An emergency plumbing situation is not a welcomed scenario, no matter what time of year it is. However in winter plumbing emergencies can be more prevalent. The reason for this includes the fact that temperatures are lower. This means that there is a greater risk of pipes freezing over.
And on top of that, households will significantly use more hot water and central heating. All of this adds extra pressure on your plumbing system and increases the risk of plumbing problems developing.
We recommend that you pay particular attention to the following plumbing issues to help reduce the risk of an emergency plumbing situation this winter:
Water inside your pipes can freeze when the temperature drops below 0 degrees Celsius. When water freezes it expands, and if the pressure inside your pipe builds. The pipe may burst, causing water to leak into your property. This is more common in pipes that are located outside, in an room or attic that has no insulation or in pipes that run through exterior walls.
Luckily there are steps that you can take to up your plumbing game and prevent frozen pipes from bursting.
We recommend insulating all pipes that you believe are at risk. So check any pipe outside and in the the attic. Insulating your property thoroughly is important. if you live in an older property it may be worth looking into having your cavities pumped and your attic insulated. There may be a government scheme that you should look into that may provide towards the cost of this.
Other precautionary steps include setting your central heating to a minimum temperature to 10 degrees Celsius, so to prevent your property from cooling down too much. During colder periods where there is a lot of snow or ice, it may be worth using a heating in non-insulated rooms.
There are many reasons why you hot water or central heating may stop working. We cover these in another article. However there are steps to take prior to the winter period to ensure that your hot water and central heating continues to work effectively.
The last thing you want is for your boiler to break down. This is not only costly but could mean you being without hot water and central heating for a few days. That is why we recommend having a boiler service in the summer time to ensure your boiler is in good working order moving into the winter.
As well as having your boiler serviced, we recommend bleeding your radiators to remove any excess air. This means that your radiators will work to their full capacity.
We all fancy a break, and if you can squeeze in a trip away during the winter then why not. But what you don’t want is an emergency plumbing situation while you are not at home.
Never mind the stress of this, but if you are not there to notice the emergency plumbing situation right away it could turn into a very serious problem. Therefore if you are planning a trip away this winter, we highly recommend turning off the mains water supply into your home.
This greatly reduces the risk of any plumbing emergencies while you are away. Lets say there was a water leak that you didn’t notice, well now that you have the mains water supply turned off the risk of damage is minimal.
In most homes, the mains water supply is located in the cupboard underneath the kitchen sink. However, it also may be located in a utility closet or at a location outside your property. If you are unsure, then it may be best to ask a neighbor or call a plumber.
If you have a water leak or burst pipe, we recommend turning off the mains water supply right away. Then you want to turn on a few faucets so this drains the water out of the pipes. Next you want to collect any running water into a container and soak up any water laying on the floor. This prevents any further water damage. Next you want to call a plumber right away.
If your hot water or central heating stops working firstly check the settings. It is surprising how many times that this problem occurs and its the settings that have been changed. Next your want to check the pressure of your system and if there is a re-pressurising valve, use this to reset the pressure. if some of your radiators are working but not all, then use a bleeding key to bleed your radiators. Other than this, then you need to call a plumber.
The Belfast Plumber is one of the most reliable plumbing and heating companies who can assist you with all your plumbing emergencies. Give us a call today for a free over the phone plumbing consultation.