Lincoln Treasure Trail
28th March 2021
We want to cheer someone up with a load of cash so we have decided to do a treasure trail which will lead to a prize of £300 cash. How well do you know Lincoln? Can you work out the clues to reach the end? Do you know your bridges from your lakes? or your conquerers from your kings? Why not join in with the whole family to find the final clue and win? Or join in just for fun to learn more about Lincoln and the vast array of history enveloped around the city.
Why not also tag us in facebook to be entered into the prize draw to win £100 cash. (Try not to give the clues away though), Lets see if we can spread the love.
After 12 months of being locked inside we hope this will not only get people out and about but also showcase the great history inside lincoln while putting a smile on peoples faces, happy hunting.
The tags will start appearing from 1st April 2021 and will close when the prize has been won.
The facebook competition will run from 1st April to 31st may so you have plenty of time to find and work out the clues.
Terms and conditions:
The first person to reach the end and enter their name on every clue will will win the prize. All entries after that will not be eligible. J & S Plumbing and Heating or any of its partners are not responsible for wasted time or any other claim related to entering this competition and being unsuccesful at winning. Please ensure you are safe and do not trespass on any property or put yourself or anyone else’s life in danger. On completion we will notify as many entrants as possible that the prize has been won. The winning entry may be checked for authenticity and refused winnings if fowl play is suspected. All entrants must keep hold of every location in the clue to enter on the final page to confirm completion. Competition not open to staff or family members of J & S Plumbing and Heating. Facebook entries must tag J & S plumbing and Heating to be in with a chance of winning.
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Gas Safety week 2020
13th September 2020
What is Gas safety week?
Gas safety week is a week where gas engineers and gas related businesses try to spread the word about gas safety in the UK. The week is a great opportunity for all involved to increase awareness and improve standards within our industry.
Why do we need a gas safety week?
Gas Safety Week sees 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
Does Gas safety week make a difference?
We certainly hope so. The aim of gas safety week is to improve standards and teach consumers the dangers of using non registered engineers, it also highlights the warning signs of dangerous appliances and helps consumers know when something isnt right, which in turn will save lives.
What can I do to help spread the word about Gas safety week?
One of the easiest things you can do to spread the word is follow @JASPlumbing on social media and share any posts to spread the word on gas safety. You never know, you could save someones life. Feel free to contact us to find out other great ways to get involved.
So what Can I do to make sure I am gas safe?
By taking care of your gas appliances properly you are taking care of your home and your loved ones. Follow these few simple checks to keep you and your family safe.
- Check your gas appliances every year. Gas appliances should be safety checked once a year and serviced regularly by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Tenants – make sure your landlord arranges this. Set a reminder so you don’t forget at StayGasSafe.co.uk.
- Look out for friends and relatives. Some people may be unable to arrange their own gas safety check or may be unaware of what they need to do to keep safe. Help your loved ones by ensuring that they have their appliances checked and serviced regularly.
- Check your engineer is Gas Safe registered. You can find or check an engineer at GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500.
- Check your engineer is qualified for the type of gas work you need doing e.g. natural gas, domestic boiler. You can find this information on the back of their Gas Safe ID card and on the Gas Safe Register website.
- Check for warning signs that could indicate your (or others) appliances are not working correctly. Signs may include lazy yellow /orange flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks on or around the appliance, a pilot light that keeps going out and too much condensation in the room.
- Know the six main symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness.
- Install an audible carbon monoxide alarm and make sure your friends and relatives have one too. Check they are marked EN50291 and display the British Standards’ Kitemark.
For gas safety advice and to find or check an engineer visit the Gas Safe Register website at GasSafeRegister.co.uk. Alternatively call the free helpline on 0800 408 5500.
How do I check my gas engineer is qualified?
Check the ID card Only an engineer on the Gas Safe Register should fit, fix or service gas appliances. It is important to check the identity of the gas engineer when they arrive to carry out gas work. All Gas Safe registered engineers carry a Gas Safe ID card; you may prefer to check this card for the person that you care for. All gas work is different, and the back of the ID card tells you if they’re registered for the specific job you need them to do
I am a landlord, are the rules different?
Landlords are legally responsible for the safety of their tenants. Landlords must make sure maintenance and annual safety checks on gas appliances are carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
If you’re a landlord, you are legally obliged to make sure:
- Gas pipework, appliances and flues provided for tenants are maintained in a safe condition.
- All gas appliances and flues provided for tenants’ use have an annual safety check. Your tenants can report you to the HSE if you don’t provide one, so it’s important to remember! You can set a free email and/or text reminder so you don’t forget, visit StayGasSafe.co.uk.
- A Gas Safety Record is provided to the tenant within 28 days of completing the check or to any new tenant before they move in.
- You keep a copy of the Gas Safety Record until two further checks have taken place.
- Maintenance and annual safety checks are carried out by a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer.
- All gas equipment (including any appliance left by a previous tenant) is safe or otherwise removed before re-letting.
I am a tenant, can I just leave it all to my Landlord?
- Check your Landlord’s Gas Safety Record. By law, your landlord must keep gas pipework, appliances and flues supplied for you to use in good condition. They must arrange a gas safety check of the appliances and flues every year and give you a record of the check. If your landlord refuses to provide you with one, you can report their details to the HSE: bit.ly/LGSRReport
- Check any gas appliances you own every year. Your landlordis not responsible for gas appliances that you own, so you should arrange for these to be safety checked once a year and serviced regularly by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Set a reminder so you don’t forget at StayGasSafe.co.uk.
- Check your engineer is Gas Safe registered. You can find or check an engineer at GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500, or ask to see their Gas Safe ID card when they arrive.
- Check your engineer is qualified for the type of gas work you need doing e.g. natural gas, domestic boiler. You can find this information on the back of their Gas Safe ID card and the Gas Safe Register website.
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Green Home Grant Scheme
9th August 2020
On 8th July, The chanceller Rishi Sunak announced a £2 billion Green Home Grant Scheme. A total of £500 million will be delivered through local authorities to improve energy efficiency.
The green Homes Grant will give over 600,000 homeowners in England up to £10,000 to install insulation, heat pumps and more. This will help households cut energy bills, but it Doesn’t include boilers.
Builders, plumbers, and other tradespeople across England will need a government-backed seal of approval to provide their services as part of the new £2 billion Green Homes Grant going live at the end of September.
What’s included in Green home grant scheme?
Householders can claim up to a maximum £5k of funding for a number of eligible improvements. Low income householders can claim up to .£10k. The funding will provide up to 2/3rds of the installed improvement or measure with the householder providing the other 1/3rd.
The scheme is broken down into two levels of carbon reducing measures;
Primary measures comprise of the following measures,
- solid wall insulation
- cavity wall insulation
- underfloor insulation
- loft insulation
- room in a roof and park home insulation
- ground source Heatpump installation
- air source Heatpump installation
- solar thermal installation
Secondary measures comprise of,
- fraught proofing,
- windows and doors
- appliance thermostats,
- hot water cylinder thermostats and insulation,
- smart heating controls,
- delayed start thermostats,
- thermostatic radiator valves and zonal controls.
So long as there is at least one primary measure installed. Householders can claim upto the same amount to fund a secondary measure.
How can homeowners claim the Green home grant scheme?
To obtain the grant the householder must appoint a Trustmark or MCS registered installation company.
The scheme commences in September and the target is to spend the £2 billian amount by March 2021.
Tradespeople must register for TrustMark or Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) accreditation to take part in the scheme. This will cover green home improvements ranging from insulation of walls, floors and roofs, to the installation of low-carbon heating. Examples are heat pumps or solar thermal. These measures could help families save up to £600 a year on their energy bills.
Worcester Bosch opinion on Green home grant scheme
Martyn Bridges, Director of Technicoduct Management at Worcester Bosch commented; “Although we support any scheme that actively tries to improve the efficiency of UK homes. The fact that upgrading boilers is not included in this grant is an oversight. There are still anything up to 6m non-condensing boilers in operation. So upgrading to a high efficiency condensing boiler would have made a significant improvement to these homes.
“Another concern is that tradespeople need to be TrustMark or MCS accredited registered companies to undertake the work. The overwhelming majority of heating installation businesses are not members as they are small, one-man operated businesses. Therefore, while we will end up with more efficient properties for homeowners. There will be no great job retention outcome for the businesses that are not able to take advantage of this grant.”
“However, it is pleasing to see that if one of the listed primary measures has been installed, then a secondary measure would be eligible for “matched “ funding. The secondary measures include smart controls which again will add efficiency savings to the property.”
Do home owners need the scheme?
While making homes greener is one of the biggest parts of reducing green house gases. There is still a lot of research and development going on with different fuels to find the greenest way of providing heat and hot water. The techology is in the early stages at the moment. In the next 10 years we expect the technology to improve dramatically. Heat pumps and Hydrogen Boilers seem to be at the forefront of this at the moment.
Consumers with boilers should consider insulation and heat pumps to reduce the gas usage but also consider smaller changes to reduce emmissions and save money. Energy savings can be increased by simply:
- Installing smart thermostats
- Installation of thermostatic radiator valves on radiators
- Installing thermostats (heating and hot water)
- Installation of cavity wall insulation
- Reducing boiler flow temperature
- Installing weather compensation (compatible boilers only)
Our conclusion on the scheme
Although this scheme was set up to increase work for tradesmen, It seems that Plumbers have been mostly overlooked. Although it mentions Plumbing and Heating engineers, most plumbing and heating engineers would need to retrain into the renewables sector. They would also have to become Trustmark and MCS registered which is unrealistic in the timescales availble. Meaning that very few installers will benefit from this scheme.
However as a “green scheme” this is a great scheme which will help Consumers look into and see the imporance of heat pumps to the environment. Also consumers will start to look away from traditional heat sources to make the country more suistanable and may help speed up the goverments process of making the country net zero by 2050.
The secondary measures include appliance thermostats, hot water cylinder thermostats and insulation, smart thermostats delayed start thermostats, thermostatic radiator valves and zonal controls, while all of these provide energy savings and can lower bills as well as lowering emmisions, the requirement to do a primary measurement will mean that a lot of these will be installed incorrectly and not set up properly, meaning the full benefits will not be felt by the consumer.
So while we welcome this green home scheme, unfortunately we can not see how it will benefit installers to bounceback after the coronavirus. we are also deeply worried that the full benefits will not be passed on to the consumer. However the scheme will definetly push the country into thinking more about renewables and start the ball rolling for installers to start thinking about re training and consumers to start looking into renewable costs and benefits.
Heating Industry changes following COVID-19
21st June 2020
Well the peak has come and gone and it appears that life is slowly getting back to normal, from shops reopening to days out at the zoo, we are all slowly getting used to the new normal. Here we talk about how the plumbing and heating industry has changed following COVID-19 and how we have adapted.
The last few months has been hard for all of us and the full effects of this will not be known for a few more months, but may I take this time to wish everyone the very best of luck over the next few months and we hope you all stay safe.
How has the plumbing and Heating industry changed?
One of the main issues is that as tradesmen we work within peoples homes, these are their safe zones which over the last few months has been a safe haven to protect them and keep them safe from danger. As tradesmen we should all take this into consideration and use the highest amount of protection to reduce the risk and keep our customers safe. Here at J & S Plumbing and Heating we check our employees temperature every day to ensure they dont have a high temperature (fever), we use gloves and masks to prevent the spread and we also wipe down surfaces that we have touched. This is in addition to the usual Protection of property procedures, including removal of shoes/ using dustsheets where required.
What procedures have changed in the plumbing and Heating Industry?
One of the Biggest changes we have seen is that everyone is using technology a lot more, from emailing to taking pictures and whatsapping them across to us directly, Lockdown has really increased the amount of people and the understanding of using technology. As a business we strive to be at the front line of technology and it is great to be able to use these skills in our business to not only help our customers but also to reduce the risk of contact and provide quotes without even entering the property. Of course we still need to visit some properties but generally feel that technology has advanced a long way in the last few months in a way that would have taken years under normal circustances.
What we did during the lockdown.
First of all, we spent a lot of time doing DIY and gardening and even managed to get some free online training, however after a couple weeks, the DIY run dry and so we started to consider some great changes to our business, with the introduction of the business bounceback loan, this made these changes a lot easier to make and we went fully at the new changes and hopefully this will be a great advantage to our business. One of the biggest changes was that we took on another engineer so that I can concentrate on helping people in emergencies. Liam was interviewed over the phone and we were extremely impressed with his attitude along with his 12 years of experience and I instantly offered him the job. Liam started on the fifteenth of June and we hope he will be ready to go alone after a few weeks of training in our systems and expectations.
What else has changed?
Some of the other great changes include the new online boiler installation quote system, which allows our customers to give some minor details and get a rough estimate of the cost of their new boiler without us ever stepping into their property, this helps reduce the risk of spreading the virus as well as giving our customers a clear and conscise guide to prices before we start.
The Local community and economy
We are all feeling the pinch at the moment with the reduction incomes and the unfortunate loss of jobs that have occured. The real effects of the economy downturn may not be known for several months/ years. However we feel strongly about helping our local community and we have also used the bounceback loan to purchase new signs to place around Lincoln, produced by a local sign maker. Our new van which will also be sign written was also purchased from a small family run local Forecourt and we have also had leaflets printed and delivered by a local company. Now is the time to invest in the future of our local business and help each other grow rather then sit back and wait to see what may or may not happen.
What does the future of Plumbing and Heating look like?
As with all tradesmen, we need to work in peoples homes. As people become more aware of the home being their safe haven, we will no doubt be less busy. Along with the reduction in peoples incomes, we will all see an instant downturn in business. Fortunately the Plumbing and Heating business is very stable and there will always be a need for Plumbing and Heating reapirs but with a lot of technology designed to remotely pass information to engineers without them even entering homes, the big question for us is wether the lockdown will speed up the self diagnosiing boilers so engineers will know exactly what is wrong before they even arrive at the property.
What did we learn from our lockdown training?
As part of our training we realised that we couldnt do everything ourselves and so we have teamed up with a lot of local tradesmen to produce a high standard job from now on. Our new additions include an electrician to ensure the work is installed correctly and the whole house is safe rather then just the boiler installation. Joe from JMF electrical has done several jobs for us now and his work is amazing and makes a real difference. We also have a roofer/ brick layer to brick up or install new flues so the work is brilliantly selaed and looks perfect too. Finally with the addition of a plasterer, we now feel our team is completely set up for the majority of scenarios, it has definetly been an eye opener to see the difference it makes by using trained proffesionals in each section of our business.
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Servicing your boiler
13th October 2019
Why is it so important to be Servicing your boiler every year?
Too many people believe that Servicing your boiler can be a waste of time or money. Also many people believe that it is ok to do it every few years. A boiler service may pick up issues with the boiler and also any issues with the gas coming into the property. Furthermore Servicing your boiler can also identify any degradation of the flue or boiler. During a boiler service your gas engineer can also check the boiler for the right mixture of gas and air. They will also check the condition of the seals between the products of combustion and your family. Therefore we suggest booking a boiler service every year by a gas safe registered engineer.
What is involved in Servicing your boiler?
This is one of the most popular questions our customers asks us. A boiler service will involve:
- Checking for the right air/gas mixture
- Inspecting the flue for any damage or loose connections
- Testing the gas coming into the property is correct.
- Checking the boiler has the correct pressure coming in along with the correct sized pipe from the meter to the boiler.
- inspecting for leaks.
- Checking the boiler is burning the correct amount of gas.
- Testing any safety devices.
- Inspection of the boiler and flue.
- Checking of the condition of the appliance including the effectiveness of any seals, gaskets, the cleanliness of heat exchangers etc. and checking for any signs of heat or other distress .
As a result, the boiler service is an essential part of looking after your heating and hot water system in your home. For this reason we ensure your boiler gets the love and attention it deserves.
My Gas engineer was only here for 30 minutes, is this normal?
A basic Boiler service usually takes around 30 minutes. However a full service will take longer. Why not ask your Gas safe registered engineer to find out if your boiler requires a full service.
What is the difference between a full and basic service?
With all condensing boilers there are 2 levels of boiler service. A full service should be completed every 2-5 years (Manufacturer dependent.)
- A basic boiler service includes all the above checks
- Full boiler service includes all the same checks as basic service but we also clean out the heat exchanger and burner. As a result we may also replace electrodes and any seals required.
Contact your local gas engineer to find out if your boiler is due a full service. It may help to provide the make and model of the boiler before you book.
What is an Appliance Safety Check?
An appliance safety check at a minimum includes all the tests to ensure the appliance is safe to operate:
- Testing the air and gas mixture is correct.
- It is of a type suitable for the room in which it is located.
- The casing is physically stable and securely fitted
- There is an adequate and permanent air supply suitable for the appliance type installed.
- Any flues or chimneys are operating correctly
- All safety devices function correctly.
Do I need to get my boiler servicing done every year?
The answer to this is always yes. Servicing your boiler is a requirement to keep the warranty valid. More importantly boilers have regulators on them and these are mechanical. Mechanical parts often break down and require regular testing and inspection. So if you haven’t had your boiler serviced recently, why not call your local gas safe engineer today?
My gas engineer came and serviced my boiler and a week later it broke down. Why didn’t they pick it up on the service?
You may of noticed in the above boiler servicing list that we dont check the water components. This is because we are not checking the correct operation of any water components. If we were to check all components, we would spend around 2 hours on the service. This would increase the price quite dramatically. Furthermore, a test would still not guarantee the component condition and would not prevent the boiler breaking down.
How long should my boiler last?
A boiler does not have a specific life span and every boiler is different. There are a few items that you can do to prolong the life of your boiler.
- Keep your heating system topped up with inhibitor. You cannot over inhibit your heating system but you can under inhibit your heating system.
- Getting a power flush on your heating can reduce the amount your boiler has to work and increase its life span.
- Installing a magnetic filter installed on the return to the boiler to prevent sludge entering the boiler.
- You can also turn your boiler down. Turning your boiler down can be more economical in the short and long term. Setting your boiler to around 3/4 power can prolong the life of your boiler.
- Servicing your boiler can pick up on faults before they damage the boiler beyond economical repair.
Consequently we recommend looking after your boiler each year to help reduce unexpected bills. Above all, make sure you give your boiler the love and care it deserves. After all it looks after you 365 days a year.
Whats the difference between Corgi and Gas Safe?
Corgi was the previous awarding body, which has now closed down. Gas safe took over in 2009 as the awarding body. Any gas engineer that visits your property must be Gas Safe registered. Checking this is as simple as asking to see their gas safe card. Ensure you ask to see the back to check they are qualified to do the work required.
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Why choose us?
Replace old gas boiler with a new one. Alter pipework to suit. Very competent and competitively priced. Would greatly recommend.
JAS Plumbing are simply the best in the business and they have never let me down no matter how difficult the task has been.