In the winter, the weather can cause all sorts of problems when it gets very cold – from driving on icy roads to keeping ourselves warm, there are lots of things that we have to take extra care with in the winter.
One of the biggest problems that the colder weather can bring with it is the damage that it can do to our plumbing, just at a time when we are most reliant on our plumbing to warm our homes and the water that we need. Services like this emergency plumber Cheltenham based company //www.hprservicesltd.com/emergency-plumber-cheltenham/ tend to be very busy when the temperature drops below zero, as this is when it is most likely to cause plumbing problems in your home.
One of the biggest problems that can happen to your plumbing in winter is frozen pipes. Before winter arrives ideally you should make sure that all of your pipes are protected from the cold with lagging, which is a thick foam put around pipes to keep them warm and insulated. As well as protecting the pipes themselves you also need to take other measures to help stop the pipes from becoming too cold such as repairing leaky taps and removing hose pipes from the outdoor taps. If you have a loft and the weather is very cold it is also a good idea to leave the Hatch to the locked open to allow warmer air into the loft to prevent it from becoming too cold.
If one of your pipes has frozen, the most important thing to do as soon as you can is to turn the water off. This is normally found under the sink. To thaw the pipe out you should apply a gentle heat such as a hot water bottle, what you don’t want to do is try to heat the pipe up too fast as this is what could cause it to burst.
If one of your pipes has burst, then you need to turn off both the water and the main electricity in your home. You will then need to clean up the water to prevent further damage and of course you will need an emergency plumber to come and repair it for you.