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.