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Burst pipes are the often forgotten hazard of a harsh winter and each year, Unity handles numerous claims due to damage caused by ruptured water pipes. A small fracture can release gallons of water, damaging the foundations, furniture, carpets and contents of the building. As with any hazard, prevention is better than cure and we hope these tips will help you protect your pipework from puncturing in the next cold snap.
A little bit of maintenance can go a long way. Take these simple steps to protect your plumbing:
If your property is going to be out of use at any point during the winter months, it should still be braced against the cold:
If you find your pipes have frozen, do not wait for them to burst. You may yet be able to salvage the situation:
If a pipe does burst before you were able to properly prepare, you will need to act fast to limit the damage from the deluge.
For a building to be comprehensively covered during winter, the water pipes must be lagged. If the building is unoccupied for more than a week, the water must be turned off at the mains (or drained as much as possible), and the temperature inside kept to a minimum of 13°C/ 55°F.
For more information on covering your premises against a deep freeze, call one of our advisors on 0345 040 7702.