By on 02/03/2018

OK Storm Emma, snow and freezing temperatures have arrived - so check out Severn Trent's advice on how to be prepared for the latest cold spell......

1. Wrap all pipework, fittings and storage tanks in unheated areas of your home (such as lofts, roofs, outbuildings and garages) with insulation. It’s very important that there are no gaps in the insulation, even where the pipes bend, to make sure the cold is kept out. It’s best to use good quality waterproof foam lagging which can be found at your local DIY store.

2. If you have outside taps, either insulate them or drain them down to the pipework that links to the tap. Don’t worry too much about the underground water pipes that lead to your home - they should be buried deep enough to protect them from the frost.
If you’re concerned about your own DIY abilities, Drain Doctor can check your household pipes to make sure they’re properly lagged and fill in any gaps.

3. As temperatures drop, it’s worth making sure your heating comes on at regular intervals, even if you’re out, to maintain some warmth around your property.

4. If you’re going to be away from home for a few days then it’s best to turn off your water at the stop tap so that if a pipe does freeze or burst while you’re away any damage will be limited.

Burst Pipe

5. Make sure that you and other members of your household know where your stop tap is so that it can be reached quickly in an emergency, and most importantly, check that it’s working properly. Stop taps are usually found under the kitchen sink, in the garage or in a ground floor utility room or bathroom, near to where the water supply pipe first enters your home. A stop tap isn’t used very often and finding that it’s stuck or broken when you’ve had a burst will only make the problem worse.

6. If you do have a problem with your water supply this winter, with either low pressure or no water coming out of your taps, first check to see if your neighbours are having similar trouble. 

If your neighbours’ water supply is normal it’s likely that you’ll need to call a plumber - remember Drain Doctor Gloucestershire are just a call away on 0800 068 1216

If more than one household is affected you’ll need to get in touch with Severn Trent on their 24 hour emergency number - 0800 783 4444.

If all is well but you just want some advice call Drain Doctor on 0800 068 1216 - we are here to help 24/7 whatever the temperature......😀


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