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Lockdown’s easing and the country’s beginning the long journey back to normal. But understandably, many people are concerned that things might be easing just a little too quickly. They’re worried about going out, meeting strangers – and they’re especially wary about inviting new people into their home.

We’re very aware of that at ABD. We haven’t stopped working throughout the pandemic, but we’ve been early adopters of saftey precautions from the very beginning. Since lockdown began on 23 March, we took advice on the safest approach to working in people’s homes – and we’ve been improving and updating it ever since.

All of our plumbers and boiler engineers are equipped with sutiable PPE – both for their safety and for yours. They wear disposable gloves while they’re on your premises and of course, face masks. And despite the reduction of the safe distance from 2m to 1m, we’ll always aim to stick to the longer distance wherever possible.

All our people have had training to help them reduce their exposure to touching of surfaces unnecessarily and at the end of every job, they’ll wipe down the entire area with disinfectant. So you can get back into your bathroom, kitchen or toilet with confidence that it’s as clean and safe after the job as it was before it.

Yes, we know. When the sun’s out and holidays are just round the corner, you don’t really want to be thinking about winter. But as boiler experts, we know from experience that this is the very best time to be thinking about a boiler service or even a replacement boiler.

The last thing you want is a broken boiler when the nights are drawing in, there’s frost on the ground and you really need your hot water in the morning and toasty warm radiators in the evening. And for many an old boiler, it’s the increased use over the winter months that can mark the difference between it chugging along nicely or developing problems. Or even, worst case scenario, giving up completely.

So in summer, when you don’t rely on your boiler quite so much, make an appointment to have your boiler checked by a qualified, Gas Safe registered boiler engineer. They’ll test your system, and identify any potential problems before they become serious. They’ll also make sure it’s working as efficiently as it should be – and that can save you money in the long run.

Boiler manufacturers recommend that you should get your boiler checked at least once a year – it helps stop small problems becoming critical and an efficiently working boiler costs less to run than a boiler that has to work harder to get the temperature you need. And the best time to do it? Summer of course!

Most boilers come with an expected working life of around ten years. Some may last longer of course, and if they do, it’s generally because they’ve been well looked after during their lifetime.

That’s where regular boiler servicing comes in. We’d all like to just fit and forget, then turn on the taps safe in the knowledge that our boiler will do the work in the background without any problems. But inevitably, issues do occur. Small amounts of metal can flake away inside radiators and pipes, leading to build-up of deposits which reduce the efficiency of your system and can eventually lead to blockages which stop your radiators working altogether. Modern boilers are built to last, but parts wear out and issues can develop long before they fail – issues that can be identified well in advance by a trained professional.

You can order a service anytime. But it makes sense to sign up for a care plan that means your trusted boiler engineers will take care of everything for you. Depending on the kind of service plan you require, you can simply pay for your annual service, and benefit from the peace of mind that your boiler is being well looked after. Or you can pay a bit more to include repairs, knowing that whatever happens, you’re covered.

By paying just a few pounds a month, you can offset the cost of potential repairs and keep your boiler working to its full potential for as long as you have it.

A power flush is the very best way to clean out your heating system, getting rid of deposits of sludge and blockages that inevitably build up and reduce the efficiency of your system. However, some people worry about just how necessary they are, or even if they can cause damage.

First up, despite the name, a power flush isn’t about high pressure – so it doesn’t add any excess force to your system. It simply increases the flow rate of water, which helps to dislodge anything that shouldn’t be lurking in your pipes and reducing the efficiency of your heating.

Depending on the system, your boiler engineer may deem it necessary to add a flushing chemical before the power flush. This is especially common with microbore systems, which can often have issues with thick sludge building up in sharp bends in the small pipes.

If a leak occurs during a power flush, it’s most likely that it’s exposed an underlying weakness in your heating system – perhaps a rusted section of pipe or radiator that would have failed sooner or later anyway. A power flush will just expose weaknesses, not cause them, and you’ll have someone on hand who can fix it then and there.

Another thing that most people don’t realise is that in most cases, you can still use the boiler, even during the power flush, so you can do it any time of year, summer or winter, whether you’re relying on your boiler in the cold months or just getting it checked out while the warm weather’s with us. Either way, you’re fully qualified boiler engineer will advise on whether you need a power flush in the first place and identify any potential issues before they occur.