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How to Prevent Burst Pipes to Save Water

Sometimes, things will go wrong in our home.  We accept that, which is why we take the time to find a good home insurance deal, as well as ensure any workers coming into our homes are reputable, which minimises the risk or preventable problems. Many of us see burst pipes as a problem that just happens, usually because of cold winter conditions causing water to freeze inside the pipes, or causing the pipes themselves to freeze and crack.  Of course, the big issue with burst pipes isn’t just replacing the breakage, but also repairing any damage that consequently occurred to our own, or neighbours’, property.

However, you don’t have to be a hostage to fortune, and wait around nervously for pipes to burst.  Here are some examples of positive action you can take to stop burst pipes occurring.

Turn it off

We’re not just talking about making sure you turn off taps fully.  You can actually turn the water supply off completely when you’re not using it.  This will prevent water sitting dormant in pipes, and save you money on leaks, too. If you do have a leak, however, you need to fix the problem; simply shutting down the water supply isn’t a solution to that issue!

Warm Up Your Pipes

If your burst pipe fears are based on the weather, then take action to keep them warm.  Some modern homes will already have their water pipes insulated when they’re built.  If you live in an older building or another property where your pipes aren’t protected, putting measures in place is easy.

Using foam or fibreglass around pipes is the most common measure, but you can also buy heat tape to wrap around them.  The obvious way to keep pipes warm is to have the heating switched on more regularly, but you’ll need to balance out your increased energy bill and carbon footprint against your desire to do this.

Check Pipes Manually

The biggest thing to check here is your pipe connections.  A loose or damaged washer might not be too noticeable, but can have catastrophic consequences, especially if there’s already a small leak you haven’t noticed yet.Be sure to check pipes and vulnerable areas such as washers and connections by hand; a leak might not be immediately visible, but you’ll always be able to feel if somewhere is, or might previously have been, wet.

Time to Act

Act now, so you have measures in place to prevent burst pipes from happening, irrespective of the time of year and weather conditions.  Better to spend the time, and perhaps the money, now, rather than paying to fix half a damaged wall later!