Dealing with frozen water pipes

Dealing with frozen water pipes

A burst pipe can cause immense damage to your home

There is no need for separate tools, the LeakMate fits round pipe sizes 10mm, 15mm and 22mm (3/8in, 1/2in & 3/4in)

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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.

burst frozen pipeWhy 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 while, you should consider draining down the water systems. Note: certain exclusions apply to home insurances and property owners policies when the home or let-property is left unoccupied for more than a certain amount of time – check your policy for full details.
  • Fit new washers to any dripping taps so that they don’t freeze and block the pipe.
  • Keep your switched heating on continuously at a low temperature during very cold spells and make use of frost protection thermostats on heaters.

What to do if a pipe bursts

If you experience a burst water pipe, take these steps:

  • Turn off the main stopcock.
  • Contact a reputable plumber or call your home emergency helpline for further advice

Using The Leak Mate Tool with a burst pipe

How To A Stop A Leak On A Burst Pipe VIDEO

IMPORTANT: Please read these Instructions BEFORE use of product.

1, The user holds responsibility for accessing safety, avoid danger if escaping hot water.
2, Choose suitable sized rubber seal, place it over the leaking water pipe
equally covering the leak.
3, If sealing a leaking copper fitting use the stepped moulded end keeping a snug tight fit up to the fitting.
4, Take Leak mate tool and apply directly over rubber seal centrally.
5, Hold thumb pushing down on the upper jaw (leak mate tool) and with other hand start turning hand wheel to start thread ONE TURN ONLY.
6, Click the metal wire form into bottom groove, holding with one hand and tighten the hand wheel to stop the leak. (no need to over tighten)
7, If other pipes in the way you can remove wire form from top groove and place in lower recess 1st then firmly push back into top groove.
8. Check water leak has stopped.  Check periodically,   Do not over tighten the hand wheel, use moderate force.
9, Important the metal wire-form brace MUST be used on every application. Failure to use will void your guarantee.
10, Leakmate is a temporary solution; the leak should be fixed by a plumber when convenient.
Disclaimer: Leak Mate distribution Ltd accepts no responsibility or liability for any injury, loss or damage caused as a result of any misuse of the Leak Mate Tool.  We have made every effort to provide the user with clear, easy to follow instructions that will prolong the life of this product.

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