As temperatures have dropped to near freezing, don’t get caught out with burst pipes this winter.
It’s everyone’s worst nightmare to come home to a flooded house. Some insurance companies are not paying out if you have been out of the house for more than 5 days.
This could work out very costly.
If you have a holiday home it is particularly important to be thinking ahead. Here at PowerShowers.ie we have noticed an increasing number of calls from costumers whose showers are leaking water due to freezing conditions.
These days everyone is topping up on the insulation in their attics, and while this is very beneficial for the rooms below, it makes the attic space nearly the same temperature as outside.
It won’t take long for pipes to freeze in these conditions even when the radiators are on in the rooms below.
PowerShowers.ie Top 5 Winter Tips for 2019
Insulate all pipes in the attic space with good quality lagging. They come in 2 metre lengths for 1/2 inch pipes and 3/4 inch pipes.
2. Fibre Glass
When insulating your attic floor with fibre glass, always leave under the water tank free of any insulation as this will help prevent the tank from freezing.
3. Holiday Home
If you have a holiday home always turn off the mains water valve (usually under the kitchen sink) and drain the water tank in attic by running both hot/cold taps in the bathroom until water stops.
A more expensive but very effective way is to install a device that allows you to text your central heating to come on anytime you like, for example when the temperature has dropped and there is nobody at home or if you are on the way home from work and you want the house to be a nice temperature when you get in the door.
5. Washing Machine
If you have a washing machine situated in a garage or cold utility room, insulate the flexible hoses with suitable lagging.
Hope these tips are of help.Simon
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