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, at any time of year, we recommend that you switch off your water supply before going away to minimise the amount of water which can escape in the event of a leak. In our experience, often the most damaging escape of water cases we see are in properties that are unoccupied at the time the leak happens.
  • And with that in mind, make sure you know where your stopcock is and check it regularly so that you can turn it off easily in an emergency.
  • If you're going to be away for a while in the winter, you could also leave your central heating set to at least 10 degrees centigrade. 
  • 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 0208 603 9849 (out of hours) in a handy place in case you do fall victim to a burst water pipe.