Converting Over To Unvented Hot Water

What does converting over to unvented hot water mean?

Basically, it means that both your hot and cold water supplies will work on the incoming water mains pressure.

So why would you convert over to unvented hot and cold water?

There are a few reasons why you would convert over, but I will explain the main reason first.

You have a shower, that when using, is very slow and just about gets you wet when showering, it’s annoying, you want to feel clean and refreshed after your shower.

You may be in the shower and someone opens a hot tap somewhere else, your shower then goes cold, even stops until the tap is closed.

Another good reason for converting over is freeing up space in the loft.

You will no longer need the cold water storage tank, normally located in the loft, sometimes it’s on the roof, even in a cupboard, by removing the tank it frees up valuable space, that we all need these days.

Something else that most people don’t even think about when converting over, is it’s more hygienic, Let me explain.

With a cold water storage take, it’s not completely sealed, so birds, vermin and more can get into the tank.

Once they enter your tank, your water could become contaminated, you could be bathing, even brushing your teeth in contaminated water.

Many years ago a customer of mine, asked if I would attend his property, he had small brown hairy bits coming out of his bathroom basin tap, and would I come and take a look.

Once at the property, I went into the loft to check the cold water storage tank, to my amazement, there were 5 or 6 dead squirrels in the tank.

They had been in there for some time as they were starting to break apart, this explained why my customer was complaining of brown bits coming out of the tap.

So you can see why converting over to unvented hot and cold water is so much more hygienic.

All unvented hot water cylinders are directly fed from the incoming mains water supply and have no openings for any form of vermin to enter, it’s completely sealed.

So what are the pros and cons of converting over to unvented?

High pressure at all water outlets for both hot and cold supplies, including the shower.

Freeing up valuable space by removing the cold water storage tank.

For me though, the most important of all is, being more hygienic.

Before you have any work carried out, the incoming water mains needs to be checked, to ensure you have enough pressure to supply both the hot and cold outlets.

The pipework needs to be of the correct size to supply the outlets, you may have a very good pressure but if the pipework is too small, it will work but not as good as it could.

All unvented hot water cylinders must be maintained, this usually involves an annual service.

It’s a good idea to ask the company that carries out the annual service on your gas boiler to carry out a service on the unvented cylinder at the same time.

All companies and engineers who work on unvented systems need to be registered by law, just like anyone working with gas.

Top 9 Tips to Avoid Christmas Fire Hazards

Christmas is around the corner. You must be busy preparing celebration plans, doing shopping, baking ginger bread cookies and decorating your home with dazzling lights. After all, it is the season of celebrations, decorations and enjoyment. However, it is also a high time of fires related accidents.

According to U.S Fire Administration (USFA), the number of residential fires is doubled on Christmas Day than on an average day. The fires occurred during the holiday season are more deadly and costly than at any other time of the year. So, fire safety measures should be taken into consideration to keep you and your beloved ones safe.

Here are the few tips to protect your home and loved ones from fire hazards during this holiday season.

Take care of your Christmas tree

Buy a fresh tree and maintain its freshness by making a cut on the base of the tree before putting it into a sturdy stand. Keep it hydrated by watering it regularly. Don’t keep it close to the source of heat. Avoid using candles to lighten up.

No matter how well you water it, it will dry out after few days. So, take it out immediately after holidays. Artificial tree is much safer than real tree but make sure it is flame retardant.

Inspect your lights

Your home looks beautiful when you decorate it with lights during holiday season. While doing that, make sure you inspect the lights. If the wires and sockets are damaged, fix them quickly. Don’t plug more than three strands to prevent overheating and always check the safety label such as UL (Underwriter’s labs) or FM (Factory mutual). Take them down after holidays as they get damaged by weather.

Have a fire escape plan

Plan in advance on what you would do in the event of fire. Arrange smoke detectors in each sleeping room of your home.

Don’t burn the Christmas tree and wrapping paper

Don’t burn the Christmas tree and wrapping paper to dispose them because it can clog the chimney and spread the fire as an ash.

Inspect extension cords

Check your extension cords to ensure they are laboratory-approved. Never tape and run them under rugs. Don’t overload your electrical outlets. If a fuse or a circuit trip blows, that means it is overloaded.

Decorate Your Christmas tree safely

Avoid taping, stapling and tacking decoration ornaments into wiring, when you decorate your Christmas tree.

Cook Carefully

Cooking is one of the top causes of holiday fires. You tend to cook more dishes using more stoves at once. Keep an eye on hot surfaces and overflowing pots. Avoid using a turkey deep fryer indoors.

It is quite easy to get distracted from cooking. You leave the kitchen heating oil in the pan, when your husband calls you and completely forget you have something on your stove. Don’t leave cooking food unattended.

Be careful with Candles

Maintain a foot of space between candle and combustible things. Always set candles on sturdy base and cover them with hurricane globes. Don’t forget to blow out candles before going to bed. LED candles are the best option for worry free atmosphere.

Keep an Eye on Your Kids

A lighter or a candle is more deadly than a revolver in the hands of kid. So, don’t let your children play with flammable things.

We hope you will follow above safety tips to have safe holidays. Teteelight Electrical Services of Kansas, Missouri wishes you a safe and merry Christmas.

The Advantages of Natural Stone Bathroom Tiles

Known for their aesthetic value and all around good looks stone tiles made from natural stone are becoming quite popular. These naturally occurring stones, or pebbles as they are sometimes called, come from riverbeds or places where they have been polished to a smooth finish by running water after they have been collected they are molded into a slab with the required shape according to what the customer wants and later installed relatively easily. They have a great-looking finish and are used on floors and also counters, pavements, and even on some walls. Glass mosaic tiles are also used for these purposes and have inherent advantages. Although they are interchangeable in some uses, they have a few disadvantages. They include;

1. The pebble tiles come in many different colors sizes and shapes as well as a varying texture; that makes it better in some ways than the glass mosaic. The glass tile however can be modified to fit most needs.

2. The pebble tiles will wear less and last longer than the glass tile because of the fact that it is not as brittle and not as likely to chip. Heat and other elements of nature will have less of an effect on the natural stone.

3. Natural stone tile as well as the glass mosaic tiles have both been used for centuries, however the stone tiles still stand out as a fashionable finish. They have never gone out of style and they complement just about any type of interior finish you want to use.

4. Natural stone tiles are very affordable and easy to maintain while the glass mosaic tiles are more expensive and require more work to maintain. Excessive cleaning of the tiles just results in re-polishing the pebbles while the glass tiles are easier to scratch and that makes them look worn.

5. Even though the glass tiles can be found in a wide variety of colors they don’t have the warm colors of the stone tiles. The warm colors of the tile are more homey and inviting. This is why the stone tiles are used more often in households, offices and conference centers where a warm serenity is desired.

6. Due to its versatility stone tiles are a sought-after commodity. The immeasurable capability of the stone tiles to be molded into almost any configuration including pavement slabs, kitchen slabs, and floor and bathroom tiling make it very popular.

7. Because they are naturally occurring stone tiles are always available and easy to find, while the glass tiles are harder to find and sometimes need to be pre-ordered before you start on your project.

Although we have been talking about the advantages of stone tiles over glass tiles you need to take the application into consideration. Depending on the rest of the bathroom the glass tiles may just look better.