Winter Precautions

Remember prevention is better than cure!

 

Frozen/burst pipes

When going away, always remember to turn the water off at the stop cock. 

A common fault with condensing boilers is that the pipe work freezes in winter, so make sure they are insulated property.

Frozen pipes: If you are unlucky enough to have frozen pipes, turn off the cold water stopcock and turn on all cold water taps for system to drain when it defrosts. 

A useful tip: A good way to un -freeze pipes is to gently warm with a hairdryer, spreading the heat evenly. 

Do not put anything hot directly on the pipes, as this will cause them to burst, so do this carefully.

Try to isolate all taps/outlets when not in use, especially outside taps, in the winter months.

It is recommended that a residential thermostat is kept at 21ºC

It is important in the winter, not to be tempted to block any ventilation which provides air to gas appliances, as this could be dangerous; vents are there for a reason.

 

Boiler Specialists:

We offer a 15 year guarantee on certain boilers, please enquire for further information.

 

Up to date legislation:

We pride ourselves on having the most up to date information possible, enabling us to give you the possible advice for your property needs.

 

Did you know that from 2005,  Part L regulations have made it all but impossible to install non condensing boilers in domestic properties, but that they are still on sale for people to buy, do not be caught out!

 

From April 2011, the regulations are changing again, so you can only have an A Rated condense boiler, installed in your property. At present, provided it was ordered before October 2010, you can install a B Rated Appliance up until April 2011, so this is something to be aware of, when getting quotes from other installers.

 

It is recommended for residential properties to have a thermostat fitted to the heating system, generally set at 21celcius, to control the temperature of the property, this stops your boiler burning more gas than necessary, saving you money on your bills.

IMPORTANT – Change to Gas Boilers – Flues in Voids.

The HSE (and subsequently the Gas Safe Register) have just issued a safety statement on gas flues contained in voids.

 

The revised technical guidance requires inspection hatches to be fitted in properties where the flue is concealed within voids and cannot be inspected. The homeowner (or landlord etc.) has until 31st December 2012 to arrange for inspection hatches to be installed. Any gas engineer working on affected systems after 1st January 2013 will advise the homeowner that the system is ‘at risk’ (AR) in accordance with the GIUSP and, with the owner’s permission will turn off the gas supply to the boiler so it cannot be used.