If it’s freezing cold outside, chances are your pipes are at risk of freezing over too. But there are some simple preventative measures you can put in place to reduce the risk of water damage in your home.
Insulate exposed pipes
Plumbing pipes in your attic, garage and crawl space can freeze as they live in unheated areas of the house. Pipe insulation is fairly cheap and easy to work with, and can prevent this from happening.
Remove outdoor hoses
Turn off any valves that supply water to outdoor houses and disconnect the hose as any water inside it can freeze and burst.
Keep cabinet doors open
For example, the cabinet doors under kitchen and bathroom sinks should be kept open when it gets particularly cold so that air can warm the pipes.1 Just be careful of any hazardous cleaning products if you have small children or pets.
Keep the heat on
Whether you’re at work or out of the house for the day, you should still keep your heating on but at a much lower temperature to keep your energy costs down.
Replace your stopcock
Replacing your hard-to-reach stopcock with a Surestop switch means you can easily turn your water mains off at the flick of a switch when you go on holiday.
Upgrade to Smart Plus controls
If you’ve already got Polypipe Underfloor Heating, then winter is a great time to upgrade to Polypipe’s new Smart Plus controls, as they come with built-in frost detectors for full peace of mind.