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    VIDEO - How To Add Inhibitor To Your Heating System - Method 1

    Thu 17th Apr 2014 - 3:50am DIY Troubleshooting VIDEO - How To Add Inhibitor To Your Heating System - Method 1


    Benjamin Clarke

    Central heating inhibitor is a liquid additive to put in your heating system to help prevent the build up of limescale and corrosion in your radiators. Adding inhibitor can help with the efficiency of your system and increase the lifespan of your radiators, and it's definitely something you can do yourself.

    This video features Jimmy the Plumber covering the easiest way of adding inhibitor to your heating system. As he explains, most plumbers looking to inhibit a system will first look for a heated towel rail in the house. Adding inhibitir via a heated towel rail is the simplest way of doing it and this is the method Jimmy covers in this video.

    If you do not have a heated towel rail in your house, we will cover how to add inhibitor via a radiator in a future video.

    Heating inhibitor is available to buy in the Accessories Section of our website »»

    The radiator featured in the main image is the Deco Stainless Steel Heated Towel Rail 

    Article by Benjamin Clarke

    Winner of our £3000 Apprentice Competition Interviewed

    Tue 15th Apr 2014 - 8:32am Press Winner of our £3000 Apprentice Competition Interviewed


    Benjamin Clarke

    Last year, we ran a competition asking small business owners to pitch us with ideas on how they would be able to expand their business if they took on an apprentice.

    We truly believe in the useful functionality of an apprenticeship and we also remembered back to our early days and how helpful it would’ve been for a bigger company to provide funding and help us with expanding.

    Our competition prize was to provide the winner with £3000 to help finance the cost of taking on an apprentice. After an impressive and impassioned pitch, we decided the lucky recipient would be Sam Smith, who runs his own plumbing and heating company in Derby.

    With the money, Sam was able to take on 17 year old Jacob Ball as his apprentice. This story has gained quite a bit of online media coverage and Sam was recently interviewed by Dawn Murden of Talk Business Magazine.

    You can read the full interview here: Why Are Apprenticeships Important?

    Send us your Easter Weekend DIY Projects

    Mon 14th Apr 2014 - 9:43am Home Interiors Send us your Easter Weekend DIY Projects


    Benjamin Clarke

    The Easter Weekend is always an excellent time to get some jobs done around the house, whether it's painting and decorating, unblocking the sink, bleeding the radiators or fitting a new heated towel rail.

    Whatever DIY project you're up to over Easter, we would like to invite you to tell us all about it. We're always nosy about what other people's home improvements are, so we'd love it if you could send us some pictures of what you're working on! Whether it's before and after pictures, or just images of the finished project, we'll be happy to receive them. The ones we like will be displayed on our Facebook Page and on our other social media channels!

    You can email your pictures to us, along with your name, town/city and a few words about your project to

    Have a great long weekend and we can't wait to see what you've got on the go!

    Should you need to order anything from us to be received in time for the Easter Weekend, please contact us today on 0845 3313 909.

    Article by Benjamin Clarke

    How To Fix A Radiator That Wont Get Hot

    Thu 10th Apr 2014 - 2:37am DIY Troubleshooting How To Fix A Radiator That Wont Get Hot


    Benjamin Clarke

    Today we’re going to have a look at the problems you might have if you’ve only got one radiator that’s not working. So let’s say you’ve got a house full of ten rads and you’ve got one radiator in one of those rooms that just won’t get hot.

    Usually you’ll find that it’s actually a really really simple solution and one that you can do yourself, without actually having to call a plumber out. So let’s see how we can do that now.

    There are two ends to a radiator where the heating will come in and go out. The lockshield end is generally on the return side back to the boiler, so the first thing to do if the radiator isn’t getting hot is to get yourself an adjustable spanner, or a pair of grips, and open the lockshield valve one full turn.

    Now go to the other end of the radiator and, if there’s a thermostatic radiator valve (TRV) present (which there is on most radiators in the UK), make sure it’s fully turned open.

    If you’ve opened the lockshield at one end and the radiator TRV at the other end and the radiator still doesn’t get hot, what you can then do is remove the radiator TRV head. Once you’ve removed the head, that will expose the TRV pin, that the radiator valve acts on.

    Now often these can get stuck down in the shut position. To solve this issue, do not use anything to hit the pin with, but instead, grab a set of grips and wiggle the pin up and down in order to free it off. Once you’ve got that working properly, you should see the pin goes up and down on its own.

    If you feel like it once you’ve freed the pin, you can spray some lubricant around the pin shaft to try and prevent it from getting stuck again.

    Those are the first two points you should try and cover when you’ve got one radiator that isn’t working. If you’ve done all that - you’ve opened up your lockshield, turned on the TRV and freed up the pin and you’re still not getting any heat or flow through the radiator, then there’s one more thing you can probably do as a homeowner, although it is still quite advanced.

    The first thing to do is shut the thermostatic radiator valve and shut the lockshield. Then get a small towel, put it under the air bleed valve and open up the bleed with a radiator key. That will dissipate any pressure that’s in the radiator because no water can now get into the radiator as both of the valves are shut.

    The next thing to do once the pressure has been fully dissipated is to remove the whole airbleed assembly itself and put in a connection that will allow you to attach a normal garden hose. (½ inch male to 15mm compression with a small stub of 15mm copper is fine)

    Then turn the heating system off, take the end of the garden hose outside and then open up the thermostatic radiator valve. What will happen is a large body of water will come out through the top of the radiator, go down your hose and out into the garden.

    The reason to do this is potentially the remaining problem about that radiator is there could be an airlock. Flushing out the flow side through the thermostatic radiator valve will push any trapped air out.

    Remember, once you’ve pushed any air out, if you’ve got a pressurised system, top up the pressure on the filling loop. Or if you’ve got a non-pressurised system, you shouldn’t have to worry as it will fill up automatically.

    Once you remove any slugs of air, you will then need to shut the thermostatic radiator valve and do the same with the lockshield. Also remove your hose and reinstate the radiator with it’s airbleed, so it’s back to normal. Turn the radiator back on and with any luck, you should get some heat flowing into the radiator.

    You can view a video of this radiator process on our YouTube Channel.

    Alternatively, if this has not solved your problem, you are advised to watch out How To Balance Your Heating System video.

    The radiator featured in the main image is a Victorian Cast Iron Radiator 760mm High.

    Article by Benjamin Clarke

    Interview With The Winner Of Our £3000 Apprentice Competition

    Tue 8th Apr 2014 - 3:48am Press Interview With The Winner Of Our £3000 Apprentice Competition


    Benjamin Clarke

    If you cast your minds back to last year, you may remember that we ran a competition offering a grand total of £3000 for a business to take on an apprentice. We’re strong believers in apprenticeships, feeling it’s an excellent way for a young person to learn a trade and we wanted to do our little bit to help a deserving business take someone on.

    The lucky winner was Derby-based plumber Sam Smith, who runs his own company S G Smith Plumbing & Heating. Sam opted to take on local lad Jacob Ball, and it’s proven to be a real success story.

    Sam was recently interviewed by Rishi Chowdhury, co-founder of YHP Magazine, an online magazine site dedicated to SMEs, which Trade Radiators has proudly featured in in the past.

    You can read the entire interview with Sam Smith here: How Trade Radiators Competition Helped A Business Expand With An Apprentice.

    Article by Benjamin Clarke