Utopia    Ideas 18 Dec 2017

Baby it’s cold outside – here’s how to protect your home from temperature damage this winter

Colder temperatures are making a prominent appearance across the UK, and worldwide, but winter wonderland weather – as pretty as it may be – isn’t always the kindest to your home, and especially to your pipes.

UK water supplier, Affinity Water, is encouraging homeowners to check the pipes that run in your loft and garden, to ensure they are properly insulated and don’t freeze. Frozen pipes can sadly lead to leaks and damage when they thaw – not to mention very cold showers!

Affinity Water advises that if pipes do freeze, to turn off the stop tap, slowly thaw the pipes near where it enters the house with a hair dryer, a towel soaked in hot water or a hot water bottle. Never use a naked flame or blowtorch to thaw a pipe. If a pipe then bursts, turn off the stop tap, leave an internal tap on to allow thawed water to escape and contact a qualified plumber. When looking for a plumber, consider selecting one that is a member of an approved contractor scheme, such as WaterSafe.

 Affinity Water commented: “Any sudden drop in temperature could cause damage to pipes and property if people aren’t prepared. If pipes freeze during the night, the first you may be aware of a problem is when they thaw, causing water to stream from burst pipes in the loft, flooding rooms below. The consequences can be very damaging and upsetting, but this can be easily avoided by insulating exposed pipe work.”

Top tips to prevent burst pipes:

  • Insulate exposed water pipes with felt, pipe wrap or other insulating material and cover any outside pipe or fitting with a waterproof material
  • Make sure your cold-water tank is insulated
  • If you have an outside tap, insulate it too
  • Check where your stop tap is to isolate your water supply and make sure it works
  • Leave central heating on a frost protection setting overnight
  • If you are planning on leaving your home or office unattended for a long period, turn off the water supply.

Just remember to keep both yourself and your home warm and cosy this winter!

Affinity Water | affinitywater.co.uk/coldweather