LeakMate allows pipes to stay in use

  LeakMate no technical ability is required to fit it LeakMate allows pipe to stay in use LeakMate will fit 10mm, 15mm, and 22mm LeakMate will work on soldered fittings elbows, tee’s, straight connectors LeakMate works on copper, plastic or lead LeakMate tested to 20 bar = 280psi LeakMate also seals oil and compressed air leaks LeakMate is adjusted manually until the leak stops LeakMate requires no additional tools to fit LeakMate can be left in place for days 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...

Preparing your home for a sudden freeze

Preparing your home for a sudden freeze Before the temperature drops below zero and winter hits us, a quick check on the following can save you time and money. 1) Make sure pipes are lagged All visible pipes, particularly exposed pipes in crawl spaces in the attic, should be lagged with pre-formed foam (the type that wraps around the pipes) available from plumbers’ merchants and DIY stores. Remember, the thicker the lagging, the better: a minimum of 50mm in diameter but preferably 75mm. When insulating bends and tricky-to-reach pipes use gaffa tape to fix it securely. 2) Make sure your tank is insulated The best option is a preformed jacket that hugs the tank (a bit like the Puffa jackets from the 80s!) They’re filled with glass fibre matting and attach securely to the tank – this is important as you don’t want it to dislodge. With the exception of a header tank in the loft which should be completely enclosed, there should be no insulation beneath your tank as this will prevent warm air rising from below, increasing the likelihood of it freezing. 3) Repair dripping taps If you have any dripping taps replace the washers. If dripping taps freeze they’ll block your pipe and cause damage. How to deal with a frozen pipe You’ll know if you have a frozen pipe because one or more of your taps won’t work but before you start on your frozen pipe action plan it’s worth first checking with the neighbours that they have water – if they don’t it’s likely there’s a problem with local supply. Assuming you do have...

Burst and frozen water pipes can cause untold damage to your home so here are some tips to avoid it during the freezing conditions.

Burst and frozen water pipes can cause untold damage to your home so here are some tips to avoid it during the freezing conditions. London fire crews went to 163 floodings in the last four days of November, up 150%, with Thames Water answering 150 reports a day, twice the seasonal norm. Frozen Pipe Emergency A frozen pipe is an emergency, because this will cause it to burst causing thawed water to come pouring from the break. The following steps describe what you should do as soon as you discover a frozen pipe: 1. Turn off the water supply: Thousands have had water supplies disrupted due to burst pipes Turn off the main stop tap. You should find this under the kitchen sink or where the service pipe enters your home. Turn off the stopcock in your cold water tank if you have one, it’s usually found in the attic or loft. 2. Beat the burst: Protect everything around the pipe that appears to be frozen to avoid damage if it bursts. 3. Thawing out: Open the tap nearest to the part of the pipe you think is frozen so the water can flow through when it has melted. Thaw the ice in the pipe with a hot water bottle or hairdryer (taking care to keep it well away from any water), beginning from the tap end and working back toward the cold water tank. Never use a heat gun or blow torch. Preventing Burst Pipes – Winter Care If a burst pipe leaks and water comes gushing through the ceiling, it can wreak real damage on your home...
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...