Winter prep a hot topic

2018-05-16 06:01
Mandy Barrett Photo: Supplied

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This time of year is the perfect time to prepare for the ensuing cold, as the approaching winter and potentially icy temperatures are a matter of weeks away.

Mandy Barrett of insurance brokerage and risk advisors Aon South Africa recommends home owners to examine their geyser and generator and keep up vital maintenance and repairs to ensure safety.

Geyser

Cold winter temperatures and burst geysers and pipes go together like salt and pepper.

Insulation is always a good idea for a geyser and water pipes.

Usage of a geyser blanket to insulate a geyser and lagging on the exposed water pipes in a roof is therefore encouraged.

This will not only protect against a sharp drop in temperature, which can cause a burst pipe or geyser, but it will also save money in the long run.

Water will stay hotter for longer, leading to savings on electricity costs.

Service the geyser and check that all the seals and valves, the stop-cock, the thermostat and element are in good working order.

Also ensure that your drip tray is correctly installed and placed. This will also come handy in terms of the tray helping to channel the esca­ping water to the outside of the roof, preventing ceiling damage should a geyser burst.

Generators

With the cold coming, the possibility of power outages increases as strain on the electricity grid increases.

Make sure the generator is professionally installed by a qualified electrician and get a certificate of compliance (COC) for the installation.

Also confirm that the generator has a transfer switch to ensure the safe switching between electricity from the grid and from the generator when required.

Make sure that the generator is installed in a well-ventilated location, as it emits deadly toxic gases and should never be utilised indoors.

If one is storing back-up fuel for the generator, make sure to use appropriate containers that are clearly marked, well out of reach of children and stored in a sensible location.

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