Winter weather can cause serious damage to homes and possessions. You can greatly reduce these risks by following our five point plan:
- Check you know how to use your heating system properly - and also where your stop valves are
- Keep the heat in - fit draught-proofing, insulate your home and lag pipes. You may be entitled to have your home insulated and draught-proofed free of charge. Contact Dundee Energy Efficienty Advice Project (DEEAP), Tel 01382 434940 for more information
- If you intend to leave your house unoccupied (for more than a few days) - turn off the water and drain the plumbing system. If possible leave a key with a neighbour or relative and ask them to check your house regularly.
- If pipes become frozen - and are part of the hot water system, turn off or extinguish the source of heat (immersion heater, gas boiler, coal fire with back boilers).
- If a burst occurs - turn off the water at the main stop valve in the hours - turn on the taps - switch off the boiler - switch off the immersion or water heating systems or extinguish the fire.
In the event of a burst pipe Council tenants should contact the Housing Repairs Centre, Tel 01382 434343. Owner occupiers should contact a registered plumber.
Remember prevention is better than cure
- Repair dripping taps and ball valves
- Salt placed in waste trap of sinks, baths, basins and W.C.'s can prevent freezing
- Ensure all taps are full off - running taps may cause water pipes to freeze.