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  1. Is your Chelmsford property winter proof? 

    Whether you own your own home and live in Chelmsford or own property that you rent in Chelmsford it is important to make sure you have winter proofed it.  There are loads of simple things you can do around your house to keep your Chelmsford property cosy and safe this winter.

     British Gas offers some top tips to make sure your home warm from top to bottom.  They say it is important to make sure your gutters are clear of any sticks, moss or leaves. It’s not the nicest job but it prevents damp from getting into your walls which can cause long-lasting damage.

    Loft insulation, of course, makes a big difference to you Chelmsford property keeping the heat in your home. Even if you’ve already got insulation, it’s worth checking it’s up to standard as is checking the cladding on your cold pipes. The need to be kept nice and cosy by wrapping them up with lagging to stop them from freezing in very cold weather that way blockages and burst pipe can be avoided.

    Bleeding a radiator if you haven’t done it yet is much easier than you think and will help keep your home toasty this winter. If your Chelmsford property’s radiators are cold at the top and hot at the bottom, they need bleeding. British Gas say “turn off your heating and get a cloth and a bleed key ready. At the top of your radiator, turn the valve anti-clockwise until you hear a hiss (don’t worry, it’s only air). Hold a rag below to catch any water that drips. Once water starts to flow, tighten the value up and you’re done.” If you get stuck, take a look at their how to bleed a radiator video guide.

    If the worst comes to the wort and some water in your pipes freezes, pressure can build up behind the blockage and cause them to burst so you or your tenants need to know where the stop cock is in your Chelmsford home. Look for a tap or a lever on your copper pipes and turn it clockwise to switch it off.