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Are you neglecting annual boiler service? Then seriously, you are going to overlook proper maintenance of the boiler system. Many reasons can be found for doing so like some forget, some stay busy throughout the day and some consider it unimportant. But the fact is annual boiler service is really beneficial in a number of ways.

Although gas engineers remain extremely busy during cold months making unavailability in the city. But, there is nothing to worry about as boiler servicing can be carried out on summer months as well. Remember, as you take out woollen clothes from wardrobe with the arrival of winter you have to keep your boiler ready for the season too!

Read on this blog if you are interested to know how annual boiler servicing benefits your home and lifestyle.

  1. Keep the home warm and safe

    Air pollution due to higher emission of Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a serious concern and gas appliance is the main culprit of it. Basically, it occurs due to improper installation and maintenance of the boiler system in the countries which cover the cold horizon.

    So, annual boiler servicing influences the engineers to check the system thoroughly for emissions leakage. Gas engineer will look for the leaks from where carbon monoxide can get released making the air unfit for inhaling.

    Safety Checks will be carried out in the property as well ensuring that it meets proper installation assuring you with much-needed peace of mind.

    Apart from keeping the home safe it will alleviate the unexpected breakdowns significantly. You can stay tension free knowing that the heating demands will be fulfilled greatly by the system in upcoming winter and the time when you need. Avoiding annual servicing can put additional expense on you with emergency repairs.

    At that time you need to search with emergency boiler repair near me online to find a reliable one at affordable prices to restore its functionality. Till then the boiler can break down completely too and it can be very risky for you and your family.

  1. Serviced boilers lower the heating bills significantly

    Although annual boiler servicing prolongs the validity of warranty and guarantee, it is not available completely at free of cost. You have to pay a minimum charge of £60-£80 for the servicing. In contrast to winter if the servicing is done in summer months then it will be available at more discounted rate or free sometimes.

    Certain people regard the annual servicing of the boiler as wastage of money but it is cost-effective in long-term. Yearly boiler servicing will not only improve its reliability and efficiency but also assure you that the system is in great condition and can serve you for more years to come. As a result, it will not impact your home utility or heating bills in the end as well.

    However, effectiveness of the boiler is directly proportional to that of its age and model. Only a qualified and experienced gas engineer can suggest about approx efficiency of your system inspecting it extensively which will run your energy bill in utmost minimum.

  1. Cover the boiler requirements under warranty or guarantee

    Boiler system must be serviced before winter every year because to attain the warranty or guarantee requirements. This will surely assist you to keep the system in good condition without any additional expense. Moreover, annual servicing will keep the warranty or guarantee policy valid as long as you will have the system.

    You can service the boiler anytime you want. There is nothing like that you should perform the inspection every winter as it can be carried out during summer as well. All you have to do is to make sure that the boiler is serviced every year otherwise the warranty or guarantee policy becomes vague.

    During installation of the model, keep an eye on the manufacturer’s terms and conditions. If compulsory annual servicing is stated then it is better to book one before your policy becomes invalid. Or else, it will make you fall in a number of pricey repairing in the future.

  1. Save additional expense as boiler repairing service

    Boiler can get broken down easily if it is not serviced at a regular interval of time. As boiler is not in use during hot summer months, its functional ability gets affected by some underlying conditions. Hence, you should take proper servicing into account before the arrival of winter to assure that everything is normal with the appliance.

    Otherwise, it will be much late and even on ignoring minute problem it can become a major one. Accordingly, you will have to pay more for its fixation. So, annual service is pivotal in figuring such minor spots prior they escalate and lead to potential damage to the whole system.

    In consideration of cost, it is better to opt for annual boiler service rather than paying separately for replacing or repairing each part every time. In case, your boiler system is more or less 10 years old then the right time has arrived to install a new model in your property by replacing this one.

    Annual boiler servicing increases its longevity to perform efficiently. As long as it will remain in good condition you will have peace of mind by shedding off the tension of obtaining a new system.

  1. It is the mandatory law

    Every boiler in the rented properties must be serviced annually by the landlords. Gas safety checks throughout the property are considered as legal in the country. Only they can’t be blamed for the type of gas appliance chosen by the tenants.

    Even it is entirely up to tenants whether they want to connect it with the boiler of the landlord or not! But Gas Safety checks should be done by the qualified engineers. So, hire reliable company which will issue a Landlord Gas Safety certificate in the end.

Hence, it is better to book the annual boiler service to ensure that everything related to your system is normal. Otherwise, hire a company for boiler repair services in London to retain its working condition as soon as possible after malfunctioning.

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What lies beneath: meet the real life metal detectorists

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Tales of rare finds, Instagram stories, and, of course, that hit TV comedy means metal detecting is buzzing. Today’s detectorists reveal what they love about it

Lucie Gray, 31, Lincolnshire

Set up Roman Found on Instagram

We almost started it as a joke in the garden during lockdown. My cousin, Ellie, bought a metal detector for herself and then I got my hands on it – and she never got it back! It was something fun to do when we really couldn’t do a lot. I’d always had this interest in history since I was a young child as I grew up metal-detecting with my dad.

It’s a bit unique how we do it together: I find the targets, then Ellie digs the hole and excavates the find out. We were addicted after the first coin we found: which was a 1947 halfpenny. I think metal detecting is sometimes labeled as geeky or nerdy. But when you try it, you realize those labels don’t actually mean anything if you’re enjoying yourself.

Metal-detecting is now much more in the public eye, with shows like Detectorists. When we saw that there was a community on Instagram, we started our own page, Roman Found, which now has more than 55,000 followers. We’ve got a TikTok page and a YouTube channel, too. I think the popularity of our accounts probably comes down to the curation and the attention to detail: we’re both designers and we try to tell the stories of our finds by filming each one. Metal detecting is really good for my mental health, too. I’m neurodivergent, and being able to focus on one task is something I have struggled with. But metal-detecting is impossible if you’re not focused on the task, so it really makes me feel present at the moment and stops my mind from wandering into places it shouldn’t.

I’ve learned a lot of patience and focus. When I first started metal-detecting I couldn’t do it for more than an hour at a time. Now I’ve built up the stamina to detect all day.

Ellie Bruce, 23, Lincolnshire

Co-founder of Roman Found

Ellie Bruce and Lucy Gray crouching either side of a hole dug in a field, holding and photographing their find

It’s quite funny because I’m the last person people expect to be on TikTok. But we’ve gained so many close friends through social media who we never would have met if it weren’t for metal-detecting.

I research everything we find: I find out what it is, where it came from, and how old it is. It’s addictive. I’ve always had an interest in history and archaeology – and I wanted to be a paleontologist when I was younger.

One of the weirdest things we’ve found were these 1950s empty bottles of cream. We found about 10 of them all in the same place in the middle of this field. Quite early on, we were lucky enough to find a gold Henry VII coin. That was a top moment for us, because you don’t find stuff like that very often.

A muddy hand holding a buckle-shaped metal object
Buried treasure: Lucie and Ellie unearth a metal object. Photograph: Alex Telfer/The Observer

We’d never be interested in selling anything. We’ll go out for eight to 10 hours, and we might only come back with one silver coin. So, for us, that one silver coin means a lot, because of the work that’s gone into finding it.

I think if we did it separately, there’s no way we’d be out all day. I wouldn’t enjoy it as much either, so it wouldn’t be as much fun or as rewarding. It’s very much a thing we do together – we motivate each other. It’s quite a peaceful space out there, when you’re in the fields.

Tom Lucking, 31, Norfolk

Unearthed the Winfarthing Pendant

Tom Lucking in a lumberjack shirt and boots, holding a spade and metal detector

Finding old things is appealing. It’s the wonder of going out and picking up something that no one has touched or even seen for years and thinking: “This could be 1,500 years old!”

When I was about 21, a friend of mine got us permission to go on this farm in Norfolk. We’d got to this one field and we thought: “Well, that looks quite interesting.” Over the next couple of years we went there when we could and built up a collection of bits of brooch, bits of Anglo-Saxon metalwork and buckles.

the Winfarthing pendant
Grave find: the Winfarthing pendant. Photograph: British Museum

Before Christmas 2014, I was there on my own one day, detecting to see what Anglo-Saxon metalwork I could find. I got this big deep signal, dug down 2ft, and eventually found the rim of a big bronze bowl. I left it in place, marked the spot and went and spoke to the Norfolk county council’s historic environment service. They came in the January afterwards and excavated the bowl and the area around the find. It had been a high-status burial, which included a stunning golden garnet pendant and gold necklace, and other grave goods.

It went through a coroner’s inquest and was declared treasure. In the end, myself and the landowners, and the museum that wished to acquire it, Norwich Castle, came to an agreement on value. The pendant itself was £140,000, and just over £5,000 for the rest of the assemblage.

Tom Lucking’s hand holding coins and other metal objects
‘It’s the wonder of going out and picking up something that no one has touched or even seen for years’: Tom Lucking. Photograph: The Observer

I got a quarter of the payout. There was a quarter for me, a quarter for my friend who got us permission, and then half for the landowner. That formed a fair chunk of a deposit on a house after I left university. The find probably gave me some encouragement to go and get into archaeology professionally – I work in commercial archaeology now.

It’s a fun hobby, but one that requires a lot of patience. There are a lot of hours that you’re not finding anything. But if you put the hours in, I’ve found, you’ll eventually get the results.

Ruth Harding, 68, Lancashire

Took up metal-detecting in retirement

Ruth Harding in a coat, boots and bright green gloves, holding a metal detector and spade, leaning against a fence
‘It’s great to have a group for women. More than a handful has joined because they’ve been in other groups and had someone mansplain to them’: Ruth Harding. Photograph: Alex Telfer/The Observer

During lockdown, I was sitting around like everybody else. I must have seen something somewhere because I just remember that one day I thought: “Metal-detecting, I’ve always wanted to do it!” I’m retired, I came back to England three or four years ago. I’d been living in Canada for 40 years, and it’s just not a thing there.

I went to my first dig – and I was hooked. In some ways, I think humans are like dogs. Because I always think dogs need a job, even if it’s picking up a stick that’s been thrown.

Researching the detectors was actually a nightmare because there are so many, but I bought one: a Minelab Vanquish 540. I’ve now got a Deus machine, which is one of the lightest metal detectors. For most of us, as we get older, we can’t swing the detector all day. I’ve got one knee replacement and arthritis in the other – kneepads, boots, and gloves need to be upgraded all the time.

In the UK, you need the landowner’s permission to detect on their land – and also that of the tenant, like the farmer if the land is being leased. Because I don’t have permission to detect on anybody’s fields, I go on group digs, where the organizers have secured permission for us to detect on the land in advance. When I first started, I went out practically every week. Now, I tend to do one dig a month, because it can be expensive – many digs are now £20.

I’m in a Facebook group, the Sassy Searchers Ladies Metal-detecting Tribe. It’s great to have a group for women. There are more than a handful who have joined the Sassies because they’ve been in other groups and felt that when they’ve asked questions, they’ve had someone mansplain. We’re very supportive. It’s like a little family.

Recently, I found a hammered Elizabeth I coin – hammered refers to the process used to make them. I keep everything I dig up, even rusty machine parts and bits of lead, and weigh it all in at the scrap yard at the end of the year.

I get out, even if it’s pissing it down with rain. I feel like I’ve been reintroduced to England. I left when I was 25, I spent more than 40 years abroad. I’m going to some areas where I’ve last been 40-odd years ago, and parts of England I’ve never seen before. I wish I’d started detecting years ago. It’s all history, isn’t it? We’re walking over this ground and we have no idea what’s beneath it.

Dave Crisp, 76, Wiltshire

Finder of the Frome Hoard

Dave Crisp standing next to a river in the countryside, in a coat, sunglasses and boots and holding a metal detector and a spade
I’ve been metal-detecting for 35 years, and I’ve never looked back. I’m as passionate now as that first time I went out and started to find what I thought was treasure, but really was just rubbish: the few odd coins and bits and pieces. As soon as I walk across that field, all my troubles disappear.

One week in April 2010, the sun was shining. I was working as a chef in a local hospital and I had two days off. So, I asked the missus: “Is it all right if I go out?” She said: “Yes, go!” Off I went down into Somerset. I had three farms all next to one another where I had permission to detect.

I got a good signal, so I cut a little bit of turf, flapped it back – and there was a silver Roman coin, a siliqua! They don’t come up very often, certainly not for me. I put it into my pouch, not realizing that I would spend the next three hours going round in circles on that field, literally picking up silver coins.

I had to work the next week, but I really wanted to try this field again. So on the way home, I thought: “I’ll pop in for a couple of hours.” I got a signal and, at first, all I could find was this one coin and a bit of black pottery. So, I dug a bit more. I ended up pulling out a big chunk of yellow clay and, studded like little sultanas in a pudding, were bronze coins.

I literally shouted: “I’ve got two hoards!” There was the scattered hoard of siliquas and what is called the Frome Hoard: 52,503 coins in a pot that weighed 160kg in total.

The Treasure Valuation Committee valued the Frome Hoard at about £360,000, which is a payment in recognition that you did the right thing and reported the treasure. Now, it’s in the Museum of Somerset. They have made a fantastic display of it.

I split the money that I was given with the landowner of the field, so we got about £180,000 each. I always say if I’m talking about it: “Well, 180 grand, that’s not bad for three days’ work.” I bought my council house, which I’m still in. My family did well out of it, too. When I pop my clogs, they’ll do better out of it again. It changed my life.

The excitement is still there whenever I go out, even if I have a bad day and I only find rubbish. I just think: “Hey, it’s a bad day, but I’ve been out in the fresh air. I’ve been out in the sunshine. I’ve done a bit of walking, so I’m keeping a bit fitter.” It doesn’t even matter if I don’t find anything.

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