Asbestos Consultancy Services

Asbestos Compliance and Consultancy Services
Many properties, whether commercial or residential, have areas that may contain Asbestos which if managed correctly poses no immediate risk to health, however over time or if the area is disturbed it can become dangerous as it can potentially cause life limiting illnesses such as Asbestosis and Mesothelioma.

Used for much of the twentieth century for building work and to produce many products Asbestos was originally thought of as an excellent and versatile materiel due to its resistance to heat and excellent binding properties, however as time went on an people started to become ill the risks associated with Asbestos started to become clear and eventually the use of asbestos was stopped completely in 1999.

If you are the owner of a property it is your legal responsibility to monitor and manage any asbestos within the building that you own and if it was built before 2000 there is a high chance that at least one area contains asbestos.

As Asbestos can be difficult to identify and because of the risks associated with this substance if you are unsure if your building contains Asbestos it’s a very good idea to contact an Asbestos consultant to ask them to carry out a survey.

At RB Asbestos Consultants they offer an excellent and professional service to anyone concerned about Asbestos and can give you all the advice you need to ensure you are managing the risks of Asbestos within your property correctly and are complying with all legal requirements.

With over thirty years-experience working within the industry at RB Asbestos Consultants they have helped many residential and commercial customers identify and manage areas containing Asbestos effectively.

From helping create a comprehensive Asbestos register to helping you train your staff to ensure that you are legally qualified to manage and control any Asbestos present in your property the team at RB Asbestos Consultants are able to offer you all the help and advice you may need in any aspect of Asbestos and its management.

As IATP registered trainers and holding ISO 9001 and SSIP accreditation among many others it’s easy to see why so many large organisations such as the NHS, Housing associations and McDonalds chose to approach RB Asbestos Consultant to help them identify and manage Asbestos within their buildings.

Sometimes if a building is shared by more than one occupier it can be difficult to be sure who is legally responsible for Asbestos in different areas within the building at RB Asbestos they can help you resolve queries like this and help clear up any confusion so you can be certain that you are acting within the law at all times.

They can also help you to ascertain how much Asbestos is within your building and what type it is and if any Asbestos that is present begins to show signs of becoming a hazard to health, they can also help you manage its safe removal although this isn’t work, they carry out themselves.

So, if you have and concerns about Asbestos at all get in touch get in touch with RB Asbestos Consultants to see how they are able to help you. They are happy to help large organisations nationwide and are also happy to offer a small business and residential service to more local customers within Manchester, Merseyside and the surrounding area, with excellent customer reviews and competitive rates alongside a friendly expert service you can be certain that you won’t be disappointed.

New Safety Mark Replacement Could Cost UK Manufacturing

New Safety Mark Replacement Could Cost UK Manufacturing
A new UK safety mark designed to replace the EU’s ubiquitous CE mark, following a no-deal Brexit will cost British manufacturers and exporters millions of pounds in product stamping, testing and red tape.

The warning comes from international courier Parcel Hero, who says the Government’s plans for a new ‘UKCA’ mark to replace the European Union’s CE safety mark, in the event of a hard Brexit, will cost UK manufacturers millions of pounds in new product branding, packaging and bureaucracy.

new UK safety mark

UK Safety Mark Replacement
Currently a large number of products manufactured or distributed in the UK and the rest of the EU are required to carry the EU’s CE mark, from toys and kettles to medical implants and hot water boilers; this shows they meet EU legal requirements. Now Parcel Hero warns the Government’s new United Kingdom Conformity Assessed (UKCA) logo will need to be displayed on many such items sold in the UK, but that British manufactured products will still need to be CE approved for sale in the EU, post a no-deal Brexit.

Parcel Hero head of consumer research David Jinks MILT said: “In the future, many products will need to have packaging, marketing and stamping changed to show they meet UKCA regulations, in case UK and EU regulations start to diverge.”

He cautioned: “It gets worse. As well as new products being required to meet UKCA regulations, after March 29, 2019 the results of conformity assessment test carried out by UK conformity assessment bodies will no longer be recognised in the EU. UKCA passed products won’t be able to be placed on the EU market without re-assessment by EU bodies. The very idea that British-made goods may have to meet two sets of safety regulations is clearly a huge black mark against no deal Brexit plans.

“The new UKCA mark is surely a huge question mark hanging over the Government’s no deal Brexit plans. In its latest guidance the Government is saying post a no-deal Brexit some CE marked products will still be legally recognised in the UK, but if a product requires third party assessment of conformity, and if this has been carried out by a UK conformity assessment body, you will have to apply the new UKCA marking after 29 March 2019.”

Parcel Hero believes UK manufacturers and exporters are facing a nightmare of product changes and ballooning red tape, as EU and UK safety regulations start to separate. Mr Jinks concluded: “The only new mark British exporters need to see now is a punctuation mark: a full stop to the possibility of a no deal Brexit.”

For more details of the costs and challenges facing the UK’s exporters post-Brexit see Parcel Hero’s report: Revealed – the True Cost of Brexit.

Thermal Imaging Heat Loss Surveys in London

Thermal imaging heat loss survey’s provide home owners in existing homes answers as to why their home draughty and cold and where the building envelope is at its weakest costing them wasting energy. APT Sound Testing provides heat loss thermal surveys in London and the throughout the South East.

With heating costs on the rise, homeowners want to understand where they are losing heat from their dwelling to lower their fuel bills. In many instances it’s because parts of the house or flat feels cold and/or draughty and they want to try and remedy the excessive heat-loss which has a negative effect on the occupier’s wellbeing.

Thermal Imaging Heat Loss Surveys in London

Thermal Heat Loss Surveys in London

In many cases our clients request a thermal heat loss survey when they are about to undertake refurbishment works to their property and they want to identify and record the areas that need to improve and the resulting reportage is clear and concise which allows for targeted remedial works. In some cases the reports may pick up simple problems like excess leakage through the existing windows and/or doors, floors and through penetrations and unfinished areas around kitchens and bathrooms. In our experience the main air leakage paths are:

  1. Underneath the kitchen and utility room units at the wall/floor junction and service penetrations.
  2. Around penetrations around the kitchen boiler cupboard.
  3. At top of the cooker extract where the ductwork terminates through the ceiling.
  4. Around the wall/floor junctions due to unsealed skirting boards.
  5. Around various unsealed internal/external door and window frames.
  6. Around various service penetrations within the stair cupboard.
  7. Around unfinished recessed ceiling lights.
  8. Around the staircase through the sides of the risers and around bottom of the balustrading to each landing.
  9. Around the back of the toilets where the SVP terminates through the wall.
  10. Around the bath panels that still require mastic. .
  11. Around the base of the shower units.
  12. Around the pipes to the underside of the toilet/bathroom sinks.
  13. Around various service penetrations in the 1st floor boiler cupboard.
  14. Around the underfloor heating pipework.
  15. Around radiator pipe penetrations.
  16. Around existing timber floor boards.
  17. However, it may also pick up on missing or damaged wall/roof insulation, which is often more difficult to remedy.

We have undertaken thermal surveys on hundreds of individual houses, flats and office buildings of every age, size and design. Recently we have discovered some very serious defects on new-build properties. In these cases, thermal imaging is a low impact, rapid and accurate way to prove:

  1. There is a problem
  2. Its exact location
  3. What is causing the problem

Using our hi-powered fan systems we can also offer a combined Air Tightness and Thermal Imaging Package. This allows undertaking the thermal surveys whilst the building is either pressurised or de-pressurised by one of our air tightness blower door systems. This provides the ultimate insight into the heat loss paths.

As we are UKAS accredited for air testing and our thermographer’s are is certified to Level 3, it provides our clients with the highest quality reportage from start to finish and we can undertake thermal surveys to all types’ of buildings from the smallest dwelling to the largest office blocks and commercial buildings.

It is our ongoing commitment to provide a proactive and helpful service. Understandably, many homeowners have some questions on their thermal imaging surveys, with this in-mind we suggest you visit our Thermal Survey page which contains lots of helpful information.

All we need are the floor plans and elevation drawings to provide a quotation. We will also send across our informative Thermal Survey Checklist to help you prepare for the thermal survey.

If you would like more information in regards to BREEAM Thermography Surveys, please contact us now at: info@aptthermography.net or call us on 01525 303905. Alternately you can visit our website at www.aptsoundtesting.co.uk for more information.  

Make Sure you Stay Warm this Winter

Make Sure you Stay Warm this Winter
Keeping your home warm and cosy is essential during the cold winter months if you want to avoid getting stressed out and rundown, it’s also important to help maintain the condition of your property as well as it helps to prevent problems such as damp and mould. Having an efficient and reliable central heating boiler is the ideal way to ensure that you aren’t caught out by the cold so maybe it’s a good time to think about how well your heating is working.

Arktek Heating Services

At Arktek Heating Services they offer a complete range of heating services from repairs to full installations so getting in touch with them to see if they can take a look at your central heating boiler could be a worthwhile idea.
Having your central heating boiler in the best possible condition will not only keep your home more comfortable it will also help you to reduce the energy you use so it’s a sensible investment if you want to have a cost-effective home.

Using less energy will also reduce the effect your property has on the environment and will add value or attract tenants if you do decide you want to move on so there are many advantages to putting a little effort into making sure your central heating boiler is in the best possible condition.

During the winter months, especially when it’s particularly cold, there is extra strain placed on your central heating boiler so it’s far more likely to breakdown or begin to cost a lot more to run. By replacing your boiler with a more modern and efficient system not only will you find it easier to keep a consistent and comfortable temperature in your home at all times you will also see that it uses far less energy.

With many high performing and energy saving models on offer at Arktek they will be able to show you the benefits that a new boiler could offer you and also compare the energy usage with your existing boiler to show you how much less energy you could use.

Whether you want to have a whole new central heating system fitted or you just want to ensure that your existing system is running well you can be certain that at Arktek Heating Services any work that they carry out will be to the best possible standard. If your system breaks down and you need repairs carried quickly they operate a twenty four hour callout service and with a full trained team of engineers they will do everything they can to get your heating on again so you can be sure that any work carried out will meet all the required safety standards.

With a team of fully qualified staff on hand you can be sure at Arktek they will always give you all the information and advice you may need to ensure that your central heating boiler keeps on running well, they can advise on ways to maintain the condition of your boiler, give you some excellent energy saving tips to ensure your bills don’t get out of hand and if it is time to fit a new system help you make sure you get one that is suited to your property.

So why not get in touch with Arktek to find out more about the excellent heating services packages they are able to offer private landlords? With competitive rates and a flexible and individualised service for each customer you can be certain that they will make sure you and your tenants are prepared for the winter this year.

For further information about the range of the landlord and heating services available from Arktek Heating Services, please call 0191 516 6911 or their heating & plumbing services website.


Building Regulations Part E

Building Regulations Part E
It can be hard to know how many sound tests you need to undertake on your project to comply with Building Regulations Part E, especially when you have a large blocks of flats. Firstly you need to establish if your project even needs sound testing and if so, how many sound tests you’ll need to do.

Building Regulations Part E

And then there’s the added problem of what you need to do to actually pass the sound testing, this can be especially problematic if you are converting an existing building into residential dwellings.

If you click on this link it takes you to our helpful sound testing checklist. This provides some helpful information on how to prepare you building to pass the sound insulation test. 

It is quite difficult to establish the amount of sound tests that are required on a development to comply with Approved Document E, especially when you have a amount of houses and flats on your project. This article helps to explain the amount of sound testing required on several different project types. It also offers some helpful information on how to prepare you building to pass the sound insulation test.

If you would like more information please don’t hesitate to contact APT Sound Testing directly on 07775 623464 or visit the Sound Testing website.

 

Wheels Self Drive Hire – Car, Van & Minibus Hire

Welcome to Wheels Self Drive Hire
If you are looking for top quality vehicle hire in Hartlepool, Durham, Middlesbrough or any other area in the wider North East you might want to find out more about Wheels Self Drive Hire.  Whether you are looking to hire a van or car of business or leisure purposes and no matter how long you want it for with a flexible and competitive service at Wheels Self Drive they will make sure you get a vehicle that is perfectly suited to your needs.  Although they are a relatively new company, they are able to offer a fleet of vehicles that would rival any more established car hire business.

Welcome to Wheels Self Drive Hire

With an impressive fleet of vehicles to choose from if you go to Wheels Self Drive Hire you are certain to be able to find a vehicle that is perfect for whatever you have in mind.  They are able to offer an excellent variety of small, medium and large cars, a wide range of vans and trucks and a selection of mini buses that are able to seat between six and seventeen people.  Every vehicle is available at a great value daily rate or you can book for longer periods and enjoy further reduced rates.

While many rental companies only offer a choice of a few types of van at Wheels Self Drive Hire they have such a wide variety of vans you will also be certain to find one that is perfect for whatever job you may have in mind, making them an excellent choice for businesses as well as private customers.  Whether you are looking for a standard Transit Van, a Luton, a Tipper or a Drop Side van they are able to offer them all alongside many others.  They also have a larger than average range of minibuses as well so no matter the size of your group they will be able to find you something perfect.

Any vehicle you choose to hire will be fully road legal, cleaned and safety checked before the keys are handed over and all private hire customers are automatically covered by Wheels Self Drive Hires full insurance, although businesses do need to hold their own private or company insurance. Whether you would like some help finding the right vehicle for the job, want to find out more about their flexible rental terms or want to find out how much your rental is likely to cost with a fully trained team of friendly customer services staff on hand you are always welcome to get in touch to have any queries resolved.

Contact Wheels Self Drive Hire
So if you are looking for a reliable self-drive company in the wider North East you should definitely consider finding out more about the great range of cars, vans and mini buses that Wheels Self Drive Hire have to offer.  Not only are they sure to have a vehicle available that is perfectly suited to your needs you will also be able to enjoy excellent rates, flexible hire terms for long or short term rentals and excellent customer services as well.

Why not take a look at their website or give them a call to find out more? For more information or to book your car or van rental, please call 01429 26 55 67 to speak to one of our helpful staff.

Improve your Home with a Composite Door

Improve your Home with a Composite Door
Many people automatically link home improvement with big and expensive jobs like refitting your kitchen or bathroom but sometimes smaller changes can have just as much of an impact on your home.  If you have been considering ways that you could make your home more attractive and comfortable but don’t feel the time is right to undertake a really big project why not consider replacing your old front door with a modern composite door instead?  With a great range of advantages and many different designs available no matter what style of building you may have you can be certain that it will help make a noticeable difference to your property.

Improve your Home with a Composite DoorHaving a new front door that complements the style of your property is an excellent way to give the exterior of your home a real boost without too much effort which is great if you are trying to raise your properties kerb appeal.  At Sekura Windows they are able to offer an extensive range of composite doors and include the option to add your own choices of colour, design, glass and hardware so you can ensure that everything is created to your own preferences and if you can’t see exactly what you want they are always happy to listen to any requests and see what they are able to do.

With their comfortable showroom onsite with their large manufacturing plant if you want to find out more you are welcome to go and pay them a visit and discuss any questions you may have with one of their friendly members of staff, who will also be able to show you examples of the composite doors they are able to offer and talk you through the whole process.  As you will be buying directly from the manufacturer you will be able to enjoy far more competitive rates that if you were to visit a third party outlet without having to compromise on quality at all.

At Sekura Windows they have over fifteen years’ experience helping their customers in Newcastle and the North East make home improvements to their properties and are real experts within the industry so you can be sure that any door you buy will be produced to the highest possible standard.  With a fully qualified team of professional fitters on hand they will be able to make sure your door is fitted in no time at all and they will even take the old one away for you.

When you choose to buy a composite front door from Sekura Windows it will come with a police approve multi point locking system, spy hole, security chain and toughened glass as standard so you can be sure it will be able to keep unwanted intruders out.  You can also enjoy added draught protection to help keep your home warm and the modern materials used ensure that your door will be able to withstand the elements for many years to come with the minimum of maintenance required.

Ordering your new door with Sekura Windows is simple and straight forward, all you need to do is complete the steps to create your design.  First you can choose your overall style of composite door, then decide what colour and style of finish you would like, choose your glass and then finally select the hardware that suits your door best.  Then all you need to do is submit your choices and wait for your door to be fitted.

With an onsite manufacturing plant at Sekura Window Centre they are able to ensure the quality and workmanship of every product they supply so you can be certain that conservatory or UPVC windows or doors you purchase will be created to the best possible standard and meet all safety standards.  All staff are fully trained in their role and always use the highest standards of materials and tools for any products they create so you can be certain that anything you purchase will be produced to the highest possible standards of workmanship.

Contact Sekura Window Centre
So are you are looking for top quality conservatories, UPVC windows and doors throughout Newcastle and the North East? To find out more about what is on offer at the Sekura Window Centre, where they will be certain to be able to help you find the perfect design for you home, call them today on 0191 214 66 44 or visit the Sekura Windows website.

Update Your Central Heating Now

Update Your Central Heating Now

As the colder weather starts approaching you may be considering how well your gas central heating boiler is likely perform this winter or if its even going to last the whole season so it may be a good idea to think about having your existing combi boiler serviced or perhaps replaced now to help avoid any nasty surprises when the cold weather really sets in.  So if your boiler isn’t performing as efficiently as it used to, or has begun to cost more to run you getting a professional company like Arktek Heating Services to take a look at it for you now is a really good idea so you can spot and resolve any potential problems and reduce the risk of your heating letting you down when you really need it.

At Arktek they will be able to take a look at your exiting boiler and let you know if they are able to get it running at its optimum power for you again or it getting a boiler replacement will be the more sensible solution and with an excellent range of gas central heating boilers on offer they will be able to help you find one that is perfectly suited to your home and your budget.  With a friendly and reliable team of professional central heating engineers on hand to offer you any information and advice that you may need at Arktek they are happy to do everything they can to help you make sure that your home stays warm all winter so they offer an excellent range of services to their customers including emergency repairs, servicing and boiler replacements.

With an wide range of gas boiler replacements on offer from top brands including Baxi, Worcester Bosh Group and Ideal you can be sure that any boiler you choose to get installed by Arktek will be made to the highest possible standards and meet all safety regulations, and you can be certain that their fully qualified and reliable team will make sure that your new combi boiler will be fitted with a reasonable time frame and with the minimum disruption to you and the rest of your family.  All new boilers come with a full warranty and Arktek will able to make sure that any necessary services and repairs are carried out to the highest possible standard.

Getting a replacement gas central heating boiler is an ideal way to add value to your home as well as improving your quality of life and with many models available at Arktek featuring the latest energy efficiency features you may find that your new combi boiler could be a really worthwhile investment.  Having good heating and ventilation within your home will not only help keep you and your family warm and cosy it will also help prevent problems like damp and mould occurring which could affect not only the condition of your property but your health as well.

So if you have concerns about how well your boiler will perform this winter or have decided you want to get a new combi boiler installed why not get in touch with Arktek to find out more about the services and products that they have on offer.  With many affordable options available, excellent customer testimonials and an excellent range of some of the most modern boilers on the market available why not give them a call or go online to get a free quote? You can be certain that you won’t be disappointed with the service you receive.

For further information about the range of replacement gas boilers available or the landlord emergency repair and maintenance services, please call 0191 516 6911 or visit our heating & plumbing services website. We will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

Is your Heating Boiler Ready for the Coming Winter

Is your Heating Boiler Ready for the Coming Winter
As the colder weather begins to approach you may want to consider getting a new central heating system installed ready for the winter especially if your has had a lot of wear and tear or is old and outdated. As the temperature starts to drop and places more pressure on your central heating you may find that it becomes unreliable, that your bills start to soar or that it simply can’t cope and breaks down completely so replacing it before the worst happens can save you a lot of trouble in the long run.

Heating Boiler Ready for the Winter?

With many new central heating boilers in stock, all from carefully selected and well recognised manufacturers such as Worcester Bosch Group, you can be certain that any boiler you purchase from Arktek will be produced to the highest possible standards and meet all UK safety regulations. With many models offering the latest energy saving technology you can be confident that your new boiler will be an excellent long term investment in your home by providing you with reduced energy bills, a lower carbon footprint and helping to add value to your property as well.

You can also be sure that you will be able to take advantage of Arktek’s excellent aftercare service as all items come with a full warranty, including regular servicing for the duration of this so you can be sure that you will be well looked after. With credit options available and many great value boilers on offer you might find that with Arktek making sure your family keep warm this winter is far more affordable that you may first think, especially if you won’t need to worry about paying for repairs or other services for the length of your guarantee and are able to lower your heating costs as well.

So if you are worried that your boiler may not be able to withstand the demands of another cold winter why not get in touch with Arktek Heating Services to find out more about the new heating boilers and installation services they are able to offer? For further information about the range of replacement gas boilers available from Arktek Heating Services, please call 0191 516 6911 or visit our heating & plumbing services website. We will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

Benefits of Buying Composite Doors

Benefits of Buying Composite Doors
If you have been considering upgrading your front door to help protect against the elements this winter and to give the appearance of your property a boost finding out more about the benefits of composite doors could be a really good idea.  Not only are they available in a range of designs to help complement any property, they are also tough, durable and extremely secure so you can be certain that your home will stay safe and warm for many years to come.

Buying Composite DoorsIf you are based in Newcastle or the North East you may want to consider taking a visit to Sekura Windows to find out more about the wide range of options available to you when choosing the best composite door for your property.

Composite doors are made of a combination of modern materials to ensure that they can offer the best all round protection from the elements as well as the highest possible level of security and fire resistance as well.  Complete with fully fitting locking systems that are recommended by the police and other top security bodies, and additional extras such as spy holes and chains a good quality composite door will offer you and your family excellent protection from intruders.  With a well fitted frame and additional draught protection built in no matter how windy it may be your composite door will be able to keep draughts and chills to an absolute minimum.

At Sekura Windows they are able to offer an excellent variety of composite door designs and with the option to add your own choice of features such as colour, type of glass and the accessories you wish to add you will be able to have a top quality door that reflects your own individual sense of style in no time at all.

With a friendly and helpful sales team available at their showroom and a well designed catalogue on offer so you can take a browse through the design choices and get some inspiration at Sekura Windows they aim to make sure that every product they manufacture is exactly to the customers specifications so you can be certain you will be pleased with any composite door that you may decide to purchase from them.

With an onsite manufacturing plant at Sekura Window Centre they are able to ensure the quality and workmanship of every product they supply so you can be certain that conservatory or UPVC windows or doors you purchase will be created to the best possible standard and meet all safety standards.  All staff are fully trained in their role and always use the highest standards of materials and tools for any products they create so you can be certain that anything you purchase will be produced to the highest possible standards of workmanship.

So are you are looking for top quality conservatories, UPVC windows and doors throughout Newcastle and the North East? To find out more about what is on offer at the Sekura Window Centre, where they will be certain to be able to help you find the perfect design for you home, call them today on 0191 214 66 44 or visit the Sekura Windows website.