Hot tips for keep­ing burst pipes at bay

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY -

IF you are plan­ning a win­ter break take ac­tion now to make sure a pipe doesn’t burst if there’s a cold snap

The Heat­ing Helpline (www. heat­inghelpline.org.uk) has a host of tips in­clud­ing not turn­ing off your heat­ing al­to­gether. It’s best to keep your heat­ing on low – about 10ºc / 50ºf.

If you haven’t al­ready got one, con­sider hav­ing a pro­gram­mable ther­mo­stat fit­ted. These give you con­trol over your heat­ing and usu­ally have a hol­i­day set­ting. Make sure all pipes are in­su­lated with pre­formed in­su­la­tion.

Re­place wash­ers on drip­ping taps be­cause if the taps freeze the pipe will be­come blocked. If you’re leav­ing house keys with a friend make sure they know where your in­side stop tap is.

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