Help prevent burst or frozen water pipes

Top tips from Wise


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With all the issues that snow and ice bring, the last thing you want is the additional problem of burst or frozen water pipes. Check out our quick tips guide below to help prevent burst or frozen water pipes. However, if your water pipes have already burst or are frozen, visit our burst water pipes or frozen water pipes pages for help and advice.

Tips to prevent burst pipes or frozen water pipes

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Check out the following tips to help you prevent burst pipes or frozen pipes and damp problems:

  • Have your central heating system checked and serviced regularly. A leaking radiator valve can also cause water and damp problems.
  • In cold weather, check all your taps from time to time. If little or no water flows there may be frozen water in the pipes.
  • Know where to find your stopcock! Then you can cut off the flow of water if a pipe starts leaking. Research has shown that one in three homeowners don't know where their stopcock is.
  • If you go away, leave the central heating on 'tick over' (set your thermostat to low) to prevent freezing. Whatever you do - do not turn it off.
  • Insulate pipes that are most likely to freeze and do not forget corners and elbows of pipe work. They tend to be the most exposed. Find supplies at your nearest DIY store.
  • Ask a friend, neighbour or relative to check your home while you are away. This will ensure burst pipes are spotted early and damp and water damage is minimized.
  • Turn off any indoor valves on pipes that lead to taps outside your home. Then open the outside tap and leave it open to let any water drain. This ensures there is no water in the pipes to freeze.

Damp problems because of burst or frozen water pipes

If you have damp problems because of burst or frozen water pipes, find out more information on your damp problems by visiting or damp proofing webpage.

For additional help and advice, contact Wise Property Care on 0800 65 22 678