How to Prevent Pipes from Freezing?

Learn how to stop your pipes from freezing during the winter

Learning how to prevent pipes from freezing is important when you are running a home. If your pipes have been damaged by the drop in temperature then this can be a real problem.

Frozen pipes can be both dangerous and costly to fix if they are left unnoticed or untreated. When pipe freezing occurs, you need to know the steps to take to fix them and prevent potential freezing from causing damage in the future.

6 things to consider when preventing frozen pipes

The temperature will generally drop in the winter months, that much is given, but the UK weather can be pretty unpredictable. This makes it hard to know when freezing will occur and when the sun will come out to play. Even in the summer months, a blistering day of heat can be followed by a cold, icy morning. This is not only annoying for Brits trying to enjoy the sunshine, but the cold weather can have a huge impact on many aspects of your home – especially your plumbing.

Below, we have listed the top 6 things to consider when looking to prevent your pipes from freezing:

1. Cracks and splits

More often than not, cold UK temperatures will lead to freezing, which is bad for your pipes.

When water freezes, it expands and the ice will need to consume more space than the water previously did. When this happens in pipes, the extra pressure can cause them to split, so be sure to check them for splits and cracks on a regular basis.

2. Leaks

Frozen water will eventually thaw out, and if there’s a hole in one of the pipes it will leak.

Leaking pipes can be annoying for a few reasons. For starters, you might not notice the leak straight away which can lead to water damage inside you property. Carry out frequent checks to make sure any damage is caught early. Checking for leaks only takes a minute, so there’s no reason to neglect it!

3. Look outside

Don’t just check your indoor pipes, look outside as well. Your outdoor pipes are the ones that are most vulnerable, as they are more exposed to the harsh outside elements on a daily basis.

If you want to prevent your outdoor pipes from cracking, splitting or leaking, check them regularly and keep an eye on them.

Outdoor pipes stop freezing

Prevent frozen pipes from freezing

4. Check under the sink

There’s a lot of pipes that will be hidden out of site, such as the plumbing under your kitchen sink. Pipes in your garage are also susceptible to freezing as they are located in unheated areas and out of day-to-day site. It’s a wise idea to make a list of all the pipes you think might be likely to freeze in the colder months so that you can check them with ease when winter strikes again.

5. Try using coating protection

Rubber sleeves can be purchased that will help to keep your vulnerable pipes warm and protect them from the ice-cold weather. Rubber is great at maintaining heat, especially in pipes, which will prevent them from freezing. These can be purchased online or in DIY stores up and down the country, making it easy for you to make this kind of investment without too much hassle.

6. Don’t forget about them

Even if you have your lists in place and you have taken the time to insulate your pipes, please don’t forget about them. They can still freeze when the weather turns cold, so it’s still a clever move to check regularly for splits, cracks and leaks.

Be sure to regularly check your outdoor pipes, as well as the pipes under your sink, in the loft or in the garage.

How can we help?

Solutions Plumbing are always happy to help when you are having a plumbing catastrophe. If you have pipes that are leaking or you would like to know more about how to unfreeze your pipes, feel free to call us and we will help in any way we can.