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Frozen pipes

With the weather as unpredictable as it is, this winter make sure you’re not at risk of frozen or burst pipes.

Here we outline the impact the cold can have and what can be done to prevent or deal with any problems that may arise.

The best thing to do keep your heating on and run cold taps regularly. This is extremely important for vacant properties – keep the heating on or make sure the system has been fully drained… otherwise it will freeze. Even lagged pipes can freeze where there are parts that are unheated. Insulation and lagging are only a barrier.

If your pipes freeze the most important thing to do is switch the stop-cock off, straight away. Then just let nature take its course, waiting for things to warm up. If your pipes do freeze, get a professional in to trace all the pipework for splits. Otherwise, when the weather warms up and the pipes start to thaw, you may get a leak. Pay special attention to copper pipes as they can easily burst.

There are many dangers of DIY thawing so we would suggest avoiding this option.

Homeowners should double check that they are covered on their home insurance for flood damage, from a plumbing malfunction.

This is not the worst winter we’ve experienced on record but it hasn’t finished with us yet. Fortunately though it’s less likely that pipes will burst nowadays because of central heating.

If you need work done use a recommended trader and make sure you check the credentials of anyone who knocks on your door.

Frozen pipes

London 2013

It’s estimated that London’s complex sewage network could easily stretch the length of the Earth, collecting and feeding waste through our intricate system of drains, pipes and treatment plants. Impressive as this may be, combine it with the 8 million people living in the capital, and it perhaps takes a different stance, giving an insight into the current strain our drainage infrastructure is under.

As Europe’s most densely populated metropolis, London is experiencing the greatest levels of growth, yet it possesses some of the oldest infrastructure. Fortunately we offer clients a comprehensive service, ensuring that our sewer network is more than capable of handling everything that is thrown at it.

Bag It and Bin It

Bag It and Bin It – Don’t Flush It
Bag It and Bin It

A water industry-led campaign Bag It & Bin It aims to educate people about what not to flush.

 Toilets are only designed to take away human waste and toilet paper. Any other personal waste should be disposed of correctly as household waste.

  This protects the environment and the UK’s waterways, avoids harm to marine life and prevents problems in the sewage system, which was not designed with this sort of waste in mind.

Items that shouldn’t be disposed of down the toilet include:

Cotton buds 
Sanitary towels
Baby wipes
Kitchen roll   
Dental floss   
Plasters and bandages 
Razor blades 
Syringes and needles   
Medicines and tablets 

Below is a festive themed reminder of the points made above.