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Bathroom Changes Ahead

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The current crisis has prompted us to rethink the way we do things, particularly regarding hygiene, which has in the past left a lot to be desired. Sensible advice is coming at us from all directions about washing hands, wearing masks and staying 2 metres apart. Certain places are a priority for change and this includes public toilets, whether in shopping centres, restaurants or hotels. Health experts, architects and designers have recently been pointing out how flawed this whole area is. There are widespread calls for strict building codes and innovative designs to reduce risk of spreading infection.

Some ideas include sensor taps, no touch entrances/exits and totally self cleaning toilets. The World Health Organization has joined the chorus of voices calling for a change in the design of public bathrooms. There is some really useful general advice on their website to keep yourself safe. Many structural upgrades can be completed by a competent DIYer with tools or equipment hired in Ipswich from companies such as Rhinos Plant Hire.

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The Need for Medical Refrigeration

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Unless you have been living on another planet for the last few months, you will be aware that we have been going through a bit of a global situation to put it mildly! The coronavirus crisis has meant that effective refrigeration is even more crucial than usual, particularly within the medical industry. Temperature controlled environments are essential when storing vaccines, medical equipment, medicine, samples and other vulnerable supplies.

There is consequently a rise in demand for temperature control facilities and medical units, which will only increase as the summer approaches. Ongoing testing for a solution to the COVID 19 virus is vital and all sectors are being called on to support the healthcare industry. Medical cooling systems are required for laboratories, hospitals and healthcare clinics nationally.

As research continues to look at medical combinations in an effort to tackle the virus, and provide longed for results, emergency refrigeration is a must. There is a definite requirement for reliable, high performance refrigeration to ensure that test kits etc are stored safely and securely. With cooling units and systems in place, tests can be carried out and processed without issue. The need for items such as medical cabinets has grown significantly over the last few months.

Apart from the current situation, hospitals etc also need refrigerated units and cabinets for storage of medicines and tests unrelated to COVID. These facilities must be reliable, safe and secure.

Refrigeration specialists such as Marcold Refrigeration and Air Conditioning are experienced in supplying medical refrigeration units of the highest standard. They are also highly skilled when it comes to servicing and maintaining refrigeration facilities, and are happy to advise. Customers can order medical cabinets and other cooling units online from Marcold for a fast solution. For information give them a call on 01253 839800


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Feeling Hot Hot Hot!

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According to NASA scientists and many other experts, temperatures are increasing each decade. The UK has experienced this, and over the past few summers desk fans have sold out meaning people have had to endure uncomfortable and sticky environments. Luckily most workplaces have high quality air conditioning systems from specialists like Turn Key Air Conditioning, which alleviate the situation somewhat. This is helpful in a number of ways, as another study released by NASA found that productivity in the workplace falls by 3.6% for every degree over 22C.

Being used to a pretty temperate climate here in the UK, air conditioning is not as common as in warmer climates. This could begin to change however, as people realise the benefits of staying cool in work during the summer months. In this country we are not as well prepared as we could be for more frequent heatwaves. For instance : –

  • Homes, especially flats in the UK are designed to be thermally efficient, which is very welcome when the weather is cold and damp. Apparently homes in north Africa and the Middle East were configurated around a central courtyard assisting with air flow.
  • Infrastructures suffer during excessive hot weather, as for instance rail tracks can buckle when the metal expands. This would cause chaos for busy rail networks, with hold ups and cancellations Countries that typically have much hotter weather, use a differently designed system to avoid this.
  • Our road surfaces can become affected with heat, occasionally bringing traffic to a standstill as emergency re-surfacing is carried out.
  • Lots more swimming pools whether public or private are available in hot countries, where people can cool down and escape the heat. Outdoor pools are even better in the summer, why not consider having a small one in your garden?
  • Cafés and restaurants are usually indoors in this country, and staff are sometimes forced to move tables and chairs outside where they are able.
  • Outdoor drinking fountains are a familiar site in parts of the US and Italy, but there are a scant amount here in the UK.
  • People in hotter countries cope with the midday heat by taking a ‘siesta’, and working later into the evening. Other efforts to avoid the warmest part of the day includes starting work at sunrise.

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Ace Your Space

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A small space doesn’t mean you can’t have the bathroom you dream of, and there are several ways to make it work perfectly. By applying a little know-how, you can have a bathroom that is attractive, stylish and practical. One of the advantages that smaller bathrooms have over larger ones, is that due to their size, they can be modified more often without breaking the bank. This allows you to be brave and take risks, as you can easily change a look that isn’t working for you. There are ways of making a compact bathroom seem much more spacious, that work really well. These include:-


Mirrors will always make a room feel bigger and brighter, so placing several on the bathroom walls will bring surprising results. Mirror tiles are another option and will create an impressive illusion of space.

Light Colours

A simple way to get the feel of a bigger bathroom, is to keep the colour scheme basic and natural. Light, soft colours will give a great outcome, and you can add a feature wall with either patterned wallpaper, or a vibrant, deep colour. Matching towels and rugs in pretty shades etc look great against a plain backdrop. Or try a mural!

Functional Furniture

Buy a few pieces of bathroom storage furniture, to keep the space neat, tidy and clutter free. Clever stacking shelves can be used for towels and under sink cupboards are good for shampoos or cleaning products.

Walk-in Showers

Rather than a bath, walk-in showers with frameless panels are trendy, and can save space and provide a larger area to move about in.

Shortening a Room

A bathroom that is too tall and narrow will benefit from a slightly darker colour at the top and lighter bottom half, perhaps tongue and groove panelling.

Vinyl Floor Tiles

Rather than carpet, Vinyl flooring is practical, fresh feeling and water repellent. It’s also likely to be quite pocket friendly, and you may even get an off-cut for your small bathroom.

There are lots of other ways to have a fabulous bathroom, if you fancy a total change why not ask the experts at SJP Building Services?

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The Wonder of Water

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Most of us love being in water, whether in the bath, at a spa or at the public swimming pool. It’s relaxing, fun and promotes a great feeling of wellbeing, the main feature of your holiday hotel is usually the pool! Apart from having a wonderful time splashing about, swimming is well established as an incredibly effective way to keep fit!

It is recommended by doctors, physiotherapists and weight loss specialists. Swimming exercises just about every part of the body in the gentlest way, and keeps you fit and healthy. Being in water is very therapeutic, and this is particularly true for those who have mobility issues, it lifts the mood and promotes happy feelings.

In ancient times, the Greeks, Egyptians and Romans were aware of the esoteric medicinal properties of water, and utilised it throughout their day. Hydrotherapy is used worldwide to this day as an aid to health, as water therapy renders the body weightless, and can ease pain and discomfort. Floating in warm water creates an incredibly soothing sensation all over the body, and is the ultimate relaxation experience.

It may also help with the healing of various injuries and conditions by reducing inflammation. It is used to stimulate bodily functions too, which is why many people suffering from a wide range of conditions are advised to try thermal baths, saunas, therapy pools and steam rooms.

Spa holidays are a much loved break, in order to receive the maximum advantage of being immersed in water. More and more people are installing their own hydrotherapy pools up and down the UK. This allows them to linger in their own therapy pool as often and for as long as they wish, without the added stress of getting to the nearest public facility and waiting in queues.

An regular clean and service by pool specialists is all this type of therapy solution needs. Pool Maintenance Ltd, deliver an outstanding service with supply, installation, cleaning, maintenance and repair of all kinds of pools. They cater to a wide variety of domestic and commercial clients as well as to local authorities.


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Clean, Safe and Comfortable Swimming Pools

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Working with water can be challenging, especially where it has to be kept clean and bacteria free in the case for instance of swimming pools. Pumps are crucial to the performance of a pool as well as the health and safety of those using it. Without a good quality filter pump, bacteria and dirt will stay in the pool and cause a number of issues. They spell trouble, expense and can provide a breeding ground for disease.

Inevitably, a swimming pool which is regularly used by members of the public, and even privately owned pools to some extent will collect copious amounts of insects, grime and bodily fluids. All of which can cause problems and need specialist care and attention. Water balance is quite a complex aspect of swimming pools also, and one which is not always fully understood by pool owners. It is however essential for comfort, safety and avoidance of corrosion, which is why balance tank cleaning should not be overlooked.

If water balance is incorrect the pH will be affected possibly resulting in skin and eye problems. This will also interfere with the capacity to deal with germs and limit bacteria growth. Corrosion to ladders, liners, hand rails and equipment such as pumps is another risk factor where water balance is compromised.

High alkaline water causes a high pH and low alkaline water leads to low pH, so the average swimming pool should have an alkalinity reading of 100 ppm. All pools have the issue of dissolved minerals becoming concentrated once water evaporates. This can mean that chemical additives struggle to work properly, and the formation of stains is the outcome.

Pool Maintenance Ltd are specialists in all aspects of swimming pool maintenance, and have completed many successful projects whether it’s a full refurbishment and update or supply and installation of high performance pumps and other parts. They are available for consultations on 01457 765533, and love a challenge!

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Warm, Cosy Surroundings with Underfloor Heating

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ken doerrIt is no surprise that underfloor heating is growing in popularity all over the UK, and that we are quickly catching up to the Scandinavian countries. In Scandinavia, known for its low temperatures, 80% of homes are heated in this way. Underfloor heating is ideal for new build properties, extensions, conversions or refurbishments and in cases where a new floor is planned. Advances in the design and technology of underfloor heating have also resulted in an increasingly more compact and efficient system. Heat rises up uniformly into every part of the building where installed, giving an overall comfort as opposed to lingering mainly in the area of the radiators.

This form of heating has a number of practical advantages in addition to toasty warm toes 24/7, which have prompted many to consider installing it. Underfloor heating:-

  • Is relatively cost effective to install and run
  • Requires little maintenance
  • Allows floors to dry quickly after cleaning
  • Produces no noise
  • Means energy savings of 15 ÔÇô 40% can be achieved
  • Provides evenly distributed warmth
  • Is practically self regulating
  • Produces no dust or moisture , which in turn discourages dust mites
  • Frees up room space due to absence of radiators
  • Has a lower running temperature than radiators [depending on type of system] and heats to around 25oC
  • Is robust and long lasting

Underfloor heating can be connected to renewable power sources such as solar panels or air source heat pumps for incredible savings on fuel costs. This environmentally friendly solution can save money all year round, while lowering the homes carbon footprint. If these options appeal to you and you wish to join the multitude of homes within the UK benefiting from this technology, take a look at the SJB Mechanical and Building Services Ltd website. Their specialities include heating, air conditioning, plumbing and air source heat pump installation. They also have a great reputation for reliability, excellent customer service and can be contacted on 01277 823648.

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Keeping You and Your Family Warm this Winter

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Keeping warm and comfortable at home is a priority in most areas of the UK, and heating systems which are both functional and economical are what we all aspire to. Energy efficient heating systems allow us to enjoy hot water and warm, cosy surroundings without worrying too much about fuel bills.

Modern boilers incorporate advanced technology, making them a lot cheaper to run than their forerunners. You will find some of the most high performance, superior quality boilers, radiators and accessories at Plumbshop.Net. With less money being spent on heating the home, you may have extra funds for indulging in the little luxuries of life, such as purchasing a whirlpool bath! We stock an extensive range in our dedicated whirlpool department, located on the first floor of our Squires Gate headquarters in Blackpool.

Whirlpool baths are available in a range of sizes and designs, and will provide a spa experience for all the family. As physiotherapists know, water therapy does wonders for the body, and the gentle action of activated bubbles against the skin eases stress and soothes aches and pains. Whirlpool baths can improve circulation, assist with wound healing and lessen inflammation, as well being immensely pleasurable.

We offer a wide variety of plumbing and heating products, and have an excellent reputation amongst building and refurbishment contractors, hoteliers, local authorities, tradesmen and the general public. We are proud to be the first choice for many, when sourcing boilers, radiators, heated towel rails, sanitaryware, bathroom furniture, showers and accessories all at competitive prices.


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Those who live in Northern Ireland, have been experiencing significantly reduced oil prices for several years now. This has been welcome whenever temperatures have plummeted, and looks set to continue. The general consensus is that oil fired boilers are an extremely wise option, and that its a good time to stock up on home heating oil. This opinion is fuelled [excuse the pun], by an inability to predict whether prices will increase or drop even further. Finlay Fuels are a family run business in County Down, who supply and deliver high quality home heating oil and bottled gas at pocket friendly prices. You can order directly online, and they also offer expert boiler servicing for added convenience.

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Beautiful & Functional Contemporary & Traditional Bathrooms

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plumbAs the weather steadily changes and becomes colder, windier and wetter, we are left in no doubt that winter has more or less arrived in the UK. Once again our thoughts turn to seasonal celebrations and family get-togethers, evenings snuggled up in front of the fire sipping mulled wine and watching old classics like ‘Scrooge’. The Victorian Dickens character is portrayed sitting next to one glowing candle in a draughty, cold and damp house in bed socks and a night cap, without any of the comforts of home that we are used to today.

To most people in the Victorian times, bathrooms were strictly for the well off, and having a bath was a luxury despite having to disrobe in the cold weather. The majority of people used either communal ‘bath houses’, or a tin bath usually placed in front of the kitchen fire. The bath water would frequently have to be shared with every other member of the family and in strict order. Males and older members first, with the head of the family getting the full advantages of clean, warm soap and water. Subsequent bathing members of the household experienced less and less benefit as the water became increasingly mucky and soup like. The famous saying about ‘throwing the baby out with the bath water’ is a reminder of this process, as the dirty water would be pretty dense. Hopefully, hot water was added to the bath occasionally as warm, grubby water is probably marginally preferable to cool.

You would also normally have to leave the property to use the toilet, which was typically situated away from the house. This was probably a blessing as this facility was often represented by a communal yard with toilet seats arranged over a hole or pit. This is doubtless where gossip was spread, along with other things! If there was a heavy bout of rainfall, the pits were liable to overflow sometimes entering peoples homes and cellars. WC’s of one kind or another remained outdoors until the1950ÔÇÖs and 60ÔÇÖs for a lot of people, and some even preferred this, as they understandably thought of an indoor loo as unhygienic.

Luckily things are very different these days for most of us, and good plumbing is an expected part of life at home or wherever we happen to be. In fact, the plumbing trade is one of the most necessary and respected around. Companies like Plumshop Ltd, can provide a wide selection of top of the range bathroom products like baths, WC’s, showers, taps, heated towel rails and accessories. We also have high quality boilers, radiators, fittings and everything you could need for a fully functional plumbing system. If you would like a completely new bathroom or bathroom makeover, visit the SJP Building Services website. These construction specialists offer large or small home improvement building services, providing all services under one roof.

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New Heavy Duty Garden Storage Sheds with Sliding Doors

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A garden shed is a garden shed right? Well not really. A garden shed can be whatever you want it to be of things these days [within reason]. It can be a storage shed, a garage, a workshop, a summerhouse, a relaxing escape or a place to practice hobbies or work. Even the two times Nobel Prize winner Marie Curie, is known to have carried out most of her ground breaking scientific experiments in a shed in the late 1800’s! Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz were both working separately on developing the lightweight four stroke internal combustion engine around the late1800 ÔÇô early 1900’s….yes that’s right in their sheds! In fact Daimler was so secretive, people thought he had installed an illegal mint and reported him to the police.

So its fairly evident that a garden shed can have a multitude of uses, and once you have decided you need one, you should think about whether you would like a metal, plastic or timber shed. Each has its own individual characteristics when it comes to strength, durability, maintenance, versatility and look. Something crucial to bear in mind too is the quality of whichever shed you go for, as price is often higher up on the priority list for some. Nice shiny images on a website are extremely tempting, especially when the price is unbelievably low, but keep your wits about you.

Our digital promotion partners SM Garden Sheds, have a vast range of superior, high quality garden sheds and outdoor storage buildings, and are dedicated to customer satisfaction. Each product they supply has gone through the same rigorous vetting procedure to ensure it meets exacting standards. Like the latest addition to their superb range, the Wolff Comfortline metal shed collection from Wolff Finnhaus. This heavy duty steel shed has all of the attributes that SM Garden Sheds, and their customers love, with the addition of innovative features like space saving sliding doors. This exciting, precision designed range of metal sheds includes the Osaka, Sapporo,Tokyo and Yokohama leaving the competition standing. Practical, long lasting, functional and weatherproof, these heavy duty garden buildings will delight every home owner, gardener, DIY enthusiast, hobbyist, eBayer and anybody with a need for dry, secure, maintenance free space. You will find more details about these winning sheds here, or call SM Garden Sheds on 0845 601 6299.

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