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Posted on 27th Feb 2018 at 11:22 ( Last updated on 27th Feb 2018 at 11:34 )
Find your water stop valve
The stop valve (sometimes called your stopcock) controls the water coming into your home. If any of your pipes freeze and burst, you’ll need to use this to shut off the water and prevent further damage. It's usually found under the kitchen sink or sometimes under the stairs. Make sure everyone in your household knows where it is and how to use it. If you don't know where it is, get in touch with Property Services at Melville Housing and they'll let you know.
Leave the heating ticking over while you’re away
If you’re leaving the house for more than a couple of days, leave your heating on a low setting, so warm water (that won’t freeze), is left flowing through the pipes. Pipes in the loft are most at risk so make sure they’re properly insulated. It might also be worth leaving the entrance to the loft open so warm air can circulate.
Bleed your radiators
If a radiator is cooler at the top compared with the bottom, then it’s likely you need to bleed it to remove any air pockets. This will vastly improve the radiator’s efficiency.
Keep an eye on vulnerable neighbours
Be aware of any neighbours that could be struggling to get out and about in the cold weather. Popping round to check they have all they need and are keeping warm is likely to be appreciated. Even just popping in for a chat is a good idea, as some people can feel quite isolated if they can’t leave their home.
Use salt or sand to clear icy paths
Using warm water to melt snow might refreeze and turn to black ice. Instead, use salt or sand (ordinary table salt or dishwasher salt works fine too). You should use around a tablespoon for each square metre.
Make sure you have essential items
While no one wants to be ‘that person’ panic buying milk and bread, it’s sensible to keep your home stocked with some essentials in case you get stuck indoors. If you’re on repeat prescription medication it’s important to check you have enough to last as deliveries can be affected by bad weather.