- How to prevent burst pipes
- A simple way to unblock your drains
- Bleeding radiators: it’s as easy as one, two, key
Cold weather can play havoc with your home. At a time when you’d rather be hunkering down on the sofa or enjoying a big roast dinner with the family, many of us are trying to fix common cold weather-related issues around the home.
For help, we turned to property expert George Clarke, star of TV’s Amazing Spaces, who revealed the science behind what happens when your pipes burst, your drains get blocked and your radiator doesn’t work. More importantly, he showed us how to fix them.
The super simple way to bleed radiators
Cold radiators? British Gas engineer, Sheena Anker and George Clarke take a look at the reasons why our radiators get cold even when the heating’s on, and show you how you can stop this happening at home this winter. We recommend that you turn the system off first and then turn back on again once you have bled your radiators.
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, which can be bought cheaply from most DIY shops.
Here, George Clarke and British Gas engineer, Sheena Anker, share their tips on how to prevent burst pipes this winter, and reveal the science behind why it happens.
Get a smart thermostat for extra peace of mind
For extra peace of mind you could also look into a smart thermostat such as Hive Active Heating, which automatically activates when your heating's off and the temperature inside your home dips below 7°C, to help protect your pipes from freezing.
Blocked drains and how to avoid them
British Gas engineer, Sheena Anker, and George Clarke, take a look at how to avoid blocked drains this winter, and share a top tip that you can try at home.
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, which you can buy from most DIY stores, is a quick and cheap way to cut down on your energy bills.
Save money on bills by insulating your home
If your home is suitable, you could save as much as £160 a year by getting your cavity walls insulated and as much as £140 by getting your loft insulated.
Be energy smart
Why not speak to your energy supplier about a smart meter, which enables you to see how much energy you are using, in pounds and pence? In turn this helps you to better understand your energy consumption and identify where you can make savings.
*Our sources are: www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/domestic/roof-and-loft and www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/domestic/cavity-wall . The amount you’ll actually save depends on your individual circumstances.