How to prevent burst piping


Burst pipes can cause devastating damage to your house and furniture, as with most systems, prevention is by far the best solution. So we have highlighted several key things you can do below to minimize the damage.

  • Ensure you know exactly where your stopcock is, you may need that information in an emergency. You can ask your landlord or building superintendent if you do not know where your stopcock is or how to operate it.
  • Make sure that all outside taps and piping devices are insulated, including drain pipes for heating or overflow pipes. Make sure you do not leave any joints, bends or taps exposed, you can use insulating lagging or foam for this task.
  • Pipes that are buried in the ground outside, for example, pipes to garages or sheds need to be buried deep enough to withstand the cold weather and/or lag.
  • Set the heating to a minimum of 12 degrees centigrade at all times during the cold weather. Doing this will ensure that your piping system is warm enough to keep the water flowing, preventing a burst pipe.
  • Locate and fix all dripping taps or plumbing leaks before the cold season. The most common cause of burst pipes happens as a result of leaks.
  • Service your Central Heating System regularly.
  • If you happen to leave your home unoccupied for any length of time, ensure you turn off the stopcock, drain any water from your pipes and close the taps, if possible, leave your heating on.
  • If you notice any signs of a burst pipe, make sure you get in touch with a good emergency plumber who will carry out repairs and advise you further.

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