Burst Pipe

Avoid a Burst Pipe This Winter

Whether you’re on vacation or at home, winter often brings concerns of burst water pipes. A careless mistake may end up costing you thousands of dollars in repairs. It can also cause you to lose precious family valuables. To save yourself the hassle of dealing with a burst water pipe, you should take preventative measures.

Determine which water pipes are at risk. Look for pipes in the attic, crawl spaces and on outside walls. These are more likely to freeze over because these places are usually not well insulated.

Insulate each individual water pipe with insulation sleeves or wrapping. Do not leave any gaps or holes. These areas are still vulnerable to freezing. Seal any cracks and holes in the house in close contact with the water pipe. Any cold air from the outside will contribute heavily to a frozen water pipe.

Turn on each tap to allow a small amount of dripping. In case a pipe is freezing, this helps release pressure between the water supply and ice patch.

Set the thermostat temperature for no less than 55 degrees.

Open all cabinet and closet doors. This will provide more warm air circulation for the water pipes.

Call a plumber if you suspect a pipe is frozen. There will be no water flowing from the suspected tap.

Helpful Advice

If you are going away for an extended period of time, make sure to drain all your pipes completely. Turn off the water valve and then turn on all the taps until the water stops flowing. If there is no water in the pipe, there is no chance of freezing.

Allowing your pipes to drip can cause a significant rise in your water bill.

Although you can unfreeze water pipes on your own, you run the risk of warping and damaging the pipes. In the worst case scenario, your efforts to unfreeze a pipe may result in a house fire. The best solution is to call a plumber – I recommend www.touchstoneplumbers.co.uk/plumbers-in-chiswick for a fast and affordable service.

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