Scottish Water issues warning over frozen pipes – and how to prevent bursts

Scottish Water has warned pipes could become “very vulnerable” during the current cold snap that has left Scotland with snow and freezing temperatures today.

The country could be caught in a snowstorm as the Met Office has issued four-day weather warnings for numerous parts of the country.

Winter weather could damage property and affect roads and now Scottish Water has urged people to ensure their pipes are prepared for the cold spell to avoid bursting and flooding.

According to the National Water Company, the top advice for pipes is to heat, insulate and protect. Here’s how to do just that.


Check whether your boiler has frost protection(Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Modern central heating systems have built-in freeze protection, which turns the boiler on when needed, even when the heating is off.

If your boiler does not have anti-freeze built in, set the heater thermostat to 10°C and the programmer to ‘on’ or 24 hours.

The heating only turns on when the temperature in your home falls below 10°C. As such, it shouldn’t use a lot of energy and could help avoid frozen pipes and expensive repairs.

You should insulate your pipes if you haven’t already done so(Image: Getty Images/Johner RF)

Dripping water can cause problems(Image: Loic Venance/AFP via Getty Images)

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