Whether plumbing systems are used at home or at work, each winter brings with it sub-zero temperatures and the risk of frozen pipes and the damage that it can bring.
As soon as the mercury in the thermometer dips below zero, there is the possibility that your pipes might freeze, landing you with a big bill for fixing them, and a mess to clear-up when the temperature rises again and they start to thaw out.
As with most things, prevention is always better than cure, especially when it comes to dealing with freezing pipes and frost damaged burst pipes, so taking steps to tackle weak or unprotected areas of your vulnerable engineering and plumbing systems now should put you in a better position when the big freeze hits.
How to stop pipes from freezing
Pipes which run around the outside of your home, office or industrial facility, in crawl spaces in the roof or under floors, or through basements are particularly vulnerable to freezing and cracking,.
Take some of the following pre-emptive free measures now, in the hope of preventing a much bigger bill should the worst happen.
How to defrost burst and frozen pipes
If you turn on a tap in cold weather and nothing happens, chances are you’ve a frozen pipe somewhere in the building.
If there’s no water anywhere inside, then it may be the incoming water mains which has frozen.
It’s important to try to clear blockages caused by ice as quickly as possible to minimise the damage when the pipes thaw out.
If you’re not confident in tackling this job yourself, ask a qualified plumber to help.
Other cold weather tips to stop pipes freezing
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