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How can I stop burst pipes?

Burst and frozen pipes - help to stop them

Winter is here so make sure your home is winter ready and prepared for some cold weather.

Sub-zero temperatures could spell disaster, cold snaps could freeze your pipes leaving you and your family without water and heat.

Spot the potential problem areas – Keep an eye out for any pipework and taps that might be exposed to freezing temperatures.

Protect your pipes and taps - After identifying the pipes and taps most at risk, wrap them in lagging. Cut a piece of foam insulation to length and clip it on.

Keep your central heating ticking over - Heating a home is expensive, but so is a burst pipe. If you can, leave the heating on constantly at a low temperature. If severe weather is forecast, set the heating to your usual level day and night.

Get to know your stop cock or SureStop - If the worst happens and your pipes freeze and then burst, shutting off the stop tap / SureStop is the first thing you'll need to do.  In most homes you'll find it under the kitchen sink, but it could be located in a cellar, garage or outbuilding. Label it once you've found it and check it works regularly, let everyone who lives in your home know where it it too.

If you suspect frozen pipes - Don't use central heating to thaw out; turn off your stop tap; check for dripping water and split pipes; if there aren't any leaks, turn your stop tap back on and open a tap inside the house. Use a hairdryer to gently melt the ice in the direction of the flow of water; Never use a naked flame; If after thawing you find a pipe has burst, turn off your stop tap immediately and contact OneCALL 0345 8 507 507 

For more information visit Yorkshire Water.


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