Brrrrrrrr!! Jack Frost is back with a bite!
Weather experts have predicted a much colder than average winter this Season. So how do householders beat Jack Frost before he busts their pipes and causes all sorts of problems (ranging from not being able to turn the heating on, or even worse, not being able to turn the tap on to fill the kettle for a cuppa!)?
Here’s our advice of the little things to fix before the big freeze:
* Insulate pipes in your home's crawl spaces and attic. These exposed pipes are most susceptible to freezing. Remember, the more insulation you use, the better protected your pipes will be. Heat tape or thermostatically-controlled heat cables can be used to wrap pipes. Be sure to use products approved by an independent testing organisation, such as Underwriters Laboratories Inc., and only for the use intended (exterior or interior). Closely follow all manufacturers' installation and operation instructions.
* Seal leaks that allow cold air inside near to where any pipes are located. Look for air leaks around electrical wiring, dryer vents and pipes. Use caulk or insulation to keep the cold out and the heat in. With severe cold, even a tiny opening can let in enough cold air to cause a pipe to freeze.
* Disconnect garden hoses and, if practical, use an indoor valve to shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets.
*Before you go away on winter holidays, set the thermostat in your house no lower than 55°F (12°C).
If you’d like more information on beating Jack Frost, plus what action to take if your pipes do freeze, we would love to help.
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