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HPS Raise Over £500,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital

Chris Derrer - Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Here at HPS it’s no secret about our admiration for Great Ormond Street Hospital. Over the past 12 or so years, we have raised money for GOSH through a number of fundraising events such as sports events, raffles and auctions. Formerly known as The Hospital For Sick Children, the hospital opened in 1852 with only ten beds but the devoted staff, high standards of care and volunteer workers have raised the profile of this hospital to a high level of growth and it’s now known the world over. We believe that donating money to GOSH is not only a great opportunity to give something back to the local communities but to help them in the future with caring for those who are in need.

Just last year we raised around £89,000 for Great Ormond Street, through our fundraising events and also our wonderful customers donating through the ‘Just Giving’ pages online, which means that over 12 years of doing this it totals up to £527,618.36 raised, which is something we are very, very proud of here at HPS. Therefore, on Monday 25th September 2017 we decided to make a special visit the hospital with our good friend, magician Andrew Kelly who wowed the kids, parents and staff!

We also took the opportunity to meet many of the staff, including resident GOSH legend and Head of Nursing, Jilly Hale and have a walk around the historic building and the Morgan Stanley Garden (which was of course created by the DIY SOS team).

As well as a charitable project, it has been a great team building exercise for HPS as a company, as many different branches have really got involved with the events, breakfast mornings and sport activities. Not only is it a great way to bond the individual teams and branches together but it also brings us closer to our customers on a personal level, which is just fantastic. We’ve been glad to have been able to be in a position where we can raise money for such a kind-hearted charity and a good cause, whilst bringing communities and customers from all over the south of England closer together.

If you would like to find out more about what we do to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital, or how you could get involved, please contact us or visit our JustGiving page.

The emergence of ‘Smart Plumbing’

Chris Derrer - Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Who knows what we’ll see in the future when it comes to plumbing and plumbing supplies; we already have Bluetooth shower systems in place, perhaps we could see self-cleaning toilets? Or LED Bathtubs? Future plumbing innovations are in demand, believe it or not. From flashy gadgets to smart innovations, the indoor plumbing tides are changing fast and for the better, with smart plumbing. In many modern buildings, luxury gadgets, maybe even like those described above in the future, go hand-in-hand with what is called smart plumbing.

Smart plumbing trends in new building design and old building renovations focus primarily on:

  • Promoting water efficiency
  • Waste removal efficiency
  • Methods of collection and storage of clean water
  • Economical heating systems

Smart plumbing, or green plumbing, aims to reduce water waste through new wastewater technologies, more efficient plumbing design, and practical landscaping. Green plumbing zeroes in on the conservation of our most important natural resource, by developing technologies such as WaterSense meters, that can regulate incoming water pressure for residences. Also greywater systems can be put in place to reuse excess waste water from the home, to be cleaned and then back into the water system or into irrigation. In the future these simple upgrades will have the potential to save hundreds on water and energy costs, which will in-turn add to your homes value.

Sanitary water supplies and adequate indoor plumbing supports families, businesses, industries, and agriculture across the UK and also the rest of the world. In-fact, 83% of people recognise that indoor plumbing and smart plumbing is essential to their own health and safety, as well as their families.

We have a range of smart plumbing solutions, here at HPS. Find your nearest branch here and pop in to see for yourself exactly what’s on offer.

why PolyPlumb is a good option

Chris Derrer - Tuesday, August 22, 2017

At HPS we have a wide range of materials for fittings and products, as we want to expand your and our knowledge of which materials are suited better to specific environments. For example, can you use PolyPlumb where hot water is needed to pass through? What will allow for the best joint integrity? What pipe stiffener should be used? And also what benefits and cons does PolyPlumb have? Don’t worry we’re going to get right onto it and make sure you’re an expert by the time you’ve finished reading!  

Robust and reliable, PolyPlumb has stood the test of time. PolyPlumb fittings feature a single step jointing process and a high performance stainless steel grab ring within the fitting, which allows for superb joint integrity. Use with Polypipe grey polybutylene flexible pipe, or you can combine PolyPlumb fittings and copper pipe. We recommend the use of a Polypipe metal or plastic pipe stiffener when used with plastic pipe.

PolyPlumb is suitable for use in most plumbing and heating installations including hot and cold water and underfloor heating applications. The system offers a number of benefits, including: time efficient, no nonsense one step joint process, high performance stainless steel grab ring ensures superb joint integrity, demountable only by disassembling reducing potential for tampering. On top of this, it is inexpensive, durable and easy to maintain, which makes it incredibly popular with plumbers who rely on plastic pipes and parts to have greater resistance to corrosion and degradation and a big bonus is that won’t transfer any taste when used with drinking water systems.

So there you have it, PolyPlumb systems are suitable pretty much across the board, from waste systems to drinking water systems, with a number of benefits. Care to find out more or wish to purchase some for your next job? Not a problem, all of our PolyPlumb materials are listed and explained here

Plumbing Myths - solved!

Chris Derrer - Thursday, August 17, 2017
There is a myth for everything, everywhere – especially when it comes to plumbing and heating! Here at HPS, we have researched the most common myths many DIY-ers believe and we have the answers…

1. “My pipes aren’t clogged, water is still going down the drain!”
Well, would you believe us if we told you it’s actually about how quickly the water goes down the drain? For example, if your drain is slow to clear its bubbles when you turn on other faucets (or flush the toilet) you may be at the beginning of a bigger clog! It’s a very common mistake to wait until a drain is completely blocked until you call in the plumber; the damage and inconvenience could be terrible.

2. “I only need a plunger to remove clogs”
Plungers are simple, they work by plugging a clog free with suction – a great tool! BUT, unfortunately it won’t work on every single clog you come across. If the clog you are faced with is caused by something sturdy and stubborn like a tree root, you need a more forceful solution. Often, if a plunger doesn’t work, you should usually turn to your trustee plumbing snake. If this doesn’t work, try hydrojetting; this targets high-pressure water spray to break up and flush out clogs.

3. “My leaky tap can wait…”
What’s the one thing that people tend to put off? You guessed it… a leaky tap. This is because most people don’t think that it’s a big deal – but trust us, it is. The main issue is that the extra water running out of your tap is costing you money on your water bills... quite literally going down the drain! As well as this, a leaky tap can be a sign of trouble brewing elsewhere within your pipes – like other potential leaks. Getting to the bottom of and/or fixing what is causing the leak could actually save your home from some serious water damage.

4. “Creatures can’t get through the pipes… can they?”
The answer to this one is a simple yes. If a creature is small, flexible, and able to swim… they can get up your pipes. Which means, if they can get up your pipes, they can get into your home. Common uninvited guests include snakes (mainly in warmer countries), frogs, and rats. To stop the intruders from coming in, install a flap over the waste tube of your toilet; this will let waste out, while keeping the creatures out too!

So, there you have it, some of the most common plumbing myths, busted! If you would like to find out more about our services here at HPS, please do not hesitate to Contact Us.

Modern plumbing has come a long way...

Chris Derrer - Friday, July 28, 2017
Plumbing can be seen, to an extent, as early as 6000 BC. Hundreds of years ago, people realised water was important, and everyone needed access to it. The slaves in ancient civilisations, who would initially collect water down at the rivers and take it back up to the land in giant pots, were to be instructed to build rudimentary pipes. Substitutes for such can even be found in areas where ancient civilisations lived. Of course, there were a limited number of tools at that point in time and whatever tools they did have were standardised or guaranteed in any way. So, as a whole plumbing wasn't standardised like it is today, where it has an industrial presence of its own.

Clearly today it has come a long way with new materials for pipes, filtration systems are in place, and there is generally more efficiency for water transferal due to the scientific calculations that would make sure the piping can provide and retain the right amount of water pressure. Plumbing has become a part of everybody's house hold in the modern era, this is a massive change to the times where plumbing first arose, where only royalty, such as kings and VIP's would have a set of pipes to remove liquefied waste and supply their clean water. Even as late as the 18th Century people in western Europe would remove their waste by throwing it out of windows into the streets. One of the major reasons we saw a boom in residential plumbing was the factor of hygiene and the life expectancy was low at this point due to the poor sanitation.

Since the 19th Century there has been many adaptations to plumbing and fittings for the general public. The first tap to have hot and cold under a single tap handle was made in 1939, which made life more convenient and then later developments saw an increase in sanitation through water filters and pipes designed with retention of pressure in mind which could later make shower head fittings possible.

Plumbing has been one of the most important developments in human history and could’ve been the difference between a sanitised, developed world and one ridden with disease, infection and millions of people who live many miles in-land, would be without water. Good job plumbers! You’re saving the planet every day!

HPS Bathroom Brochure – Available in Branch or for Download now.

Chris Derrer - Tuesday, July 11, 2017

From an installers point of view, it’s always handy if you can sit with your clients and go through a quality brochure so they can pick styles of bathroom products that they want and so you can advise on the best products to be able to provide them with their ideal bathroom. Whilst our showrooms are the most hands-on approach to selecting materials, the brochure gives the client that all important visual without the need to leave the comfort of their home.

Our brochure is a suitable piece of kit for any plumber’s van and will help you work with your customers who are passionate about getting involved in the process of designing their new bathroom and the features required. We’ve tried to clearly display all the information both you and your clients would need, including information about prices, item codes, clear descriptions and the finish it’s in, is nicely laid out in a table underneath a high-quality image of the fitting or unit. Hopefully, making the decision-making process easier for everybody!

Have your clients seen something they like? Perhaps they’re not sure and want a closer look at a bathroom suite. Why not come into one of our showrooms, we have a range of showrooms scattered across the south east of England. You can find your nearest branch here.

You can pick up a brochure next time you pop into one of our branches, or you can easily access it online through our website here. You can choose to read it on the site in slide-show format, or you can download the PDF file for reading on your computer, tablet, or other device - making it easy to share with your clients allowing them to browse at their leisure.

HPS Raise Over HALF A MILLION POUNDS for Great Ormond Street Hospital

Chris Derrer - Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Great Ormond Street Hospital has always been a charity close to our hearts here at HPS, and we are proud to say that we have been making significant donations over a time period of nearly twelve years! We raise money for GOSH in a number of various ways that everyone everywhere can get involved in, from sports events, to raffles and auctions. We would love to share some of these events with you.

In 2016, we raised an incredible £89,000 which when added to the previous year’s efforts meant than in 12 years of raising and donating, we have raised over £500,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital! We couldn’t be prouder that, as a company, we have contributed towards changing the lives of children, adults, and families throughout the United Kingdom. It has also given opportunity for our own company to come together throughout the branches, with other companies and our great customers to do something really special!

Recently, we have conducted seven charity golf days which everyone loves taking part in but also have offered us a great opportunity to raise even more money. As well as swinging our clubs, we hold raffles and auctions for people to get involved in – with each participant donating their hard earned money. The 2 most recent events have enabled us to raise a staggering £10,000 each time!

“It’s nice to give something back” – Peter Wilson (HPS Merchants Sales Director)

Not only do we plan sports events to raise money for GOSH, but events that allow our teams to bond and communicate with our customers, all while having fun and raising money. We hold company curry nights, bowling competitions, and breakfast mornings around our many branches.

As a company, we have to also recognise the efforts of some individual team members, of which there are too many to mention here – for their solo fundraising efforts for GOSH. We’ve had marathon runners, mountain climbers and long distance endurance cyclists amongst our ranks over the last 12 or so years – who all wanted to raise money for their exploits which we have been able to add to our running total.

Rebecca Robertson – Senior Fundraising Executive of Great Ormond Street said “Thousands of children pass through the hospital doors each year. Each one of these young patients is unique and we do everything we can to help them, and the families who love them. Knowing that we can rely on fundraisers like Heating Plumbing Supplies Ltd. enables us to plan with greater confidence and means our young patients can continue to rely on the excellence of care for which the hospital is renowned worldwide.”

Here at HPS, we take pride in the fact that we are doing everything that we can do in order to raise money for such a kind-hearted charity, whilst bringing communities all over the south of England closer together for an amazing cause at our events.

If you would like to find out more about what we do to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital, or how you could get involved, please contact us or visit our JustGiving page.

Bathroom Showroom Visits: Let us Help!

Chris Derrer - Thursday, June 22, 2017

We know you’ve had those customers who find it difficult to commit to a bathroom, especially when they’ve got nothing but brochures to go through and they’re not 100% settled on what they want -  but that’s where a visit to one of our great bathroom showrooms scattered across the south of the country could sort things out!

Our showrooms are equipped with a huge number of style and pricing options that are as good as certain to cater for any customer, no matter their budget or taste.

Whether they’re after a new 3-piece bathroom suite, a shower enclosure or a wet room – perhaps they want the works? Help them to see their new bathroom in situ by sending them our way.  You’re more than welcome to accompany them too – so you can answer any questions they may have and point out the types of products you’d recommend. It may even make the ordering process easier for you, as you could order what you wanted there and then in branch so you can get started in no time.

Alternatively, feel free to send your customer to us without your supervision and a member of our trained and knowledgeable team will help them find what they’re looking for with simple and unbiased advice.

Worried about what we might have on show in branch? Fear not – we display stock from many of the major manufacturers including:

  • Bristan
  • Mira
  • Aqualisa
  • Pura
  • Vado
  • …and dozens of others

We’re open 6 days a week, on Mondays to Fridays from 7.30am til 5pm or if that’s not convenient on Saturday mornings from 8am til midday.

So, are you ready to make things a bit easier on yourself? Find your nearest HPS Bathroom Showroom

Don’t forget, we’ve also got a whole host of promotions running at the moment – some of which could save you and your client some money on their new bathroom! View our promotions 

New branch opening in Sevenoaks

Peter Wilson - Thursday, March 23, 2017

If you live in the Sevenoaks area we’re pleased to announce that you’ll be able to get your plumbing and heating supplies in our newest branch! The store includes a showroom and its doors will be opening on Monday 10th April; we look forward to seeing you!

Address: Unit 5, Vestry Trading Estate
Town/City: Sevenoaks
County: Kent
Postcode: TN14 5EL
 Phone:  01732 449595

Large bathroom showroom added to HPS Newhaven

Peter Wilson - Thursday, March 23, 2017
Newhaven Showroom
Newhaven Showroom
Newhaven Showroom

We’ve recently added a large bathroom showroom to our popular Newhaven branch allowing you to explore the range of products and finishes on offer from HPS. The showroom is open now – so come down and a check out a selection of the range of bathrooms available from HPS for retail and trade customers.

Opening Hours: Weekdays - 7.30am to 5.00pm

Saturdays - 8.00am to 12noon

Address: Unit W, Rich Industrial Estate, Avis Way
Town/City: Newhaven
County: East Sussex
Postcode: BN9 0DU

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