Winter proofing your home 

It’s quick. It’s easy. And it could save you a lot of distress this winter.

Your home is your castle. Imagine the damage to your personal possessions and your daily life if the pipes in your home were to freeze and burst this winter. Help protect your home by following this simple 2 step pipe check:

Step 1. Check that your pipes have been lagged

Step 2. Check all lagging is securely fitted

Simple tips to protect your pipes this winter 

Water, it’s a big part of our daily routine, which makes it easy for all of us to take it for granted. But it only takes one big freeze and you could have a burst pipe and that could mean no water- and potentially costly repairs. 

All pipework within your home or business boundary is your responsibility, and spending a little time on simple frost protection now could help you avoid trouble and expense during cold weather. 

Avoiding Frozen Pipes

  • Insulate water tanks and pipes in unheated areas like lofts, roof spaces, garages and outbuildings. This is also applicable to non domestic premises and holiday homes likely to be unoccupied and unheated for prolonged periods of time.
  • Insulation is essential in helping to prevent water in pipes from freezing. It is also important to ensure there are no gaps in the insulation at bends, valves or fittings.
  • Lagging material for pipes can be purchased in DIY/Plumbing stores. It should be noted that even with lagging, extreme weather conditions can result in water in pipes freezing. Without lagging however the potential for this to happen is greatly increased. 
  • Fix dripping taps – a small trickle of water can freeze and completely block the pipe.
  • Find your internal stop tap/valve. It is usually but not always located under your kitchen sink and normally closes by turning clockwise. You may want to test it is working.
  • Service your boiler regularly.
  • Make sure doors and windows from unheated parts of your property are kept closed and minimise any draughts from outside.
  • If you have tanks or pipes in the roof space, allow some warm air to circulate by opening the trap door (this should be a temporary measure ONLY, as it will cause condensation - tanks and pipes should be insulated). 
  • Leave the heating on low when you are away. Leave a key with a neighbour, friend or family member who can check the house regularly.
  • Write down the contact details of a qualified plumber.
  • If a property is not in use or occupied for a prolonged period of time it is advisable to
    turn the water supply off at the stop tap and even consider draining down the system to lessen the possibility of burst pipes going undetected causing property damage and the waste of water.

Dealing with Frozen Pipes

  • Turn off the water supply at the stop tap/valve.
  • Thaw along the pipe, starting from the end nearest the tap.
  • Don’t use a blow lamp or naked flame.
  • Put hot water bottles or a thick cloth soaked in hot water over the frozen pipe or use a hair dryer at its lowest setting to thaw pipes. Be careful not to warm them too quickly.
  • Don’t leave taps dripping or running. The water may not flush down the plug hole if the pipes below are frozen

If a Pipe Bursts

  • Turn off the stop tap/valve.
  • Try to block escaping water with thick cloth like towels.
  • Turn on all taps to reduce flooding.
  • Call a qualified plumber. 
  • Don’t forget to turn off taps once the problem is fixed to avoid further flooding.

Don't forget to contact GJS Home maintenance if you need pipes insulating or need repairs undertaking .
Call Gareth on 07809695522