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We Now Accept all Major Credit/Debit Cards.

We are pleased to announce we can now accept all major Debit and Credit Cards for payments for the work that we complete for you which is amazing news! Please call 0161 300 6670 to get in touch with us and find out how we can help you today.

Cards Supported by ABS Plumbing & Heating are:

Visa Debit & Credit Cards
MasterCard Debit & Credit Cards
Maestro Debit Cards

10 Fun Plumbing Facts

1. The myth that water flows clockwise in the southern hemisphere and counter-clockwise in the northern hemisphere is untrue. Water can flow in any direction be it clockwise or counter-clockwise in either hemisphere. The direction it flows in is actually affected by which direction the bowl rim jets are pointing.

2. Did you ever wonder were the word plumber comes from? It originates from the Latin word 'plumbum' which translates to lead.

3. In Japan there there are some urinals that have voiced activated flushing. They respond to several commands one of which is 'fire'.

4. Mario and Luigi the Super Mario Brothers are two of the worlds most famous plumbers due to their high number of video game appearances.

5. In a persons lifespan they will spend an average of three years on the toilet.

6. Per household around 40,000 liters of water will be wasted each year due to waiting for the temperature to change.

7. The 'Flush Toilet' was originally created by English writer Sir John Harrington in 1596. This is where the nickname 'The John'comes from.

8. It only takes 2 seconds for hot water to burn your skin when it is at 66 degrees Celsius.

9. A drip from a tap will only take 15 minutes to fill a 230 ml glass.

10. One leaky toilet is enough to fill a swimming pool in a year.

Problems With Your Gas Central Heating?

A lot of homes still receive it's heat source from gas central heating. If you have a gas heating system in your home, any problems that occur could lead to you living in a cold home. There are quite a number of problems which can occur with gas heating as well and if you encounter any of these problems listed below you can it is possible to tend to them yourself through help of the solutions. Not all of the examples are long term solutions so you may need to seek a professional.

Your radiators will be one of your main sources of heat through gas heating and having cold radiators is definitely a big problem. If you notice that only the top of your radiator is cold then this is more than likely being caused by air being trapped in the system. All you need to do to remove the air is to bleed your radiator to resolve the issue. If you are unsure how to do this please refer to your manufacturers manual. There are also instructions online how to do this. If it is the rest of the radiator that is cold then this is probably being caused by the flow of water being stopped more than likely through rust, limescale or sludge. You can remove these blockages but it will depend on what vent system your radiator has.

If you have an open vent system there are sludge remover chemicals which can be fed into the feed and expansion tank. After a couple of days this will have to be emptied and then the system can be refilled. If however, you don't have an open vent system then you can flush the radiator using a hose pipe. Checking the manufacturers manual or online sources can help you on how to do this. If you want to fully clean your system or don't feel confident enough to do these steps then it is best to hire a professional.

Leaking radiators is another big problem which will lead to them not operating correctly. Pinhole leaks quickly remove the water from your radiator and are likely being caused by debris which has been collected. This may have been caused during the installation period. The other cause would be that there is air inside the system. You can tend to this problem yourself by following these steps below.

   1. Turn off your boiler so that it can cool down. This will allow the water to flow from the radiator back to the boiler.
   2. Turn off the valves at each end of the radiator.
   3. Remove the radiator but leave the rest of the system running. (Refer to the manufacturers manual to see how to do this)
   4. Flush out the system using a non-acidic cleaner.
   5. Refit the radiator to the system.

Remember if in doubt seek the aid of a professional engineer.

Leaks can also occur through a connection or joint. If this is the case then you can easily see to it using a spanner or wrench to tighten the joint. However, it may be that your joints have been soldered which mean they will have to be replaced as they cannot be tightened. A pipe that is leaking will have to be replaced but there are some quick fix solutions which in the meantime will help stop the leak. There is the simple method of tying a rag around the area of the leakage or you could buy some sealant and place it to to the area.

As always if you are ever unsure about how to fix a gas heating problem in your home it is always best to seek the aid of a gas safe engineer. Call us today on 0161 300 6670

Keep Your Home Warm This Winter

During the winter time we all want to stay nice and warm whilst inside our homes. However, we are faced with the problem of keeping our homes warm. We all need to conserve energy these days and not to mention the amount of money that it costs to keep the heating on all the time. Not all of us have the luxury of having double glazing either which make it all that harder to get a warm home. If you want to keep your home and undoubtedly yourself and family warm this winter here are some easy, cost effective and simple ways to ensure that can happen.

Let in natural light. During the daytime let in as much sunlight as possible as the sun is a free source of heat during the day. Keeping your curtains and blinds open will allow the light to shine through and your home can store up that free heat. People will more than likely have different times when they close the curtains at night but if you close them when nightfall hits it will help keep in all that free heat your home gathered during the day. This can be enhanced further by having thick or thermal lining curtains which will act better at preventing the heat from escaping.

If you don't want to lose the heat your radiators give off to the wall you can prevent it from escaping with this simple trick. You can use tin foil by placing it behind the radiator so that the heat will reflect back to the radiator and not escape to the wall. With this as radiators are a main source of heat you want to allow the heat to fill the room. If however, there is any furniture or objects in front of the radiator then they will absorb the heat. Make sure you leave your radiators obstruction free to get the most out of their heating.

When your heating is not on, there is only cold air in your home when it is low temperatures outside. Having doors open around your home will exacerbate things as the cold air will travel around around your home to any room where the door is open. If a room is not in use then it is best to keep the door shut. This will prevent the cold air from transferring room to room. During winter it may well be best to keep doors shut altogether especially when rooms have heat sources in them. If room is trying to heat up an the door is open it will take longer to do so thus costing you more money and preventing you from being warm quicker. If you want to stop the transfer of cold air and keep the heat in it is best to close those doors.

We have all at some point had a problem with draughts. They let in the cold air and during winter it becomes an even bigger problem when your trying to heat your home. If you are suffering from draughts in your home you can save your money on buying draught excluders and make one yourself. All you need is an old pair of tights in which you can stuff in some socks into. There you have it your very own draught excluder.

As mentioned above, it can be very costly to keep your heating on all the time. Not only this but you are wasting a lot of energy. It is understandable that you want a warm during winter but there is a better way. Set you heating system to come on via a timer. You can set it to come on in multiple times of the day and also the duration of them being on. If you want to wake up to a warm home why not set the time to an hour before to wake up so that your home is nice and warm ready for you to start your day. Setting to come on an hour before you get home from work will also work the same way. Using this process will allow your home be warm for when it is most necessary and will safe you money. This along with the other examples could help keep your home as warm as possible.

Is The Plumbing In Your Home Well Maintained

Are you tired of paying out those high cost bills on plumbing repairs? Well regular plumbing maintenance can go a long way to ensure ones home plumbing is working properly all year round. It doesn't take too much time to regularly check plumbing around your home and it will all help towards minimizing plumbing problems and help save you money. The main areas plumbing problems occur are in the bathroom and kitchen so below are some examples of problems which if seen to right away can prevent the situation from escalating.

Everybody hates those inconvenient leaks especially those coming from taps. Not only is it a nuisance but a small leak could become a big problem due to it causing water damage. It can be quite a costly repair to fix water damage and not to mention a leaky tap can lead to a great amount of water being wasted. If you see a leak it will be best to tend to it straight away. There are some easy step guides on the internet that can help you to see to fixing leaky taps and showers.

Over time drains can become clogged with all types of debris which leads to water draining slowly. If left unseen to for long periods of time the blockage will build up making the water drain slower and slower. It is a quick and easy job to tend to a clogged drain. Once the blockage is removed you should notice the difference immediately. Make sure to see to your drains every couple of months to ensure that the water will drain with ease. It is also highly important to keep your drains clean to add to clear draining. To help keep your drains clean you can drain cleaner which helps breaks up any build-up within the drain.

Are you noticing that your taps have low water pressure and the water flows slowly? Or is your tap spraying water inconsistency? This could be being caused by calcium build-up inside the tap's aerator. This can be a quick and easy fix as all you need to do is remove the aerator from the tap and give it a good clean. With water pressure in mind it is highly important to keep and eye on it to ensure your home's plumbing is stress free. You can check your water pressure via a pressure gauge. If you notice that the water pressure is getting to high it can be reduced via installing (or repairing if necessary) a pressure regulator. This will bright down the pressure to a safe level.

These are quick fixes to small plumbing problems you may have around your home. There are a many more serious plumbing problems which you should not attend to yourself. When these occur occur they are always best left in the hands of a professional.

Is Your Boiler Gas Safe?

If your boiler is old or is poorly maintained there is a chance that they can release the poisonous gas carbon monoxide aka The Silent Killer. If you are exposed to high levels of this gas it can result in death via asphyxiation. This gas is tasteless and odourless which makes it really difficult to detect. If your boiler becomes faulty, blocked or is leaking there is a high possibility that carbon monoxide will be released.

There are ways in which you can ensure you can keep your boiler, home and most importantly you and your family safe. Having regular checks on your boiler from a professional gas safe engineer to make sure that your boiler, your home and more importantly yourself and family are safe. Many people still use gas appliances such as gas cookers and fires which pose the same threat. Yearly maintenance checks and regular servicing will help towards keeping you safe from the silent killer. On the NHS website on carbon monoxide poisoning they state that each year around 200 people go to hospital of being suspected of carbon monoxide poisoning leading to 40 deaths. This is why is it vital that you know the sate of your gas appliances.

Detecting Carbon Monoxide In Your Home

As stated above it is difficult to detect carbon monoxide as it gives off no odour and you cannot taste it. Therefore you could use help from a carbon monoxide detector. This is great, easy to use device which can ensure that your home is kept safe. A carbon monoxide detector is highly recommended but there are additional ways to detect if there is any carbon monoxide in your home.

​Check if pilot lights are constantly going out or gas burners go and orange or yellow colour instead of blue.
If you have a coal or wood fire, check to see if it is struggling to stay alight.
If fires are becoming difficult to light.
If there is a lot of soot accumulation on fuel appliances

Someone who is affected to high levels of carbon monoxide will experience 'flu-like' symptoms which include headache, dizziness, weakness, vomiting, chest pains and confusion. If someone in your home is suffering from these is is best to get them checked out straight away along with a gas safe engineer visiting your home.

Get your boiler checked out. Call us today on 0161 300 6670