Keep your house and attic warm

Warmth offers the best protection against frozen pipes. Leave heating on for longer periods at lower settings, even while away. Get heat into your attic by opening the trap door or leaving a light on in it.

Keep your house and attic warm

Arrange a supply of fresh drinking water

It’s a good idea to have a separate supply of fresh drinking water available on your premises in case a water pipe freezes or bursts in cold temperatures.

Arrange a supply of fresh drinking water

Minimise draughts

Ensure any gaps under doors and around windows are covered or sealed as cold air coming from outside can cause pipes to freeze inside your home.

Minimise draughts

Do not run taps

Do not run your taps to prevent freezing pipes. This can cause frozen drains and puts undue pressure on supplies across the network.

Do not run taps

Circulate warm air

Opening doors to unheated areas of your home occasionally to allow warm air to circulate can prevent pipes and tanks from freezing in the cold weather.

Circulate warm air

Check your inside stop valve

Find your inside stop valve, which controls your water supply. Check to ensure it can be opened and closed easily in the event of a leak. If you’re going away, you may want to consider turning off your stop valve and draining the system so there is no water in the pipes to freeze.

Check your inside stop valve

Fix external dripping taps

We recommend you always fix any dripping taps but pay particular attention to external dripping taps in winter as water from them can freeze on the ground and can cause people to slip and injure themselves.

Fix external dripping taps

Service your boiler

Your boiler needs to be serviced regularly by an accredited plumber to run efficiently and to keep your home or business warm. If not, leaks could freeze and cause a breakdown and costly repairs

 

Service your boiler

Insulate water tanks and pipes

All exposed pipes, including attic pipes should be adequately insulated. Insulate or wrap a towel around outside taps.

Insulate water tanks and pipes

Shutting off the water supply when going away

If you are leaving your property unattended for an extended period of time, you may wish to shut off the water supply to the property from the external stopcock. You must ensure that any water-dependent appliances or facilities are also shut-off.

If you have a meter installed by Irish Water, a frost plug has been inserted in the meter boundary box to prevent the meter and stop-cock from freezing.

If no meter is installed by Irish Water and you are concerned that the stopcock might freeze, open the stopcock chamber and remove any water. Fill the chamber with non-absorbent material to provide insulation. Do not use absorbent material as it too will freeze when wet.

These tips are offered as a guide only. Please visit www.winterready.ie for more information.

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