Winter Tips for Home
1. To reduce the chance of freezing pipes in winter, keep the heating on a low setting even when you’re not at home.
2. You should insulate your pipes and water tanks to prevent them from freezing.
3. You should test your boiler before the weather gets too cold. If the boiler is faulty, you will have time to get it fixed before you need to use it.
4. You should bleed your radiators to release any trapped air. This will allow you to warm your home more efficiently.
5. Keep gutters and rainwater pipes clear of debris. Install grills at the top of pipes and around gutters to stop leaves and rubbish causing a blockage. Clear drains will allow heavy rainfall, snow and ice to pass through quickly and efficiently.
6. Do not continually adjust the room thermostat to achieve a comfortable temperature. Switch the boiler off if it is too hot. You will save money on your bills as well as reducing the wear on the thermostat.
7. You should check the edges of your doors and windows for draughts. You can seal the gaps with self-adhesive draught strips.
8. Put some kitchen foil behind your radiators. This will reflect the heat back into your room.
9. You should keep your roof clear of snow, especially if it’s wet. Extra weight might cause your roof to break.
10. If you use a chimney or flue have it swept at least once a year, or more frequently if you burn wood.
11. You should check your roof before the storm and ensure there aren’t any tiles missing or loose. Damaged roof will be unable to support additional weight or pressure.
12. Check your roof before the storm and ensure there aren’t any tiles missing or loose. Damaged roof will be unable to support additional weight or pressure.
13. Be prepared for power cuts – make sure you have matches, candles and torches.
Avoid Home Emergencies
– Avoid Home Emergency; get any leaking taps repaired as soon as you discover them. Dripping water increases the risk of pipes freezing
– Make sure someone can inspect your property regularly if you’re going away in winter.
– If your property is going to be vacant over the winter months, turn off your water supply and drain the system. (Prevent your pipes from freezing by following this simple tip)
– If you are going away for Christmas, leave your central heating on as normal and put the room thermostat at 14C.
Content credit: AXA Assistance