Top tips to avoid winter plumbing problems.

With winter rapidly approaching and the cooler weather setting in, we want to ensure you are aware of the best ways to secure your home against the weather in order to prevent any damage to your property. Read our top tips below on how to equip your home against the cold. 

Disconnect your garden hose. In the winter months ice can form and expand within your garden hose which can cause a build up of water pressure in the pipes in and around your home. This can cause severe damage if a leak or break occurs. In order to prevent this, disconnect and drain your garden hose.

Check your taps. Run all of the taps on your property to ensure that there is no frozen water in the pipes within your home. Keeping the water flow moving regularly reduces the chances of blockages within your pipes as moving water does not freeze. If you notice a sudden change in water pressure over a short period of time there may be a blockage so contact your local plumber as soon as possible.

Keep unheated areas protected. Crawl spaces, attics and garages can be vulnerable during the winter as they often reach lower temperatures because they are not as well insulated as other areas within your home. Ensure crawl space vents and garage doors are closed, and insulate pipes with heat tape or thermostat-controlled heat cables if they are exposed or prone to freezing.

Clear out drains and gutters. To prevent leaves and debris freezing and causing drainage problems, clear out your drains and gutters. This will allow water to freeze and thaw easily throughout the winter season.

Identify any potential problems in advance. Schedule an annual boiler service so that any issues can be resolved before the winter weather sets in. Noticing the symptoms before a problem develops can prevent severe plumbing problems in winter.

Following these top tips will help to protect your home against some of the most common winter plumbing problems. However, if you have noticed something unusual or need advice on any plumbing related issues, please do not hesitate to get in touch.