It is the time of year that you may experience having your pipes freeze when another cold spell comes along. This problem can be very inconvenient and fairly expensive if you have to call a plumber out to fix it, so the best way is to avoid your pipes freezing altogether. There are two main ways that you can prevent your pipes from freezing. First, you can make sure that your pipes are heated or that heating is left on near to them. Another way to prevent your pipes from freezing is to make sure that the pipes are insulated, all of the DIY shops have pipe lagging and loft insulation that can be used to protect your pipes.

At this time of the year be sure that you have disconnected any outside drains and garden hoses, turn-off the indoor cut-off valve that feeds the outside tap and open the outdoor tap to fully drain the system. This helps to prevent any remaining water in the pipes that are exposed to below-zero temperatures from freezing.

Keep the house warm, and if you know of any pipes that tend to freeze, decide how to keep them warm. If you think you are going to have freezing problems, run some water through the pipes on a regular basis and this may prevent them from freezing.


If you have frozen pipes and need help, contact our 24 hour emergency service on 020 7386 8888