How to protect your home or business from Carbon Monoxide

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Carbon monoxide – known as the silent killer because you can’t see, smell or taste it – is a deadly gas and needs to be treated with the utmost care and attention.

Carbon Monoxide is produced by the burning of various fuels, including; coal, wood, charcoal, oil, propane and natural gases. Poisoning doesn’t just happen in domestic homes; there have been many cases in which care homes, schools and commercial premises have experienced gas leaks..

Faulty boilers, generators and plant machinery, are the main causes of Carbon Monoxide exposure.

When carbon monoxide is breathed in, it enters your bloodstream and mixes with the haemoglobin in your blood to form carboxyhaemoglobin. When this happens, the blood is no longer able to carry oxygen, and this lack of oxygen causes the body’s cells and tissue to fail and die.

A tension-type headache is the most common symptom of mild carbon monoxide poisoning. Other symptoms that you should be aware of:
• Breathing difficulties or chest pains
• Lightheadedness or dizziness
• Headache
• Eye or throat irritation
• Nausea or reduced appetite
• Depression, irritability, or other mood changes
• Ringing in ears
• Frequent nosebleeds

If you experience any of the above symptoms and you think this is due to a possible CO leak in your home or business then contact A&E straight away.

Installing a CO detector will alert you to any dangerous levels of CO before it is too late. All CO detectors should be fitted in any rooms that have a fuel-burning appliance in them. Alarms must be placed between one to three metres away from the heating appliance; preferably on the ceiling and a minimum of 300mm away from the wall.

Toxic poisoning can be suffered as the result of sudden high exposure to CO, or pro-longed exposure over time; therefore the detection of CO is calculated by analysing concentration over time.

Apart from installing a CO detector all Boilers, cookers, heating systems and appliances should be installed and regularly serviced by a reputable, registered engineer.

Do not attempt to install or service appliances yourself.

Anyone carrying out work on installations and appliances in your home must be registered with a relevant association, such as the:

Gas Safe Register (for gas appliances)
Heating Equipment Testing and Approval Scheme (HETAS) (for solid fuel appliances)
Oil Firing Technical Association (OFTEC) (for oil appliances)

If you have any further questions about any of our services please call or email and our staff will be more than happy to assist you.

Can I Renovate A Listed Building

If you are thinking about renovated a listing building in Scotland you may need to apply for special consent to make changes to the property.

Glasgow is awash with listed buildings, full of character and charm – there are over 1800 listed building in Glasgow alone and over 47,000 in all of Scotland. So renovating one is understandably not as straight forward as renovating a normal property.

Living In A Listed Building
If you are lucky enough to live in or own a listed building then it is your responsibility for its maintenance and repair. Work on listed buildings should be carried out to a high standard, using traditional methods and materials. And you are advised to employ the services of a tradesperson or contractor with conservation experience, preferably in local building techniques and traditions.

Planning Permission
Listed building consent is the process by which the planning authorities ensure that any changes made to a listed building are appropriate and sympathetic to the original character of the building.

Permission is needed if you wish to demolish, alter or extend a listed building, but if you are looking to just replace certain materials in the building on a like-for-like basis and the changes/repairs won’t affect the character of the building then you probably wouldn’t need permission. But in all cases it is best to check with your local planning authority.

Applying for listed building consent is free and you follow the same basic process as you do with normal planning permission.

Listed Building are graded according to their merits*:

• Category A covers buildings of national and international importance and accounts for 15% of all Listed Buildings in Glasgow.

• Category B (70%) takes in those of regional or local significance, and

• Category C (15%) contains buildings of more modest architectural or historic interest.

The interiors and exteriors of Category A, B and C listed buildings are statutorily protected and are covered by Listed Building controls. They may not be demolished or altered without prior Listed Building Consent. Planning Permission may also be required for external alterations to Listed Buildings.

So it’s safe to say – always contact your local planning authority before you start any work and of course Scotruss Builders are always on hand to advise on any building related matters.

*Glasgow City Council

If you have any further questions about any of our services please call or email and our staff will be more than happy to assist you.

Frequently asked questions about our building services

Q. Do you offer free quotes for construction jobs?

A. Yes, we off free no obligation quotes for all of our construction services. We will carry out a detailed survey of the work required and supply you with a written quote.

Q. Do I need to pay a deposit before work can begin?

A. Yes, we require a deposit for all our larger building services. This is to ensure we can start buying any materials etc that are needed for the job to begin. Once work has started or we have procured materials for the job in question then the deposit becomes non-refundable.

Q. Can you offer any kind of architectural or design services? 

A. Yes, We work in partnership with an amazing Glasgow based company called A10 Architects Ltd who are RIAS registered and have years of experience.

Q. What forms of payment do you accept?

A. Cash and Bank Transfers are the most common and preferred forms of payment. For larger jobs we may accept payment in instalments, but this is on a case by case basis – contact us for more information. Please note – unfortunately we can no longer accept cheques as a form of payment.

Q. I’m interested in a house extension, will I need to move out while work is underway?

A. It depends on the size and scope of the extension, but generally speaking there is no need for you to vacate your home while we build the extension, obviously there are exceptions to this rule but we can advise on this when we carry out our initial survey.

Q. Can you offer any kind of ‘deal’ if I were to get my bathroom and kitchen renovated at the same time.

A. Yes, sometimes we can offer a reduced rate if it means we can save money on travelling expenses and staffing.

Q. Do you have any job vacancies available at the moment?

A. We pride ourselves on being a part of our local Glasgow community and employing young, focused staff who we can give full training too. When we have job vacancies available we will advertise this on our website and social media – so keep your eyes peeled! We are also always on the look out for experienced tradesmen and of course we welcome anyone of any age or gender to apply for any jobs we have.

Q. I am interested in a new kitchen and bathroom, do you provide samples of worktops, taps, colour schemes etc?

A. Of course, we have a huge range of samples for you to look at and we can show you photos of our previous projects to give you an idea of layouts, colours and all options available.

If you have any further questions about any of our services please call or email and our staff will be more than happy to assist you.

How we operate our building services in a post-covid world.

ScotRuss Builders make the health and safety of our customers of absolute paramount importance when we carry out any of our services in todays climate.

We monitor the government guidelines on a daily basis to ensure we are always up-to-date with the latest advice.

Steps we will take.

When we visit your home or workplace you can rest assured that all of our staff with be wearing protective face masks and take all the necessary precautions required to make our visit as safe as possible.

Social distancing will be followed in all situations where possible, but should the need arise where this is not possible we will:

• Increase the frequency of our hand washing and surface cleaning

• Keep the time involved as short as possible

• Use back-to-back working rather than face-to-face

• Reduce the amount of people that our staff have contact with.

Working in your home or business.

During and after our visit we will:

• Frequently clean any objects and surfaces that have been touched using industry standard cleaning products.

• Safely dispose of any waste that we have accumulated during our work

• Maintain good ventilation during during our visit by keeping windows and doors open

• Dispose of any discarded PPE equipment offsite.

• Wash our hands more often and for longer than 20 seconds each time

• Use minimal workers for the required job wherever possible

• Use the same employee or pair of employees to carry out the same tasks

• We will avoid any sharing of paperwork between us and our customer(s) where possible.

• Cover our mouths and nose with a tissue should we cough or sneeze to reduce the spread of germs.

• Speak to our customers before our visit their homes so we can arrange how we will carry out the work to minimise risk for everyone.

We also carry our own supply of hand sanitiser and bin bags, ensuring the risk to our customers is kept at an absolute minimum.

And as much as it pains us to say it, we will of course have to say no to any tea, coffee or biscuits.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or would like us to talk you through any of the points above.

Proven Instructions – How easy select stretch ceilings DiY.

Stretch ceilings help to fix or fulfill various construction, repair, design goals in your home, apartment, office or store in Glasgow UK.
There are a lot of different manufacturers and types of stretch ceilings, and therefore you need to choose them correctly, and a proven instruction will help you with this, from an experienced installer of stretch ceilings from company Scotruss Builders Glasgow UK.
Instruction – How easy select stretch ceilings yourself (DiY) –

Find out the type of room or building.

For the right choice of stretch ceilings, it is very important to know exactly the type of room or building in which you want to install suspended ceilings. Premises and buildings are of two main types – residential (private house, apartment) and non-residential (office, shop, etc.). You can precisely determine the type by looking at the documents for your room or building.

Determine the composition of the material of suspended ceilings.

Many stretch ceilings can be hazardous (in certain types of rooms), not very durable materials, so carefully consider whether the specified material is safe and durable for you.

Check the quality certificate of your stretch ceiling.

The quality certificate will give you an additional guarantee of the quality of your stretch ceiling, find out about its availability from the seller and check it.

Check the seller of suspended ceilings.

It is safer to buy stretch ceilings from sellers who are official representatives of the manufacturer stretch ceiling that you plan to buy.
Whether the seller is an official representative or not, you can find out on the official website of the manufacturer of the stretch ceiling you want to buy, if there is no such data, then ask your seller to show the certificate that he is the official representative of this manufacturer.

Now you know all the main rules of our instructions and you can easily and correctly choose high-quality stretch ceilings to improve your home, office or store.
If you have additional questions or it is difficult for you to choose according to our instructions and install your stretch ceilings, as this should be done by an experienced builder, then call us now 0141 266 0012 or write it online in our chat or through the contact form to our “Scotruss Builders” construction company, and we we will answer your questions for free and help you choose stretch ceilings + design or project as a gift in Glasgow UK!

Considering a new House Extension?


Follow these guidelines to help you realize your vision.

An extension to your existing home can add valuable and much needed living space while at the same time removing
need of moving into a new property and the associated ‘external’ costs that comes with it, (stamp duty, estate agents etc).

Your Design

  • It’s essential that you create your design based on your personal needs and requirements. You may wish have a larger kitchen or add a garage with a living space above it but your extension must fulfil what you actually need first and foremost.
  • Cosmetic considerations such as type of facing brick/stone etc should be incorporated after the functional size and design has been established and according to your budget.
  • Whether by yourself or with help of a professional (see below), you also need to consider things like:
  • Do you require planning permission? Follow this link for planning permission regulations in Scotland)
  • Do you want a single or double storey extension? Did you know that 2 storey extensions aren’t much more expensive than single storey!
  • Access for the builder, building materials, delivery vehicles, utilities, environmental considerations (trees etc.), rights of way and not least your neighbours.

Your Professional(s):

  • Once you have an idea of the size and layout of your extension you will then need the help of suitable professionals.
  • Many builders who undertake extension work do so in partnership with architects and structural engineers and this can simplify things greatly, their expert knowledge can speed the whole process up considerably and rule out very costly mistakes.
  • [ScottRuss Builders] are a Glasgow based building company with extensive knowledge and experience in this field working in conjunction with RIAS (The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland) registered architects.
  • Undertaking complete new builds, kitchen and bathroom design and installation and all other home improvement projects.
  • Whoever and whichever route you decide to take, ensure that these professionals are trustworthy and have a solid reputation specifically in the area of house building and extensions.
  • Word of mouth and genuine testimonies from previous clients go a long way in this field so ask about and do your research!

Your Budget:

  • Typical costs range from £1000 per square metre and up depending on size and material specification and location.
  • Normally payments are made in stages after an initial deposit/fund to get the ball rolling and then after each completed stage signed off by the appropriate authority.
  • If you don’t have any recommended builders/architects, it would be wise to get a few quotes from local companies but its not always wise to pick the cheapest as cutting corners and oversights can lead to multi thousand pound mistakes!
  • After you’ve chosen your quote/builder add about 10% extra for contingency purposes.
  • If your priority is the value increase in your original property try to balance this with the overall cost of the extension work, no point in investing tens of thousands of £££’s for a marginal increase in property value.

Call us now on our phone 0141 266 0012, or write it online in our chat or through the contact form, and the operator from our “Scotruss Builders

The basic rules for starting an easy kitchen installation yourself.

Kitchens come in different types and designs, but to easily start installing them yourself, you should know the basic rules for easy installation that will maximize the quality of the kitchen installation, and later you will not need additional work to replace fixtures and replace kitchen elements due to breakdown due to improper installation of various fixtures and parts of the kitchen.
Read carefully and remember these rules –

Determine the exact size of your kitchen installation room.

Make a copy of the project with the exact size of your room, where you will install your kitchen and preferably take a measurement of your room, as the documents may contain outdated or inaccurate size data. These actions will maximize speed and precision installation of your own kitchen.

Determine the size and function of your kitchen.

If your room already has an installed old kitchen, then look and write down the size and functions of your kitchen, and take a couple of photos.As a result, you can determine which of these functions you want to keep, and what to remove or reduce, but so as not to increase the size.
Now you know the basic rules, using which you can easily choose and start installing your kitchen, as the seller will give you exactly the kitchen that suits you 100%.
If it is difficult for you to deal with this instruction or install your kitchen, then call us now on our phone 0141 266 0012, or write it online in our chat or through the contact form, and the operator from our “Scotruss Builders” construction company, will answer all your questionsfor free and help set your kitchen in Glasgow UK + design or kitchen project as a gift!

The main stages of how to easily start installing a bathroom yourself — DIY

In this article, experienced builders from company “Scotruss Builders” will give you a bathroom installation guide with which you can easily start installing the bathroom yourself. For easy and proper installation of your bathroom, you need to follow these steps –

Determine the type of building where you want to install your bathroom.

Types of buildings are different, the main thing in them is a residential and non-residential building, apartment, shop, private house, etc.

Choose a room to install your bathroom.

The room you need to choose the one that was originally designed for this project of your building, and if you want to change or make an additional room to place a bath in another room of your building, then you need to get permission for these works and make changes to the design of your home.

Determine what type your bathroom has.

Bathtubs come in different types, standard for an apartment or a house, with a shower and without a shower, medical, children’s, etc.Think about what you need a bath for and determine its type.The bathtub must be the right size for installation in your room.

Check if your premises are ready to start work.

The room should be without rubbish, with even walls and floors, on which the construction and repair work of the floor, walls, electric lighting, sewer pipes, sinks and other toilet equipment in this room was done and completed, the old bathroom must be dismantled and removed from the room.

Make the correct installation of your bathroom.

The installation of the bathroom should be done by an experienced installer who knows the building codes and rules, you need to work with a professional building tool, if installation instructions are attached to your bathroom, then the work must be done according to these instructions.

Congratulations, now you know the main steps in starting the easy installation of your bathroom yourself, and now you can start installing your bathroom properly.

If you have questions about these steps or other questions about installing your bathroom and other toilet equipment then call 0141 266 0012 or write it online in our chat or through the contact form to our “Scotruss Builders” construction company, and we will answer your questions for free, and also we will help you quickly and professionally with a guarantee to make you install a bathroom in Glasgow UK!