These are some of the benefits of the LeakMate Tool

These are some of the benefits of the LeakMate Tool Leakmate allows Heating pipes to stay in use, Leakmate tested to 20bar, 280psi Leakmate will fit 3 sizes of pipe 10, 15, and 22mm and fits soldered joints T’s Elbows Straight connectors Leakmate also seals oil, compressed air Leakmate can be left in place for days Leakmate doesn’t require water off Leakmate is adjusted manually until the leak stops, other than an occasional check it can be left in position for a prolonged period. The seal will not deteriorate with additional use as the tool is adjusted manually each time. If a rubber seal is damaged by a jagged split with Leakmate you only need to replace the seal itself at very little...

Advice for thawing or leaking pipes

Advice for thawing or leaking pipes When temperatures rise after a cold snap you need to act quickly to protect your water pipes and deal with any bursts. Damage to pipes occurs when they become frozen, but you’re only going to notice when the water in the pipe thaws. So, if a pipe is frozen isolate the affected area by closing your stop tap. Turn off your water supply Turn off the main stop tap. You should find this under the kitchen sink or where the pipe enters your home such as in your garage or cellar. If you have a cold water tank, turn off the stopcock (this is usually found in the attic or loft). If you spot a leak having isolated the affected pipe by closing the stop tap, then call a plumber. If you want to find an approved plumber, use the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering’s...
How would you feel if your house was flooded

How would you feel if your house was flooded

As a homeowner you may well have contents insurance however in many cases this will not cover damage due to a burst pipe – and if it does you will have a large excess to pay and may not be able to replace some of the precious damaged items. A burst pipe or failed fitting can occur at any time, regardless of how well your house is maintained. Over 24 tonnes of water escapes per day if you have a burst pipes Over £1 billion of damage is caused each year due to escape of water Irreplaceable possessions damaged beyond repair Increasing numbers of insurance policies do not cover this damage Average cost of damage...
Dealing with frozen water pipes

Dealing with frozen water pipes

Burst water pipes can cause considerable damage to property: not so much from the frost damage to the pipe itself but from the resulting water damage once the pipe thaws. Home insurance and landlords insurance policyholders will generally be insured for such damage but avoiding a claim altogether will mean less hassle and will help keep your premiums down. Why pipes freeze If your house gets too cold overnight, water in the pipes may freeze. Then in the day, when the house warms up again, water may flood out and damage your home contents and the fabric of the building. The pipes that are most susceptible to freezing are of course those with the most exposure to the cold, such as to outside taps, garages or sheds. However, pipes which run through attic spaces and basements may also be affected when temperatures plummet. And it’s important to remember that hot water pipes can also freeze. How to prevent your pipes from freezing Insulate your loft, the sides of your water tanks and all pipes with good quality lagging. Pay particular attention to the area where the mains water supply pipe enters the home, as this area is especially prone to freezing. Open your loft hatch on cold days so that warm air can circulate from rooms below. If you’re going to be away in the winter, keep the loft hatch open and heating running on constant at a low temperature (about 10 to 12 degrees Celsius). And ask someone to check your home regularly so that any problems can be spotted before too much damage is done. If you’re going away for a...
be prepared for winter

be prepared for winter

Now is the time to get prepared for this winter the long range forecast is not looking good. November -some suggested weather scenarios for the UK……Generally, November will be noticeably much colder than the November of last year…the coldest periods are most likely from the 1st to the 14th then the 27th to the 30th …the most unsettled period (rain / sleet / snow) will be from the 7th through to around the 25th…Saturday the 16th may well be exceptionally cold, and there is a good probability that blizzard conditions may occur along the eastern flank of the UK, the south and / or south-easterly counties of England could well get the worst of any blizzard conditions should this snow event actually occur at this time…Generally, the November could well turn out colder, and with more snow, than the November of last year – especially in the mid to southern counties of England Some suggested weather scenarios for the UK……Generally, December this year will be much colder, and with the potential for much more snow, than the December of the previous two years…the coldest periods are likely to occur around the 6th, the 12th, the 20th and the 25th to the 31st…the period that will produce more snow will be from the 6th through to around the 20th, with the 6th to the 16th probably being the period when the greatest snow events will probably occur in December 2012…very windy conditions should be expected from the 11th through to around the 19th…the area from Hull down to the south coast of England may well experience heavy snow and blizzard conditions from around the 11th through to around the 19th, the westerly and northerly areas...