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28th November 2021


Pipes and drains can often feel the adverse effects of the cold, winter months and if you aren’t prepared the damage can take it’s toll.


If your drains and pipes are not properly maintained, when it comes to winter you may experience, cracking, bursting and blocked drains. This could create problems for your property so you should want to stay ahead of the main causes of problems. With that in mind, here are some tips on how you can reduce the harsh effects of winter. 

The cold weather is a danger to your both your inside and outside pipes. With the water flowing regularly the cold increases the chances that the water will freeze and turn to ice. Initially a small amount of ice in your pipes might just cause a blockage, but as the weather stays cold the amount of ice will grow as more water freezes. The frozen mass can end up obstructing the flow of water, as well as causing the pipes to crack. When water freezes it expands, this is dangerous as it can cause your pipes to crack and maybe even burst. This is especially true is the pipe is located within your home as in serious cases it could cause structural damage and cost a lot to fix.


Insulation is probably one of the best ways to prevent your drains and pipes from freezing up and becoming damaged. By insulating the pipes you use you can prevent the freeze thawing as well as making your property more energy efficient. 

You can find cheap and effective insulating material such as circular foam tubing and heat tape in most DIY shops for your most at risk pipes. 

Latent Heating

To be extra cautious you can keep your heating on a low level over winter. This shouldn’t add to your energy bill either as a constant low heat can be more efficient than stop-start periods of heating. 

Repair Leaks

It is a good idea to take a trip around your property inspecting while taps or amenities are flowing, to see if there are any leakages in your property. If you find any, patch them up using a patch kit. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this and want a more long term solution then contact Metro Rod Bristol who offer great drain repair services. 

Be Aware of Draughts

Small gaps around your home, especially in garages, can quickly cool down and freeze any high-risk pipes you may have. Plug these gaps as best as you can to help keep the warmth in your home or business to prevent unnecessary freezing.


Metro Rod Bristol offer services across Bath, Bristol & Trowbridge, from dealing with blocked drains, drain repair, CCTV surveys and septic tank maintenance. We believe in simple things and make sure we follow them through; available 24/7, professional, value for money service during and after the job and peace of mind in the fact that all our engineers are highly trained, DBS checked and fully insured.

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