do our research online and look for consumer reviews to help us make our final decision based on others experiences. Finding a good plumber is no different. S.J.S. Plumbing and Heating Ltd. plan to provide a superior service, turning up when we say we will and finishing the job to your absolute satisfaction. Over the coming weeks we wanted to share with you some testimonials from our customers.   “Just a note to say many thanks for the works above. Makes quite a difference to the small space. Please pass on our thanks to Kayne as well. Also for the reduction in the cost. Regards, John & Meryl Stockwell”   If you have a leaky tap, a boiler that needs servicing, a bathroom installation or  plumbing emergency, call SJS Plumbing and Heating on 07966...

The Highs and Lows of ‘Water Pressure’.

Pressure is the force that pushes water through pipes and water pressure determines the flow of water from the tap. The amount of pressure at your tap can depend on two things, how high the service reservoir or water tower is above your home, or on how much water other customers are using. The height of your property can also have an effect on your water pressure – if your property is at the top of a hill, you may receive lower pressure than properties which are at the bottom of the hill. So, avoid living on the top of a mountain if you’re looking for a powerful shower in the morning! High pressure and low pressure both bring issues. We’re going to focus on low pressure here and tackle the issues of high pressure in a later article. Low pressure can reduce water flow to a trickle and it will take a long time to fill a kettle or a cistern.  The issue is that some modern heating appliances and showers will not work below certain pressure levels. If you believe your new purchase may be affected by the water pressure in your area, then check with your water company before installation to check whether the pressure in your water company’s area is sufficient for these systems to operate efficiently. Low pressure can have a number of causes. If demand for water is high (such as in the morning when much of the region will be showering) pressure can be lower than during the rest of the day. Dry spells can also bring problems when people use hosepipes or...
‘That constant dripping noise is annoying…. but the kitchen isn’t flooding,  I’ll get around to it eventually.’

‘That constant dripping noise is annoying…. but the kitchen isn’t flooding,  I’ll get around to it eventually.’

When was the last time you called out a plumber and why did you call them out? Would you only consider picking up the phone and dialling 07966 078371 if a water pipe had burst and the house was starting to resemble the local swimming pool? What about when you turn on the shower and you get hit by a deluge of freezing cold water on a winters morning?  Both of these are extreme examples of why you might be hastily looking through your contacts trying to find your local friendly plumbers number on your phone to come and save the day. But what about those other issues that may not seem like they come under the banner of a ‘plumbing emergency’ such as the house flooding or having to go to work without having had a shower? There are many different types of plumbing problems, and we’re often asked “is this a common problem?” So in the name of ‘Plumbing Enlightenment’ we’ve decided to pull together a series of blog posts to give you an idea on the issues that we come across on a regular basis. We’re sure you may recognise to a number of them!  The Dripping Faucet Does this ring a bell: ‘That constant dripping noise is annoying…. but the kitchen isn’t flooding,  I’ll get around to it eventually.’ Most of us have had a dripping faucet, that annoying drip, drip, drip sound coming from the kitchen or bathroom. The likelihood is that you probably ignored it for a while! That dripping faucet not only wastes water, it wastes money on your water bill. Through the...

Another happy customer!

Here at SJS Plumbing and Heating, we’re fully qualified and maintain the highest quality of workmanship. A lot of our business comes from recommendations such as the one below. “Jamie fantastic job mate. Thank you to you and the guys. Looks exactly how I pictured it in my head I’m so pleased with it. I received the invoice and will sort the outstanding balance without hesitation. Top job thanks again.” With over 20 years experience, we promise to turn up on time and complete the job to your complete satisfaction. If you have a problem with your boiler or your central heating system isn’t working properly, call us...

Yes, it’s important to get your boiler serviced, but are you aware of WHY it’s so important?

Our Hertfordshire weather has brought nothing but confusion over the past few months. Heavy snowfall mixed with brilliant sunny days and temperatures that have brought us out in shorts one minute and reaching for our winter jumpers the next. Most home heating systems switched off their radiators assuming that summer was on its way, only to turn them back on again as the temperature has once again dropped. Having a reliable and dependable boiler to provide hot water and heat is a daily essential, especially in these conditions when we’re turning out radiators off and on at will. However, like with your car getting checked over for its yearly MOT to ensure it’s roadworthy, your boiler needs to be regularly checked and tested to make sure all components are working correctly. Safety isn’t the only concern, getting your boiler is serviced regularly will help keep down the cost of your energy bills and ensure maximum central heating efficiency. What will your boiler engineer be looking for? Regular checks of your boiler can detect whether something is wrong or stop any existing issues from getting worse. If your boiler is incorrectly installed, poorly maintained or not regularly serviced, it can produce carbon monoxide gas. This dangerous substance is very harmful and has led to fatalities. The Carbon Monoxide and Gas Safety Society reports that between 1 Sept 1995 – 31 August 2016 there were a total of 715 fatalities caused by Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning. How will I know if my boiler is emitting dangerous Carbon Monoxide gas? Quite simply, you won’t. This harmful gas has no taste, smell or...