Cold weather tips

Burst pipes

To prevent burst pipes in cold weather you can:

  • Try to keep your home fairly warm at all times even when you are not there - leave the heating on a low setting
  • Know where your stopcock is and make sure you can turn off the main water supply if you need to
  • Make sure outside taps are lagged and if they have separate stopcocks turn them off in winter

If your pipes do freeze or burst:

  • Turn off the main stopcock
  • Switch off your immersion heater if you have one
  • Switch off your heating and hot water system
  • Turn on all your taps to drain off as much water as possible
  • Try to find out where the water is coming from and contain it if possible by putting rags or a bucket under it
  • It is important that you do not use your lights if water is dripping through a light fitting

Condensation

Condensation is one of the main causes of mould in your home. It can easily be controlled with a few easy steps.

Condensation starts as moisture produced from cooking, washing, and drying clothes on radiators. As the moisture rises and cools on cold surfaces - such as ceilings, walls, tiles and windows - it turns to liquid and can form mould.

You can help control condensation and mould by:

  • keeping your property at a temperature of at least 18C
  • closing kitchen and bathroom doors to stop steam going into other rooms
  • opening kitchen and bathroom windows when cooking or washing to let steam escape
  • opening windows in rooms for a while each day to let in fresh air
  • wiping down surfaces when moisture settles to stop mould forming
  • not blocking air vents

You can help reduce moisture by:

  • drying clothes outside whenever possible
  • covering pans (and opening windows) when cooking
  • venting tumble dryers outside

If you would like one of our hygrometer-thermometers to help you measure temperature and humidity to prevent mould, please contact us.

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