Preparing Your Pipes and Drains for Winter

As with all types of plumbing, your pipes and drains can often feel like effects of winter temperatures. It is so important to prepare your plumbing for the winter as if they are not ready you could face problems with cracking, bursting or reduced flow rate to your property. With these potential issues in mind – Trent drains would like to help you prepare your home for the colder months with a few simple tips and tricks. 

Insulation

 

Insulation is one of the best ways to defend your plumbing against frost damage and is not as expensive as you would once think. Any plumbing outside should really be drained during the winter months if they are not going to be used.

Pipe insulation can ensure that temperatures on the outside of the structure remain at a safe range. They can also provide significant energy savings by preventing heat/cold loss over longer distances by introducing thermal resistance and reducing heat flow from the pipe to the outside air. 

Insulating your pipes is an extremely effective way to prevent frozen pipes this winter. However, if your pipes are hidden behind walls or underneath the floor and a large section of your home needs to be opened up for access. 

Repair Leakages 

Just before the beginning of Autumn and Winter, it is important to take a look around your property and inspect any taps in your kitchen or bathroom to see if there are any leakages or foul smells. If you do find any make sure to ring a professional to help you fix these problems before the weather gets colder as this can make them worse. 

Heating 

Winter Heating

 

One of the easiest ways you can prevent frost damage in your home is to keep your heating on at a low level throughout the winter months. This should not result in higher heating bills as stop-start periods are more likely to require more energy and money than a steady lukewarm temperature. Having a warm home throughout the winter can help prevent your pipes from freezing and bursting. 

Keep Interior Doors Open 

Heat travels and one of the best ways to get heat to colder rooms is to open all of the doors in your home. Allowing heat to travel around your home as this will help to keep the pipes warm and maintain a comfortable temperature in your home that helps prevent freezing from occurring. 

Drain Your Water System Completely

One way you can prevent your pipes from freezing and bursting is draining the water for your system completely. Draining all the water from your pipes is a fantastic way to prevent freezing, especially if you’re going to be away from home for any long period of time. Draining the pipes means there won’t be anything left to freeze over, so you can come home to your home exactly as you left it.

Call Our Experts Today

If your pipes have already frozen or they are damaged from the cold weather we’ve already been experiencing, our team will be more than happy to help you carry out all of your drain repairs. Our team of fully qualified and experienced professional will be able to help. For more information please give us a call on 0117 453 2477.

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