Protect Against Frozen Pipes

Protect Against Frozen Pipes

Winter is here bringing with it freezing temperatures which has the potential to cause damage to your plumbing and your home. Frozen water within your pipes can cause breaks or joints to disconnect.

Broken pipes or broken joints can ver expensive to fix in themselves but the water that leaks out can also cause a lot of damage to your home.

How To Protect Your Pipes From Freezing

You can use foam insulation tubes (also know as lagging) to protect your pipe work, this is helpful in unheated areas such as your roof our outbuildings.

Its fairly easy to fit, just go down to your local DIY store and buy the appropriate amount go lagging. Slip the lagging over your pies and then fix it using duct tape or and alternative high strength tape.

Identifying Frozen Pipes

If you’re pipes are frozen the first sign will probably be that there is no water coming out of the tap. This is because the water within the pipe is frozen and consequently blocks fresh water from coming through.

So if you think your pipes are frozen turn on the taps to let out any thawed water. Then get a hot water bottle and wrap it in a towel. Starting from the end of the pipe closest to the tap leave the hot water bottle on the pipe to warm the water inside. You could use the steam from a  kettle or a hair dryer to warm the pipe but we think the hot water bottle is the best approach.

Slow and steady is the mantra with this because warming the water in the pipe too quickly could lead to steam building  up in the pipe and causing more damage.

Call A Qualified Plumber

We offer a 24/7 emergency plumber service in Ruislip, Harrow, Watford, Ealing and Slough. So if you find you have frozen or burst pipes this winter give us a call or use our contact page to get in touch.