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CCW: Heating insulation protects pipes over winter

Heating insulation can prevent plumbing from freezing over winter.

This is according to the Consumer Council for Water (CCW), which has suggested that members of the public follow "a few simple steps now" to minimise the likelihood of their home, water supply and heating becoming damaged in the colder months.

Thermal insulation in loft spaces ought to be checked to ensure it wraps around as many pipes as possible, the group said.

It can also be examined to determine it is of an adequate thickness, which the National Association of Estate Agents puts at between 250 and 300mm.

Radiators or under floor heating should be set to low and programmed to come on daily if the occupants are going away for a short period of time, the CCW continued.

The organisation claimed outside taps should be fitted with waterproof insulation, while thermal insulation ought to be wrapped around bends and hard-to-reach pipes.

CCW chair Dame Yve Buckland said: "Prevention is certainly better than cure and much easier on the pocket, so time invested now following our simple advice could save you a whole load of hassle."

Posted by Helen Hughes