We know you've got lots to do at this time of year but if there's one job we'd recommend as the weather gets cold, it would be to insulate your water pipes. This will protect them from freezing, bursting and flooding your home.
Protect your home this winter
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To help you enjoy a carefree winter, follow our three easy steps to protect your home from the cold, and get ready for whatever winter throws at you.
1. Don’t lag behind
Wrap your pipes with lagging to prevent them from freezing (or even bursting) this winter. Pay attention to the pipes in the garage, loft, or those outside your home, as these are the ones most likely to freeze when the temperature drops.
Your local DIY store should have everything you need and don’t forget to use waterproof lagging for outdoor pipes. Pipe lagging is cheap and easy to fit. So you can be ready for winter in no time!
Not sure what or how to lag? Watch our DIY expert Craig Phillips show you how.
2. Find your stop tap and check that it works
Your stop tap controls the flow of water into your home. It’s usually found under the kitchen sink, or sometimes in the cellar or garage. It’s handy to know where it is so you can turn the water off quickly if your pipes freeze or burst.
Found it? Make sure your stop tap is working. It's also worth checking if your household Insurance covers burst pipes.
3. Keep snug with your heating on
Keeping your central heating on low during a cold spell will prevent your pipes from freezing. Make sure the heating comes on when you're away too, you don’t want to come back to a flooded home after a relaxing winter break.