When the weather becomes very cold, the water pipes in your home can freeze. This can lead to a burst pipe. Water from a burst pipe can cause a lot of damage to your home and belongings.
Tips to prevent frost damage
Follow these simple steps to help prevent your pipes from freezing:
- Keep your boiler well serviced to keep the house heated and leave the central heating on for short periods of time throughout the day
- Let warm air into your roof space by keeping the loft hatch open
- Let warm air move around the house by keeping room doors slightly open. Keep the cupboard door under the sink open. This will let warm air move around the pipes
- If you are going to be away from your house while the weather is cold, ask a friend or neighbour to check the house, and keep the heating on. Write down the name and contact details for a number of registered plumbers in your area
- Insulate water tanks and pipes in unheated areas like lofts, roof spaces, garages, and outbuildings
- Fix dripping taps - a gentle trickle of water can freeze and completely block the pipe
- Make sure doors and windows from unheated parts of your property are kept closed and minimise any draughts from outside
- Know where your stopcock is
- Watch this video from Northern Ireland Water - it shows you exactly what to do
- Download our leaflet which is filled with handy tips on protecting your home during the winter - Don't freeze up this winter!