Read our top tips to help protect your buildings from the risks of burst pipes in the winter months.
To help prevent burst pipes:
- Insulate the pipes in any unheated areas such as outbuildings, sheds etc.
- Thermostatically-controlled heating systems should be left on permanently and set at a minimum temperature of four degrees centigrade.
- In the event of the building not being used over the winter months, water supplies should be turned off and pipes drained.
- Repair any dripping taps — it is usually just a new washer that is needed.
- If the heating system fails or makes a loud banging noise, this could indicate that a pipe is freezing. Turn off the system and call a plumber immediately.
If you experience a burst pipe:
- Turn off the water supply at the main stop valve.
- Contact an approved plumbing and heating engineer.
- If your pipes freeze, never use a naked flame to thaw them out.
It can be very easy to forget about the pavilions, changing rooms and buildings that are not used during the autumn and winter months. This can make them especially vulnerable to weather damage and vandalism. We recommend that these buildings are checked on a regular (weekly) basis.
Speak to a Gallagher representative using the number below if you would like more information.
Communities Team: 0800 062 2047
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