Get your house ready for big win­ter freeze

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT -

AS re­ports of wors­en­ing weather con­tinue, Bri­tish Gas has com­piled a list of top tips on how res­i­dents across the re­gion can get their homes win­ter ready.

With more than 14,000 house­holds in the re­gion ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a boiler break­down last Jan­uary or Fe­bru­ary, un­der­tak­ing a few small home im­prove­ments now can help pre­pare you if a cold snap hits.

1. Wrap up your wa­ter tank – you can get the ma­te­ri­als you need from most DIY stores and this will help to con­serve wa­ter, heat and save you money.

2. Block the breeze – make sure all of your home’s win­dows and doors seal prop­erly to stop warm air es­cap­ing. For those that don’t, fit­ting draught ex­clud­ers is a quick and cheap way to cut down on your en­ergy bills.

3. Love your boiler – check to make sure that your boiler is work­ing prop­erly. The older your boiler, the more in­ef­fi­cient it will be. If you have a pres­sure gauge make sure it is at the right pres­sure and top up as nec­es­sary.

4. In­su­late your pipes - burst pipes are a huge is­sue for UK house­holds dur­ing win­ter months. To help pre­vent burst pipes, en­sure all pipes are prop­erly in­su­lated by us­ing lag­ging.

Bri­tish Gas is al­ready help­ing its cus­tomers out on the road. Joanna Flow­ers has worked as a Bri­tish Gas en­gi­neer for seven years, hav­ing joined the com­pany as an ap­pren­tice. She said: “Things can get very dif­fi­cult dur­ing the win­ter, es­pe­cially when it’s dark and snow­ing. There was a par­tic­u­larly bad win­ter a few years ago when my neigh­bours had to help me push my van off my drive­way in the morn­ing.

“Thank­fully our vans are equipped with spe­cial win­ter tyres and snow shov­els – we’ve got ev­ery­thing we could need, from snow shoes to a flask.

“I face chal­lenges, but I have a lot of sup­port from my team so there’s rarely some­thing I’m wor­ried I won’t be able to fix, and the job is al­ways re­ward­ing.

“It’s very sat­is­fy­ing to be able to leave cus­tomers with work­ing heat­ing and a warm house. With the weather al­ready turn­ing colder this month, my main ad­vice for any cus­tomer wor­ried about win­ter would be to pre­pare now. It’s no co­in­ci­dence that win­ter is the busiest time of year for us – it’s when peo­ple’s boil­ers and heat­ing sys­tems have to work hard­est and are most likely to break down.”

●● Joanna Flow­ers of Bri­tish Gas

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