When the temperature starts to drop in the winter, there’s a big risk of your pipes freezing and bursting. This is one of the most common ways that homes get water damaged, which can run up huge repair costs. So, how can you prevent frozen plumbing in the winter?

Run water through your pipes

Even if it’s just a trickle, running some water through your pipes is a great way to stop them from freezing. You should also let the water drip from the tap so there’s none left near the end of an exposed pipe.

Let warmer air circulate

You might think having the heating on is enough to keep your plumbing warm too, but there’s something else you can do to get this heat to the pipes. Opening your kitchen and bathroom cupboard doors will let the warm air circulate around your plumping, giving them some extra warmth that I great for preventing freezing.

Keep your thermostat set to a consistent temperature

Although it might be tempting to put the temperature down by a few degrees overnight to reduce your heating bill, this could cause frozen pipes and a whole load of other expenses as you pay to fix plumbing and water damage. Make sure you keep the heating on if you plan to be away from home at all!


A long-term solution is to add insulation. This is commonly added in the loft and roof of UK houses, but you an also insulate pipes themselves with hot water cylinder jackets.

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Unfortunately, you could end up with frozen pipes even if you take these precautions. There’s also the chance that something else with your plumbing could go wrong, leaving you with a cold house in the winter. If you do have a problem with your plumbing or heating, we’re here to help. Get in touch with us today if you need help from the experts, with certified plumbers ready to work all over Suffolk and the surrounding areas. Find out more about all of our services on our site.