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Stay safe, warm and save money with our New Year resolutions!

Christmas may be over, but New Year’s Eve is about to begin! It’s a time to both reflect on the year gone by and think of the future to come. It’s also a time to make those dreaded resolutions – how long will it be this year until they are broken? 

Maybe it’s time to take a break from the norm and make some meaningful resolutions that you actually have a chance of keeping. Not only that, but these resolutions can keep you safe, warm, help the environment and cut down on your bills for the year ahead too! 

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
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.

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 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 Tuesday 2nd January. Happy New Year everyone!