Winter is well and truly on its way. There is no getting away from it, it’s about to get very cold and with that weather comes a number of problems. From getting up an hour earlier to de-ice the car every morning to having to put on 5 layers to simply nip to the corner shop for a pint of milk, the cold weather brings with a host of things we simply could do without.
As a home owner, your property also faces a number of issues and problems during this time of year. At Ryder & Dutton, one of the big issues we have found people face during the winter months is frozen pipes. It’s crucial you don’t neglect taking action to prepare for this possibility, as frozen pipes can cause some huge issues for you at the worst time of year!
With that in mind, here are our top 3 tips to make sure you and your pipes are ready for winter…
Insulate Your Pipes!
The most basic, yet most important piece of advice we could give you is to simply insulate your pipes. Check for places where your pipes will be unheated or exposed, as these are the most likely to freeze. The most common areas for this are attics, basements, garages and even in some bathroom/kitchen cabinets. Don’t make the mistake of only insulating your cold pipes however, as BOTH hot and cold pipes should be insulated. A hot water line can freeze just as a cold one can, if the water isn’t running through the pipe and the temperature cools down.
Prevent and Clear Blocked Drains
The last thing you want at this time of year is blocked drains, which will only create even bigger problems when it comes to pipes freezing over. Blocked drains are one of the most common issues you can face in your home, as hair, bits of food and dirt, amongst other things, gather together and can clog up your drains. Therefore it is incredibly important that over the winter months you treat your sink and bathtub once a week to prevent any build up from occurring. You can even use an environmentally friendly home mix, to avoid over use of harmful cleansing products.
‘First, remove any standing water in the basin or around the drain. Pour about ½ cup of ordinary baking soda into the drain, followed by ½ cup of vinegar. The two substances will react inside the pipes, dissolving clogs and allowing water to flow freely again.’
Drain cleaning alternative sourced via Horizon Services
If You Go Away Keep the Heat
Winter is a great time of year for visiting family or friends, as the festive period pulls us all together. Plus with it being so cold and uninviting outside, there’s never a better time of year to enjoy each others company, all be it indoors. With that said, some of us can’t stand the cold what so ever and enjoy a nice get away to somewhere warm for a while. Either way there is a good chance a lot of us will have prolonged periods where we are away from our homes.
It is imperative, as tempting as it may seem to save money, that you keep your home heated while you are away. It is advised that the minimum heating you should leave your central heating at if you are spending any time away from your property is 10C (50F).
While you may feel the need to leave the heating off to save on the pennies, but if the temperature drops and your pipes freeze while you are away you will be in big trouble and it could end up costing you a hell of a lot more money, not to mention problems you can simply do without!
‘The thermostat should be set around 50F degrees (10C) to keep appliances and pipes from freezing. The worst way to end a holiday is to come home to a flooded basement or frozen dishwasher.’
Quote sourced via Bounce Energy
If you are worried about any of the issues raised throughout this article, or any issues regarding the well being of your property during the winter period, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your local branch here at Mortimers and we will be more than happy to help you put your mind at ease.