As we enter Autumn it is important to make sure that your home is prepared for the temperature drop. It is important to understand how being prepared for colder and wetter weather can affect your home, saving you unnecessary stress!
Insulate your pipes
Cold weather can have a huge impact on your pipes in your home, so it is important to make sure that they are insulated correctly!
Why insulate your pipes?
As water freezes, it expands. If your pipes are not properly insulated, they could burst or freeze, which could cause you big issues. What to do if you have burst or frozen pipes.
Check out our quick guide below!
All you will need:
- A tape measure or ruler
- A saw or knife to cut the foam tube
- Locate the pipes you want to lag and measure the length of pipework you need to cover – once you have done this you can purchase the required length from your local DIY store.
- Cut the lagging to the required length using a saw or knife.
- Open the tube using the pre-cut split down one side length ways and clip it around the pipe making sure it is a snug fit especially around joints and corners. You can seal any joints with tape if required.
Check for leaks
Fix any leaks and dripping taps – Dripping taps and small leaks may not seem like an issue, but it is important to repair them before they can cause a bigger problem. Making repairs to dripping taps and small leaks will not only save water but will also save you money on your water bill.
Clear out your drains and guttering
The quickest and easiest way to make sure your drains are operating at peak efficiency is, quite simply to clean them! Remove any leaves and mud from the grate to stop any potential freezing and blocking in your drains.
Keep your heating on
Keep your heating on a low or frost setting when you are not home, using draft excluders on doors or closing curtains when the heating comes on in the evening is a good way to stop heat escaping.