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We’re scraping ice off our cars in the mornings, getting excited at the mention of snow but more often than not, most of us are forgetting about the affect winter can have on our piping and drainage.
It’s an easy mistake to make when they are ‘out of site, out of mind’ but it’s now when pipes are at risk of freezing or worse.. cracking!
To ensure you avoid falling victim to Jack Frost’s antics, repair indoor or outdoor leaking taps and pipes now. Prevention is better than the cure and with this mantra you will reduce any unnecessary financial hassle further down the line.
It’s a good idea, to keep the external pipes near your property warm during the day by setting the heating on low while you’re at work. This also means it won’t be bitingly chilly when you cross the threshold from the outdoors in, on your return.
Now, if like the luckier percentage of the population, you are in fact on holiday until spring, we suggest booking a professional to turn the water off at the mains and drain the water system, before you leave. We also advise leaving a house key and contact information with an emergency contact or trusted neighbour so as not to tempt fate.
Insulating your home properly keeps the bitter cold out and energy bills down.
If your home could do with an extra layer, fit insulating curtains in front of windows and blinds and lay draft excluders at doors. Ensure radiators are not hidden behind curtains as heat will leave up and out of windows before reaching the room you are trying to heat up. Keeping doors closed to prevent cold drafts traveling around the house also increases the speed a room warms up.
Shop around for your utilities recommends Ofgem. There are several reliable online platforms to compare existing tariffs. Click here to view offers available and establish if you are on a competitive plan or if you could save more by switching supplier.
As you age, it takes longer for your body temperature to warm up meaning the cold can sometimes be a strain on the elderly’s health and finances.
We recommend visiting gov.uk/warmthiswinter to find out which winter benefit and grants you are eligible for, including the Cold Weather Payment and the Warm Home Discount Scheme.
The temperature of your living room should be set to 21 degrees and your bedroom at 18 degrees or more.
Our emergency plumbers are on standby 24/7 to solve any plumbing or draining emergencies which may occur throughout the year. With no callout charges, competitive prices and an unbeatable service, please contact us today for your residential or commercial needs.