Rules, common sense and income

Published:  09 August, 2016

Daniel Norstrom looks at the importance of water treatment when installing a new boilers, as it relates to Part L of the Building Regulations and BS 7593: 2006.

Before we start rolling our eyes at the never-ending list of rules and regulations that exist within the plumbing and heating sector, letís get a little perspective.

Most regulations make sense.

If I were a consumer having a new boiler installed, Iíd want to be sure that it was going to work efficiently. If I were a boiler manufacturer offering a warranty, Iíd want to be sure that my warranty excluded pre-existing system issues. Thatís just common sense.

Ensuring a system is ready for a new boiler makes sense all round and thatís where power-flushing and effective water treatment come in. Removing the debris and sludge that has accumulated in radiators and pipework allows everything to work more efficiently. More than that, adding safe, effective treatment agents to the water can prevent further damage. It can safeguard against corrosion and inhibit the build-up of scale throughout the whole system, including the boiler itself.

So, we know itís in the regulations and we know it makes sense, but whatís in it for the trade Ė for plumbers and heating engineers? Donít think of it as an extra task and but as an extra source of income.

As householders look for ways to save money on their fuel bills Ė including updating their boilers Ė power-flushing is becoming more and more popular. Once youíve got the equipment, itís simple. Itís not a filthy job or one that takes days to complete.

Power-flushing might be a diversion from the work you normally do, but youíve got the skills and the know-how to make a go of it, and when youíve got the skills, itís common sense to make a good living from them.†

Daniel Norstrom is managing director of Proflush

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