Central Heating and Plumbing Tips For Winter
As the threat of global warming takes on new highs, so too does changing temperatures become more unpredictable. It is not uncommon to find that every year that arrives tries to set an all-time high in terms of winter cold.
Your central heating system has to be in perfect working condition as this time of the year arrives. A properly functioning heating system keeps you warm and cozy despite the cold. It is also time and money efficient. Burst pipes and blocked drains could very well hamper this comfort. So, how do you ensure that your heating and plumbing systems function properly all year long, especially at that time of the year when most needed?
Keep pipes insulated (Lagging)
Frozen pipes could easily end up as broken pipes. As massive temperature falls occur in the winter and mercury struggles to rise, the risk of freeze and then burst skyrockets. If you are fortunate, you end up with only frozen pipes and no water supply. But it could be worse, and you’ll end up with broken pipes, a flooded home, and ineffable damage to furniture, appliances, and more.
This is why lagging your pipes properly before the winter months hit full gear is important. Proper lagging keeps the pipes in good health, providing them heat and warmth. Get quality foam tubes for your pipes from any hardware store along with some duct tapes, just in case. Your pipes will keep warm and become more energy efficient.
Keep gutters and drains clear and free
Use plug hole strainers to keep drains in the house clear and free. Use this for both the kitchen sink (to catch food escapee particles) and the shower drain (to catch any broken hair). Always ensure that your inside house drains are unclogged.
The same applies to outdoor gutters. Left alone, leaves and debris could populate your gutters, leaving no extra room. Excessive debris in the gutter during the winter months could lead to the formation of ice in the gutter. At its very worst, this could damage your gutter – breaking it. Purchase some gutter guards if you’ve got a garden and not so much time for clearing out its debris.
Keep timers running while away
Make your heating system more efficient and better able to handle itself by using timers. Timers or programmable thermostats will come in handy in these winter months. For one thing, it will keep your pipes warm while you are away, whether that is out to work or a brief trip. On the other hand, effective timers or programmable thermostats would warm up the home right before you arrive. Your heating system doesn’t have to run all day just so you won’t be cold when you return.
Service the boilers and condensation pipes
It is not uncommon to have condensation pipes freeze over as temperatures plummet. Service the boiler right ahead of time. It is not a great idea to wait until it breaks down before you invite the repair man. Servicing your boiler ensures that it is in good condition for these critical times.
However, even the best serviced boilers could break down when its condensation pipe freezes. Ensure you lag the condensation pipes while lagging other pipes. The foam pipe insulation is a good way to go, or you could opt for the cheaper use of old towels.
Check what you pour down the sink
Winter is undoubtedly a time for holidays, parties, and events. As these begin to roll out, preparations often involve preparation of elaborate meals. Oil is a regular part of these meals and we could easily send them down the drain. But the cold could just as easily unite the oil and grease you send down with any other debris it finds and clog your pipes. The same is true of insoluble stuff that you pour down the drains.
Heat all rooms
Many of us have a room or two that are not really in use. There are rooms too that require more heat than others in the home. But the winter months are not exactly a time to be too picky. Sure, the heating should not be even. However, it is essential if you are to avoid frozen pipes and breakages.
The most important tip you could receive ahead of the winter is preparation. Proper planning involves checking your central heating system in advance of the winter for any faults that could cause an issue. You also want to make adequate preparation to keep the home as well as pipework warm enough through the season. The frustration of a frozen or broken pipe is worth the little effort you put into advance preparation.