Cold weather means frozen and burst pipes – here’s how to fix them safely

 Cold weather means frozen and burst pipes – here’s how to fix them safely
Frozen pipes are one of winter’s greatest nuisances, but they needn’t be too much hassle if you know what to do (Photo: Shutterstock)

With February’s cold snap hanging over the UK, many of us will be waking up to find a household’s worst nightmare.

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Don’t panic! Frozen pipes are a surprisingly common happenstance, and as with most household issues, can be sorted with reasonably minimal fuss if you keep a calm head.

Here is everything you need to know.

How do I safely thaw a pipe?

If you suspect a pipe has frozen, turn off the stop valve immediately and open all cold taps to drain the system.

You should never turn on the hot taps in this situation, as if you have a hot water cylinder it may collapse if the pipes leading to it are frozen. Call a licensed plumber if you are in any doubt about what to do.

Once that’s done, you’re going to want to locate the source…

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