Preparing for Cold Weather

Unfortunately, here in the UK we are prone to an unexpected cold period. Usually we get a dumping or snow or sleet unexpectedly that can cause our domestic plumbing systems to fail or freeze up.

Here’s How To Prepare for Cold Weather

Fortunately, there are a couple of things that you can do on a regular basis to try and prevent that from happening. These can range from testing your heating systems, to bleeding radiators – all small little tips that you can use to save yourself some cash.

Heating Systems

If your mother is anything like mine, then the weather needed to be near arctic before the central heating was switched on. However, by keeping your heating switched off for long periods of time can be damaging to your heating appliances.

There is nothing wrong with trying to save a little cash on heating bills. Many people do it, but there is a right and a wrong way to do it. By all means, keep your central heating boiler switched off. However, I would advise that you switch it on and run it for a few hours at least once a week to keep the pipework clear and the circulation efficient.


Have your boiler serviced at least once a year by a certified gas safe registered engineer. You can check for local registered heating professionals on the gas safe website here.

Only gas safe registered technicians can work on domestic and commercial gas appliances. Anyone that tries to service or install a heating system without a gas safe registration is a cowboy and you should approach him or her with caution.

Bleeding Radiators

Bleeding your radiators may seem like a small task, but its certainly one worth doing. If you notice that your boiler has lost pressure or that your radiators are not heating up as quickly as they once did – you may have a blockage.

Bleeding your radiators allows you to move this blockage out of the way. There is no need to panic – these blockages are usually air locks and can be shifted with a simple radiator bleed key. These can be picked up from a local DIY store for as little as a couple of quid.