26th Nov, 2019
A pipe can burst when water pressure builds up behind a frozen section of it. The result can sometimes cause flooding, but there are some practical steps you can take to reduce the risk. Placing pipes in heated areas away from attics or outside walls will minimise the chance of frost setting in. Plumbers can also wrap vulnerable areas with insulation sleeves or wrapping.
Make sure any gaps, cracks or holes in outside walls are sealed up before the really cold weather sets in – this avoids cold air finding its way to pipes. Finally, you should aim to keep your heating at a low temperature (above 4°C) when you’re on holiday or away from your property, as this will help maintain a consistent temperature around the plumbing.
As the leaves fall, gutters and drainpipes can become blocked – causing a build-up of water – which may then filter onto the roof and find a way into your property. Try and keep them clear of debris to reduce the risk of water damage. There are a couple of measures you can take to prevent the risk of condensation occurring in your home, including using the extractor fan in the bathroom and drying washing in a tumble dryer. When cooking, close the kitchen door to prevent steam going into colder rooms.
We tend to take it for granted that our boilers, cookers and gas fires are safe and working efficiently. It’s only when there’s a problem with an appliance that people take any notice of it at all – and often this isn’t detected until the weather gets colder.
Always check the radiators regularly as the winter weather sets in. Chances are that if they’re cooler at the top than they are at the bottom, air is trapped inside. By bleeding them, you release the built-up air, allowing the radiator to work better – and saving money on energy bills!
If you’d like to talk to us further about tips for preparing your home for winter, please get in touch with one of our team here.
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