If you have a problem with burst and frozen pipes this winter in Sheffield, Dronsfield or Chesterfield, Millhouses Plumbing and Heating Services will be able to help. However, to help prevent issues with burst and frozen pipes in the first place, there are a number of things you can do.
Burst and Frozen Pipes

Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing

To help prevent your pipes from freezing it is important to:

  • know where the internal stop/tap valve is (usually under the kitchen sink) and how to turn it off
  • keep your home as warm as possible, even if you are out
  • lag pipes in exposed or draughty places
  • leave the trap door to your roof-space open to let warm air flow in during extreme weather conditions when there is the chance that un-lagged water tanks and pipes could freeze
  • see that taps are turned off properly

You should:

  • become familiar with your water supply system now and find the main stopcock which turns off the water supply to your property
  • not use an electric, gas or paraffin heater in the roof-space

Frozen pipes

If you have a frozen pipe:

  • put hot water bottles or a thick cloth soaked in hot water over the frozen pipe – when thawing, start at the end of the pipe nearest the tap and work away from it
  • don’t use a naked flame

Burst pipes

If a pipe bursts:

  • turn off the main stopcock
  • open all the cold taps to drain the system if the flow of water cannot be stopped
  • if the burst is on a pipe from the storage tank, turn off the stop valve in the storage tank, turn on all hot taps to drain the system, allow the fire to burn out or turn the heating off until the burst pipe has been attended to by a plumber

Call Millhouses Plumbing

By following our advice, you will hopefully not experience any burst or frozen pipes this winter. However, if you do, please feel free to call us on 0114 289 1817 or 07887 850588 and we will do our best to assist you.