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Tips for freezing weather

Posted in Plumbing, Heating & Commercial Articles     21 November 2016

Tips for freezing weather

As winter draws near and temperatures already hitting zero and below, here is a round-up of some tips and advice for managing the cooler weather and avoiding problems.

Frozen water pipes are a common problem where insulation is poor or non existent and the cold can also affect boilers. Here are a few tips to help beat the freeze:

• Leave your heating on using a low setting especially if your home is going to be empty for a while.
• If you live in a flat it’s sensible to leave the heating on low in rooms where the mains pipe supplies neighbouring flats.
• If you’re going to be away for a long time turn off your water supply and drain the system – a Licensed Plumber will be able to give you advice about this.
• If your neighbours don’t have a key for your home make sure they have contact details for someone who does in case of an emergency.
• Your water tank should be fitted with an insulation jacket or alternatively the top and sides of the tank can be wrapped with suitable insulation material.
• Don’t place loft insulation under the tank though as this stops heat from the rooms below helping to keep the tank warm.
• If you have toilet cisterns, water tanks or pipes in exposed places or unheated outbuildings make sure you insulate them. Better still, if not in use, drain them for winter.
• Dripping water increases the risk of freezing so have any leaks at taps or valves repaired as soon as you discover them.

Lastly, if you havn't already, make sure your boiler is serviced and in tip top condition for its busiest time of the year!

 

And, if the worst happens, find a local registered plumber to help out! https://www.watersafe.org.uk/
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