Pipe failure is often the result of freezing temperatures combined with unprotected piping. When water freezes it expands, which can cause the pipe to split and allow water to escape, usually at a joint or at a weak spot in the soft copper or plastic. Ensure that any taps and piping located on the exterior of your home are insulated, including drain pipes for heating or overflow pipes. Fitted covers are available to protect outside taps.
If your home will be unoccupied for an extended period of time it is a good idea to turn off the water at the stopcock, drain any water that remains in the system, and close the taps again. Leave your heat on at least 12 degrees centigrade so that it remains warm enough for water to flow through the system.
Even when preventive measures are taken pipes will sometimes burst or fail. If you notice damp patches on the walls, ceilings or floors, a loss of water pressure, or unusual noises in your water system, contact EZ Plumbing right away. We will locate the area of damage, identify the cause and provide a solution without delay.