All too often we hear of the detrimental effects caused by burst pipes during the colder winter months. Not only can this prove a costly expense, the inconvenience and damage will doubtless cause unwanted stress.

By following the HB five point plan, home owners can cosy up this winter, safe in the knowledge they have taken measures to avoid any burst pipes.

We advise the following:

  • Keep the heating on a low temperature is probably the most effective way to prevent a burst pipe. 21 degrees is a good average temperature.
  • Home owners, who are planning to leave their property for a long period, should consider draining the central heating system and water pipes. Damage from a burst pipe can be minimised if there is no water in the pipes.
  • Regular servicing of your boiler will ensure it is kept in good working order. Home owners should avoid a breakdown during the colder months so that pipes are not left vulnerable during extremely low temperatures.
  • Locating the water stop tap and ensuring it is working properly will enable you to turn off excess water without delay.
  • Exposed water tanks or pipes in the loft can be insulated at a reasonable low cost. Contact a local plumber to undertake the work.

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