Protect your pipes

Posted on: 30 October 2010

Protect your pipes

You care about your home so you do all you can to protect it. Try the following best practice tips for caring for your pipes:

  • Insulate your loft or consider topping up any existing insulation. You'll also save on your energy bills! 
  • Lag all pipes in your loft space and anywhere else that might be prone to freezing
  • Insulate the top and sides of water tanks but apart from central heating header tanks raised above the level of joists, don’t insulate them underneath as you will prevent warm air rising from rooms below helping to keep them warm
  • Open the loft trap door on cold days to let heat in
  • If you’re away for a while, spending winter somewhere warmer perhaps, then ask a friend or relative to check on your home on a regular basis during this period. If you do suffer a burst pipe it will be detected sooner which could help to minimise any damage
  • Make sure you know where your stopcock is and check regularly that you can turn it off easily in an emergency. It’s handy to label it so you remember where it is in a panic
  • If you're going to be away for a while you should also leave your central heating set to at least 10 degrees centigrade. Alternatively turn the water off and drain your tanks and pipes. It's important to do this to ensure that you are covered as it is a condition under all Home & Legacy home policies
  • Repair any dripping taps because if they freeze they’ll block the pipe. This will also help you save water every day

For added peace of mind, keep the Home & Legacy claims helpline 0344 893 8360 (Mon – Fri, 9 – 5pm) and 0845 070 1228 (out of hours) in a handy place in case you do fall victim to a burst water pipe.