FAQ: Why are fluctuating temperatures (freeze/thaw events) a risk to my business?

A freeze/thaw event usually happens if we experience prolonged cold weather followed by a sudden increase in temperature.  

If your pipes are currently frozen or prone to leaks, your business may be at risk of them bursting when the temperature increases again. This is because, when the temperature drops below zero, the water inside of them freezes and expands, but it’s often when the pipes thaw that can cause problems. The change in temperature from cold to warm causes the pipes to expand and contract. If the ground is also freezing and contracting, it can cause pipes to leak, crack or burst so please make sure you check your visible pipes and be on the lookout for signs of leaks.

Businesses such as holiday parks, campsites, schools and factories that close for several weeks over winter can also take precautions and help minimise the risk of burst pipes by turning off your water supply, especially when fluctuating temperatures are forecast. 

If you think you might have a leak on your supply, you can carry out a simple leak and flow test. If you’d like us to give you a quote to find and fix a leak, please get in touch.