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  • What you need to know about chemical drain unblockers

    Does water pool around your feet as you shower? Maybe you have a slow-draining sink in the kitchen. Either way, it may just be a matter of time before your drains block up entirely. So what should you do? Your first reaction may be to go out and buy a bottle of drain cleaner. They’re […]

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  • Why you should consider a pre-purchase drain inspection

    Moving home can stretch you financially, and it’s even worse for first-time buyers, who typically have less cash to play around with after moving in. No one wants unexpected maintenance problems, and that’s why it’s worth getting a pre-purchase drain inspection. It highlights drainage problems before you buy, removing the surprise of costly repairs. We […]

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  • Common questions about electric car charger installation

    If you’ve thought about investing in an electric vehicle (EV), but wonder about the logistics of ownership, you’re not alone. The increase in public electric car charger installation points only goes so far, and how and when people charge is still a big concern. It’s especially tough for people living in flats, who either have […]

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  • Common EICR questions answered

    If you rarely think about electrical systems, you’re not alone. As they say: out of sight, out of mind. This means you’re less likely to consider the effects of potential wear and tear. Make no mistake though; all electrics degrade with time, and causes range from damage because of DIY attempts, to moisture and infestation. […]

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  • Do you need a surge protection device (SPD)?

    Hollywood films show solar flares and electromagnetic pulses (EMPs) as world-changing events. They always cause wide-spread carnage, making for a better movie-going experience. While they might appear exaggerated, these threats do exist – just not typically on the ‘doom and gloom’ national level you’ll see in the cinema. Instead, the effects can be much more […]

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  • Does the air conditioning at work impact my performance?

    Study reveals that uncomfortable temperatures are affecting the UK workforce The UK’s workplaces are – in general – too cold for women and too hot for men, according to a nationally representative study* of 2,000 UK adults conducted on behalf of Aspect. The research, commissioned to explore the issues faced by the UK workforce concerning […]

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  • Autumn home maintenance issues that leave homeowners feeling uneasy

    64% of UK residents feel ‘unsettled’ in their homes due to unexplained issues, according to a nationally representative study* of 2,000 UK adults. The study, which asked UK residents to talk about different issues around their home, found that unexplained knocking and tapping sounds, cold spots and even rooms with a ‘strange aura’ were among […]

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  • Psychology behind home improvement and the influence of Airbnb, social media and Netflix

    Changing Front Doors & Replacing Windows Are Examples Of “The Portobello Road Effect” What is the Portobello Road effect? If you’ve ever noticed certain streets in your neighbourhood looking somewhat ‘coordinated’ perhaps three consecutive houses with the same paint job, or a cluster of properties with identical shutters, doors or any other external stylistic flourish […]

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  • Damp & Mould, Pests & Vermin: Is Your Home Making You Sick?

    What You Need To Know About The Homes (Fit For Habitation) Act Almost half of UK renters say they’ve been injured or suffered illness due to the condition of their home, according to a nationally-representative study* of 1,000 UK renters conducted on behalf of Aspect. 44% of people who are currently renting, or have rented […]

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  • Interest in electrician careers spikes on A-Level results day

    Interest in skilled trades spiked on August 15th 2019, the day that most students in England and Wales received news of their A-Level results. According to Google Trends data, electrics appeared to be the career most searchers were interested in, as search traffic for phrases such as “electrician salary” and “electrician apprenticeships” more than doubled […]

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  • Do You Suffer From Being In An Unpleasant Workplace Environment?

    Sewage Smells, Plumbing Leaks & Poor Lighting: We’ve Uncovered The Most Common Workplace Complaints From sewage smells and vermin to shabby carpets and grotty bathrooms, many of the UK’s workplaces are unpleasant, uncomfortable and at risk of driving down productivity and morale, according to new research* from Aspect. A nationally representative poll of 2,000 people […]

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  • What you need to know if you’re looking for a CORGI registered gas engineer

    Being a CORGI registered gas engineer was historically a sign of competence and reliability. It would often be the first thing a consumer would ask a tradesperson about. But CORGI, officially The Council for Registered Gas Installers, is no longer the official register for gas engineers. It hasn’t been for over a decade. CORGI was […]

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  • What causes condensation, and how can you reduce it?

    When water droplets form naturally on the inside of your windows or walls, this is condensation. Signs that you have significant condensation in your house include streaming windows, damp walls, peeling wallpaper, black mould growth, and a musty smell. Learning what causes condensation will help you maintain a moisture-free home and ensure you don’t suffer […]

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  • Detecting leaks in mains water supply pipes

    A higher than expected bill from your water supply company is sometimes a good indication of a leak, however, there could be a number of other reasons too. This article covers: Reasons why your water bill could be higher than usual Who’s responsible for fixing a leak in your mains supply What to do if […]

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  • How to sell a house with a missing Electrical Installation Certificate

    Are you thinking about putting your house on the market? If you are, you’ll probably be thinking more about the kerb appeal of the property rather than any misfiled paperwork. However, a missing Electrical Installation Certificate (EIC) can cause delays when you find a buyer. This is because the conveyancing process can be held up. […]

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  • What causes banging noises in plumbing pipework?

    With the exception of the gentle sound of water rushing through pipes, plumbing pipework shouldn’t make much noise. The problem can occur on either cold water or central heating pipework. If you hear a mechanical or banging noise whenever you open or close a tap or valve don’t ignore it.   What causes plumbing pipes […]

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