Get Winter Wise, and wrap up your home!
As the temperature begins to fall, it’s time to wrap your home up nice and snug.
Lagging your exposed water pipes will prevent them from freezing, and (to add insult to injury) bursting too. It’s easy to protect your pipes, and making the effort now could help you avoid a nasty case of the soggy-carpet-no-heating blues this winter.
Here are five tips for a stress-free winter:
1. Keep your pipes toasty – Wrap up your pipes and water tanks with lagging. Pay extra attention to the pipes in the garage, loft, or those running along the outside of your property, as these are the ones most likely to freeze when the mercury plummets. Use waterproof lagging for outside pipes. Your local DIY store should have everything you need.
2. Find your stop tap – Your stop tap controls the flow of water into your home. It’s usually found under the kitchen sink, or sometimes in a cellar or garage. Find out where it is so you can turn the water off quickly if your pipes freeze or there’s a burst.
3. Keep the heating on – Keeping your central heating on low during a cold spell will prevent your pipes from freezing. Make sure the heating comes on when you’re away too, as there’s nothing like coming back to a flooded home to take the shine off a winter break.
4. Have the name of a plumber handy – Keep the name of a decent plumber in a safe place, just in case you have a burst. It’s a good idea to choose a member of an approved contractors’ scheme. Type in your postcode at www.watersafe.org.uk to find your nearest qualified plumber to help.
5. Check with your neighbours – If you find yourself without water when it’s freezing cold outside, have a word with your neighbours. If they still have water, it could be that your pipes have frozen, in which case, check to see if your insurance covers plumbing emergencies.
If you need help on how to thaw your pipes – Watch video