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Tips for getting your property winter ready
Burst pipes and leaks waste thousands of litres a day and can cost you £1000’s to clean up. With just a few simple precautions your pipes and tanks can stay cosy and dry throughout the colder months.
Here are our top tips for keeping your property winter ready:
Understand your water system
Make sure you know your business’ water infrastructure and importantly make sure you know where your stop tap is, so that should the worst happen, you can turn it off quickly and limit any damage.
If you are unsure or have any queries please get in touch and we will be more than happy to help.
Check your building for any signs of weakness or leaks
It is important to carry out any minor repairs before the weather gets too cold, as this will hopefully avoid more costly repairs in the future. Our effective leak detection services will identify and help you to rectify any issues as soon as possible if they should arise.
It is also very important to fix any dripping taps as even a small trickle could result in a frozen and burst pipe.
Insulation, insulation, insulation
Check your building is properly insulated to safeguard against any issues that may arise. In the event of extreme weather exposed pipes and water meters that are not properly insulated could cause problems.
If your water meter is fitted to the outside wall of the building check that the pipes leading to and from it are properly insulated, that the meter cupboard is packed with insulation material, and that the door is firmly shut.
It is also important to cover any gaps in doors and windows as cold air from outside can freeze pipes inside.
Check outdoor taps
These are very vulnerable to the impact of cold weather. Remove any hoses, turn off the valve (which may be inside) and drain down the tap and pipes. This stops them becoming damaged and cold creeping up the pipe into your house.
Vacant building for less than one month?
We recommend keeping the heating on at a low temperature if your building will be vacant for less than one month. This should protect against pipes freezing and saves you draining the system.
Vacant building for more than one month?
If your building will be vacant for more than one month we would recommend turning off and draining your water system. We can help with this so please get in touch.