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The Wharf - - PROPERTY -

Get de­tails of an emer­gency plumber be­fore you need one in a panic. That way, you can be sure of qual­i­fi­ca­tions and po­ten­tial call-out costs. Which? has a Trusted Trader scheme.

In­form home in­sur­ers im­me­di­ately af­ter a burst pipe. A bad leak will not just bring down ceil­ings – it might also lead to rot if un­treated. Some in­sur­ers have 24-hour help lines and will send an emer­gency plumber.

If you are go­ing to be away for a sub­stan­tial time – a hol­i­day for in­stance – turn off the wa­ter and drain the sys­tem be­fore leav­ing. For shorter pe­ri­ods, leav­ing a cold tap drip­ping can help as ice-ups are un­likely in flow­ing wa­ter.

Those liv­ing in houses turned into flats (and some pur­pose built flats) need to know about the wa­ter sys­tem and whose re­spon­si­bil­ity it is.

Don’t ne­glect the boiler – it won’t ice up but if it stops work­ing, the whole prop­erty could freeze.

You can al­ways ig­nore weather warn­ings and cold snap ad­vice be­cause they have been wrong in the past – but are you will­ing to risk that they are wrong this time around?

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