You might think that you don’t need to do much to your home to prepare it for winter, but our homes are as vulnerable to cold weather as we are.
Each winter thousands of properties across the country suffer burst pipes causing misery and inconvenience.
By taking a few simple precautions you can easily avoid these incidents happening in your home. Here are a few tips to help you make your home less vulnerable to the cold weather.
Find out where the stop-tap is to turn off the water supply to your home; you can usually find it under the sink or stairs on the ground floor.
Check the tap works as if you do suffer a burst pipe you will need to turn it off quickly to prevent water damage.
If you do have to turn off the water supply make sure you also switch off the boiler and the immersion water heating system if you use one.
Repair any dripping taps. Ensure that taps are turned off and ball valves and taps are repaired as they can cause waste pipes to freeze. If the weather is cold enough drips can freeze before they drain away. If left for long enough pipework can block and cause pipes to burst completely.
Make sure you know how to use your heating system so your home is heated efficiently.
Turn your heating on and check that your boiler, room thermostat, and any thermostatic radiator valves, if you have them, are working properly. You might need to ‘bleed’ some of your radiators if you find cold spots; there are plenty of videos on YouTube to show you how to do this.
It is more effective to leave your heating on its constant setting, on a low level, rather than allowing your home to cool down and use more energy to heat up again.
If you are going to leave your home empty for more than a few days, during the winter, turn off your water and drain the plumbing system. If this is not possible ensure you leave your heating on a low level so that pipes don’t freeze.
If the pipes in your home do freeze you can thaw them out using warm air or hot water. Never use electrical appliances near water as this can be dangerous. Your pipes should be insulated to prevent them from freezing but if they are not you can buy pipe insulation from any good DIY store. There are some handy videos on YouTube to help you insulate your pipes.
If the frozen pipes form part of the hot water system, turn off or stop the heat source (immersion heater, gas boiler, coal fire, etc.)
Home Contents Insurance
Having Home Contents Insurance gives you peace of mind that your belongings are protected should you have a burst water pipe or leak. Golding Homes is not responsible for any loss to your home contents.
If your heating or hot water should stop working then please contact us as soon as possible so we can arrange an engineer to visit you.