Knowing how to deal with emergencies around the house – whether it is a clogged drain or a broken electrical socket – makes facing those emergencies easier. Instead of making all the wrong moves because you panicked, you can remain calm and deal with the emergencies like a pro. With many emergencies, taking the right steps will prevent worse problems.
That said, it is even better if you can avoid dealing with emergencies around the house entirely. In fact, preventing home emergencies isn’t just better; it’s also easier. In this article, we are going to focus on how you can avoid boiler-related problems. Let’s get started, shall we?
Lag Your Pipes
Pipes running to and from the boiler use lagging for insulation. Good lagging allows the entire heating system to work more effectively, especially in the winter when the exterior temperature is substantially lower than the temperature of the pipe. Lagging your pipes is a great way to prevent freezing and bursting.
The best time to lag your pipes is right before winter. Make sure you use high-quality lagging to provide sufficient insulation and that the insulation is installed properly. It is even better to have professionals do the lagging for you, mainly because they can also help you inspect the entire system for other signs of problems.
You might think that the only risk worth mitigating is high pressure coming from your boiler, but that is not entirely true. A system that runs on low pressure can be harmful to the rest of the house too. For starters, low pressure is usually a sign of leaks and an inefficient system. This means you need to do a thorough inspection to figure out the underlying issue.
Low pressure also makes the entire system prone to unwanted risks such as the radiators bleeding or your pressure valve not working properly. The latter can be quite dangerous since pressure can suddenly spike – followed by problems like your pipes bursting – without early warning or sufficient mitigation.
Boiler maintenance doesn’t have to be complicated. More importantly, it doesn’t need to be a DIY project that takes up a lot of your time. You can now get professionals to do boiler repairs and maintenance for you, all for a small monthly fee. For example, Certi a leading provider of boiler cover has a range of service plans for you to choose from.
You can read more about those service plans by visiting this website. You will notice that all of the plans include cover for boiler breakdown and central heating systems. You can file unlimited claims and have professionals helping you prevent – and deal with – home emergencies effectively. It is a great investment to make if you want to stay protected.
Regular inspections are necessary even when you don’t suspect anything wrong with the boiler or your heating system. Thorough inspections done every couple of months – especially during the winter – can help maintain the system better. The inspections will also reveal signs of potential problems, giving you the ability to react early.
When there is a moisture build-up near a pipe, for instance, you know that you are looking at a possible leak or burst pipe in the future. Rather than waiting until that section of the pipe actually bursts, you can take preventive action and repair the section right away. This approach of maintaining your boiler is a lot more economical in the long run.
Flush the System
As part of the inspections, make sure you also do a flush of the system. As you use the boiler more often, residue and sludge will start to affect the entire system more and more. Deep cleaning is the only way to completely eliminate the sludge, and the way to clean the system thoroughly is by flushing it completely.
Once again, this is a task best left to professionals; that boiler cover we talked about earlier starts to look better and better, doesn’t it? The process takes a few hours depending on your system, but the benefits you get in return makes it well worth the wait. Don’t forget to flush the system right before winter too.
Switch It Off
When the boiler is not in use, turn it off completely. Rather than keeping the boiler running all the time, you only need to switch it on for 15 to 20 minutes every month. This will keep the system healthy and ready for the winter. You can time switching on the boiler with your regular maintenance schedules too.
These tips will help you keep your boiler healthy and running efficiently. You can prevent a wide range of boiler breakdowns and other home emergencies, and not having to deal with those problems will be a huge plus. I always believe that regular maintenance is the way to go. After reading this article, I hope you do too.