WHAT TO DO WHEN A PIPE BURSTS

Last winter saw more snow days than we can remember, resulting in lots of home disasters – which is why we need to start preparing our pipes now to help avoid flooding and other costly water damage.

Having a plumber check if your pipes are prone to freezing is the best way to prevent potential problems. You could also help stop water freezing in your pipes by insulating water tanks and lag pipes, making sure that there are no gaps at bends, valves or fittings – and don’t forget your outside tap! You can pick up any products needed from your local DIY store.

What do I do if a pipe bursts?

Step 1: Turn off the water supply at the stopcock. [HYPERLINK THE WORD STOPCOCK TO BLOG POST]

Step 2: Open all taps to reduce flooding

Step 3: Block off the escaping water with thick towels to stop other rooms from flooding

Step 4: Turn off all taps until the pipework is repaired

Step 5: Call a qualified plumber from www.checkatrade.com

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