Do you tend to break your New Year’s Resolution within the first week? Maybe it’s time to make some positive pledges that you actually have a chance of keeping? If you are in need of inspiration, the CIPHE is on hand with our list of alternative resolutions – pick one or two or all of them – they are all designed to keep you safe, warm, help the environment and cut down on your bills for the year ahead!
Resolution 1 - find your stop-valve
If you do anything this year, make sure it is this! Find out where your stop-valve (stop cock) is located on the incoming water supply main and label it. If you have a plumbing emergency, it’s likely you’ll need to know how to turn your water supply off. Check occasionally that it is working and find the location of any drain valves on the system too.
Resolution 2 - insulate your pipes
Winter weather can change in an instant. Ensure that any storage systems and exposed pipes are properly insulated, particularly in the roof space or attic. Proper insulation will help to prevent frozen and burst pipes too.
Resolution 3 - inspect your cold-water storage cistern
Inspect your cold-water storage cistern (tank) regularly and, if it is metal, make sure it is not corroding. Call in your Registered Plumbing Professional if there is any sign of a problem.
Resolution 4 - stop ignoring minor plumbing problems
Dripping taps or continuously running overflow pipes are a sure sign that your plumbing system requires maintenance. Don’t ignore it, or you could have a major (and expensive) problem on your hands. The CIPHE recommends plumbing systems have an annual MOT style service to ensure they are working safely, effectively and efficiently.
Resolution 5 – service your heating system annually
Ensure you have central heating boilers and other heating appliances serviced yearly. If you have a condensing boiler, make sure that the condensate pipework is protected against freezing.
Resolution 6 – don’t undertake major DIY plumbing projects!
Did you know the DIYer has to abide by the same laws and regulations as the professional installer? If you don’t know what you are doing, uninformed DIY could drop you in hot water with the law. Unless you are competent to do a job, ALWAYS leave it to the professionals. DIY interference with plumbing and heating systems can result in serious damage, expensive repair bills and potential health hazards.
Resolution 7 - save water and energy
We’ve all heard about the climate crisis and it's up to all of us to do our bit. The good news is that energy and water efficient products not only save you money, they also help the environment too. From upgrading your heating controls to installing taps with a water efficient spray pattern, there are lots of things you can do. Talk to your local plumbing or heating specialist about the changes you can make in your home.
Need a plumbing or heating engineering professional in your area to help you carry out these New Year resolutions? Check out the CIPHE Find a Plumber page.
CIPHE head office reopens at 9am on 2nd January. Happy New Year everyone!