As the temperature drops it’s important to prepare your home for the cold weather.
Here our top tips:
It’s important that you know where your stop tap is located in case of an emergency, allowing you to react quickly to shut off the water supply in the event of a burst or frozen pipe.
The stop tap is usually located underneath the kitchen sink, but it is always worth checking this before anything happens.
Insulating your pipes is the best way to prevent frozen or burst pipes. We recommend covering your pipes with a foam tube called lagging which is used to wrap around pipes. It can be purchased cheaply from most DIY stores and is very easy to install.
Making sure pipes inside and out are protected especially your outside ones as they are exposed to the elements making them vulnerable in the colder months. As well as lagging you should remove any hosepipe attachments and, switch off the valve that’s attached to the tap to prevent damage in the freezing weather.
Don’t forget to insulate pipework and water tanks in the loft – leaving the loft hatch open will allow the heat from your home to circulate up into the loft.
Quick guide to putting lagging on your pipes
All you’ll need:
- A tape measure or ruler
- A saw or knife to cut the foam tube
- Locate the pipes you want to lag and measure the length pipework you need to cover – once you have done this you can purchase the required length from your local DIY store.
- Cut the lagging to the required length using a saw or knife.
- Open the tube sing the pre-cut split down one side length ways and clip it around the pipe making sure it’s a snug fit especially around joints and corners. You can seal any joints with tape if required.
Make sure your whole home is kept warm. By leaving your heating on a low or frost setting when you’re not home can prevent pipes freezing and putting draught excluders on doors.
An easy way to stop heat escaping in your home is to close your curtains when the heating comes on in the evening.
It is important to know which pipework you are responsible for in case something goes wrong in the winter months like a burst pipe.
Below you can see a water mains diagram showing who is responsible for what.
If you are unlucky enough to experience a burst pipe the best person to contact is a plumber. Be prepared and have the number of a local plumber to hand in case of an emergency.