a study on winterising your property
The freezing conditions from recent winters, has caused considerable damage to properties. The Irish Insurance Industry reported a massive €300 million in damages through the winter of 2009/10. Of course, it’s not so much the frost damage that’s the problem, but from the water damage once the pipe or fitting thaws out.
Others at risk from the effects of freezing during winter periods are any external systems, such as sprinklers and other irrigation systems, power-hoses, hose reels and pond pumps etc.
conventional frost protection
Throughout the years, there have been many attempts to prevent pipes from freezing during a cold snap. Central heating pipes should be treated differently as they should be topped up with anti-freeze to cope with the cold temperature. However, hot and cold domestic water pipes are mainly at risk.
To drain these, some rely purely on gravity and hope that the water will simply run out of the lines, usually with devastating consequences. The more accepted solution is to remove the water altogether, in preparation for Winter.
These are not bad ways to draindown as they have been used for years. But that's just it, they’re outdated and usually render the property useless throughout the winter season, as in most cases the water system has had to be dismantled. As systems have become more sophisticated and expensive, draining them in reverse is becoming much less possible, however the likelyhood of damage and huge expense is growing. All this is understandable of course, as to do the job, there has never been an over the counter tool available - Until Now.
N.B. An important note for Engineers or savvy enthusiasts. The use an oil filled compressor is illegal according to WRAS Water Regulation Byelaws. Only oil free compressors may be used as they do not blow oil vapours down into the lines, which is a pollutant. This is a fineable offensive, up to £1000 per property.
how to floë
Floë works on the simple principle of blowing water out of taps and fittings “the right way”, leaving nothing but air in the pipes. What we mean by this is that, our specialty is to push the water out of taps, showers and fittings, in the direction that the manufacturers intended and not in reverse.
An added bonus is that, it will assist in the draining down and cleansing of a boiler by blowing air through it. This will clean the boiler's iinternal hot water heat exchanger, extending the life of that component (£700-1,500) and heating your hot water more efficiently. In a recent study, this was found to have fuel bill savings of up to 20%.
No matter which application you use Floë for, this process of compression, tap on and tap off is repeated for all of the hot and cold taps, showers, water heater and toilets (if necessary). Simple !!. By the end of the process your system will be bone dry. Finally, all the taps should be left in the on position. This will allow fresh air to circulate keeping the lines fresh and any missed residual water to freeze and creep up the lines and not burst out of them.
Only taking ten to fifteen minutes, you can be assured that your caravan, motorhome or holiday home has complete FROST PROTECTION IN THE WINTERTIME. Instead of worrying whether you are going to be Winter’s next victim, another statistic with an insurance company that may refuse to pay you, as they will call it “negligence”, have the confidence to know that water has been removed around vital often fragile components such as pumps, water taps, shower blocks or any copper water lines.
Further benefits can be realised such as, by draining down, you can have the FRESHEST OF DRINKING WATER EVERYTIME YOU USE IT. This is particularly of use to touring caravan, motorhome and boat owners with portable supplies, where "running the taps" is not an option, thus saving lengthy trips to the standpipe. Why use stale water when you can have fresh water for drinking beverages, washing, brushing teeth and preparing fruit and vegetables.
You can BE BETTER TO THE ENVIRONMENT, by not creating more rubbish for the landfill site with empty water bottles and flushing out your water system several times with perhaps 50L of water before use.
You’ll also SAVE MONEY ON COFFEE AND TEA. That’s because, it takes less to make these essential beverages with fresher water. Also wait until you stand outside your property, take in the view, smell the aroma of a freshly brewed cuppa and taste the freshness. It’s the best.
Floë has only been on the market since 2010 and is the only one of it’s kind. Currently it has five patents pending and uses the methods advised by the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS).
Take a look at our variety of products together with full demonstration videos to show you just how easy and effective it is to use Floë. But, just don't just take our word for it. Make sure to have a look at our extensive list of customer, magazine and video reviews.
Should you like to order from us, you can do so by visiting our shop online and if you visit our stockists page, you should be able to find a caravan accessories retailer carrying our range of products near your location. Thank you for reading.
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