Winter in the UK usually means plenty of cold weather and a mixture of wind, rain, ice and snow. These severe weather conditions, along with fluctuating temperatures, can lead to an increase in burst pipes and potential flooding, and the risk is higher if your business closes for periods during the winter months.
With a few checks, you can help winter-proof your premises to reduce the risk of burst pipes, broken boilers and leaks.
Here’s some quick tips for protecting your business:
- Lag any outdoor pipes and taps
- Check when your boiler was last serviced (it’s advised to have it done once a year)
- Leave your heating running on low to help stop your pipes from freezing
- Minimise draughts from windows and doors
- Remove any leaves from drains and gutters to make sure there’s a clear path for any surface water to take
- Check your insurance is up to date and covers you for everything you need - without comprehensive cover in place, you could face a significant bill in the event of a leak
- Look out for weather warnings in your area and if possible, regularly check your pipes between periods of very cold weather and thaws
- Develop a contingency plan to make sure your business could still operate in the event of a water emergency
- Turn off your stopcock and drain your water system, if you know you’re going to be away for a long period of time.
Reading your meter
We know it’s not always possible, but if you know where your meter is and it’s safe to do so, taking and submitting regular meter readings throughout the year will help you to keep track of your water usage and spot any leaks more quickly, as they’re not always visible. We’ll also be able to keep your bill more accurate, as it’ll reflect your actual water usage.