Burst pipes


Burst pipes

Preventing Burst and Frozen Pipes

  • Find out where the main stop cock is and how to turn it off. It is usually located under the kitchen sink.
  • Make sure pipes and tanks are properly insulated, especially pipes in exposed or draughty areas.
  • Keep your home as warm as possible even if it is left empty during the day.
  • Repair dripping taps.
  • If you are planning to go away during the winter months, ask someone to look after your house or consider leaving the heating on for a short period every day.

In the event of a burst pipe

  • Turn off the water supply
  • Turn on all the taps to drain water from the system.
  • Turn off the central heating and the immersion heater.
  • If the leak is close to electric appliances or plugs turn off the electricity supply at the mains.
  • Try to soak up the water with towels.
  • Contact Steer as soon as possible.