Water pipe warning as temperatures drop below freezing

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Homeowners are being warned to watch out for burst pipes as temperatures drop below freezing.

Winter is well and truly here and to avoid unexpected bills from burst pipes and ruined furnishings, residents are being offered advice from operations manager Danny Davis, of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE). He said: “In very cold weather, take special care to prevent water pipes becoming frozen. If you have a storage cistern in the roof space it will be sensible to open the hatch to allow some heat from the house to help keep the cistern from freezing.

“Make sure you know the location of, and have labelled, the stop-valve on the incoming water supply main (otherwise known as a stop-cock). It could save thousands of pounds of damage in the case of a burst pipe.

“Ensure that all exposed pipes and storage systems are properly insulated, particularly in the roof space or attic.

“If you are going away on a winter’s holiday, leave the thermostat set low (at least 5oC) to help prevent pipes from freezing. And do check your insurance policy to see if you have to comply with any directives.

“It is important for householders to choose plumbers and heating engineers who will carry out work, professionally, competently and responsibly. Rogue installers may promise to do the job cheaper, but in the long run it could prove to be very expensive if the work is non compliant and remedial work is necessary.”

For a list of professionals in your area, please visit www.ciphe.org.uk or ring 01708 472791.

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