The British weather can be temperamental but the winter can bring storms, ice, hail, and freezing temperatures. If your home is not adequately prepared, it can lead to the nightmare of burst pipes.

Burst pipes can cause extensive damage to your property and lead to costly repairs. Here’s how to avoid them.

Insulate pipes:

One of the most important steps in preventing burst pipes is insulating any exposed ones. Insulation helps to keep the pipes warm and protects them from freezing and then bursting. Use foam or fiberglass pipe insulation to wrap around exposed pipes, paying particular attention to those in unheated areas including outside, basements, lofts, and cold parts of the home.

Ensure leaks and cracks are sealed

Inspect your pipes for any leaks or cracks and make sure they’re sealed properly. Even the smallest leak can lead to frozen pipes. An experienced plumber will be able to do this the most efficiently, or you can use pipe sealant to seal any visible gaps.

Maintain your central heating

Regularly inspect and maintain your heating system to ensure it functions optimally during the winter months. Get a regular boiler service, and clean any filters or radiators as recommended.

Keep the heat on (a little bit!)

If you’re leaving your home for an extended period of time during the winter – for example when visiting family at Christmas – never turn off the heat completely. Instead, set the thermostat to a minimum temperature, or use a smart metre on your heating so you can monitor it from anywhere.

Be alert during icy and snowy conditions

During severe cold spells, it’s essential to be extra vigilant in preventing burst pipes. Keep a regular eye on your pipes, look for issues, and fix anything as soon as possible.

Preventing burst pipes during winter requires proactive measures to ensure the protection and integrity of your plumbing system.

By insulating exposed pipes, sealing leaks, allowing warm air circulation, and maintaining your central heating system, you can significantly reduce the risk of burst pipes and avoid potential water damage.

For more information about safeguarding your home this winter, get in touch with Deacon Heating and Plumbing today.