prepare your home for winter

How to prepare your plumbing systems for winter in 5 easy steps

With winter fast approaching, it’s essential that we prepare our home for the worst.  Being left with no heating or hot water in the throes of a freezing cold winter or finding yourself with frozen or burst pipes are nightmares that can easily be avoided with a little forward thinking and with the help of Plumber North London or other London plumbers.

  1. Get your boiler checked

It’s well worth getting your boiler checked over before the cold weather is actually here. Once the cold weather arrives, there is more pressure and demand on plumbers which can also mean their rates go up a little as well. Get any issues identified now, rather than facing up to them when it’s already freezing outside.

 

  1. Are your radiators working as well as they should be?

Another check worth carrying out is to see how efficiently your radiators are working.  Try turning them on to see if the heat is spreading evenly. If there are parts of the radiator that are not warm, you will probably need to bleed the radiators (get rid of trapped air within the radiator). The good news is that this is something that can be done easily yourself with the help of a screwdriver or a radiator key

 

  1. Get your pipes insulated

Pipes can suffer from the cold just as much as you. External pipes are in danger of freezing or even worse bursting in the cold weather. This can be prevented by taking some simple measures to insulate your pipes. Insulating your pipes is also energy saving since the water stays warmer in an insulated pipe and you won’t need to wait so long for the hot water when showering or bathing.

  1. Check for leaks

If you suspect that you have a leak, it’s better to nip it in the bud before the winter kicks in. If you don’t get it fixed you will not only waste water, but it could also freeze in the waste pipe and cause a flood.

 

  1. Consider getting double glazing if you do not have already

Double glazing will not only save you money on your energy bills, keep your house warmer and cut back on condensation. It will also reduce outside noise as well as add value to your home. Why not get your windows changed and keep yourselves nice and toasty as well as save a chunk of money this winter.

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