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Follow our Cold Weather Code and have a lovely winter
Most of these bursts could easily be avoided with a few simple precautions. However, many people don’t think that the cold weather will affect them, or they don’t know what they should do to protect their homes.
Before The Cold Weather Arrives
Insulate the top and sides of tanks with one of the following:
NOTE: Do not insulate underneath any tank. If you place insulation material below any water tank, warm air will be unable to rise from the rooms below and keep it warm, and the tank is more likely to freeze. The only exception to this rule is header tanks (generally central heating header tanks) which are raised above the level of the joists in the roof space. These tanks should be completely enclosed in an insulating jacket. Every year check that your loft insulation is thick enough and still in good condition. Make sure it has not been damaged or disturbed since you last looked at it.
Make sure it is placed over any pipes which run between the joists. This will enclose them in the ‘insulation envelope’ of the house. If loft insulation material is placed under the pipes, no warm air will reach them from the rest of the house and they are more likely to freeze.
If Your Home Is Empty Overnight During Winter
Leave your heating on while you are away from home. In severe weather, or if severe weather is forecast, you should leave your heating on day and night at your usual temperature setting, especially if you are going to be away from home for any length of time. This will help prevent frozen pipes.
Open your loft trap door. This allows warm air from other parts of the house to circulate in the loft and will help to prevent the pipes freezing.
Ask a friend or relative to visit your home every day while you are away. This will mean that, if you do suffer a burst pipe, it will be detected as soon as possible, and the damage caused will be minimised.
If Pipes Or Tanks Are Frozen
Turn off the water at the main stopcock. If there is a stopcock fitted on the system side of the header tank (that is, to stop water leaving the tank) this should also be turned off. Do this even if you only suspect your pipes are frozen, since they could also have burst, and, by turning off the water, you will reduce the amount of water that can escape, thus minimising damage to your home.
Before you start to thaw the system, do what you can to protect or remove anything that might be damaged by thawing water running from the burst.
To Thaw The Pipe:
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