Monday, 7 November 2011

Preparing For Winter

Last winter was especially harsh and I consider myself very lucky that I didn't have any burst pipes to deal with, I know so many people did. Water expands when it freezes and if the water's in a pipe when it freezes, it expands just the same and can cause the pipe to burst.

I came across an offer from Yorkshire Water offering it's customers a free Winter Protection Kit. I sent off for it and it was delivered today.

Included in the kit was a leaflet full of useful advice on how to get your house ready for winter.

Pipe lagging to protect wall-secured pipes and some cable ties to secure it with.

A tap cover to insulate an outside tap.

This lot should help me to get the house ready for whatever winter has got in store for us, let's hope it's not needed though.

I know other water companies as well as Yorkshire Water are offering similar kits, so do check out your own water company's website.


  1. Thanks for a great post Jo! We will look on our water company's website now!

    We've just paid £14, an annual amount to insure against burst pipes. Money well spent we think.

    Sft x

  2. Thanks for that Jo. I've just followed your link and ordered mine.

  3. Thanks for your comments.

    Sft - Hope you find a similar offer from your water company. I think the insurance sounds like a good idea, especially if we have a winter like we did last year.

    Karen - Better to be safe than sorry.

  4. What a fab idea. I must get our boiler check booked in too.
    Lisa x

  5. I remember our old boiler breaking down one winter, Lisa. It was a combination boiler so we didn't have hot water either. It's definitely worth getting it checked out before winter.

  6. What a super idea!

    burst pipes are no joke!


  7. Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment, Mel. I've been lucky so far, I've never had a burst pipe, but I know the damage they can cause so I'll do whatever I can to prevent one.

  8. burst pipe problem proves very dangerous for anyone, specially in winters.
    trenching or burst piping process is used to repair or replaced the old burst pipe with new pipes.