Avoiding frozen pipes: a step-by-step guide to insulation

We know that businesses currently have a lot to deal with, but we wanted to remind you that it’s important during this time of year to check any exposed water pipes or taps to prevent a tremendous amount of inconvenience and expense if a water pipe freezes and bursts.  

The best way to avoid the issue of frozen and burst pipes is to insulate them. Here’s a quick step-by-step guide on insulating your pipes:

  1. Check which pipes are exposed and in cold areas. Look out for any external pipes, pipes in the garage, in the cellar, or near a draught.

  2. Get your insulation: measure the length and diameter of the insulation you need. Foam insulation is most common, but you can ask your local DIY store what they would recommend.

  3. Get your equipment: tape measure, marker pen, sharp scissors, and duct tape or cable ties.

  4. Fit the insulation: measure and cut the insulation, and then wrap it around the pipes. Make sure the insulation is tight around the pipes, and secure it using tape or cable ties.

  5. For right angles: cut the insulation at 45° so that the two pieces fit together.

  6. Awkward bends: make cuts at 30° round the inside of the bend, so that the insulation fits around.

We hope you don’t need to, but if you do experience a burst or leaking pipe on your property, you can find a local plumber to contact at www.watersafe.org.uk.

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