Preventing Frozen Pipes The Easy Way

Frozen pipes are a real nightmare if they happen to you. Often, a frozen water pipe will occur without any warning, although it obviously happens on only the coldest nights. When a pipe in a home freezes, the first sign is that the water will not run or it will run very slowly. If a frozen pipe occurs then it’s essential to get it fixed as soon as possible otherwise it could burst and send a huge amount of water through the house.

frozen-pipesWhen people hear of a frozen pipe, they often assume than it is nothing more than a minor annoyance. Unfortunately, for most people, it is a terrible situation that could result in thousands of pounds worth of damage. In the worst cases, the house may need to be torn down and rebuilt if a lot of water has burst through. It’s understandable why many people don’t realize this is a real danger, because it is still relatively rare.

So how can you prevent frozen pipes? The first thing you need to do is check that you have basic loft insulation as this will stop the pipes from getting too cold in the first place. This often isn’t enough, however, as you‘ll need some sort of heating system to keep the pipes warm.

This is where trace heating becomes very useful, as it allows you to heat large areas of pies without having to Trace heating involves using heating cables along the length of a pie (or windowsill if you want to use it to prevent mould). When the temperature falls below a certain level, the heating will switch on and keep the pipe above a certain temperature. If you can find a reliable person to install trace heating then it can be a great way of keeping the pipes warm.

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