Preparing pipes for freezing weather
How to prevent burst pipes…
1: Insulate your water tanks – This small step may sound simple, but it can really help if you make sure the glass fibre jacket around your water tank is up-to-date (minimum of 75mm – 3″) and is secure . You don’t want it to slip. If you have a header tank in a loft space, this should be completely enclosed and with at least 50mm – 2″ of insulation.
2: Lag ALL your pipes – ALL pipes should have insulation placed around them, preferably pre-formed foam which wraps around them. The foam once was 10-20mm NOW it should be a minimum of 50mm in diameter.
3: Dripping taps – Dripping taps are one of the major causes of problems with piping in winter as they freeze easily, eventually leading to blocked pipes. Get them fixed and replace washers.
4: Open Loft doors and hatches – This may sound crazy… but in Hertfordshire we don’t have many subzero days. And as the cost and problems associated to burst pipes I recommend on the coldest days, it can be a good idea to leave loft doors and hatches slightly open to allow warmer air to circulate in roof spaces.
5: Outside Taps – Turn them off at the inside valve first and drain down. Disconnect any hoses and store them out of frosts way.