How to cope with weather changes

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The nights are drawing in and we’re starting to wake up to a layer of frost. We’ve seen lots of tips from plumbers about how homeowners can prepare, but who’s looking out for you guys? It can get difficult to work in winter and so we’ve pulled together some top tips to ensure you get through the season safely.

  1. You’re on the road. A lot. So treat your vehicle to a service. Making sure your van is in tip top shape can help avoid any nasty breakdown situations in the middle of a cold day.
  2. And if the worse does happen, make sure you have a good car/van recovery policy. No one wants to be stranded when the temperatures reach sub zero.
  3. Fail to prepare, prepare to fail. Make sure you’re loaded up with de-icer, a scraper, a spare tyre and a blanket.
  4. Thermal insulated coveralls are a great investment. When temperatures drop, you’ll be pleased you invested in a decent pair.
  5. You know when your hands get so cold you can’t feel your fingers? No one can do a good job in those conditions. Make sure you invest in a good pair of work gloves. And if you need a hat? I.R.B Heating has some nice once we’re sure he’d lend you…
  6. Get fitted for some new works boots. If you’re wading round in freezing water on the first job of the day, you’ll regret ignoring that tiny hole six hours later.
  7. You’ll be meeting with a lot of stressed customers. Hot water packed in in December? Boiler bust in the depths of winter? The one thing to keep is a cool head. You’re their knight in shining armour.
  8. One word – thermos. Nothing beats a hot cup of tea after a job in the cold.

None of our tips will replace the sun still shining whilst you finish at 4pm on a Friday, but they’ll help you get by. Just remember, it’s only four months until the clocks go forward again!

Heating Installer Awards returns for its third year

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The industry famous Heating Installer Awards is back for the third year running, in an attempt to once again find the Best Heating Installer in the UK.

In an industry often plagued with cowboy horror stories, the awards recognises the efforts of tradespeople who go above and beyond for their customers each and every day. The Heating Installer Awards celebrates outstanding work within the plumbing and heating sectors and is now open for entry.

The awards are sponsored by Danfoss, Wolseley, Avanti Gas, Polypipe, Sentinel, Installer Magazine and Vaillant UK and is an official partner of Installers First. The Heating Installer Awards has previously highlighted some of the UK’s best plumbers and heating installers who continually demonstrate expert technicality and skill, and who deliver exceptional customer service, and you could be the next to take the title.

Entries will be open until February, when an expert panel of judges will select a deserved finalist from 11 regions across the UK. Upon the announcement of the regional shortlist, the vote will go to the British public, who will decide the UK’s Best Heating Installer 2018. The overall winner will be announced at the industry trade show, Installer, where last year’s winner, Peter Booth of Loughborough, will hand over his crown.

Neil Davies, trade marketing director of Heating Installer Awards sponsor, Sentinel, said: “The Heating Installer Awards truly celebrates the positives of working in the plumbing and heating industry. It helps to recognise those who constantly innovate and add to their customer service offering to ensure UK’s families are taken care of. We are proud to be working with the awards, as it not only brings installers together through a shared love of a thriving industry, but also encourages tradespeople to be even more professional, determined and dedicated to their customers. It promises to be another fantastic year.”

Rachel Smith, head of marketing from sponsor, Polypipe, said: “Those working within plumbing and heating are faced with an ever changing industry. Only the highest-quality tradespeople out there are able to keep up with advancing technology and techniques that result in technically-sound installations, while simultaneously offering the very best customer service to end users.

“Polypipe encourages anyone that values the work they do, and the difference they make to families across the country, to enter and represent not only themselves, but the industry they are proud to be a part of.”

Peter Booth of G V Booth Plumbing, last year’s winner of the Heating Installer Awards, added: “Throughout the course of my career, and especially since winning the competition last year, I have spent a lot of my personal time trying to unite the champions of the industry.

“The Heating Installer Awards is a great way to acknowledge this hard work and whilst I won’t be happy to give up my crown, other installers deserve the recognition I’ve enjoyed since last year’s competition.”

To enter, plumbers and heating installers should visit and fill in the short form, detailing a project the installer is particularly proud of, or which demonstrates going above and beyond for the customer.

Providing additional information such as images and even video footage of a job well done will help the judges to rate the work carried out. Entries with extra detail and information on how the installation changed the daily lifestyle of a customer will be judged favourably.

Full terms and conditions can be found on the website.