Cold weather tips: How to keep pipes from freezing in cold weather and snow

Frozen pipes can leave you without running water – but that may not be the biggest of the problems you face. This potentially very serious household issue also leaves your pipes at risk of bursting and may well flood your home. There’s no good time for this to happen during the year, least of all during times of cold weather. So, as cooler temperatures sweep the nation, has collated some of the top tips for preventing your water pipes from freezing.

Pipes tend to have a small amount of water in them, even when the taps aren’t running.

This means that even when you’re not using your running water, your pipes could be at risk of freezing over.

Should the worst case scenario happen, the effects of frozen pipes could leave you with a big bill.

What’s more, for those living in rented accommodation, they could find themselves in trouble if they didn’t take reasonable precautions against frozen pipes.

So, how can you avoid frozen pipes?

Opt for insulation

Ahead of the freezing temperatures, it could be a good idea to insulate pipes and water tanks.

Energy company South Southern Electric (SSE) advise wrapping pipes in cold areas with pipe sponge covers, as well as thinking about insulating water tanks in the loft.

Heat up your home

While it may mean spending money on your utility bills, keeping your heating on while you’re away from the property could be worthwhile.

John Shermer, Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, Lightwave, recommends using technology to take control of your thermostat where possible.

He said: “Having a smart heating system that enables you to monitor and control the heating remotely from your phone can ensure that you’re prepared when you see weather announcements whilst you’re at work or on the move.

“Investing in smart-home tech, that can give you that level of control no matter where you are, can save you money on future repairs and give you greater peace of mind, knowing that you’re not going to come home to arctic conditions and frozen pipes.”

SSE also advised opening up cabinet doors and loft hatches to distribute the heat into these cooler areas of the home.

Use your water

Water is less likely to freeze if it’s running, so switching your taps on and off can be worthwhile, the American Red Cross recommends.

Although, be mindful of your water consumption if you pay via a meter.

Drain water from your system

If your property is due to be empty for some time during the winter, you may want to drain the water from the system altogether.

This measure could mean you avoid risking the pipes freezing over whilst you’re away from the area.

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