How to Prepare your Heating and Plumbing for the Winter?

06 September 2020

 Winter is slowly approaching, and the periods of extreme cold it implies are not necessarily the best for your home! Snow, frost, hail or simply rain will put a strain on your home's insulation.

Being well protected from the cold outside is essential: this will prevent you from heating your home for nothing and will also prevent humidity from setting in. But maintaining your heating equipment is just as important!

Having your boiler serviced: a legal obligation

Since June 2009, all types of boilers between 4 and 400 kilowatts, whether wood, fuel, coal or natural gas, must be checked at least once a year by a professional. Calling on gas plumbing Sydney is therefore strongly recommended: the temperatures are very low, it would be a shame to end up with a broken boiler in the middle of winter, for lack of careful maintenance!

Why is it essential to maintain your boiler?

Each year, many cases of carbon monoxide poisoning are caused by faulty boilers. Regular maintenance therefore ensures the safety of the installation, but also prolongs its life. A well-maintained boiler will indeed be less prone to breakdowns and consume less.

The 6 things to do in your house before winter:

Rinse your water heater

Winter is perhaps the worst time to fail a water heater. Rinsing it off to remove dirt and mineral deposits helps keep the unit running efficiently. A local plumber is best suited to this task, as properly flushing a water heater can be a challenge.

Bleed your radiators

If when you turn on your radiators, they make strange noises, don't panic, they are not necessarily good to change! Your plumber in Voiron can easily solve the problem by purging the heating circuit. It will thus evacuate the air trapped in the radiators, responsible for the whistling, and can at the same time check that there is no corrosion.

Protect its external piping

Do you have an automatic sprinkler system? Remember to empty all the water in the pipes. If it were to freeze, your entire installation would be good to redo, shattered by frost. Protect exterior faucets with insulating materials, such as glass wool or polyurethane.

Sweep your chimney

It is also a legal obligation. It is imperative to have your chimney swept at least once a year: here too this is to guarantee the safety of the inhabitants by limiting the risk of fire or poisoning.

Clean your gutters

You can already take out your ladder: you will have to remove all the leaves that fell during the fall, which could clog your gutters. Better deal with it before the frost gets worse!

Check its insulation

It costs nothing to take a quick look at your windows and doors to make sure their seals are still in good condition. A well-insulated house will indeed consume much less energy since there is no risk of it "escaping" massively to the outside. A great way to save money while taking care of the environment!