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XP's cold weather checklist

XP's cold weather checklist

After a relatively mild autumn, December and winter are approaching fast, and you can be sure there’ll be colder weather on the way sooner or later.

Get the jump on any cold snap - make sure your home’s ready for winter with our cold-weather checklist.


Get your boiler and heating system serviced by an experienced plumbers, gas and heating engineers like XP Plumbing and Heating.

You’re probably turning your dials up higher after the milder weather of the summer and autumn - so now’s a good time to make sure your system’s up to the task of keeping you and your home cosy throughout the colder months ahead.


Gas appliances in particular must be serviced regularly, and only by a qualified, Gas Safe registered engineer like XP Plumbing and Heating. We recommend having your gas appliances inspected by a Gas Safe professional an absolute minimum of once a year.


Remind yourself of where your stopcock is before the colder weather, and the risk of frozen and burst pipes, arrives.

Already know where yours is? Don’t stop there - test it to make sure it’s still in good working order. Don’t wait until you really need your stopcock to discover it’s seized up!

For more on stopcocks, see our article on their importance.


Insulate your pipes, and check that any existing pipe insulation is still in place and in good order. Effective insulation for your pipes is the best way to protect them against an unexpected cold snap.

Pay particular attention to pipes that are outside your home, or in attic and loft spaces, where they’ll likely be exposed to lower temperatures.


If you think you need your boiler or gas appliances serviced - or for anything else related to your home’s plumbing, heating or electricals - get in touch with XP Plumbing and Heating.

From our HQ in Sidcup, our friendly, experienced plumbers and engineers in their distinctive vehicles have great reach throughout the local area - including Eltham, Chislehurst, Bexleyheath, Bromley, Greenwich, Blackheath - and beyond that too, out into the rest of London and north Kent.

Get in touch with us today.