To prevent leaks, follow these easy tips:
- At the first sign of a leaking pipe, turn off the water at the main stopcock, usually found under your kitchen sink.
- Make sure your water tank and pipes are insulated properly. Lag your pipes with rubber insulation.
- Remember that in winter your central heating not only keeps you warm, it can also help to stop pipes and tanks freezing. You should even keep your heating on a low heat when you leave the house to ensure pipes don’t freeze when you are away.
- Pipes can also freeze in cold draughts, so seal draughts in floors and by skirting boards, invest in double-glazing and use draught excluders around doors and letterboxes.
- Have your central heating boiler checked regularly and get it serviced every autumn just in case.
- Repair dripping taps, to help prevent flooding check that outside drains and gullies are clear and free running.
If your home suffers water damage, then:
- Make sure you turn off all electrical power at the mains and then unplug appliances.
- Turn off water supplies at the mains.
- Once the water has gone, remove all floor coverings, ventilate the house and dry out slowly using dehumidifiers if possible.
- Make any emergency repairs you can.
- Don’t throw out any damaged items because they may need to be inspected.
- Call an electrician to have your electrical system checked before you turn the power back on.