Preventing & Dealing with Burst Water Pipes

The inconvenience and cost of burst pipes can be considerable and a small fracture can release gallons of water damaging masonry, plaster, carpets and other valuable house contents.

  • Ensure that the boiler and heating system is regularly serviced, at least once a year, by a registered professional. In the event of extreme cold spells the heating should be set to at least 10 degrees to prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Know where the main stop tap is situated in the building in the event the supply needs to be turned off quickly.
  • Water pipes and cold water tanks in unheated or vulnerable places should be adequately lagged. Leave loft covers slightly ajar to allow warm air to circulate. The Energy Saving Trust recommends the minimum thickness of loft insulation should be 270 mm.
  • External taps be turned off and any hoses disconnected.
  • Leak detection systems are available in the market to alert the occupant to take immediate action and hopefully mitigate any damage.
  • In the event of a pipe being frozen, introduce heat gently to the area using a hair dryer, space heater or hot water bottle.
  • Never use electrics if you have reason to believe they may have been affected by water.
  • In addition to having home insurance documents handy have the name and phone number of a local trusted plumber.

In the event that the property is unoccupied;

  • Keep the property heated to reduce the risk of pipe freezing.
  • If the property is to be unoccupied for some time shut off the water system.
  • Ask a trusted neighbour or relative to check the property preferably on a daily basis.

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