How to prepare your pipes for winter

Despite having been a plumber in West London for several years now, I still never know what the winter may hold in terms of the weather. So I would advise that it’s best to prepare for anything that may come your way. With this in mind, here are some tips that any top Plumber in West London would give…

#1 Drain and disconnect outside water hoses or sprinkler supply lines. Try to avoid products like antifreeze, as it is harmful to the environment and dangerous to animals.

#2 Insulate pipes in unheated areas like your garage or mobile home before temperatures plummet, and don’t forget to protect hot water pipes which can also freeze if the water is not flowing. You can consult your local plumber in West London about what to use but you can usually find pipe-wrapping materials at any hardware store.

#3 Add insulation to exterior walls and make sure to keep temperatures set to at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit, even if you’re away. Also, seal off access doors, air vents and cracks as overlooked openings can quickly freeze exposed water pipes.

#4 If you are going away over the Christmas period, then make sure you have someone who can regularly check for any problems, or consider leaving a key and the details of a trusted plumber in West London with a friend or neighbour in case of an emergency.

#5: Try to locate your master shut off valve as the stop valve controls the water supply entering your home. You’ll often find this under your kitchen sink, but it can be located elsewhere depending on where the service point enters your property.

#6: If it’s too late and your pipes have already frozen, despite taking all our advised precautions, you can try thawing it yourself using a hair dryer on a low heat setting. Never use an open flame and do not heat one spot alone as this can cause the pipe to burst. Alternatively, you can wrap the frozen section with towels and pour hot water over them. However, perhaps the best advice would be to contact your local plumber in West London!

Many homeowners have to deal with the expense and inconvenience of frozen pipes. Make sure you’re not one of them by taking these simple precautions and you’ll have yourself a happy winter!