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Would you leave heating on in an empty house mid renovation ?

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JugglingChaotically Wed 04-Feb-15 18:10:50

Our builder is pressing us to do this so the new floors can acclimatise and be laid asap
Clearly if only on during the day it will take twice as long for the floor to acclimatise.
I think it's too big a risk. The boiler is only up and running today after a week of delays.
We have had one leak.
And the electric is being switched off at the mains each night.
The house is 18c at the moment. I suggested they put a door on one room so residual heat stays up.
No! Not till after the floor is down or they have to take it off again .....
What would you do?????

Choccywoccydodah Wed 04-Feb-15 18:13:44

What is it dropping to overnight?

EauPea Wed 04-Feb-15 18:13:52

Leave the heating on.

Wooden floors need 48 hours at room temp before laying to prevent bowing.

Also any plastering, painting or grouting will go off quicker with heat.

MisForMumNotMaid Wed 04-Feb-15 18:14:48

I'd have the heating on.

I don't understand your reasons not too. Is it you're worried about leaks or the cost?

JugglingChaotically Wed 04-Feb-15 18:45:28

Not worried about the cost.
But the house is empty.
Wacking great hole in the basement.
Insurance requires all to be off when unoccupied or no cover.
We have had one leak so far.
And the boiler has been hiccuping since Monday and only now running properly.
To be fair, it was cutting out so likely safe enough.
Electrics new but not tested. Builders supply only at the moment
So much has gone wrong with the works, I can't afford any more mistakes.

JugglingChaotically Wed 04-Feb-15 18:46:29

Just put a thermometer in. 18c at 6pm
Doesn't help that all internal doors off.
Ordered one that monitors 24/7 tomorrow.

JugglingChaotically Wed 04-Feb-15 18:52:38

So worried about water and gas leaks and electrical problems
What would you do??

Marmitelover55 Wed 04-Feb-15 18:53:50

Have you found a new builder juggling?

charlestonchaplin Wed 04-Feb-15 19:17:12

If the heating is on during the day I probably wouldn't, if it invalidates your insurance. Most people don't have the heating on overnight from about 9 or 10 till about six in the morning anyway. I take in it isn't possible for anyone to stay on site overnight for a few days whilst the house warms up?

Anyway it is good to hear you are making progress. Things sounded quite bleak at one point.

PigletJohn Wed 04-Feb-15 19:28:16

fitting and removing a door takes several minutes hmm

If your builders find the task too daunting, buy yourself a pair of lift-off hinges for £8.70 or less and ask the builders to use them. It reduces the time (after initial fit) to 30 seconds.

this is the sort I recommend stainless steel with a tarnish-resistant brass plating, but you can get paintable or chrome ones if you prefer.

JugglingChaotically Wed 04-Feb-15 19:44:31

Thanks PigletJohn
Charleston - it is sadly still grim.
The basement has had to be completely stripped out - screed, heating, walls......
I won't go on
All being redone.

JugglingChaotically Wed 04-Feb-15 21:28:22

Marmite. Just spotted your question.
Yes, we have.
But undoing/redoing what was done previously is hard and slow.

Marmitelover55 Wed 04-Feb-15 21:37:33


JugglingChaotically Thu 05-Feb-15 05:10:08

Thanks marmite!

BauerTime Thu 05-Feb-15 10:25:11

If its a question of insurance then no, I don't think I would.

We renovated out house at this time of year and the radiators weren't even attached to the walls when the floors went down and we've never had any problems. But ours is only laminate flooring if that makes a difference.

JugglingChaotically Thu 05-Feb-15 22:17:46

Thanks BT. It's engineered wood - with a fairly thick wear layer.
I am not keen on taking the insurance risk
Also confused as we don't keep the heating on at night when at home. So if on all day and new insulation (I hope?!) then how cold can it be at night.

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