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Winter Approaching - Avoid Frozen Pipes

Most people fail to realise the importance of protecting their pipes during the winter season. A frozen water pipe can be a nuisance.  It especially becomes more of a nuisance once it is realised that preventive measures could have been taken to avoid the pipes from freezing.  

There are many mistakes that household owners make during the winter months. Some make the mistake of turning their heating off completely when they go on a short holiday. It is not good to turn the heating off completely when  you go away for a few days. You should keep the heating on, but at a low temperature. The heating will work to keep the pipes from freezing. You should ensure that everyone else in the house is aware of this also. 

Insulating your pipes

Insulating your pipes is very important to stop them from freezing.  Pipes that are below the house are particularly exposed to freezing temperatures, and therefore more at risk from bursting. If you provide a  solid layer of insulation, then this will work in protecting them. It is advisable to check with you local DIY store for all the necessary materials and equipment. You may not be sure which materials to purchase. If this is the case, you may want to call a professional to help you. It would be better for you to spend a minimal amount here rather than spending more on a frozen pipe bursting.

Leaking pipe

If you notice a leaking pipe, you should fix it as soon as possible. This is due to the fact that a leaking pipe is usually an indication that it is about to burst.  This will be particularly applicable to pipes that are exposed to freezing temperatures. To be more cost-effective, it would be better for you to fix the problem as quickly as possible before the situation gets worse. If you spot one leaking, it is best to get hold of a disposable diaper or a towel and wrap it around the leak. Please note that this is only a temporary solution to the problem, and that  you should call a plumber to come and properly fix the problem. The towel or disposable diaper will only contain the leak for an hour or so.

Bursting pipe

Regrettably in some cases you may have tried your best to stop the pipe from bursting, but it went and burst anyway. The first step you should take if this happens is to turn the water off and call the plumber. You will need to make sure that the water is turned off completely so that you limit the flooding in the house. You should take particular care if there are any electrical appliances lying around.  Get your household members away from the water. If you have water-protective clothing - wear it. Remove any items away from the water. This will stop your possessions from getting ruined. It will also help your plumber in moving around.

You may need to find alternative accommodation if the flooding is quite extensive. You should check your insurance policy to check if your costs will be covered. It is advisable to leave the windows and drawers open to aid the drying process.

This page has been written with contributions from plumbing and heating engineers from Merseyside and heating engineers from Pimlico. Several of the company's experienced heating engineers from Berkshire have worked on similar issues as well as some of our qualified plumbers from Milton Keynes and our Enfield Gas Safe engineers.

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