IS YOUR HOME WINTER READY?

NEW SURVEY REVEALS HOW TO MAINTAIN A WORKING HOME AND AVOID BROKEN BOILERS & ELECTRICAL HEATERS, LEAKING RADIATORS AND BLOCKED HEATING PIPES

For many of us, there are benefits to the UK continually working from home – it’s more flexible, there’s no commute, we have more time to do household chores – the list goes on. But have we actually thought about how many more hours we’re spending in our homes this winter compared to last and have we made sure our homes are winter ready?

Billy ‘The Electrician’ Byrne (DIY SOS), tradesperson Andy Stevens along with Matt Nourse from Toolstation are reminding us to plan ahead by checking our heating and electrics work to avoid nasty surprises and emergency call outs.

The “Big Switch On” campaign encourages us to test our boiler, radiators and electrics this week, identifying third week of October as the week experts predict will see the majority of the UK turning their heating on.

In fact, 80% of plumbing and electrical customers surveyed believe we will be relying on our radiators, heating and lighting that little bit more next week according to Toolstation’s research.

With the majority of us spending more time in our homes instead of the office because of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is even more essential than ever that we make time to test our heating, boilers and indoor/ outdoor lighting before temperatures drop.

It comes as 43% of plumbers indicated a sharp increase in call outs to fix broken boilers, leaking central heating pipes and blocked waste pipes with a further 63% mending leaking or broken radiators in autumn and winter.

38% of the electricians also identified broken electrical heaters as a key reason behind increased call outs, with 31% observing a rise in damaged plug sockets, 27% helping customers with circuit shortages and 67% noticing a dramatic rise in household visits to residents unaware of damaged lighting.