Fire and flood damage is probably the most traumatic experience a resident of a property can experience. Looking after central heating and cooling pipes isn’t difficult, and a failure to check both regularly could result in a lot of anguish and expense in the future. Good maintenance really can be exercised by a number of simple tasks, such as making sure that no water gets into central heating and on cooling pipes in the first place.
Prevent your pipes from freezing, especially in the loft. Water will expand when it freezes, and, if water is inside a pipe when it expands, then there is a real danger that the pipe will not be able to withstand the internal pressure and will just rupture. A building that is under 50 degrees F is in danger of having problems with freezing pipes. If pipes begin to leak in your loft, then damage can be done to the ceiling of your property. The pipes should be insulated by lagging. This will not only insulate the pipes, but will protect pipes if water comes from above, by way of a leaking roof.
Use your heating to stop condensation. Families who are under pressure financially understandably worry about heating bills, so their properties may not always be heated adequately. When there is no heating on in particularly cold and damp weather, then that is the time when condensation will become a problem. If you have the heating down low and keep all the doors in your house closed, then you will be keeping some heat in your building, and you'll be keeping down your heating costs.
Check your windows. Water will penetrate the tiniest crack in a wooden window frame, and condensation can also be a problem even with double-glazed windows. If there are any tiny cracks which need attending to, then there are cheap methods of fixing them, with fillers available from hardware stores.