The Beast from the East is set to return this winter and we had a little taste of it before Christmas and it’s important that homeowners and businesses take steps to prepare for the cold weather. As a veteran of over 30 years in the emergency plumbing business, I have seen firsthand the damage that can be caused by freezing temperatures.
A recent long range forecast predicted a new arctic blast heading for the UK in the next few weeks and as the owner of an emergency plumbing business in Stoke-on-Trent, I have seen the damage that this can cause to property and businesses.
As the cold weather draws near, one of the most critical steps is to properly insulate any exposed pipes. To ensure your plumbing remains warm and prevents freezing issues, simply wrap them with insulation or use a pipe sleeve for extra security. Taking this precautionary measure will ultimately help you avoid costly repairs in the future.
To guarantee a comfortable winter experience, it is imperative that your heating system functions appropriately. Have the boiler serviced and address any issues before temperatures drop – to make sure you don’t get left in the cold. Moreover, verify that your thermostat is working properly for maximum warmth during chilly months. Taking these small steps will ensure optimal comfort within your home or business space.
It’s essential to be prepared in case of an emergency plumbing situation by having a reliable plumber’s contact handy. In addition, make sure you disconnect garden hoses from outdoor faucets before the cold weather arrives as they can freeze and cause pipes or taps within walls to burst.
Another tip is to keep your loft or cellars well ventilated to help prevent freezing pipes in those areas and if you can’t then trying to apply heat in the area with a small electric heater can help prevent any accidents.
Lastly, it’s important to keep your home or business heated, even when you’re away. A temperature of at least 13 degrees centigrade is recommended to prevent freezing pipes and would not incur excessive costs to your energy bills at this temperature.
You can help secure your house or workplace from any damage caused by the freezing temperatures. If you need support in getting ready for this chilly weather, don’t hesitate to get expert assistance from an emergency plumber. So be sure to take action now and prepare yourself and enjoy the cold!