Wrap up for Winter

As the temperature drops and nights draw in, it’s time to wrap up – winter’s here!

Getting your home ready for the cold and lagging all your pipes means you’re more likely to avoid frozen pipes and enjoy a hassle-free winter.


Rose Francis from United Utilities says: “Insulating your water pipes to protect them from the cold will save the hassle and expense if they freeze and burst. We want our customers to enjoy a carefree Christmas. The good news is it’s really easy to prevent this from happening.”

Visit unitedutilities.com/winterwise for great tips on how to protect your pipes this winter including how-to guides and videos.

It’s easy to prevent frozen, burst pipes – just follow these steps…

Step 1. Lag your pipes

Pay extra attention to the pipes in the garage, loft or outside your home as these are the ones most likely to freeze when the temperature drops. Your local DIY shop should have everything you need; just remember to use waterproof lagging for any outdoor pipes. Pipe lagging is cheap and easy to fit.

Step 2. Find your stop tap

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.

Step 3. Keep your heating on low

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. The cost of repairing the damage caused by a burst pipe is likely to be a lot more than the cost of keeping your heating on low for the winter. Lots of modern boilers have a frost setting. Handy for preventing frozen pipes when your central heating is not in full use.