The weather is getting colder and colder, so as the temperature drops it’s important to make sure that your pipes are protected.

Exposure to cold temperatures can lead to pipes freezing and bursting. There are some simple steps that you can take to ensure a warm and stress free winter.

Keep your central heating on low throughout the winter months. This will prevent your pipes from freezing and bursting.

Wrap up your pipes and water tanks with lagging – this includes those that are exposed to the elements on the outside of your home or business. Keeping your pipes wrapped up will help prevent them from freezing.

If a pipe does burst then you will need to know how to turn off the water. The stop tap controls the flow of water in your home, so it’s important that you know where it’s located. It can be found in your basement, garage, and more commonly, under your kitchen sink.

If you are in the unfortunate situation where a pipe has burst then you’ll need to call your local plumber ASAP – but make sure you turn off the stop tap before you call!