Got a leak inside your home? Prevention is always better than a cure, and the below tips will provide much-needed advice on how to prevent leaks.
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It's important to insulate your pipe in and around your house. Lagging is readily available from your local DIY stores.
Ensure that all the pipework, including all water tanks, valves, bends and fittings are covered with the lagging.
Unheated areas in your home include garages and lofts and these areas should be prioritized when it comes to insulation.
Insulating not only pipes but the area itself by either filling gaps or insulating the walls, floor and ceilings will provide additional protection to your home.
The tiniest of trickles from a tap can result in a frozen pipe, so be attentive when it comes to turning off taps fully and fix all dripping taps with haste.
Knowing where your stopcock is and if it is in fully working order will give you the peace of mind that leaks can be halted quickly before your home suffers from excessive water damage.
Keeping your boiler serviced will ensure that problems are addressed before they arise, especially when related to water pressure.
Fight the freeze damage cause in the winter months by permitting warm to into those non-heated areas in your home. Open the hatch to your loft on occasions will help.
Never completely turn off your boiler and control the activity of the boiler by just adjusting the thermostat.
If temperatures were to drop below freezing, then this simple step will provide you with the safety net to prevent freezing.
It's best to empty your water pipes by turning off the stopcock and turning on all your taps when going on holiday or when your home is going to be left unoccupied for a prolonged period.
This will drain the water and prevent bursts due to frozen pipes.
Turn off the water supply by shutting the stopcock.
Check for visible signs to see if the pipe has burst.
Thaw the pipe slowly by wrapping a towel soaked in warm water beginning with the tap closest to the tap. Pouring warm water from a watering can or from a jug can also help thaw your pipes.
Be mindful not to use boiling water as the sudden change in temperature can result in cracks forming in your pipes.
Never use a naked flame on a frozen pipe, however, a hairdryer would be ideally suited as long as its set it to the lowest heat setting.
Turn off the stopcock.
Open all the other taps in the house and release the remaining water in a controlled manner.
Use towels to trap escaping water in around the leak
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