With winter just around the corner, most of us are already feeling a little under the weather. Ensuring your home is in a secure position to withstand the cold could save you a healthy amount of that “buffer” money that would usually go towards unexpected costs that tend to arise.
If you’re fortunate enough to have indoor heating, you’ll know very well just how quickly the costs rise by turning up your heat. The last cost any homeowner wants to account for is emergency plumbing issues like burst geysers and cracked pipes. These can cause a serious amount of frustration that weighs up only to the potential cost in damage. In reality it’s quite easy for a geyser or pipe to crack and land up costing thousands of Rands in repairs. A small crack in a pipe, less than half a centimeter in size could spray over 900 Litres of water in a day, essentially turning your living room into a small pond. To avoid these types of unexpected plumbing disasters, The Plumbers In Johannesburg have offered homeowners some useful tips.
Regular Geyser Inspection and Maintenance
While it’s easy to feel a draft and close the doors or put another jacket on, these aren’t the drafts you need to worry about. Areas like your crawl spaces, attics, pull pull-down stairs and outside electrical sockets are often overlooked sources of air leaks. If you turn your geyser off during Winter nights, make sure there is no cold airflow around the tank or the pipes. The last thing you want is a burst geyser during the middle of Winter. A burst geyser can cause serious damage to your home and end up costing a lot of money to repair. The Plumbers In Johannesburg suggest to schedule regular geyser maintenance to help protect yourself against a big problem that can be easily avoided.
Keep the temperature constant
It would seem that no one is ever happy with the same temperature. Some like it cold, some like it hot. This can be a problem, not only for the health of your quality family time, but for the thermostat and heating elements installed in your home.
While deciding on a comfortable temperature to keep everyone happy can seem impossible, your thermostat is most happy when kept constant. Continually adjusting the temperature settings can cost money as the system has to adjust to the new temperature every time. Consider running a programmable thermostat to save on energy costs and also save on time by allowing the thermostat to learn your heating preferences and regulate your temperature without your input.
Drip flush your taps
When the weather gets extra icy, you might consider flushing your pipes and taps with a quick squirt of cold water. By running a little bit of cold water through your taps you can help prevent the taps from completely freezing over and cracking as the contract expands with the rising and cooling temperature. Pipes and taps on the outside of your property are at the most risk of freezing and cracking as they are not insulated by the walls of your home.