Frost does not confine itself to just roadways or trees – it can quickly and secretly form on your property, damaging your building’s exterior, pipes and boiler. Frost can wriggle its way into your building through loose tiles, chipping paint, tiny cracks and exposed pipes. It can also freeze and burst pipes (click here for our freezing pipes guide), causing a lengthy and messy clean-up process.
Protect your property by heeding these general precautions:
Cover plants during frosty evenings. Use simple, fleece-covered frames or a layer or straw sandwiched between two sections of chicken wire to cover and insulate outdoor plants against frost (For more information: click here to the Royal Horticultural Society plant protection page)
Let a slow trickle of water flow through taps connected to pipes that run through colder spaces. Either drain the water system or let water flow at a slow trickle to discourage freezing from frost.
Leave heading on at least one hour each day. Neglecting to heat your building, even if you are away, can lead to freezing pipes, which can burst and cause a huge hassle.
Allow heat to circulate. Heat should circulate through your whole building to ensure colder areas that contain pipes do not freeze. Keep inside doors open to encourage heat circulation.
Survey your roof. Your roof should be watertight with no cracked or missing tiles. Even the smallest hole can provide frost with an opportunity to enter and wrench apart tiles by freezing and refreezing.
Inspect all insulation. All pipes, loft spaces and walls should be inspected and insulated properly.
Examine your building’s exterior. If frost gets into loose paintwork, cracks or open joints, it can take hold and cause damage from the inside, invading your property with water and cold weather damage.
Clear all gutters. When your gutters are blocked, water overflows and runs down your outside wall. That excess water and any frost that forms on your building exterior can work through cracks and cause serious damage.
Service your boiler and insulate your pipes. Frost can burst pipes. Try to make sure your boiler is working properly and your pipes are insulated against the cold. If your pipes burst, it can be costly and you could be without heating and hot water.
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