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Get Ready for Winter


(Inside your home)

Autumn is in full swing, which is the best time of the year to check

your heating systems are working (prior to the Winter). Checking

that everything is in perfect condition now, may help you from

being left in the cold when a potentially harsh Winter comes.

Check your heating is in working order by doing the following:

  • Turn your heating on
  • Turn the thermostat up to 30 degrees and leave for half hour
  • Check that your radiators are warming up
  • Check your timer to see if this is working


 
It is also important to lag your pipes and water tanks – this can help prevent pipes from bursting. If you notice any leaks or puddles around your pipes and valves, get them looked into ASAP (it is recommended these are looked at before December) as the damage will only worsen once the cold sets in. Bleed the radiators if you need to, fit draught excluders, and make sure your loft and wall cavities are well-insulated.
 

It is also good practise to check that your boiler is in good condition,

before the cold weather gets worse. Boilers should be serviced

annually by a professionally qualified heating engineer who will carry

out all servicing in accordance with the boiler manufacturers

requirements. This is an extremely important exercise to ensure

you keep your system running efficiently. With any Gas appliance,

it is important to understand regulations and safety information

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(Outside your home)


Disconnect garden hoses and drain outdoor water supplies
You may discover ice has been formed within your garden hose, which has been left connected throughout the year. This ice can cause added pressure in the pipes within your house, which can potentially lead to a serious leak or breakage. You should drain outside pipes during cold spells, by utilising the shut-off valves inside your home (usually located under your sink).

 
Pipe Insulation
External pipes or pipes which are located within uninsulated areas (such as lofts or outside

buildings) are liable to cracking and bursting. Applying insulation sleeves to the pipes will

guard them throughout winter, minimizing the chances of a frozen or burst pipe.  

Before the weather worsens, have a quick check around your house and note down any

issues. For help with your project, it is recommended you use a qualified plumber.

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