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  • The homeowner’s guide to garden rainwater harvesting

    The impact of climate change has meant summers of higher temperatures, less rainfall, and more frequent hosepipe bans. In turn, we all need to think more carefully about water as a resource and how it’s managed. The less water you take from a mains tap, the less taken from reservoirs, which consist of 80% river […]

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  • The 10 most common roofing problems found during inspections

    When’s the last time you had your roof inspected? Unless water is dripping through the ceiling, it’s not something most people think about. Make no mistake though; your roof will be degrading over time, and the longer a problem goes unnoticed, the more money you might need to spend on repairs. A close visual inspection […]

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  • Advice on exterior house painting, from trade experts

    Want to give your home a new lease of life? You may want to think about repainting it. Exterior house painting is a great way to give it a cosmetic boost, but more importantly, it helps to protect the brickwork, render and woodwork from the elements. Before you decide to paint your house, be sure […]

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  • Installing a water softener in a hard water area

    Millions of people in the UK live in hard water areas, and most of them put up with the issues it causes. Plumbing pipes and central heating systems can block up with limescale deposits, and skin can feel dry and itchy after a shower or bath. But what’s the solution? If you live in a […]

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  • The Vaillant F75 fault code error and how to clear it

    Is your Vaillant boiler displaying the F75 error code? If so, then you’re probably without hot water or central heating. Thankfully, the Vaillant F75 fault code gives some indication of the problem, so a registered Vaillant Advance boiler engineer can quickly get to the heart of the problem. Read on to find out what the […]

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  • Who is responsible for your drains?

    Do you know who owns your drainage system? Most people have no idea. While most people think it’s up to the property owner to maintain the drains within their boundary, this isn’t always the case. To help you find out who is responsible for your drains, we’ve created this guide. You’ll find answers to some […]

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  • The difference between a carpenter and a joiner

    Planning to improve your home with bespoke furniture? You may be wondering if you need a carpenter or a joiner. To answer this question, we explore the differences between the two construction trades, and explain why carpentry and joinery are often needed for the same job. We’ll also run through the creative process, so you […]

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  • The Vaillant boiler F22 fault code, explained

    Boiler issues can leave you without hot water and switch off your central heating when you least expect it. Thankfully, modern Vaillant boilers use error codes to signal a fault. These give you a way to check the severity of the problem, and they make troubleshooting an easier process. A Vaillant boiler F22 fault code […]

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  • How to make a successful water leak insurance claim

    Most home insurance policies cover the cost of finding and repairing a leak, but only if you follow a certain process. It can be confusing, and your claim might be refused if you fail to act quickly enough. By following the advice below, you’ll understand how to make a successful water leak insurance claim. You’ll […]

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  • Upgrading your spotlights | Replacing halogen bulbs with LED lights

    If you still haven’t made the switch from halogen to LED spotlights, you’re probably spending a lot more on your electricity bills than you need to. LEDs are far more efficient, using around 10% of the energy it takes to run a halogen light. It’s why the UK government, thinking of an eco-friendly future, banned […]

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  • ​Advice from London plumbers | Low water pressure in your home

    Water pressure in your home can mean the difference between a gentle trickle and a powerful jet. Low pressure makes showering less invigorating, turns running a bath into a chore, and may cause your boiler to switch off when you need it the most. In short, low water pressure leads to wasted time and a […]

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  • Reducing your gas bills | Advice from Gas Safe engineers

    With sky-high gas bills and a sharp rise in the cost of living, you may be wondering how you’ll cope financially this winter. No one should face fuel poverty, but while there’s no way to stop gas prices from soaring, there are ways to cut the amount you use and make payments easier to manage. […]

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  • How summer droughts encourage tree root drain damage

    Did you know that a drought can affect your drainage system? It’s true. Trees trying to cope with long periods without rain can damage your drain pipes in two ways. As roots draw water from clay soils, the earth contracts, sometimes leading to small-scale subsidence. This can result in faults such as misaligned joints. Trees […]

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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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  • 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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