Four-step plan for burst pipes

November 27, 2015 5:59 am

I’ve had to scrape the ice off the car over the last couple of days: it’s suddenly become really cold. And with Christmas not very far away, many of us may be planning to go away for a winter break, leaving the house vulnerable to a freeze. After a freeze, there’s the danger of burst pipes.

So here’s a useful diagram covering what to do if your pipes burst. In summary, this is what it says:

  1. Turn off the stop cock.
  2. Turn off the central heating and/or immersion heater.
  3. Turn off the electricity – but DO NOT TOUCH WIRING IF IT’S WET – call an electrician.
  4. And finally, call a loss assessor such as Morgan Clark: as well as dealing with your insurer, they can bring in experts to assess and deal with the damage, and may also be able to arrange temporary accommodation.

I may be a kill joy, but let’s hope it’s not a white Christmas.