(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:
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).
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.
We have a list of local plumbers in your area – Click Here
*Applicable to all branches, excluding our Yeovil
branch which closes at 12:00pm on Saturdays
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