DEVICE PLUGS THE LEAK UNTIL HELP ARRIVES

DEVICE PLUGS THE LEAK UNTIL HELP ARRIVES

A Wolverhampton-based design company averted flooding and saved thousands of pounds in repairs after using Inta’s new Leakmate plumbing tool to temporarily seal a burst pipe. Mitch Stone, Director at iDM design, says: “We noticed there was a leak coming from under the kitchen sink. Luckily we had a Leakmate in the building, as we had been photographing the product earlier in the month. “One of our designers used the tool to seal the broken pipe until we could get a plumber in to resolve the issue. Without Inta’s Leakmate, we may have had to pay a fortune in repairs, as the nature of our work means we have a lot of digital equipment in the office.” Leakmate is a clamp system that offers a temporary fix for broken pipes when there is a leak, allowing time for repair before damage can occur. It is easy to fit and comprises three different sized reusable seals, suitable for 10, 15 and 22mm pipes. Stuart Gizzi, MD of Inta, says: “Leakmate does exactly what it says on the tin it bides users’ valuable time until they can organise a more permanent...

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...