1 BOILER = 1 TREE

Trees for Cities will plant a tree for every boiler you install with us.

 

 

Ever since we started this company 15 years ago, our driving motto has been to take care of our customers. To deliver the best possible service, add value and do our bit to make our customers lives better. We’ve always known that we work in an industry that is by its very nature, carbon negative. 

Now, much has been done by the UK government and most boiler manufacturers to increase the energy efficiency of gas boilers. Most new boilers are up to 70% more efficient than they were 50 years ago. But the negative impact of heating appliances are still the second largest contributor to a household’s carbon footprint.

We’ve decided to do something about it.

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We will plant a tree for every boiler you install with us.

It’s important to us to become a sustainable business. So we’re doing as much as we can. We don’t want our existence to be fundamentally harmful to our environment. That’s why we’ve decided to partner with Trees for Cities. With every boiler we install, we will plant a tree. That’s our commitment. We will do something, even if the problem of climate change is too big for us to tackle, we believe everyone should take small steps and do something. 


Our Partnership with Trees for Cities

Trees for cities are the only UK charity working both nationally and internationally to create greener cities. So far, they’ve planted 801, 351 trees. 

As well as working to make cities greener, they also do significant work to educate children about their environment and healthy eating. They’ve worked to educate more than 11,200 school children about trees and ways they could contribute to a healthy environment.

Over to you

Now it’s your turn. Installing a boiler with us means that you’re planting a tree to offset your carbon footprint. Get a quote now to see what your boiler will cost and you can leave the tree planting to us. 

If you want to match our pledge to save the planet one tree at a time, visit Trees for cities and click the donate button to contribute to planting more trees. Hey, it’s a great idea for a birthday gift. 

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Summary:

Boiler installation place to choose from.

Question: Where should i put my boiler?

Answer: Anywhere you want to, as long as you check with a gas safe engineer that it is safe and cost effective.

Bonus: There’s a glossary of key terms at the bottom of this article.

Where should I install my boiler?

You can install your boiler anywhere in your house if your kitchen has got limited space. But consider what is practical, safe and cost effective before you decide to install it in the shed. Of course, you should get advice from your Gas Safe registered heating engineer. Until then, use these tips:

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Boiler installation place: put your boiler under the stairs

You can put your boiler under the stairs to keep the boiler and any ugly pipes out of sight. This is only an option if your walls aren’t adjoining a neighbour’s. We advise that you install your boiler on an outside wall or else it will cost you more than planned to run a longer flue.

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Boiler installation place: Put your boiler in the bathroom?

Bathrooms are becoming a popular choice for boiler installations. If you install your boiler in the bathroom, make sure it’s not out of place in your bathroom design. Also, house it in a cupboard to shield it from damp and humidity. As a bonus, keep your towels in there too because they’ll be warm and toasty when you use them.

Make sure the housing cupboard is far from any water, so that water doesn’t come in contact with the electrics. Read more about regulations for boiler installations here. Again, check with your heating engineer. The boiler you choose will affect its location in your home.

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Boiler installation place: Garage/Outbuilding/Loft

Boiler installations in an outbuilding or garage are also an increasing trend. But before you do this, remember that your new boiler might cut out in freezing weather. Also, consider accessibility. When the time comes to service your boiler, will it be accessible in that obscure corner of your loft? If your boiler must go outside, buy extra frost protection for your condensate piping.

Liquid Petroleum Gas boiler installation

If your boiler runs on liquid petroleum gas (LPG), don’t install it in the basement. LPG doesn’t rise and will not disperse in the event of a gas leak, which is a safety hazard. Your installer should survey your home and tell you what areas are safest and most efficient. While saving the space you set out to by installing your boiler in different parts of the house.

Hope this helps! Leave your feedback and comments below. Also, if you’re thinking of changing your boiler, or you think it needs to get fixed, call us and we’ll be able to help. 

Glossary

Flue – A flue is essentially a pip, or opening (usually attached to a boiler) to remove exhaust gases and allow them to escape outdoors.

Have suggestions? think we should add certain terms to our glossary? Or just have a general query – contact us via live chat, or send us an email: info@wpjheating.co.uk

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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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Water pressure and flow – what does it mean?

Water pressure is simply how we measure the force of water that gets through from the mains into the pipes in your home. We measure it in “bars”.

All you need to know is that the force needed to push water to a height of 10 metres is a bar. Flow is the quantity of water that comes out of your tap when you open it.

Pressure is constant from the mains, flow changes depending on the quality of your taps, the size of their aperture, the pipe sizing under the floor and any filters in place. Both flow and pressure are affected if multiple taps or outlets in the house are in use at once.

Why is water pressure and flow important?

Sometimes water pressure and flow in your home is just not up to scratch. While your local water authority has to provide you with a certain minimum amount of pressure, is that always really enough for a refreshing shower in this heat? Here, we explore what the main causes of low water pressure are and what you can do about it. So many homes in the UK now use combi boilers and these are connected directly to the mains water supply, they don’t use storage tanks or pumps. That’s why sometimes when you’re showering and someone else opens a tap you notice that your water flow drops.

How to test water flow

To test your water flow:

    1. – Take a measuring jug (about 1-2 litres in size)
    1. – Put it under the tap you’re testing
  1. – Time how long it takes to fill the jug.

Ideally, a 1 litre measuring jug should fill up in about 7 seconds – anything less than that indicates that there may be a problem and you should call your plumber to investigate it. 9-10 litres /minute of flow from your mains cold tap is good. 15-20+ litres/ minute is great and not uncommon in many properties.

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Source: Water Pressure Problems

Credit: Salamander Pumps

Water pressure and your boiler

Check with your heating engineer for advice before installing a combi as some of them may not work below a particular pressure level. Your combi boiler should be sized to fit the flow rate you have.

Some causes of low water pressure:

–  Increased demand in your neighbourhood (e.g in the mornings and evenings when everyone is showering)

–  Poor plumbing (e.g leaking water mains, blocked service pipes etc)

–  Larger houses with multiple bathrooms in use at the same time

Fixing Low Water Pressure

If your water flow is too low, call a plumber to check that there is no problem with your pipes. They will be able to measure pressure and flow rates and work out if the problem is peculiar to your property or your local area.  If they can’t find the issue, the problem might be external. There may be long term work going on in the street,  and so on. In that case you should contact your local water authority. For South West London, that would be Thames Water.

You can also find more information on the Stuart Turner website or, get in touch with one of our live plumbers today.

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Things to consider:

Whether your turn your boiler off in the summer or not depends entirely on what you normally use your boiler for throughout the colder months. It may be a good way to save on your bills, but is it worth it practically?

According to this article from boilerguide, there are a few things to consider:

– If your shower is electric, you won’t need your boiler for hot water.

– Your appliances and white goods e.g dishwasher and washing machine need to be cold fill.
This means that they generate their own hot water.

– Make sure you get your boiler serviced regularly, especially if you plan to turn it off.

The full article can be found on boilerguide.co.uk.

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Spring cleaning! Summer is approaching and the season of barbecues and garden parties is upon us. It’s time to declutter and and air out your home.

Throw old things away and start fresh. Let’s get started:

Spring Cleaning: Your Closet

Firstly, clothes are the hardest to give away. Somewhere in the back of your mind you’re thinking, “I’ll soon fit into that again” or “I’ve only worn that once”. So you refuse to throw away that spandex looking skirt you wore that one time you went to the U2 concert.  Truth is, you’re never going to wear that skirt again, and when you do lose that excess 9lbs, you’ll be updating your style anyway and still won’t be wearing that dressSo chuck it. Just do it, you will have so much more headspace and an excellent excuse to go shopping. There is something absolutely cathartic about an organised home.  Here are some experts’ tips:

Lay out all your clothes on the bed

Sort them into piles – work, weekend, going out

Once again into piles you’ve won in the last month, 6 months and year

Sort them one more time – keeping, not sure, donate/sell

If you haven’t worn it in two years, donate or sell it. Don’t be emotionally attached. Unless there are genuine sentimental reasons. Obviously.

Spring Cleaning: Electronics

First of all, throw away the packaging. Some people keep the packaging for items they’ve bought just in case they need to return it. Go through the loft with all those empty boxes. Recycle the boxes of any appliances with expired warranty.

Spring Cleaning: Electronics

Source: Ali Express

Next, recycle electronics that don’t work and can’t be fixed. And use cable clips to organise your wires.

Spring Cleaning: Everything else

The principle is the same. Go through your drawers, shelves and cupboards to find recyclable items. Over the years, we tend to gather clutter that we won’t use, but somehow are attached to. Organising your home is one of the first steps to organising your life.

Spring Cleaning: Everything Else

Source: Kmart

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Dusty pink or else called “millennial pink” or “rose quartz” was the colour of the year for 2017, 2016 or as far back as 2014 depending on who you ask. No doubt this colour has been about for a while. Even though it’s reached its peak in 2018, what happens to all of us who went out and bought dusty pink furniture, painted our walls pink, or changed all our bed linen to some variation of dusty freakin’ pink? We’ve collected pics from all over the web showing different ways to update your use of pink throughout your home.

Dusty Pink and Grey Bedroom

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Source: Doctor Kish

This bedroom uses pink to contrast the main white and grey colours. Pink doesn’t necessarily have to be overwhelming. Just a touch of it can go a long way. Here, a blanket is enough.

Dusty Pink and Grey Living Room

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Source: Styleroom.se

This living room is another great example of a style that uses touches of pink, rather than making it the main colour. There are also hints of metallic rose gold, which achieves the same effect, with a different spin.

Pink and Grey Art

Dusty Pink Art

Source: Living Room Ideas

Sometimes art is all you need to introduce this colour into your living room’s style.

Pink Bathrooms

Pink Bathroom

Source: House Beautiful

This all pink room does the business. It’s a great idea for a guest bathroom, where the loud but not overwhelming colours can be a nice surprise, an escape even. Using different shades of the same colour achieves this effect.

Dusty Pink and Teal

Source: The Spruce

Here a delicate balance is achieved using grey, pink and teal.

Dusty Pink Furniture and Walls

dusty pink furniture

Source: Brissi


Pink table

Source: Circal Lighting

Finally, this simple, modern design uses varying shades of pink to bring the room together

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If it’s disruptive to you, imagine what it’s like for your neighbours.

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You chose to get your house renovated, and at the end of it you get a nice new bathroom. Or a nice new kitchen, or a nice new kitchen, or a toasty new boiler. Your neighbours get nothing but noise, loud builders and ugly scaffolding for the length of your project.

We’ve collected tips from everywhere on how you can avoid being an annoying neighbour when renovating carrying out building work on any part of your home.

Inform your neighbours first.

Depending on how disruptive the work is, this informative process could be anything from a polite note through the door to a knock on the door, to an invite to tea.

Take pictures of everything before and after.

Especially if you and the work may affect your neighbours. Consider this particularly if you have adjoining walls. There’s nothing like before and after pictures to establish responsibility over things that could go wrong.

Give regular updates.

If anything changes, make sure to let your neighbour know. If some work was meant to take 2 weeks and you find it will overrun, let your neighbours know.

Not just the one next door.

Yeah, it’s easy to forget, but the people who live behind and across the street from you are your neighbours too. So include them when you think about your neighbours.

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If you’re the new guy/gal, be diplomatic.

Remember that your neighbour doesn’t know you and you don’t know them. They have no reason to give you the benefit of the doubt and they don’t care that your house will look better when this is all over. In these instance, remember that the diplomacy and just being thoughtful can go a long way.

The basic summary of this article is this – if you want to avoid drama with your neighbours, being thoughtful is key. A simple invite for tea and keeping everyone informed can go a long way to helping you avoid added agro you don’t need while running your renovation.

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Toolbox Essentials

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A tool box may be a small investment, but it can save you an incredible amount of money by allowing you to address and troubleshoot basic problems yourself, before needing to call in the professionals.

Toolbox essentials: the basics

Screwdrivers

You can fix almost anything with a set of proper screwdrivers. Use them to tighten loose screws, set up flat pack furniture and for any basic installation project. You can get flat head screwdriver heads for slot headed nails and phillips head (cross head) screwdriver sets too.

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Tape measure

Keep it on hand to measure anything from the wall area for a paint project to the thickness of lumber at the home center—where you’ll learn that a 2×4 is not exactly 2 by 4 inches.

Toolbox

Keeping your tools – drivers, screws, and bolts in an easy-to-carry toolbox keeps you organised and tidy. The big box (or bag) has a single metal latch that closes tightly. A removable tray is great for assorted fasteners.

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Hammer

Of course, a hammer is essential. A 16-ounce smooth-faced claw hammer has a nice mix of heft and versatility for driving nails into walls to hang pictures, knocking together ready-to-assemble furniture, and building birdhouses. The curved claw is useful for pulling out the nails that inevitably get bent.

Pliers

You can use them to straighten bent plugs, replace old shower heads, cut wires and grip nails so you can pull them out.

Utility Knife

You’ll be using this to open delivery boxes, sharpen pencils, mark mortises, and shave wood. Spend a little more upfront for one with a comfortable rubber-covered handle and built-in blade storage. Then you’re more likely to pop in a fresh blade rather than forcing a dull one, which isn’t safe.

Adjustable Wrench

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You need one, trust us. It’s jaws can be used to tighten nuts and bolts when assembling things like a backyard swing or when installing a new tap.

We hope this helps, at the very least its a start to getting you DIY ready for all kinds of odd jobs, plumbing emergencies and flat pack assembly situations.

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House plants you’d love!

Picture Source: Home Design Rev

We were inspired by this video from apartmenttherapy.com and we were inspired to look into the best ways to look after various house plants.

Here’s a handy list of house plants you can buy and look after yourself, especially if you haven’t got green fingers.

House Plants – Montsera

Also known as the Swiss cheese plant. Originally from the rain forests of Central and South America, they can grow up to 20 inches.

Care Tips: Store them in a place with indirect bright light and a room of average warmth. You’ll need to water it frequently while it’s growing. Make sure you let the compost dry out a little bit between watering and mist it with a spray bottle when watering, rather than simply pouring water over it. You can feed it with a liquid feed once a month to keep it healthy. If you notice water dripping from the leaves, that means it’s been overwatered, so it’s important that the compost does dry before you water it again.

Source: House of Plants

Snake Plant

There are up to 70 different species of snake plant, so do your research carefully before making your purchase. The plants originate from parts of Europe, Africa and Asia. They’re really straightforward to look after and you can leave them be for weeks and they’ll still look fresh. According to research, snake plants can be really good for the atmosphere in your home – cleaning the air and removing toxins.

Care Tips: Put them in direct sunlight to get as much light and heat. In winter, avoid watering them too much – let them dry out a bit between waterings to avoid plant rot.

Source: Gardening Know How


Air Plants

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Source: NY Times

Air plants are also known as epiphytes, which means they can grow without dirt. Often, they attache themselves to rocks and shrubbery. They’re native to Southern US states, Mexico, Central and South America. Air plants that have silver foliage tend to be resilient and so can survive for longer without your constant attention. If the plants are greener, they could dry quickly. Store them somewhere warm, but away from direct sunlight.

Care Tips: They’ll need lots of air circulation, so hang them from the ceiling if you can. Water them once a week by placing them in the sink and rinsing lightly. Leave them to drain overnight before putting them back in their permanent place.

Source: BHG

House Plants Devil’s Ivy

It’s a tropical plant native to the Solomon Islands. It can grow to 20 or even 40 feet in its natural habitat, but in your house/flat it will probably grow to 8 feet if looked after well. Place them in a hanging basket so the look their best.

Care Tips: Put it near a window, but away from direct sunlight. Try using blinds or a sheer curtain if you’re going to place them near a window. If you notice that the yellow spots are starting to fade, it means that the plants aren’t getting enough light. Don’t place it near a vent or radiator and if you have pets, it might be a good idea to choose a different house plant. If you’ve got a cat, keep them away from your plants as devil’s ivy can be poisonous to cats.

Source: Homeguides

Fiddle Leaf Tree

Another tropical plant, this one’s native to West Africa, Cameroon and Western Sierra Leone where it normally grows in lowland tropical forests. It’s perfect as a house plant because even though they thrive in warm, wet conditions but they’re also resilient, so they can survive in less than ideal conditions too. Being large and leafy, they’d look best on the floor in a standing vase where they can have room to grow up to about 6 feet.

Source: The Spruce


Rubber Tree Plant

They can grow to 50 feet tall – which may be slightly inconvenient in your living room! To keep them a manageable size, you can train them to be houseplants by cultivating young rubber plants.

Care Tips: They need balanced conditions, i.e not too much light, not too much warmth and not too much water. House them near natural light, but away from direct sunlight. Here, sheer curtains will come in handy again. Light moisture is also better than direct watering. Try wiping the leaves with a damp cloth or using a spray bottle to mist the plant. if the leaves start turning yellow or browning, it means they’ve been overwatered so wait for them to completely dry before watering them again.

Source: Gardening Know How

Spider Plant

This plant is extremely easy to grow and look after. It is suitable for a wide range of conditions and the only thing you need to look out for are brown tips. They’re an excellent choice as house plants if you’re new to gardening. Similar to most plants, they need bright but indirect sunlight and plenty of water. Although, be careful not to let them get too soggy in order to avoid root rot. Similar to some of the other plants in this post, let them dry out before watering them again. Don’t place them near any heat sources because they prefer cooler temperatures.

Source:  Gardening Know How

Succulents

Succulents are dormant in winter, so they can make the best house plants this side of the equator. Keep them as close to the window and possible, so they can get the sunlight they need to grow. If they start stretching, it means they’re not getting enough sunlight. If this happens, simply cut off the ends to propagate them. Learn more about propagation on the succulents and sunshine website.


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Staghorn Fern

Like quite a few of the house plants featured in this post, they tropical plant also hails from South America. However, various species can also be found in natural tropical areas in Africa, South East Asia, Philippines, Australia and New Guinea. Like air plants, they’re also epiphytes which means they’re most decorative in your home as a hanging plant. Here, direct sunlight for 4 – 7 hours a day is needed. They’re tropical plants, so humidity is needed. You’ll needed to submerge the entire root system in water in order to water them occasionally. Water them less frequently in winter.

There you have it! We hope these tips are useful and you’re able to bring some revival to your home decor this winter by adding plants to revive your space.

Source: Plant Care Today

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