Cold spells and empty properties are the most common conditions for pipes to burst. If you are going away from your home during a cold spell then bear in mind the following tips, which are only some of the things that can be done:
Insulate pipes with lagging in the crawl spaces and attic where the chance of freezing is at its highest. Typically, exposed pipes in these areas lead to freezing pipes.
Central heating should be kept at a minimum of 12 to 15 Celsius if it is expected to freeze.
Allow warm air to flow into the loft space by leaving the loft hatch open so warmer air can prevent the cold tank from freezing.
Cabinets and cupboards that contain pipes should have their doors left open; this will allow warmer air to circulate and reach pipes under sinks and also in outside walls adjacent.
Water supply to outside taps should be turned off. Also mains water at the stopcock should be turned off unless a combination boiler requires constant mains pressure.
Consider draining the cold water system if you’re going away for long periods over the winter and want to save on heating bills.
There’s loads of information out there on the web about preventing burst pipes. Perhaps one to look at is British Insurance Brokers’ Association and Ageas have a free factsheet on protecting properties against burst pipes. This can be downloaded at biba.org.uk.
If you need any further information on how to help prevent burst pipes in your property or if you have suffered from a burst pipe that needs repair then please don’t hesitate to contact one of our technicians on 0800 078 6999. We offer expert advice on how to dry your building and repair water damage following a burst of water.