X-TREME TAPE

X-TREME TAPE

We are often asked questions about our X-TREME tape these are the most common and the answers. Q: How does X-TREME Tape work? A: X-TREME Tape is a self-fusing tape. Ingredients in the silicone cause it to permanently bond to itself when stretched or forced together. Q: How long does it take X-TREME Tape to fuse together? A: The tighter you stretch X-TREME Tape, the quicker it bonds. In most cases, X-TREME Tape bonds in just seconds and takes just a minute or two to become permanent.. Q: What is the shelf life? How do I store X-TREME Tape? A: For the longest shelf life, it should be kept at room temperature and away from direct light or heat. However, these factors only slightly alter the shelf life. Even when stored improperly, X-TREME Tape should last for many years. Q: How much X-TREME Tape should I use? A: When overlapping X-TREME Tape by one-half as directed, you will automatically be left with a “double wrap.” This is sufficient for most weatherproofing applications such as electrical wiring. However, when sealing leaks, the more you use, the stronger the seal will be. Typically 3 to 5 layers thick and 3 to 5 inches to both sides of a damaged hose should repair most leaks. Additional layers may be necessary. Q: Does the surface of my project have to be clean? A: No. X-TREME Tape does not stick to the surface of a project, and therefore it does not matter whether the surface is clean or dirty. As long as you can overlap X-TREME Tape onto itself, it will work, even if...

Cold weather alert service

In the UK there are, on average, 27,000 extra deaths in winter compared to other months of the year – 80% are thought to be due to the cold weather. The cold temperatures can cause physiological effects such as thicker blood, increase in blood pressure and tightening of the airways – making people who already have chronic conditions even more vulnerable. There is a link between the onset of cold weather and deaths from both heart attacks and respiratory illnesses. Older people are particularly at risk as they do not feel the cold until their body temperature falls. The graph below highlights the importance of the service in this country. We have very poor excess winter mortality rates compared to other countries in Europe. Especially when you consider that Finland has a considerably colder climate than our own. The aim of the service is to reduce these figures by helping health care organisations to prepare for spells of prolonged cold weather. Our warning will allow you to take the necessary actions to help you and your patients reduce the risks of cold weather and the effects it can have on the more vulnerable.   We work with the Department of Health, to provide a Cold Weather Alert Service. This operates, in England, from 1 November to 31 March every year. Met Office alerts are sent to NHS Trusts in England, and AgeUK, to ensure that staff and resources are fully prepared for any cold weather periods and those who are more vulnerable to cold weather conditions are aware and prepared. The alert is also displayed on our website and across other...

Advice for thawing or leaking pipes

Advice for thawing or leaking pipes When temperatures rise after a cold snap you need to act quickly to protect your water pipes and deal with any bursts. Damage to pipes occurs when they become frozen, but you’re only going to notice when the water in the pipe thaws. So, if a pipe is frozen isolate the affected area by closing your stop tap. Turn off your water supply Turn off the main stop tap. You should find this under the kitchen sink or where the pipe enters your home such as in your garage or cellar. If you have a cold water tank, turn off the stopcock (this is usually found in the attic or loft). If you spot a leak having isolated the affected pipe by closing the stop tap, then call a plumber. If you want to find an approved plumber, use the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering’s...
How would you feel if your house was flooded

How would you feel if your house was flooded

As a homeowner you may well have contents insurance however in many cases this will not cover damage due to a burst pipe – and if it does you will have a large excess to pay and may not be able to replace some of the precious damaged items. A burst pipe or failed fitting can occur at any time, regardless of how well your house is maintained. Over 24 tonnes of water escapes per day if you have a burst pipes Over £1 billion of damage is caused each year due to escape of water Irreplaceable possessions damaged beyond repair Increasing numbers of insurance policies do not cover this damage Average cost of damage...
Dealing with frozen water pipes

Dealing with frozen water pipes

Burst water pipes can cause considerable damage to property: not so much from the frost damage to the pipe itself but from the resulting water damage once the pipe thaws. Home insurance and landlords insurance policyholders will generally be insured for such damage but avoiding a claim altogether will mean less hassle and will help keep your premiums down. Why pipes freeze If your house gets too cold overnight, water in the pipes may freeze. Then in the day, when the house warms up again, water may flood out and damage your home contents and the fabric of the building. The pipes that are most susceptible to freezing are of course those with the most exposure to the cold, such as to outside taps, garages or sheds. However, pipes which run through attic spaces and basements may also be affected when temperatures plummet. And it’s important to remember that hot water pipes can also freeze. How to prevent your pipes from freezing Insulate your loft, the sides of your water tanks and all pipes with good quality lagging. Pay particular attention to the area where the mains water supply pipe enters the home, as this area is especially prone to freezing. Open your loft hatch on cold days so that warm air can circulate from rooms below. If you’re going to be away in the winter, keep the loft hatch open and heating running on constant at a low temperature (about 10 to 12 degrees Celsius). And ask someone to check your home regularly so that any problems can be spotted before too much damage is done. If you’re going away for a...