Why your home may be at risk from a burst

Most of the time, water bursts are pretty unpredictable. But there are a few occasions where we can estimate there’ll be a high volume, one of those occasions is sudden temperature changes.


As you learnt back in secondary school, when water freezes, it expands. So when it’s freezing cold outside, the water in frozen pipes will do the same thing. But, if we see a sudden change from freezing to thawing, the pipes will expand and contract, disturbing the ground around them. This then causes the pipes to burst, which is when we spring into action and get your water back as soon as we can.


But the water pipes in your home are your responsibility to protect and repair.


There are things you can do right now to protect these internal pipes and prevent your pipes from bursting.


  1. Lag your pipes

We say this a lot, but that’s because it’s the most effective thing you can do. Wrap your external pipes in proper lagging from a DIY shop and wrap your pipes under the sink in tea towels. This will lower the chances of your pipes bursting.


  1. Find your stop tap

This is the most important thing to do when you find yourself with a burst pipe. Your stop tap controls the water coming to your house, so if you can find it and turn it off during an internal burst, it could prevent flooding or further damage to your home.


  1. Have a plumber on hand

Because you’re responsible for your own pipes, a plumber is the best person to get in touch with if you have internal issues. WaterSafe have a list of approved plumbers in your area. It might be worth finding one now and saving their number in your phone.


  1. PSR

Make sure you’re signed up to the PSR if you have a medical condition that depends on a consistent supply of water, or you have a disability that means you wouldn’t be able to reach a water point should you experience a loss of water. See if you’re eligible here.


  1. Sign up for alerts

By signing up for alerts, you’ll be the first to know if there’s a specific issue affecting your area. Have a look here and make sure you’re in the know.