It should come as no surprise that the cold winter weather can cause your pipes to freeze, potentially leading to your pipes bursting throughout your home. A burst pipe could potentially cause serious water damage to your home. This could be costly to deal with and is of course not an ideal situation to find yourslef in at any time of the year – particularly as Christmas is approaching. We’ve put together this blog post to offer some brief advice on how you can prevent your pipes from freezing in the winter months.
Insulate pipes and tanks
If your pipes and water tanks are not already insulated then you should consider insulating pipes and tanks to reduce the chance of them freezing and bursting. When checking or installing insulation, make sure that there are no gaps at any part. Bends and areas with valves and other fittings are more likely to have gaps in the insulation, so pay particular attention to these areas to prevent any problems. You can buy insulation material from any good DIY store – if you’re not certain however you could always hire a professional to insulate your pipes and tanks. Note that insulation alone does not mean that your pipes will not freeze, but this will help reduce the chance of a frozen or burst pipe and help to protect your home.
Check your heating
If you’re staying in your home over winter and the Christmas holidays, you more than likely already have your heating on throughout your house to keep you and your family warm. This is also a great way to keep the pipes throughout your home warm and reduce the chance of them freezing. However, if your boiler has not recently been serviced you should consider having your boiler looked at by a professional. A problem with your boiler could lead to some pipes not being heated sufficiently and freezing up, and a broken boiler is never ideal regardless of the time of year. Most boiler manufacturers recommend having you boiler serviced annualy, but it doesn’t hurt to have your boiler looked at if you suspect their may be a problem.
What to do if you have a problem
If a pipe does freeze in your home, it’s advisable to first turn off the water supply at the stopcock and then check to see if the pipe has burst or is leaking. If the problem does continue and your home suffers from flooding and water damage, you will need to call a professional company to help clean up. Cleaning Industrial Solution have many years’ experience dealing with water damage and flooding in commercial and residential buildings across Sussex, Surrey, Kent and Hampshire. If your home is flooded or has been effected by water damage, do not hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team who will deal with the problem quickly and professionally.