How to Prevent Burst Water Pipes

Make sure you never have to deal with a burst water pipe

Preventing burst or frozen pipes

Brrrrrr. It’s been a pretty mild winter so far but temperatures are starting to take a tumble and the first shoots of spring are still a long way off. We recommend you take some time out from snuggling up in the warmth to prepare you and your family against a frozen or burst pipe. Use our burst pipe prevention check list to protect your home.

Burst Pipe Prevention Check List

    1. First of all you should look at what insulation you already have – take a close look at your pipework, cistern and tanks. If your pipes aren’t insulated then invest in a quality, waterproof foam lagging. Armaflex Pipe Lagging makes a good choice – it’s easy to install, lightweight and flexible.
    2. Regularly check that all stop taps and valves are working as they should be. You should find your main stop tap where the pipework enters your house.
    3. Ideally you should label all your stop taps and valves so that you can locate them easily in an emergency.
    4. Even really well insulated pipes can freeze in a prolonged cold snap. The best solution in a really icy spell is to isolate and drain down external pipe work, outside taps and any exposed plumbing.

Call in a professional

If you’ve still got problems, we suggest that you contact a local plumber for their expert help and advice.

You can search for an approved local plumber on the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering’s website or here.

Get stocked up for winter

We’ve got a great range of winter products including lagging, plant jackets, tap guards and even sledges for when the white stuff finally arrives.