There’s no denying that it’s been cold outside recently. For many of us, the icy chill has kept us indoors as much as possible as we try to avoid the snow and ice. But we’re not the only ones affected by the cold weather, our homes also struggle to cope at this time of year, so it’s a good idea to give them a little added care and attention to make sure that they’re protected from the elements and up to the job of offering you a warm and cosy place to shelter from the elements.
While you can’t prepare for every little hiccup, there are a few things you can do to help reduce your risk of problems in the home this winter. One of the most important is looking after your boiler, as this is vital in getting you through the cold spell. If you have a new condensing boiler, the good news is that it’s more efficient, but you should be aware that in really cold conditions there is the possibility that it can freeze up and fail. To avoid this happening, make sure the condensate pipe, the pipe that feeds into the boiler system, is well insulated.
Another idea is to set the heating to a low temperature and allow it to run continuously. This will keep warm water running through the system and prevent any risk of the pipes freezing. Although this may sound like a drastic measure, it’s actually a way of making great energy savings too as maintaining a constant heat uses less energy than heating a home from scratch every time you turn on the heating system.
Reacting to Problems: Blockages
Due to the freezing conditions and falling leaves at this time of year, blockages in your pipes and drains can be a problem. It’s important that you react to these problems and don’t ignore them. Blocked drains need to be looked at by a professional, but if you have a blocked toilet or a blocked sink, you can have a go at clearing these blockages yourself, either manually with your hands or using a plunger. While chemical drain cleaners are readily available and can be very effective in removing the kinds of things that most commonly clog drains, you must be very careful when using them. They are often irritants that can damage the skin and using too much can damage and corrode your pipes. Make sure you read the instructions and take all safety precautions if you’re thinking of using this method.
You can find more Dyno help and advice on these and more common problems on our website, as well as information that may let you know if the problem might be more serious and require a visit from one of our specialist engineers. They’re available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, so don’t hesitate to call if you have any doubts.