Heating System Plumbing Services
An important part of any heating system is the radiators. Not only do they need to heat the room they occupy efficiently but position and type are also important to our customers. We can move radiators to a more convenient location, upgrade to a larger size to provide more heat or install something fancy like old fashioned school radiators, modern art types or a simple towel rail for the bathroom. We can also install new radiators in previously unheated rooms such as garage/loft conversions, conservatories or extensions.
Hot Water Cylinder
Your hot water cylinder should last 10-15 years. If your cylinder is over 10 years old it will be less efficient than a new one and is probably full of scale. Your hot water cylinder, if not replaced will, one day, either leak or become so full of scale that you will not be able to draw sufficient amounts of hot water.
We can replace your cylinder at any stage.
Unvented Hot Water
Unvented Hot Water provides hot water at mains pressure (the same flow you receive from your cold tap in the kitchen sink) which means that you can fill baths quickly, have powerful showers with no noisy pumps and run several outlets at the same time with little or no reduction in flow. Unvented hot water is ideal for larger properties with several bathrooms/en-suites and can also be fitted in a small flat to increase hot water flow when there is no access to the loft space.
Stored hot water that is at high pressure and sealed from the atmosphere needs to be installed and maintained by a suitably qualified company/engineer. BGM Heating and Plumbing is not only fully trained in this area but also has many years of experience.
Also known as System Flushing or Jet Flushing - it has several different names. It can be carried out incorrectly, unnecessarily and/or rushed, sometimes causing more problems than it fixes. If we feel that you have received bad advice and don't agree that a Power Flush is required then we will not carry out the work. We do however recommend a Power Flush is carried out with a new boiler installation as small amounts of system debris can block the small waterways of modern condensing boilers.
A system requiring a Power Flush heats up slowly, has cold spots on the radiators, some radiators are only warm or even cold. Other problems may include repeated pump and/or valve failures and you may have noticed black sludge when removing radiators for decorating. After we have established that your system requires a Power Flush we will quote for the work to be carried out, confident that when the job is complete you will notice a huge improvement in the heating system.
To Power Flush a heating system we first attach a large pumping machine to your system. Using chemicals, a large magnet and the high flow that the pump creates we remove the sludge and system debris and send them down the drain one radiator at a time. This process can take up to 6-8 hours depending on the severity of the problem. When the procedure is complete your system will be free of sludge and debris, full of clean fresh water and treated with chemicals to prevent future problems.
A device can be installed within your heating system to collect black sludge and system debris travelling around the system that could otherwise have become lodged in your boiler, pump and valves causing component/system failure. This simple device, either the ADEY Magnaclean or the Fernox TF1 can save the cost and bother of future breakdowns especially when fitted with a modern combination boiler.
De-scaling and scale protection
One of the more common faults we come across is scale within combination boilers. The result of this build-up of scale is reduced hot water flow and if left unchecked no hot water at all.
We can replace components or descale boilers and pipe work to remove this scale and restore hot water flow but to really tackle the problem and prevent a recurrence a scale reducer should be installed.