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How Efficient Heating Systems Save You Money and Help the Planet

Heating systems are absolutely necessary. In modern life, there’s simply no way to get around needing one. In the dead of the winter you need heat and warmth, and all year round you need regular showers and baths.

Knowing Your Local Plumbing Supplies Company Is Important

Everyone should know their local plumbing supplies company. That might seem like a weird statement, however, hear me out! Plumbing, and plumbing supplies, are an essential part of keeping a home running smoothly and efficiently, especially in winter.

Why Winter Puts the Greatest Strain on Your Heating Systems

Winter can be fun. Snow, Christmas, New Year, and all that jazz. Lots of spending time with family, drinking and having a good time. However, the weather can put a heavy strain on your heating systems, for a variety of reasons, and it’s the worst possible time for heating systems to go down.

New Year, New Boiler?

2016 has been an interesting year, that’s for sure. Full of political turmoil and change, and social changes and developments. However 2016 has treated you, you still need warmth and hot water!

Boiler Checks and Why They Are So Important

Knowing the health and overall functionality of your boiler can be hugely useful and important. No one likes the idea of being stuck in the dead of winter with no heating or hot water, which, beyond being uncomfortable and unpleasant, can even be deadly for the frail, elderly or very young.

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Choosing a Plumbing Supplier – Things to Consider


Selecting the right plumbing supplier can be awkward. When choosing the ideal plumbing supplier for your needs, whether they’re DIY home plumbing or commercial, larger scale projects, you need to weigh up the differences, options and benefits between various plumbing suppliers.

Posted on:Aug 27, 2016
Category:In House 
Posted by:isdigital

Identifying your needs is crucial, if you need plumbing parts for a larger, commercial plumbing business, you’re going to want a supplier that caters to businesses and offers significant bulk discounts. If you’re a DIY plumber, or a small business, and just need a few parts and bits then you can afford to look at and use smaller, more local suppliers. The key elements to consider when settling on a plumbing supplier are convenience, value and specialty. Deciding whether you want to use a bigger, less-specialised supplier or a smaller, more focused and expert one comes down to value, convenience and ease of use. Here’s a few more key considerations when choosing your plumbing supplier, in more detail.

What Are Your Time-Frames?

Your convenience and delivery needs come down to what kind of plumbing you’re primarily doing. If you’re mainly fitting new plumbing, and working in a commercial arena, then your time-frames are likely to be looser than if you’re plumbing and repairing people’s homes. People want their toilets, showers and running water fixed as quickly as possible generally, and your parts suppliers’ delivery protocol should reflect that. However, if you’re not on such a tight schedule, you can make use of potentially cheaper, and more expansive suppliers that might be slower when it comes to delivery or collection. Alternatively, you could you a combination of both, and tailor your ordering system in accordance with demand, which is probably the best of both worlds in terms of cost, speed and convenience. Either way, when looking at the different plumbing suppliers, you need to evaluate in terms of delivery times and convenience, and then compare.

Value or Expertise?

The sad fact is, the majority of huge suppliers, who can offer literally every part you might need, and at an ideal price, tend to know less about their products. They might have a vast range, but when it comes to helping you identify the right part, they’ll struggle compared to smaller, more costly suppliers. It’s an unavoidable trade-off really, where you have to choose whether you want to risk potentially incorrect parts, for the saving, or guarantee the correct parts at a steeper cost. Again, the best option is probably going to be a combination. As easy as it would be, you can’t just use one plumbing supplier, you’ve got to allocate according to your plumbing needs. You could use a bigger, cheaper, general supplier for the more common parts, and then a smaller, more focused supplier for the specialist, awkward parts.

Online vs Physical Suppliers

You need to make up your mind whether or not you’re going to use primarily online or physical plumbing suppliers. Supporting physical suppliers might be a cause close to your heart, with the demise of the high street still fairly apparent, but you’ve got to remember that physical stores have much higher overheads and practical costs to cover, and their prices will reflect this. On the other hand, while physical stores are generally more expensive than online options, if you do end up with the incorrect part, it’s much to return or exchange said part, than with an online supplier. What it comes down to is how reliable and informative the online supplier is, and with the impersonal nature of the internet, reliable, helpful and informative shopping experiences tend to be light on the ground. As well as this, you’ve got to consider whether you’re going to be using primarily bigger chain stores, or smaller independent suppliers. Smaller suppliers might frequently surprise you in value terms, as well as expertise, but generally won’t be able to match the range carried by bigger chain suppliers.

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