Getting ready for winter

Posted on by Anthony Wakefield

 

Winter check List

As winters get colder, claims for water damage increase. Nobody wants the disruption this causes, so here are a few ways in which you can reduce the risk.

  • In very cold weather, it’s a good idea to leave your central heating on 24 hours a day. You can go back to your normal pattern once temperatures rise above freezing.
  • Find out where your stop cock is on the incoming water supply and label it.
  • Label your other service valves.
  • Find out where the drain valves on your system are, as these can be used, in an emergency, to empty your water and central heating systems are, once your boiler or immersion has been turned off.
  • Make sure that the pipes and tanks in your roof are properly insulated.
  • If it’s very cold weather, it may be a good idea to leave your access hatch partially open.
  • Inspect your roof cistern to make sure that, if it is metallic, it’s not showing signs of corrosion.
  • Check flexible hoses to dishwashers and washing machines.
  • If you have dripping taps or your overflow pipes are running, you have a problem. To avoid this getting out of control, get a plumber in. you can find one local to you on the www.ciphe.org.uk website.
  • Loud banging from your pipes may mean that a pipe is freezing. You should turn your boiler off and call a plumber immediately.
  • Installing a leak prevention and detection system may earn you a discount on your premium!
  • Make sure that your heating appliances are serviced annually.