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Advice for those with leaking pipes at home

If you ever find a leak coming from the pipes that deliver your water supply, it is important to turn it off straight away. Burst water pipes are a common problem in households, especially following periods of cold weather and freezing temperatures when things start to improve.

To tackle this issue, the following advice should make it possible for you to protect your property and enable you to get the pipes repaired as quickly as possible.

The first thing you need to do in such a situation is close your stop tap, which can be located below your sink in the kitchen or somewhere in the garage. By turning off your supply of water you can help to restrict any further flooding of your home.

For those with a cold water tank, this can be turned off by going up into the loft or storage cupboard, depending on where it is kept. You should also turn off the electrics.

There are home kits you can buy to provide a temporary solution to a leaking pipe. However, it is always advisable to call in a plumber to sort the problem.

When the issue is drain-related and your home is at risk of flooding, then the drainage maintenance experts should be the ones to call first. They can check out the pipe system for you and remove any blocked drains.