Big, old... 1/1.5 solid brick walls, high ceilings, vast rooms, a pig to he
2010 winter caught a lot of people out.
UK is temperate - with exceptions and -23.5oC overnight & -13.5oC daytime w
ere that exception resulting in a lot of burst pipes. I recall the -23.5oC
temperature reaching out "into" the room despite empty cavity wall, 25mm ce
lotex on inside (really not bad for UK), making it feel as though a window
was open to it. Very peculiar.
If the place is being vacated, drain down & dehumidifier set to drain somew
If the place is "one room being lived in", drain down, dehumidifier set to
drain somewhere and heat that key room properly to a MINIMUM of 19oC. Do no
t live in a freezing cold damp house, mildew can affect some people quite b
Keeping water moving is critical to prevent if freezing, remember if a floa
t ices up even a little there is the risk the overflow can ice and the tank
overflows which can really trash a house re black mould and fabric damage.
Colleague had one of these places, used to house 11 accountants it was that
big. He fitted a Rinnai gas wall heater from a church (5.7kW or something
like that, if anyone remembers them). It heated the whole place acceptably
with a dehumidifier to manage the COLOSSAL amount of water in the fabric th
at had built up over 1993/94 winter. The difficulty was insulating on the i
nside, not the cost, the sheer size of it - it just swallowed 6ft stacks of
full size celotex sheets like they were the size of a piece of kitchen rol