Get winter ready
It’s that time of year again
As the temperature drops, and the days get shorter there are things we can all do to ensure we stay warm and safe over the winter months. Here are our top tips for protecting your home this winter.
Get Winter Ready
We’ve created a simple animation to help you protect your home this winter.
In cold weather, your water pipes can freeze and then burst as they thaw, causing them to leak. This can be disruptive and expensive to repair.
Taking simple steps such as insulating (lagging) pipes, bleeding radiators or locating your stop tap (also known as a stopcock or stop valve) will help ensure a trouble-free season.
Check out our top tips below.
Check your pipes
Insulate your pipes with lagging inside and outside your home and fix any drips. This will prevent your pipes from freezing
Get your boiler serviced before the cold weather arrives and be sure to bleed your radiators.
Check your loft
Check that insulation is in good condition and there are no leaks in your water tank. Consider lagging pipes in your loft too
Outside your home
Clear your gutters and drains to prevent blockages, and check for leaks.
Find your stop tap
You may need to turn off your water quickly in an emergency.
Help with bills
There is unprecedented support available for those who need it. Water companies have a range of advice and tips available for customers on their website and Water UK has regularly updated guidance on its website. Anyone unsure who their water company is can use the Water UK postcode finder to find their supplier.
Who to call in an emergency
It’s always worth keeping the contact details of a reputable plumber on hand in case the worst happens. Use the WaterSafe website to find an industry-approved plumber in your area.