Just when we’re dreaming of cosy nights in with the heating cranked up and hot water in plentiful supply, Winter can quickly throw a spanner in the works when the pipes start to freeze.

With a pretty nippy winter ahead, protecting your home from potential heating hazards will be a worthwhile job… one you’ll wish you’d done earlier when you’re searching for your fluffy socks and searching for a plumber!

So we’ve put together a few handy plumbing tips to avoid any nasty surprises during the cold snap…

Protect those pipes

As temperatures drop, the mercury in your radiators struggles to rise, meaning that water inside your pipework can easily freeze. The result? Burst pipes, lots of water, damage to your furniture and a dent in your pocket!

Protect your pipes using foam insulation tubes, which you can easily pick up from most DIY shops. This will help to insulate the pipes and protect them as the temperature drops. Cut the foam to the length of the pipe and wrap it around. Hold in place with duct tape so it stays snug. Just like you’ll be…

Watch the waste!

We’re all guilty of letting a few leftovers fall down the sink. Though a build up of grease, oil and food debris will settle in your pipes, potentially coagulating into one greasy mess in cold temperatures. Nice.

Avoid chucking leftover oil down the drain to prevent clogging, which will back the pipes up and cause some serious smells. Also, plump for the food disposal bin rather than the plughole for any food items, even small ones that could get stuck in the depths below.

Kill the hose

Leave your garden hose unattached before the cold weather hits. Close the valve on all pipes connected to it also, and drain any residual water from hosepipes to protect them for when you get back to attending to that garden.

Ditch the draughts

Airy rooms, cellars and garages can be draughty spaces. Take care to protect from draughts by insulating your rooms.  If your hot water supply line gets a tad nippy, it could freeze. If you plan to spend your winter enjoying hot baths, seek out the supply lines and put a stop to any draughts nearby.

Enjoy a warm winter in your cosy home!