If you thought the commute into work wasn’t cold enough, The Met Office has issued yellow warnings of ice across many parts of the UK. Meaning we’re not the only ones that need wrapping up – our business’s pipes do too!
In March 2018, we experienced the dreaded Beast from The East where the freezing weather, ice and snow meant many businesses suffered from burst and frozen pipes – should we be getting prepared for round two in 2019?
When water turns into ice, it expands and adds pressure to pipes causing them to burst. Not only could this cause your business to shut shop for repairs, but is costly to fix. Here are our top tips on preventing burst pipes in your business as the temperature in the UK drops this Winter.
Wrap up your pipes
It’s important to cover up your pipes with insulation, leaving them exposed could increase their risk of bursting. As well as lagging your pipes, you should also insulate your tanks, cisterns, and boilers using insulated jackets. Lagging and jackets can be found in most DIY Stores and are relatively cheap to buy.
While it’s important to insulate your pipes and tanks, this is only a protective barrier, in addition to this, you should take a look at your heating levels, which leads us to our next tip…
Keep your heating on
Whether you’re shutting shop overnight or taking a holiday to escape the cold, remember to keep your central heating on a low temperature while you’re away. Circulating warm air should keep your pipes protected, and the added layer of lagging will preserve heat for longer.
Check your insurance policy
Whether you’re shutting shop overnight or taking a holiday to escape the cold, remember to keep your central heating at a low temperature while you’re away. Circulating warm air should keep your pipes protected, and the added layer of lagging will preserve heat for longer.
Track down your stop tap
If you ever experience a leak, it’s best to be prepared and know exactly where your stop tap is located so that you can turn your supply off as soon as possible in an emergency. If you’re a larger business you may want to inform other members of your team on where this is placed.
We hope you don’t experience any issues during the expected icy weather, but if you are hit with the shock of a frozen pipe or leak, here are some immediate actions you should take:
- Find your stop tap and turn it off, this is usually located where your water supply pipe enters the premises
- Turn off the central heating
- Call your insurer as soon as possible
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