Temperatures can drop to extremely low levels during winter, causing the pipes in your home to freeze and sometimes even burst. This can wreak havoc on your home and its contents.
In this article you can find out how to avoid the damage and hassle caused by burst and frozen pipes, as well as the most common reasons why pipes burst and freeze.
Why do pipes freeze?
During cold weather, the pipes in your home may freeze for a number of reasons. Here are the most common causes of frozen pipes:
- Poorly protected pipes, which haven't been sufficiently insulated.
- Exposure to icy draughts, usually as a result of cracks or gaps at the point where the pipe enters your home.
- Pipes located inside cupboards. Warm air from inside your home may not reach these pipes if your cupboard doors are closed most of the time.
Why do pipes burst?
It may surprise you to know that pipes don’t usually burst at the spot where an ice blockage occurs. Find out what causes pipes to burst during cold weather.
- Water freezes and expands inside your household pipes.
- Continual freezing and expansion of water inside the pipe causes pressure to build up between the ice blockage and the closed faucet.
- As a result of repeated pressure on this section of pipe, the pipe eventually bursts.
How to prevent frozen pipes
To ensure that water flows freely through your pipes this winter, take a look at our simple winter care tips to prevent frozen pipes in your home.
If your pipes do freeze
Dealing with frozen or burst pipes can be a tricky business. In the event that your pipes do freeze or burst this winter, there are a number of steps you’ll need to take to sort out the problem quickly and safely.
For further information, take a look at our article about dealing with frozen and burst pipes.
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