Cold weather can cause water to freeze. This is a problem because when water freezes in a pipe and turns to ice it expands. As the ice expands, it increases pressure on the pipes and joints, often causing them to split or joints to pull apart.
Check all pipes inside your home and any bare pipes outside your home are lagged and protected before the cold weather comes. Your local plumbing merchants and DIY stores can help you find the right insulation.
The Water Regulations Advisory Scheme has an easy-to-use tool to work out how effective insulation will be in delaying the effects of cold weather on water pipes.
WaterSafe plumber Colin Stainer shows you how to quickly and easily insulate pipes in our video.
If you're not confident in doing it yourself, a qualified plumber will be able to help you. Use our postcode search to find a WaterSafe recognised plumber near you.
You can protect your pipes and fittings from freezing by: