As the temperatures plummet outside, we are constantly being reminded to be wary of frozen pipes. From advertisements on television to leaflets posted through our doors, this is one piece of information that cannot be overstated during the winter months. Here at Plumbmaster we couldn’t agree more – and as plumbing and heating merchants we are dedicated to providing our customers with the services and knowledge they need to keep their home functioning smoothly all year round.
Before you have to worry about pipes bursting and water damage within your property, the first step you need to take is preventative measures. Prevent your water pipes from freezing and you’ll be spared a lot more problems.
So, how can you avoid frozen pipes this winter?
1. Insulate, Insulate, Insulate!
Make sure water tanks and all pipes are well insulated, leaving no gaps at any bends or corners. As suppliers of lagging material, Plumbmaster have you covered.
2. Cover all areas
Don’t forget about pipes that aren’t in immediate view, such as behind cupboard doors or in the roof space area. These areas in particular are often colder and therefore prone to freezing.
3. Servicing Time
When last was your boiler serviced? An efficient boiler means your heating is improved and pipes are less likely to freeze.
4. Get warm – stay warm!
A good idea during winter is to make sure your home is always heated. This means no longer turning down your heating at night and always keeping your heating at a low temperature even when you are not at home. The constant flow of heat throughout your home will decrease the likelihood of pipes freezing. Keeping internal doors open, roof space doors open, and cupboards leading to pipes open is another beneficial measure which will allow the heat to reach all corners of your home.
5. Know your home
Do you know where the stopcock is in your home? Now is the time to find out. In the event of pipes freezing and bursting, you can turn off your water supply at the stopcock to prevent water damage to your property. Plumbmaster are suppliers of “Surestop,” a remote switch for turning off your water supply – a very useful addition to any home during the winter months!
6. Think ahead
If you’re not going to be at home over the cold weather, don’t leave your home unprotected! Keep your heating on and at a low temperature to maintain warmth. Or, consider turning off your water altogether and draining your pipes so there is no water to freeze in the pipes.
However, what happens when the snow hits, the temperatures take you by surprise and your pipes end up freezing? Don’t panic.
- The first step you need to take is to turn your water supply off and check if any pipes have burst. If all is well, then you need to start defrosting the frozen pipe. You can do this by using anything from a hot towel, to a hot water bottle – or even a hairdryer. However, NEVER use an open flame as this could cause even worse damage to your pipes.
The worst has happened – A PIPE HAS BURST. What now?
- Soak up the water from the leak as best you can and make sure your water supply is turned off so you don’t have any more water escaping.
- Turn on your taps so some water can escape through them instead of the burst section of your pipe.
- Call a plumber. Plumbmaster recommends you keep the number of an emergency plumber on your phone at all times during the winter months.
Remember the signs of a frozen pipe – Visible frost, an unpleasant odour and zero or minimal running water. Stay warm and always be prepared this winter.
If you have any more questions or would like to know how Plumbmaster can help protect your home against the winter freeze, call into your nearest store or give us a call on 028 3861 6666.