Britain is getting colder. It’s a fact. More snowfall has been predicted for counties from Scotland to southern England and it’s causing problems both indoors and out. Nobody wants to have to endure the bitter cold nor do they want to deal with its effects – frozen roads and pavements, disrupted traffic, and frozen pipes. The latter, in particular, can be a cause for concern since it can lead to leaks in the home.

Frozen and burst pipes are a common complaint of many homeowners during the winter period and most cases can usually be prevented by following one or more of these simple steps:

  • Leaving your heating on for at least one hour a day (in severe weather, heating should be left on all day and night;
  • If possible, allow warm air to circulate around the loft to help prevent frozen pipes;
  • Ask a friend or neighbour to keep an eye on your house if you are away to prevent excess damage should a pipe burst.

Water is required in various parts of the house – the kitchen, the bathroom and sometimes the bedroom, and leaks can happen at any time but especially during the winter when water in the plumbing of your home freezes causing burst pipes. If a leak is not fixed it can cost you a lot of money and cause prolonged damp and structural problems to your home. It is, therefore, vital that you try and reduce the risk of frozen pipes during winter but if that doesn’t work then you need deal with any burst pipes straight away should they occur. Here’s what to do:

  • Find the stopcock and turn it off. This is a valve that will stop water entering your home from the mains supply. (Look in the kitchen, under the sink or in the bathroom.)
  • Switch off the central heating and open all the taps to drain the system. Contact a professional to administer repairs before turning the heating back on.
  • Contact your insurance provider. They should have a 24 hour helpline that you can call to report any damage that has/will likely be done to your home.

Preventing pipes from freezing is the best way to avoid chaos in the home this winter. For more tips on how to prepare for winter take a look at this helpful guide from the Met Office.

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