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.

Top Tips

Get Winter Ready

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Freeze /Thaw

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

Central heating

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.