Gas safety week is this week (17th – 23rd September), is the eigth annual gas safety week. WPJ Heating is proud to say that we are strong supporters. The Gas Safe Register coordinates the week every year. The official list is of gas engineers who can legally work on gas installations and appliances. Companies across the UK will raise awareness of the dangers associated with ill – maintained gas appliances.

So, WPJ Heating is gas safe registered and we take care of our customers’ homes – it’s our top priority. We believe that it doesn’t end when we deliver a good service, get paid and leave.

Why Gas Safety is important

Poorly installed or badly serviced gas appliances – (gas boilers, heaters, cookers, fireplaces, underfloor heating) can cause gas leaks, fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. Every year, carbon monoxide poisoning affects thousands of people across the UK. It’s a gas that you can’t see, smell or taste. It is especially dangerous because it can kill with no warning. Ensure that you service your gas appliances properly and you’ll be taking care of your home.

Gas Safety Guide

Next, follow this simple guide to make sure that your home is gas safe:

Your Landlord

The law states that your landlord has to ensure that gas appliances supplied to you are in good condition. They must arrange regular gas safety checks every year and show you that they have been completed. Landlords will typically also provide a gas safety certificate to show you that your boiler and other gas appliances are safe.

Your Engineer

Check that your engineer is gas safe registered. You can check that an engineer is gas safe registered by visiting www.gassaferegister.co.uk or calling 0800 408 5500. Make sure to check your engineer’s id card and that they are qualified to work on the specific appliance you’ve called them out for. A company may be gas safe registered but it doesn’t mean that all their engineers are qualified to work on any gas appliance. For example, an engineer might have sat exams to be able to work on a boiler, but not a gas cooker. Also check the back of their id card to make sure.

gas safe card front

gas safe card back

Your Appliances

Next, if you notice anything odd about any of your gas appliances, call a gas engineer immediately. For example – weak, yellow or orange flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks around your appliance or too much condensation in the room. If you notice any of these signs, call your gas engineer or arrange a boiler service because they may be a sign. Importantly, don’t attempt to adjust or fix gas appliances yourself.

Carbon Monoxide

Third, make sure you have a working, audible carbon monoxide alarm and locate it near any fuel burning appliances. It might be necessary to have more than one carbon monoxide alarm depending on the size of your property. (For example, if your boiler is located in the loft and you have a gas cooker in your kitchen, you’ll need to have an alarm near your gas cooker and another one near your boiler).

Finally, the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning are – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapsing and loss of consciousness. Above all, exit the property immediately and call emergency services if you or a family member experience any of these symptoms,.

Gas Safety Emergency

In conclusion, call the national gas emergency helpline 0800 111 999, if you ever smell gas

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Apprenticeship at WPJ Heating

Apprenticeship at WPJ Heating certainly pays off. We are very excited that Worcester Bosch has crowned our apprentice, Callum Megarry, ‘Apprentice of the year 2018.’ We are extremely proud of Callum, who couldn’t be more deserving.

PJ Luard, the director of WPJ Heating said, “we selected Callum as the candidate to compete in this year’s competition because  he demonstrated all the qualities of an exemplary candidate. He showed confidence, creativity and determination. All of which made him successful during the first stages of his apprenticeship at WPJ Heating.”

We are Worcester Challenges:

The first apprenticeship challenge required Callum to demonstrate his skills by making something creative out of copper:

Later, he needed to show the work he was most proud of. He selected this boiler installation in South West London, where he assisted the engineers with prep work.

Callum would say his favourite challenge was “beating” (depends on who you ask) his supervisor Guy in a boiler stripdown race, which was the final challenge:

Working at WPJ Heating:

WPJ Heating’s Field Team Manager, Guy Langstaffe said of Callum, “It has been a pleasure working with him. Training him as part of our apprenticeship programme and seeing that our process produces great engineers who have a high standard of workmanship”

Well done Callum! The whole team is proud of you!

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We’re looking for an experienced domestic plumber to join our team based in South West London. Read more to find out what the role entails and how you can apply now.

Summary : Experienced Domestic Plumber

WPJ Heating was established in 2006 and is a leading heating and boiler installation company for the private residential market in South West London, we are looking for a capable and experienced domestic plumber to tackle the whole spectrum of residential plumbing problems. There will be tap, shower and drainage jobs as well as radiator work, fitting new sanitary ware and appliances. Fault diagnosis skills will be of utmost importance so that we can effect efficient and economical repairs for our customers. We always carrying out work to the highest possible standards for our private clients. We expect top quality work from the best plumbers. All of our team take great pride and accountability in their work and love finding solutions to the problems they face. A sound plumbing background will help your application.

Responsibilities and Duties

· Great interpersonal and communication skills
· Attention to detail
· Polite and courteous
· The ability to work both independently and as a team player
· Ability to use initiative
· Determined, hard working, honest and reliable
· Respectful and exceptionally tidy in customer’s houses

Qualifications and Skills

· A minimum of 4 years plumbing experience
· A minimum of 2 years in the private residential sector
· Own tools
· ACS Qualifications
· Minimum of 2 recent references
· Clean driving license

Benefits

· Competitive rates of pay
· Corporate uniform
· Company van
· Job Type: Permanent
· Paid Overtime at higher rate
· Projected Salary depends on experience, references and test results
· Paid holiday, pension scheme and life assurance

Job Type:

Full-time

Read more About Us to see what we’re all about. Send us your CV below or e-mail to info@wpjheating.co.uk and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Looking forward to hearing from you!

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We’re looking for a qualified plumbing heating engineer to join our team based in South West London. Read more to find out what the role entails and how you can apply now.

Summary: Plumbing Heating Engineer

WPJ Heating was established in 2006 and is a leading heating and boiler installation company for the private residential market in South West London, looking to hire an experienced plumbing and heating engineer. We specialise in combi swaps, multiple boiler installs and system conversions whilst always carrying out work to the highest possible standards for our private clients. We expect top quality work from the best engineers. All of our team take great pride and accountability in their work and love finding solutions to the problems they face. A sound plumbing background will help your application.

Responsibilities and Duties

· Great interpersonal and communication skills
· Attention to detail
· Polite and courteous
· The ability to work both independently and as a team player
· Ability to use initiative
· Determined, hard working, honest and reliable
· Respectful and exceptionally tidy in customer’s houses

Qualifications and Skills

· A minimum of 5 years gas installation experience
· A minimum of 2 years in the private residential sector
· Own tools
· ACS Qualifications
· Proven track record of new boiler installations
· Minimum of 2 recent references
· Clean driving license

Benefits

· Competitive rates of pay
· Corporate uniform
· Company van
· Job Type: Permanent
· Paid Overtime at higher rate
· Paid holiday, pension scheme and life assurance

Job Type

Full-time

Read more About Us to see what we’re all about. Send us your CV below or e-mail to info@wpjheating.co.uk and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Looking forward to hearing from you!

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Merriam-webster.com defines an Apprentice as a person who learns a job or skill by working for a fixed period of time for someone who is very good at that job or skill. At WPJ Heating we look at it as an investment not only into the future of our company, but also into the lives of the apprentices we employee.

An apprentice’s journey begins with having to sit their NVQs levels 1 to 3 through a registered college. This involves building a portfolio of jobs out on-site and passing set tests at college. Generally each level takes a year. Levels one and two train them to become plumbers, fit bathrooms, change taps, mend leaks etc.

Level 3 is the step up to gas training and working on central heating. The key to success is gaining enough on the job experience to bolster the paperwork they do at college. The practical is as important if not more so than the theory. 4 days a week with us, 1 day a week at college allows this balance.

Once they have completed level 3, they apply to a different training centre to undertake core gas training. This training needs them to build up a certain amount of on-site exposure to gas work and then they sit exams and if they pass, can become Gas Safe registered.

At WPJ we’ve been taking on apprentices for several years now. We regard it as very valuable for a number of reasons. Firstly it gives training and a job-for-life opportunity to a young school leaver. Secondly it provides a stable framework in which they can learn the trade, having 4 days a week on the job accompanying our engineers and one day a week in college for the paperwork and theory side.

Our hope is to train up and ever-developing a group of young lads and turn them into skilled, reliable and professional tradesmen. We want our employees to act and behave in a certain way as we have very high customer standards and expectations. Starting chaps off early allows them to be immersed in this culture so that we know we have a great finished product at the end of the 3 year apprenticeship. The more our team grows, the more we know our investment is paying off.

Of course these strong young lads give a welcome reprieve to our older crew when it comes to lumbering boilers up and down stairs, too! Plumbing and heating is a physical job and everyone likes having an enthusiastic apprentice along in the van.

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Saving homeowners money, time and hassle by reducing boiler breakdowns, protecting warranties, maintaining energy ratings, and improving heating efficiency are just a few of the reasons why WPJ Services and leading water treatment specialist, Sentinel, have been shortlisted for the Service and Maintenance Initiative Award at the H&V News Awards 2016.

WPJ Services works closely with Sentinel to deliver best practice water treatment installation services to customers across London. Water treatment involves cleaning, protecting and maintaining heating systems to ensure maximum energy efficiency and prevent breakdowns. Without it, boilers and heating system components suffer from corrosion and limescale accumulation, leading to problems such as radiator cold spots, excessive noise and unnecessary repairs. Industry statistics state that approximately 87% of boiler call outs are to systems without correct water treatment.

Unfortunately, many plumbing firms fail to ensure adequate water treatment (if any at all), despite it being a requirement of the UK Building Services Compliance Guide and a condition of most boiler warranties. This leaves homeowners vulnerable to boiler issues and higher bills. WPJ Services is bucking this trend by delivering best practice water treatment services, such as powerflushing and inhibitor dosing, using only high quality, boiler manufacturer endorsed products from Sentinel.

Homeowners that would like to find out more about WPJ Services award-nominated water treatments services can contact WPJ Services’ friendly team by calling 020 7350 2511 or emailing info@wpjheating.co.uk.

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