Hopefully you check your heating before winter starts so that it’s all working beautifully when it gets cold. Once winter sets in and before the temperatures go right down, it is always a good idea to do some other checks to ensure everything keeps working as it should and you don’t have any unexpected problems.
Insulate your pipes
The cold-water pipes can easily burst if they freeze and the temperature doesn’t have to be excessively low for that to happen, so make sure they are insulated. If you are not sure how to do it, Barnfields can do it for you.
Insulating your hot-water pipes will reduce heat loss. With the pipes insulated, you should be able to lower the temperature setting and therefore save on energy costs. If not already done, your water tank should be insulated too, as the same principle applies.
Outside water taps
If you have any water outlets outside, be sure to turn the water supply off on the inside and leave them open. This too will stop any outside pipes from bursting.
Going away and leaving the house empty
If you are going away during the winter months, always leave the heating on at a low temperature so that it will not get cold enough for the pipes to freeze. Also, leave your loft hatch open to allow the warm air to circulate, as this will prevent the loft from getting too cold.
It doesn’t take a lot of time or money to prepare for the extremely cold temperatures, but if you do take precautions, it will save you money and a lot of heartache.
We are always here to help at Barnfields, so give us a call on 07875 403 706 whenever you need us.