Take steps to reduce risk of burst pipes
With the weather turning colder, it's important to try and 'Beat the freeze' and prepare for winter conditions. Inconvenience and damage as a result of burst pipes is a real possibility over the next few months. Potential repairs alone can run into many thousands of pounds. However, with some simple precautions the risk can be reduced.
Prevention better than cure
The devastation caused by burst pipes cannot be underestimated. Not only can the water cause structural damage to a property, but the lasting damage in a home can be to electrical equipment and personal items, including photographs that may not be replaceable.
Taking the following simple steps will significantly reduce the risk of burst pipes:
- keep the home as warm as possible even if you are out
- lag pipes in exposed or draughty places
- leave the trap door to roofspace open to let warm air flow in
- see that taps are turned off properly, especially last thing at night
- never use an electric, gas or paraffin heater in the roofspace
- know the location of the main stop valve which turns off the water supply to your property
- keep the contact number of a registered plumber on hand to deal with any bursts on your property
You can get more information, including what to do if a pipe bursts, at the page below:
Most frozen pipes are found in the roofspace and below sink units. If you discover a frozen pipe, it's best to thaw it out slowly by putting hot-water bottles or a towel soaked in warm water on the frozen area.
Reporting a problem
If you are a Housing Executive tenant and need an emergency repair, you should contact your local District Office during office hours.
You can also contact the Emergency Out of Hours Service in the evenings, weekends or holidays:
- telephone: 03448 920 901
More useful links
- Finding a plumber (property and housing section)
- Repairs to Housing Executive and housing association homes (property and housing section)
- Reporting flooding (property and housing section)
- What to do if a flood happens (property and housing section)
- After a flood - clearing up (property and housing section)
- After a flood - making an insurance claim (property and housing section)
- NI Water (contacts section)