The professional body for the UK plumbing and heating industry, the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE), has issued the following advice:
- If you have water pipes in your roof space or attic, check them out to make sure they are effectively insulated. It’s best to buy the foam insulation that wraps snugly around the pipe.
- Usually, people are not aware of when a pipe freezes until it begins to thaw. Make sure you know where the stop-valves (sometimes called stop-cocks) are located. By turning off the water supply swiftly, you could save a lot of water damage to your furnishings and property.
“A good tip is to find these stop valves and label them before any plumbing emergencies occur. Try to gently turn them off and back on again. If it won’t budge, don’t force it - you’ll need to get a plumber to replace it.”