Home Advice

In this section you'll find some helpful hints on how to keep your home in order all year round,  as well as some practical videos. We also have a rolling schedule of planned maintenance.  For more information please click here https://www.housingsolutions.co.uk/rent-and-repairs/home-advice/planned-maintenance/

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How do I get the best out of my storage heaters?

Storage heaters are designed to heat up at night when electricity is cheaper and then release the heat gradually during the day. Here are a few helpful tips to help you get the best out of your storage heaters:

  • Keep the grills on your storage heaters closed at night to save as much heat as possible. 
  • When you want to release more heat, open the grills and adjust them to suit your needs. 
  • Avoid using your immersion switch (for extra hot water) as this uses more electricity so it will increase your electricity bills.

What temperature should I set my thermostat?

We recommend 20*c. Even turning thermostat down 1*c from normal will save money over a year.

What temperature should the boiler flow temperature be?

You can reduce it to 60-65*c to save money over the year.

Should I bleed my radiators?

Yes, this will help your heating system to work more efficiently.

Should I set my programmer?

Yes, setting a timer for heating and hot water will save money.

Should I leave radiators on in unused rooms?

It's a good idea to keep the radiator valve on low to help prevent condensation and damp.

Does furniture in front of a radiator affect heating?

Yes! Leave space around radiators and tuck curtains behind them to allow heat to circulate.

How can I reduce the use of hot water?

Showering is more cost effective than having baths.

Helpful Videos & Tips 

These videos are provided for reference only. Please do not attempt to undertake any repairs if you do not feel comfortable doing so. You carry out repairs at your own risk and we do accept any responsibility.

How to thaw frozen pipes

  1. Identify the frozen pipe: Check for any signs of frost or decreased water pressure in your kitchen tap’s water flow. If you suspect a pipe is frozen, turn off the water supply to that pipe.

  2. Locate the frozen section: The frozen section of the pipe is usually the part that is exposed to the cold. You can use a hairdryer or a hot towel to locate the frozen section.

  3. Thaw the pipe: Slowly pour hot water along the length of the frozen pipe, starting from the tap or faucet end. Be sure to cover as much of the frozen length of pipe as possible. 

    Following this, wrap the pipe in hot towels, which will have picked up the hot water’s heat and keep the pipe warm, speeding up the thawing process 

    Remember, never use a naked flame or blowtorch to thaw the pipe, as direct heat can cause the pipe to burst-Also, be careful not to cause a meltdown by thawing the pipe too quickly.

How to Bleed a Radiator

How to Re-pressurise a Heating System with an External Filling Hose

How to Pressurise a Glow-worm Boiler 1

How to fix some common problems with your boiler

What To Do If Your Hot Water or Central Heating Isn't Working

 How to replace your smoke alarm batteries 

 How to stop the toiler flush from running after flushing 

How to replace a shower head and hose

How to unblock a sink