Winter advice

Here’s how you can protect your business and what to do if the weather does get really cold.

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Before the cold weather arrives

Protect your pipes

Protect all exposed pipework, cisterns, tanks, taps and water meters in unheated areas with waterproof foam lagging or insulation.

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Check your stop taps

Find and label all your stop taps and valves and regularly check they're working.

Don't get left in the cold

Keep boilers regularly serviced.

Mind your meter

Read your meter regularly, as a higher than normal meter reading can be the first indication that there may be a leak on the pipe.

Leaving your school or premises empty

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Fight the freeze

Leave the heating on a low constant setting.

Drain your pipes

If you don't want the heating on, drain all pipework where possible, turn off your stop tap and, if you have a cold water tank, turn off the stopcock.

Stop that drip

Repair dripping taps and faulty washers.

Keep an eye on it

Arrange for someone to check on the premises regularly, where possible.

During a cold snap

Keep it flowing 

Run taps and flush toilets to make sure that water in the pipes hasn't frozen.


Thaw it out

Try defrosting the pipe with a fan heater or hairdryer. Never use a naked flame.

Look for leaks

Check exposed pipework for any signs of leaks.

Stay safe

Turn off your electrics if water is leaking near electrical appliances.

Stop tap

Shut it off

If your pipes freeze, turn off your stop tap and the stopcock in the cold water tank.

Free downloadable posters 

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