Why do pipes freeze? Well, simply put – your pipes always have a little water in them and when temperatures plummet that water freezes and then nothing can pass through.
How to prevent frozen pipes
There are a few simple steps you can take to help your pipes stay frost free.
Insulate pipes and water tanks
Keep your pipes nice and toasty by insulating them! This also saves energy and money. Read more about insulating your home.
Keep your heating on
When you're away don't turn the heating off completely. Set your thermostat to a low temperature so your pipes don't get too cold.
Turn your taps on regularly
Running your water regularly makes it harder for your pipes to freeze. So make sure you turn your taps on and off every day.
What to do if your pipes freeze
Here's what to do if your pipes take a frosty turn.
Remember, if you don't feel confident unfreezing your pipes, you can always call a plumber.
Turning on the taps
This will give you an idea of where the frozen pipe is. If no water comes out of any of the taps it's best to call a professional. If it's just one tap you can trace the pipe and try to thaw it yourself.
Heating things up
Turn on the heating – warm air will help warm up the pipes. You could use an electric heater in very cold places, such as an attic.
Applying heat directly to pipes
For an exposed pipe you might want to apply a gentle heat. Once you know which pipe is frozen, warm it slowly using something like a hairdryer. Never use a direct flame, as this could cause the pipe to burst.
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