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Happy new year!

Christmas may be over, but New Year’s Eve is just a few days away. If you are struggling to make any meaningful resolutions, why not embrace a few ideas from the CIPHE? Follow our New Year’s top tips to ensure your home stays safe, warm and energy efficient for the year ahead.

I resolve to find my stop-valve (stopcock)
If you do anything this year, make sure it is this! Find out where your stop-valve 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.

I resolve to insulate my pipes
It may be mild at the moment, but winter weather can change in an instant. Ensure that the storage system and exposed pipes are properly insulated, particularly in the roof space or attic. Proper insulation will help to prevent frozen and burst pipes too.

I resolve to inspect my 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.

I resolve to 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.

I resolve to have my boiler regularly serviced
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.

I resolve not to undertake major DIY plumbing projects!
Putting up a couple of shelves is one thing, but trying a bit of DIY on your plumbing or heating system can be dangerous and expensive. 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. The advice is that unless you are competent to do a job, leave it to the professionals. DIY interference with plumbing and heating systems can result in serious damage, expensive repair bills and potential health hazards.

I resolve to save water and energy
Energy and water efficient products will not only save you money, they also help the environment too. Talk to your local plumbing or heating engineer about the changes you can make in your home.

Need a plumbing or heating engineer in your area to help you carry out these New Year resolutions? Check out the Find a Plumber page. CIPHE head office reopens at 9am on Tuesday 3rd January. Happy New Year everyone!