Providing warm spaces
In response to the fuel crisis, many churches from all faiths are opening their buildings to provide a warm space to people experiencing fuel poverty.
Fixing frozen pipes in particular can be costly as a claim caused by pipes bursting due to freezing is on average much more expensive than other escape of water claims.
If you discover a frozen pipe, don’t wait for it to burst. Turn off your water supply and then slowly thaw the affected pipe by introducing gentle heat to the area, such as with a hairdryer, heater or hot water bottle.
Do not attempt to thaw the pipe with a blow torch or other open flame.
If a pipe does burst, the first and most important thing to is to turn off your water to prevent further damage.
Turn off the water supply at the stopcock, open taps in the property to safely release water from the system to drains, and try to catch any excess water in a bucket or other container. Do not use any electrics if you believe these may have been affected by the escaping water. You will need to get the electrics checked by a qualified and competent electrician for safety reasons.
Devices are available which can detect excessive water flow and either send a warning or automatically turn off the water. Leak detection systems are also available, which send a warning to a designated person enabling them to take appropriate action and hopefully mitigate any damage.
Take a look at our infographic for some facts and top tips.