Protecting your home against cold spells

| Monday, January 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

2015 has gotten off to a very cold start so here we have outlined some ways to help you know what to do if an extreme cold spell comes our way and also if the unthinkable happens and your pipes freeze/burst, a few steps on what you can do!

What should be done during an extreme cold spell?

  • Keep your heating running at a constant temperature 24/7 during the cold weather event.
  • If it is practical and safe to do so, open your attic trap door to allow warm air up into the attic space.
  • Check on elderly or unwell neighbours you might have who might need assistance in obtaining water.

What should be done if your pipes freeze?

  • If there is no water from the cold tap at your kitchen sink, it is likely that the supply pipe onto your property has frozen. Contact Reception as soon as possible to report this issue.
  • Check with your City/County Council about supply problems in your area. These will be advertised on regular local radio adverts and on your City/Council website.
  • Once the thaw sets in or your supply is restored, make sure you check for any leaks or bursts which might have occurred.

What should be done if a pipe bursts?

  • Switch off your electricity supply at the mains if there is any risk of water coming in contact with electrical wiring or fittings.
  • Contact Reception ASAP to report this issue.

Click on the pictures below for further information on how to set your heaters correctly;

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