Winter is coming! And Welsh Water want to make sure you don’t have to go without heat or water during the big freeze. Here are their top ten tips to make sure your home is ready for the winter.
If you have pipes and taps that are outdoors, or in a cold place like a loft or garage, wrap them with insulation or a lagging kit.
Don’t leave a hose attached to outside taps. If you have one an outside tap, turn off the valve (which may be inside) and drain down the tap and pipes. This stops them becoming damaged and cold creeping up the pipe into your house.
Dripping taps can increase the risk of frozen pipes. Fixing it will also save you litres of water every day.
Know where your stop tap is, and check that it works. You’ll need to get to it quickly, and know how to turn it off, should the worst happen.
If your meter is fitted to the wall outside your house, check that the pipes leading to and from it are insulated and there are no gaps between them, that the meter cupboard is packed with insulation material, and that the door is firmly shut.
Empty buildings are at particular risk. If you’ll be away from your home or business for a few days, consider turning off your stop tap and draining down the system – so there is no water in the system to freeze. Keeping your heating on low will also help keep your home warm and prevent pipes from freezing.
Keep your home warm by using draft excluders and closing curtains at night. Service the boiler and check your radiators are all working properly.
Insulating your loft – or topping up any insulation you already have – will help to heat your home more efficiently, save energy and reduce your energy bills. Cavity wall insulation can also help keep you home warm and cut heating bills.
Check the gutters and drains are clear of leaves or debris. This will help to prevent blockages and flooding. This can also stop leaks and damage to your walls and roof.
Help them out if they need a hand preparing – and perhaps agree to watch each other’s houses if you’re going to be away.