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Ten minutes with industry guru… Tim Pollard

October 14 2016

For our second Q&A session, we spoke to Wolseley’s Head of Sustainability, Tim Pollard, and asked him about what he thinks the challenges are for today’s installer market.

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Six considerations for smart heating installation

November 03 2016

Smart heating is fast becoming the norm, with every man and his dog wanting to be able to remotely control their heating, particularly as the cold winter nights draw in. However, when it comes to designing new house builds, or improving older homes, the energy efficiency of smart heating is just as valuable as the convenience it provides to the homeowner.

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Plastic push-fit plumbing fittings myths

November 11 2016

With the rise of the plastic push-fit, many myths have surfaced over the years about their quality and performance. In this blog post, we find out why you shouldn’t always believe in what you hear when it comes to the plumbing device.

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10 minutes with… Daniel Wilkes and Gary Walker

November 24 2016

Every year, JG Speedfit promotes its Layflat pipe giveaway. In previous years, lucky installers have won prizes including a brand…

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Become a lord of the O-ring

January 25 2017

Become a lord of the O-ring with our five facts   When it comes to championing great plumbing inventions, you’d…

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Push-fit fittings aren’t just for plumbing

March 17 2017

Would you be surprised to hear that beer, fibre optic internet and cars are all united through their use of the Push-fit Fittings Speedfit Technology?

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5 reasons to choose plastic plumbing fittings & pipe

April 03 2017

Bronze, copper and iron are out and plastic plumbing is in, as plumbers and installers continue to look for more durable and easy-to-install materials.

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Breathe new life into your plumbing techniques this easter

April 12 2017

We explore some of the small things you can do which will have a big impact on your plumbing techniques over this Easter. Discover Speedfit Advice & Help.

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Save installation time with push-fit fittings

April 26 2017

Our JG Speedfit push-fit fittings are such great tools, reducing plumbing installation times by around 40% when compared to traditional fixing methods.

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5 health benefits of underfloor heating

May 11 2017

Installers have a responsibility to educate their customers about the positive health-related impact of underfloor heating in their home.

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5 ways JG Speedfit is helping you out of tight space plumbing projects

May 31 2017

We’ve all been there. You turn up to one of your first-fix plumbing projects only to discover that the space you have to work in is extremely tight and difficult to work in.

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4 ways automotive drives plastic plumbing

June 20 2017

The plastic plumbing industry owes a lot to this sector, especially when it comes to product quality. If you’re a loyal user of our Speedfit fittings and pipes, the automotive industry is constantly contributing to your reputation for high quality first-fix plumbing installations.

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Future plumbing trends: what’s in the pipeline?

July 11 2017

If there’s one thing you can guarantee in the plumbing industry, it’s that change is always just around the corner….

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Efficient planning to avoid common underfloor heating mistakes

August 02 2017

John Guest Speedfit share some common mistakes that could lead to an ineffective Underfloor Heating system performance and how installers can avoid them.

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New installer habits means new plumbing opportunities

August 15 2017

John Guest Speedfit explore how a plumbing installer can take their service to the next level by adopting a few simple habits such as using push-fit fittings.

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What’s so super about pipe inserts anyway?

September 14 2017

Read about the importance of pipe inserts and superseal inserts, outlining everything you need to know about these essential push-fit plumbing products.

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Why plastic continues to push boundaries in modern kitchen installations

October 16 2017

As kitchen installations become increasingly difficult, many installers are turning to plastic push-fit components for a professional and simple installation.

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Part L for installers – good idea to play by the rules?

November 01 2017

By legislating for best practice in heating controls with Part L, energy savings can be maximised which is the purpose of legislation in the first place.

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How to ensure a leak-proof push-fit connection

November 13 2017

After decades of successful performance, enhanced by ongoing innovation and improvement from our engineers, we’re confident that the JG Speedfit push-fit design is built to last and always creates a leak-proof push-fit connection when installed correctly.

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Why UFH is the most effective heating source for buildings

November 24 2017

Over the past few years, Underfloor Heating (also known as UFH) has undergone a bit of a transformation. From something that was once seen as a luxury, has grown in popularity and is now very much part of the mainstream.

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5 unusual applications of John Guest fittings & pipes

December 07 2017

The John Guest Speedfit Technology in our fittings and pipes are known throughout the plumbing industry for delivering reliable, leak-proof connections. However, did you know that our technology is used in some really unusual areas?

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7 common Speedfit plumbing and heating questions answered

January 18 2018

As a world-leading plumbing systems provider of plastic pipes and fittings, every day we get plumbing and heating installation questions…

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Why manifolds using Speedfit Technology are the most reliable and efficient

February 05 2018

Speedfit Technology is well known in the plumbing industry for delivering reliable, leak-proof connections, that make installations easier, quicker and…

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How to keep your pipes safe during freezing weather conditions

March 16 2018

Water is an unusual element, we cannot live without it, however it can be destructive at its worst. It is…

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Weird and wonderful applications of John Guest’s push-fit technology

April 13 2018

All around the world, John Guest’s push-fit technology is changing the way pipe and tube connections are made. From the New Zealand coastline to the beating heart of the Thames Valley, John Guest is present in diverse applications.

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Water regulations schedule 2.7: What you need to know

April 26 2018

Stop the press! Did you know that breaching WaterSafe regulations is a criminal offence? Offenders may face prosecution and can…

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The future is plastic push-fit plumbing: How to save time and money during installation

May 31 2018

Installers are traditionally loyal to the plumbing materials they’ve been brought up with. This is especially true of those who…

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How to prevent backflow in the home

June 20 2018

Backflow prevention is crucial to keep domestic water hygienic and safe as it can cause detrimental issues. The horror stories…

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Joist cabling and plastic pipes – The perfect connection

July 04 2018

When fitting floors above ground level, wooden joists have been extensively used in the past by those in the construction…

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How does the demand for purer water affect plumbers?

July 17 2018

We all know just how much pipework lurks under the kitchen sink. With so many second fix connections to install…

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Debunking the 4 most common myths about underfloor heating

August 09 2018

More and more people are turning to UFH (Underfloor Heating) to heat their homes in an efficient, cheaper and easier…

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Bending to your will: How flexi hoses can solve second-fix plumbing problems.

August 24 2018

Overtime and stress are two words that plumbers know too well. In a survey by Watersafe, it was discovered that…

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Why plastic push-fit plumbing is crucial in the utility room

September 24 2018

As plumbers and installers, we’re used to getting into tight and awkward positions. This is especially true of the utility…

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What are the most unusual applications of John Guest’s Push-Fit Technology?

September 27 2018

Wherever you go around the world, you will find pipes. What is becoming more common however, is the use of…

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Why should plumbing installers use push-fit MDPE fittings?

November 07 2018

A leak in the water main is never good news, particularly if it’s underground. For the homeowner, it signals a…

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3 essential finishing touches for underfloor heating installations

November 21 2018

Effective underfloor heating (UFH) requires attention to detail. In the final stages of a project, it’s easy to forget the…

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The need for sustainable heating

October 15 2019

With the self-build market on the rise, homeowners are always looking at what to consider when selecting smart heating solutions…

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Simplifying bathroom installations

November 12 2019

With bathroom designs, housing and consumer needs having changed beyond recognition over the years, installers must be prepared for evolution…

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What can plumbers learn from electricians?

December 02 2019

As economic, environmental and industry trends drive the built environment, we’re shifting towards a new era of plumbing, but old…

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The best of plumbing – Our favourite projects

December 18 2019

As the year draws to a close, we’ve been thinking about some of our favourite plumbing projects over the years. From palaces to pubs, we’ve seen our fair share of unique installations. Here’s a roundup of our five favourites:

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Simplifying installations for new plumbers

January 20 2020

In the world we live today, time is money and that very well applies to the plumbing industry. Every customer expects jobs to be completed fast and obviously to the best standard.

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Safety first with TMVs

February 11 2020

Water safety is paramount for domestic, commercial and public buildings in the UK, and installers, architects, contractors and specifiers all have a duty of care when it comes to planning new builds. In this blog we discuss the importance of TMVs and how they safeguard the end-users. 

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Underfloor heating best practices

March 04 2020

It may come as no surprise, but the demand for underfloor heating (UFH) is increasing. According to the ‘Underfloor Heating Market by Component – Global Forecast 2023’ the UFH market is set to reach $4.23 billion by 2023, rising from $2.53 billion in 2016.

So, as plumbing and heating installers, how can you reap the full rewards of this growing trend?

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Say no to backflow – Backflow prevention tips

March 24 2020

Backflow prevention is crucial in both residential and commercial buildings, as it ensures the safety and hygiene of water. When water is contaminated, it can cause several problems, from diseases to plumbing issues. In our latest blog, we talk about how backflow can be prevented to keep our water supplies safe and clean.

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RWC supporting essential trades during COVID-19

April 06 2020

During times of crisis, even when most people are asked to stay indoors, there are certain services that need to continue running to keep the public safe, healthy and connected. These range from utilities and internet connectivity right through to plumbing and heating and clean water supply. These are essential services and play a critical role in ensuring that the world continues to spin.

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COVID-19: How can installers stay safe?

April 07 2020

As the COVID-19 crisis further develops, it is crucial that installers keep themselves and their customers protected and safe while carrying out essential work on site.

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How installers can protect people and the NHS with TMVs

April 17 2020

The coronavirus outbreak, otherwise known as the COVID-19 pandemic, has really brought some unprecedented times with it. Healthcare systems around…

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10 essential plumbing products for emergency repair and maintenance jobs

April 23 2020

As the nation enters unchartered waters with lockdown and the coronavirus pandemic, it is essential that we keep plumbing and heating systems in homes and buildings safe, stable and fully operational during these times.

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What can installers do at home during COVID-19 lockdown?

May 01 2020

We’ve written a list of some things plumbing and heating installers can do in the comfort of your own home, as we continue to battle through the pandemic.

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Preventing Legionnaires outbreak after lockdown – Part 1

May 12 2020

After the lockdown is lifted it is imperative that plumbing and heating systems are properly flushed to prevent Legionnaires’ Disease.

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Protecting vulnerable people from plumbing and heating risks amidst a crisis

May 18 2020

Plumbing and heating installers must look at how to prevent vulnerable people from common plumbing and heating issues amidst COVID-19.

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Backflow prevention and why it’s important while battling a crisis

May 27 2020

Preventing backflow from contaminating water supplies is vital as we battle to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

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Preventing Legionella outbreak after lockdown – Part 2

June 02 2020

In this blog, we will discuss what is Legionnaires, how it builds in stagnant water and what measures can be taken to prevent an outbreak. You can read the first blog in this series here.

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Enhancing the safety of pressurised hot water cylinders

June 09 2020

Safety considerations for pressurised and unvented hot water systems. Using tempering valves to back up pressure relief and thermal relief valve technology.

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Speeding up plumbing installations in multi-occupancy buildings

June 17 2020

The UK construction industry is undoubtedly one of the sectors that have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. With…

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Fast track domestic plumbing with smarter solutions

July 03 2020

As lockdown continues to ease and the nation gets back to work, many plumbing and heating installers are facing a…

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Getting plumbing and heating back on track

July 14 2020

Here are some of our top tips on how to carry out work safely on-site, as well as information on the latest regulations that may lead to new opportunities for plumbing and heating installers.

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Prevent Legionella from breeding in dead legs of the pipework

July 29 2020

In this blog, we’ll explain where water can stagnate in commercial systems and measures to prevent legionella from breeding in dead legs of your pipework.

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Modern bathroom installations – what products to use and how to hide pipework

August 06 2020

Plumbers can simplify modern bathroom installations by using innovative pipes, valves and fittings. Find out more.

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Reduce the risk of backflow in commercial buildings with RPZ Valves

August 11 2020

Adequately protecting water supplies from backflow is crucial for the undisrupted operations of commercial and public use buildings. In this…

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Top tips on how to balance commercial hot water systems with TBVs

August 18 2020

Hot water systems are vital to commercial and healthcare buildings as hundreds of people rely on instant hot water, whether…

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The RWC COVID-19 plumbing and heating survey

September 03 2020

It has been an extraordinary year. With the coronavirus pandemic affecting businesses across the globe, we’ve been looking at how…

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Commercial plumbing made faster and easier with SharkBite

September 14 2020

‘Build back better, build back greener, build back faster’ was the government’s pledge during their ‘A New Deal for Britain’…

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Make kitchen plumbing simple and easy with the right pipes, valves and fittings

September 24 2020

According to LABC Warranty’s analysis of UK house sizes, the average house built from 2010 onwards is 4m² smaller than…

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Introducing Reliance Valves with JG Speedfit connections – Part 1 the Easifit TMV

October 13 2020

As housing demand continues to rise, people are having to live in smaller and smaller spaces. While house builders and…

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Leak proof plumbing for new builds part 1: MDPE Fittings

October 27 2020

As the UK government looks to ‘build back better, build back faster, build back greener’, new build homes will undoubtedly…

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Weird and wonderful applications of RWC’s push-fit technology

November 12 2020

You may know us for our plumbing and heating solutions within domestic, commercial and public buildings. However, you may not…

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Top tips for a successful underfloor heating installation

November 19 2020

Without a doubt, the popularity of underfloor heating (UFH) is rising. With more and more developers specifying this heating technology…

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Reliance Valves with JG Speedfit connections – Part 2: 312 Compact PRVs

December 01 2020

At RWC, we are constantly developing new technologies to transform the speed and simplicity of installations. That’s why we have…

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Plumbing – a career to shape a better world

December 10 2020

At RWC, we know just how invaluable plumbing and heating engineers are to society, and how fulfilling this career can…

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Five top tips for plumbing and heating installers in 2021

January 21 2021

A new year means we can all try and put 2020 behind us and focus on making 2021 as great…

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Three ways to safeguard against winter plumbing issues

February 04 2021

With winter well underway, and with the UK experiencing the dreaded second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, it is more…

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Leak proof homes part 2: underfloor heating

February 09 2021

With news of the government banning the installation of gas boilers in new homes by 2025, installers and contractors need…

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Leak proof plumbing for new builds part 3: plastic push-fit fittings

February 16 2021

Welcome to part 3 of our leak proof plumbing for new builds series, where we’ll be moving onto plumbing the…

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Three top tips on installing PRVs

February 24 2021

The primary purpose of installing a pressure reducing valve (PRV) is to ensure homeowners’ water systems are kept safe, stable…

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Leak Proof Homes Part 4: Expansion Vessels

March 11 2021

With the world increasingly focused on efficiency and the need to meet carbon reduction goals, it’s important to make sure…

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How to choose the right pipe material for domestic plumbing installations

April 14 2021

When installing pipes in residential spaces, there are different pipe materials available with each having their own benefits and uses….

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Single or double: Check valves and their applications

April 23 2021

From contaminating water to hazardous situations and major disruptions – backflow in homes is bad news. The good news though…

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Fast Tracking Commercial Plumbing Projects

May 10 2021

With lockdown restrictions gradually easing, there’s plenty to be optimistic about. For plumbing and heating installers and contractors especially, more…

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5 ways plumbing and heating installers can use social media to grow their business

May 13 2021

For plumbing and heating installers looking to target domestic repairs, maintenance and improvement works, Facebook and Twitter are crucial business…

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How to fit and commission Thermal Balancing Valves: a best practice guide

May 26 2021

Thermal Balancing Valves (TBVs) have an important role to play in the commissioning of any commercial hot water system. As…

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A guide to installing the Easifit TMV

June 02 2021

Thermostatic mixing valves (TMVs) are vital for keeping people and water supplies safe. They are regulated by law and have…

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Speed up commercial plumbing with SharkBite push-fit

June 28 2021

Time is money, as many of us are aware, and installers working on complex commercial heating and plumbing projects face…

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Key considerations when installing outside taps

July 08 2021

Five key considerations when installing outside taps   Summer has arrived, which means outside taps and sprinklers will be turned…

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Backflow basics – the regulations you need to know

September 10 2021

Backflow prevention is essential for keeping domestic and commercial water supplies sanitary and safe, as it can lead to serious…

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Plumbing for utility rooms – Essential pipes, valves & fittings

September 20 2021

Utility rooms are one of the most challenging spaces to plumb in, with many potential second fix appliances that require…

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Why you should install a tempering valve on unvented hot water cylinders

September 23 2021

In larger homes, unvented hot water cylinders are fast becoming, if not already are, the most popular and practical choice…

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Push-fit valves that every installer needs in their toolkit

September 28 2021

Essential Push-fit Valves   As every installer knows, valves are vital to keeping plumbing and heating systems in tip-top condition….

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PRVs – The Secret to Safety in Commercial Builds

October 05 2021

Water pressure is crucial – and not just so you can get all the soapy suds out of your hair…

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Perfect pipes, valves, and fittings for boiler and cylinder installation

October 27 2021

Which products do you need when installing boilers and hot water cylinders into a home? Here’s our guide to the…

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Emergency plumbing callouts – preparing for the unexpected

November 10 2021

Emergency callouts are a common occurrence for heating and plumbing installers, which can often present tricky and unpredictable scenarios. But…

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Back to the future: Top tips for futureproofing older plumbing and heating systems

December 13 2021

A survey of more than 3,000 UK respondents* found that the amount spent on renovations increased by 36% during the…

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Common commercial plumbing health and safety regulations you need to know

December 16 2021

If you didn’t know already, the plumbing and heating industry is going to be quite busy over the next decade….

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Winter is here – How, where and why pipework should be protected

January 11 2022

Now that the winter months are upon us, it’s crucial that pipework is properly protected during the cold months to…

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Energy in the balance: How TBVs can improve energy efficiency

February 10 2022

The UK has some huge targets when it comes to improving energy efficiency, with the government’s plan to achieve net…

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An installers’ guide to choosing TMVs

February 17 2022

Thermostatic mixing valves (TMVs) are vital for keeping people and water supplies safe. They are regulated by law and have…

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Five training courses to expand your skillset and career

February 25 2022

We’ve all faced plenty of challenges in the last few years – first Brexit, then Covid and most recently a…

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