Now that lockdown is easing a little, some bathroom fitters have reopened for business and you might  even feel a little easier about letting your trusted tradesperson in to finally fix the leaking tap that’s been nagging at you for the last month.

Tradespeople are allowed to work in homes as long as they stick to the government’s latest guidelines, including social distancing (limiting face-to-face contact with people who aren’t in your household and maintaining a two-metre distance between one another).

With this in mind, here are some top tips to staying safe whilst having your bathroom renovated or your plumbing fixed:

What YOU can do:

  • Keep your distance from any visitors and avoid physical contact (which means no serving tea or sharing mugs with your plumber – shocking, we know!).
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitiser.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin and wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home such as door handles, light switches and your kettle.

What your TRADESPERSON can do:

  • Use of PPE (personal protective equipment) such as disposable gloves and face masks.
  • A commitment to regular handwashing or use of hand sanitiser, with tradespeople responsible for bringing their own soap, paper towels and sanitiser.
  • Breaks should be taken alone – outside or in a vehicle off property.
  • If work on the room cannot be carried out on a separate floor the guidelines suggest that residents should stay in a different room with the door closed.

If at all possible, limit the number of people in your home at one time, this will make social distancing procedures much easier. If work is not essential it is perhaps better to delay projects but if work is indeed necessary, tradespeople and clients should have an open and frank discussion before work starts and about any extra costs that protective measures might involve.

For more detailed advice visit Homes&Property and Which.co.uk.

For all your plumbing and installation needs, feel free to contact the team at AACooper on 01689 485007 or info@aacooper.co.uk – we’re happy to help.

Life in lockdown can get a little claustrophobic, sharing space all the time – and whilst the risk of us catching coronavirus from the outside world is significantly decreased, experts say that it can be brought in on hard non-porous surfaces. Therefore, keeping home hotspots as clean as possible (especially if someone in your house is self-isolating) is important to staying healthy.

Bathrooms are high traffic areas in a home, and door handles, toilet seats, taps, switches and surfaces in this area could be primed for the spreading of germs. So, how should you be cleaning your bathroom?

You may have caught Dr Javid Abdelmoneim (A&E doctor) and Dr Lisa Cross (virus expert) on Channel 4 recently, giving the UK a crash course in home and bathroom cleanliness. Here are top bathroom cleaning tips, according to the pros:

  1. Clean your toilet first, and use with bleach – regular bleach is good enough. No need to dilute. Just pour it in.
  2. Surrounding areas and surfaces (including the floor) can be cleaned with a simple soap and hot water solution, or a diluted bleach solution if you prefer.
  3. Door handles, light switches, taps, toilet brush handles, shower screens and towel rails can all be cleaned with hot, soapy water.

And a couple of general hygiene tips that you probably apply anyway but can’t hurt to remember (especially if you’ve got little ones at home)!

  • Put the toilet seat down after us (to prevent particles from escaping).
  • Each person should have their own towel (sharing a hand towel was identified as an easy way for coronavirus to be passed from one member of the family to another).

What helps massively with keeping areas clean is following the basic guideline suggested by WHO, which is to wash your hands with soap and water often (for at least 20 seconds) to reduce the risk of infection.

Stay safe, stay healthy!

For all your plumbing and installation needs, feel free to contact the team at AACooper on 01689 485007 or info@aacooper.co.uk – we’re happy to help.

Source: Idealhome.co.uk

In the current climate of social distancing, isolation and lockdown, it might not be as easy to get a plumber or engineer to tend to your plumbing emergency (especially if it is ‘minor’) at the minute. If help is going to take some time, there are some things that you can do to manage the situation until such time as a professional can sort it out:

Firstly, take action!

  1. Turn off the water – if it’s a minor emergency, shutting off the water supply in that particular area will do the job but if you’re uncertain as to the seriousness of the problem, it’s best to turn off the main valve that brings water into the house.
  2. Turn off the water heater – you’ll do this if you’re dealing with a major emergency, in order to prevent overheating and subsequent bursting of the valve. If you have a gas water heater, the gas should be turned off first.
  3. Manage small leaks – by stuffing rags or old towels into the leaky apparatus or close it with plumber’s tape if you have any to hand. Use buckets to collect water if necessary.
  4. Drain excess water – even after turning off water valves, there will still be water lurking in the pipes. Water can be drained from these pipes and away from your home by opening up any spigots outside the house. If water is clogged, a plunger wills sometimes do the trick!

Secondly, get advice!

  1. Call your plumber to find out what to do next. A professional will be able to assess the nature of your emergency and either recommend an immediate repair job or advise measures you can take in the interim, until such a time as your emergency can be resolved.

Thirdly, follow the advice!

  1. Having a trusted tradesperson on your speed dial is always beneficial. If, however, you are uncertain about the advice you have been given, get a second opinion…and a third, if necessary.

Some examples of a plumbing emergency might be:

  • Dripping taps
  • Leaking pipes
  • Extremely hot water
  • Frozen pipes
  • Leaking water heater
  • Clogs and plugs
  • Toilet problems
  • Waste smells
  • Gas leak
  • Burst pipes
  • Sump pump failure
  • Clogged drains and bath tubs
  • Leaking hoses of washing machines
  • Broken water lines
  • Broken downpipes, roofs and gutters

An absolute top tip in a plumbing emergency is not to panic. Act decisively and calmly, and if help cannot come immediately there are professionals on standby to advise you.

For all your plumbing and installation needs, feel free to contact the team at AACooper on 01689 485007 or info@aacooper.co.uk – we’re happy to help.

Source: Emergency Plumber London

Installing a new bathroom will not only increase the value of your property but also be the source of much comfort and pleasure while you live in your home. It’s worth the investment but it’s good to have an idea of what an instillation is likely to cost before you make any big decisions.

Whether you’ve decided to do it yourself or hire a professional, here are a list of things that are likely to affect the overall cost of your new bathroom:

Plumbing – probably the biggest amounts you’ll spend will be on plumbing; new taps, toilet, shower or bath and sink, and anything related. The greater the alteration, the higher the cost (as more plumbing work is required).

Electrics – if you’re looking to upgrade your lighting (usually the case if your bathroom is quite old) for a look you prefer and lower running costs, you’ll need to spend money. Other electrical work may include installing a hand dryer, shaving socket, extractor fan or power shower.

Tiling – this is one of the more difficult mistakes to fix post project so it’s important to get it right the first time; the size of the area you’d like tiled as well as the type of tiles you choose, will affect the cost.

Flooring – you can keep the cost of flooring low by just fitting a vinyl floor, which is usually a cheaper option; if, however, you’d prefer to tile your floor, the cost will be higher.

Space – the size of the bathroom will affect the cost; a larger surface area will require more tiles and a bigger space might require more fittings, costing more money. The more things to do and the bigger the space – the greater the cost (usually).

How long the job takes – time is money; the longer the project takes to complete, the more you’re likely to pay.

Quality of fittings – the more ‘high end’ the fittings, the more they will cost although it’s worth remembering that sometimes the cheaper option doesn’t last as long and so you’ll end up spending money to replace worn-out fittings in the long run.

Waste disposal – tradesmen will charge a fee (usually modest) for disposing of the waste on your behalf. You could choose to dispose waste on your own (which may cost you anyway) and sometimes, depending on the type of fixtures you currently have, there may be scrap value to them (they could be traded by you or your contractor).

The skill set required for the installation of new bathroom suite is extensive, from plumbing and electrical fitting to decorating and painting. You might decide that you could do some DIY on your installation but you’d need to call in specialists for certain jobs. This could be expensive but compromising on quality could mean that you end up paying more anyway.

We’d love to help you put together your dream bathroom but understand that installations can be costly. Why not apply for finance online? Visit our dedicated page HERE. The application form is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

Sources: Guides 4 Homeowners, Household Quotes

The team at AA Cooper is pleased to announce the launch a brand new finance service in partnership with Ideal 4 Finance. We understand that the costs of upgrading/servicing/repairing might not be something you had planned for, which is why we have a pain-free financial solution for you!

Our flexible payment options are available for all our services with the majority being for new boiler installations and bathrooms.

A new bathroom increases the value of your property – perhaps you’re looking to sell your home or you’ve just purchased and are looking to renovate your bathroom. Or you’d just like something new but don’t want to go overboard in terms of budget as the investment may not be recouped in the future. The benefits of opting for finance through our solution are:

  • The quick application process
  • Soft search (does not harm your credit score)
  • Flexible repayment options
  • Rapid response time – you should receive a decision within 24 hours of applying online.

Whilst bathroom upgrades might be a lifestyle luxury (although not always!) boiler servicing is usually a necessity.

A new survey, commissioned by Worcester Bosch, found that 85 per cent of British households plan to keep their homes heated over 18°C this winter. In addition, 75 per cent of Brits typically take a warm shower or bath at least once a day, and 67 per cent rely on the hot water to wash up their dirty dishes daily. This highlights the importance of a reliable boiler as well as an annual service to ensure it is running smoothly.

Emergency repairs or servicing (certainly a brand new boiler!) can be costly – and we would love to help! To apply for finance online, visit our dedicated page HERE. The application form is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

Source: HVP Magazine

Mould is like missing socks and dust on shelves – incredibly annoying! It isn’t always obvious and recurs no matter how hard you clean. Or does it? Could there be a way to rid your bathroom of mould?

Understanding why mould occurs is the best way to combat the stuff. Typically, mould is caused by high levels of humidity and your bathroom is the wettest room in the house. Poor ventilation incites mould – lingering moisture trapped inside your bathroom (when you close the door to have a shower, for example) will attach itself to surfaces (walls, mirrors, the floor, etc.) giving mould the perfect condition in which to flourish. Damp mats and towels are also conducive to high levels of humidity in a bathroom.

Here are some top tips to creating a mould resistant bathroom:

  • Get rid of excess water by using your bathroom ventilation fan when you use the shower or run a bath, and leave it on for 30 minutes following the end of your bath; if you don’t have an exhaust fan, install one.
  • Remove anything that provides a place for mould to flourish – like toys, shampoo and shower gel, sponges, loofahs and cloths. If you keep a mat or towels in your bathroom area, wash these regularly and make sure they are dry when placed in the bathroom.
  • A mildew-resistant shower curtain is a good option. Otherwise be prepared to wash/replace your shower curtain frequently.
  • Keeping household humidity levels below 50 per cent prevents moisture from gathering; an air conditioner or dehumidifier can help.
  • Open windows and doors (where possible) to promote a dry interior.
  • Fix leaky toilets, sinks and plumbing pipes immediately as the resulting damp will encourage mould to grow.

Good luck!

For all your plumbing and installation needs, feel free to contact the team at AACooper on 01689 485007 or info@aacooper.co.uk – we’re happy to help.

Source: Houselogic.com

The most recent Bathroom Market report by AMA Research has revealed a growing preference for minimalist, wall-hung and counter top bathroom designs, with the most popular products supporting space saving solutions.

If you have a small bathroom (or a bigger one that you’d like to neaten up) there are some nifty ideas that are trending at the moment, including slim-line wash basins and short-projection furniture. Compact shower baths, small freestanding baths and space-saving ‘back-to-wall’ D-shaped/skirted baths also work well in smaller spaces.

‘Invisible’ storage solutions are a great for de-cluttering as are prefabricated solutions including installation frames and concealed plastic cisterns.

Floating vanities and basins are a couple of the most popular wall hung bathroom features when it comes to maximising space in a bathroom, and a rounded vanity is a good idea if you’re worried about the inconvenience (and safety) of a sharp corner sticking out in a tight space.

A counter extended over the toilet creates an easy space to store items and mounting a towel bar on the shower door will save space (although the rest of the towels might need some cupboard space elsewhere in your home). And there are some styling tips that will create an illusion of space in a small bathroom: large-scale patterns can trick the eye into seeing expanded space, as can expanded mirrors.

For all your plumbing and installation needs, feel free to contact the team at AACooper on 01689 485007 or info@aacooper.co.uk – we’re happy to help.

Source: Forbes.com

What does the UK’s most searched for bathroom look like? Google has the answer – and Sanctuary Bathrooms has been kind enough to analyse all the data for us. Check out the top décor and product trends for 2019:

  • Dark colours are IN, with black the most searched colour in sinks and toilets.
  • Back-to-wall, close-coupled toilets were the most popular of more than 14,000 monthly searches.
  • Double sinks with mixer taps are a popular choice.
  • Freestanding roll-top copper topped 35,000 monthly searches.
  • Grey is the top colour for herringbone flooring and wall tiles.
  • Traditional options and chrome are dominant for accessories.
  • Wooden mirrored cabinets were the most popular of 35,700 related searches.
  • Tall freestanding corner cabinets are a top choice.
  • Chrome topped the searches for toilet roll holders and towel rails.
  • Separate single shower enclosures are strong among 57,200 average monthly searches.

The common thread that marries these choices together is the sanctuary of a bathroom space, which is not only functional but an escape. Freestanding baths, chrome features and dark colours – there’s a sense of romance inherent in this type of look.

As specialists in bespoke bathrooms and plumbing we know how important it is for us to stay on top of bathroom trends, and to advise our clients according to their unique contexts and hopes for their bathroom space. For all your plumbing and installation needs, feel free to contact the team at AACooper on 01689 485007 or info@aacooper.co.uk – we’re happy to help.

Source: kbbreview.com

Firstly, what is a wet room, and what happened to a good old fashioned shower? Don’t panic, they still exist and are fabulous but wet rooms are trending, and are a good way to add value to your bathroom and property.

A wet room is a shower but without the shower screen and tray – so, an open shower area, usually demarcated with tiles.

Why might you want one? Other than upping the price you might be able to sell your home for, wet rooms are contemporary and interesting. They work well in a small space, taking up less room than a bath although intentional design is a good idea; to avoid shower water wetting towels and loo rolls. With no screen or tray, wet rooms are easier to clean but do remember that whilst wet rooms have the potential to increase the value of your home, buyers are partial to one bath at least – so think carefully if a wet room is to replace a bath.

If you’re excited about the idea of an open-plan type of shower, it is important to know off the bat that this is a job for professionals, even if you have some experience with home DIY. A gradient will need to be created in your bathroom in order to channel shower water into a drain, and the room will also require waterproofing. This is hard graft and requires expertise and experience for optimum results.

Your qualified tradesman might suggest raising the bathroom door threshold to keep water contained (in the event of drain blockage) and under-floor heating to keep your feet warm as well as dry out the bathroom. The details will be up to you but advice from a professional is your best bet for a beautiful, successful wet room.

Enjoy planning and dare to do something different!

For all your plumbing and installation needs, feel free to contact the team at AACooper on 01689 485007 or info@aacooper.co.uk – we’re happy to help.

Source: Idealhome.co.uk

A new survey by the Water Regulation Advisory Scheme (WRAS) has found that 80 per cent of Brits are guilty of committing at least one water-wasting habit on a regular basis.

Check out the most common water wasting habits in British homes today:

  • Not reusing water when preparing food/cooking (29 per cent) – catching excess water in a bowl to reuse can reduce water wastage by 50 per cent.
  • Taking deeper baths than necessary (26 per cent) – a bath typically uses around 80 litres, but by running a bath just an inch shorter you can save five litres of water, on average.
  • Running the water whilst brushing their teeth, rather than turning off the tap (21.4 per cent) – a running tap wastes approximately six litres per minute.
  • Filling the kettle up to the top rather than the amount needed (21.1 per cent) – a full kettle (approx. 8 cups) will take twice as long to boil and use more electricity.
  • Running water whilst washing their face, rather than filling the sink up (20.8 per cent) – a running tap wastes approximately six litres per minute.

Other bad habits people admit to include having a shower after a bath and using a hose pipe to clean the car, instead of a bucket.

Making an effort to change these habits might seem inconsequential but every little effort to save water counts – not only saving you money but helping the environment by conserving water resources.

As well as changing habits there are other practical things we can do at home to conserve water, like reducing the amount of time you shower, using less water to wash dishes and using bath or dish water to water the plants inside or out. Installing simple devices such as water-efficient taps and showers will also save both water and energy by minimising the use of heated water. An efficient shower head could reduce household bills by up to £120 per year!

For all your plumbing needs, questions or information, feel free to contact the team at AACooper on 01689 485007 or info@aacooper.co.uk.

Sources: Waterwise.org.uk and hvpmag.co.uk