Mar
22

THE SNOW IS BACK! DO YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO TO PREVENT BURST PIPES?

Whilst the snow is lovely to look out at it can cause burst and frozen water pipes which can cause untold damage to your home so here are four easy tips to avoid it during the freezing conditions.

1)        PREVENT IT – In severe weather, or if severe weather is forecast you should leave your heating on day and night at a low temperature setting. Especially if you are going to be away for any length of time.  This helps to stop your pipes freezing.

 2)      IF A LEAK DOES HAPPEN, TURN OFF THE WATER SUPPLY – Find your mains water stop valve and make sure you can turn it off and on.  It will be usually somewhere on the ground floor of your home.  Turn off the stop cock in your cold water tank if you have one, it’s usually found in the attic or the loft

 3)        BEAT THE BURST – Protect everything around the pipe that appears to be frozen to avoid damage if it does burst

4)          THAWING OUT – Open the tap nearest to the part of the pipe you think is frozen so that the water can flow through when it has melted.  Thaw the ice in the pipe with a hot water bottle or hairdryer (take care to keep it well away from any water), beginning from the tap end and working back towards the cold water tank.  Never use a heat gun or blow torch

 

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