Winter Plumbing Maintenance Tips

Prepare for Winter – Prevent Frozen Pipes, Burst Pipes and Flooded Properties

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Our Winter Plumbing Maintenance Tips 

Let’s face it, winter is on it’s way and in East Kilbride we get our fair share of long winters with freezing temperatures, ice and snow which can lead to frozen pipes, pipe leaks, burst pipes, back flowing taps and floods!!!!! Your worst case scenario. Your property floods due to a burst pipe after being damaged with the severe drop in temperature in the winter.

However, with some very simple tips and tricks we have put together our winter plumbing maintenance tips checklist which will keep you and your property safe in winter..

In preparation for the winter ahead, you should carry out the following:-

Check for leaks

Having a pipe leak in the winter is the worst time as the cold temperatures make the pipes more susceptible to freezing and bursting, which can lead to flooding in your property.

The number 1 priority is always to check all outdoor pipes and carefully examine any exposed pipes and taps. Also check your indoor taps, sinks and showerheads. This is also important as leaks can come from somewhere inside your home which can indicate a bigger problem; possibly with pipe work, valves, stopcock etc.

East Kilbride gets a LOT of rain so make sure your roof has no leaks and your gutters and downpipes are free from blockages, cracks, splits and that they aren’t offset and that they are generally free flowing.

Arrange a Winter Home Inspection

Arranging a winter home inspection from a professional can diagnose potential problems even before they arise.

We will ensure that all your pipes and taps are safe for the winter ahead giving you peace of mind that your property will be safe this winter.

We also use CCTV drain cameras to inspect drains and see any potential problem areas before they arise.

Prevent Blocked Drains

Blocked drains can lead to pipes freezing as water is unable to flow freely. Some of the most common causes of blocked drains can be easily fixed with a simple precautionary measure.

Use shower drain hair catchers on your bath and shower drains to prevent hair, debris and soap scum build up.

Never pour fats, oil or grease down a drain.

Clear plates from food before washing them or placing them in your dish washer.

Check Your Taps and Sinks

Check for leaks or moisture underneath your sinks. Even a little bit of dampness can be an early sign of a leak or burst pipe.

Leaking taps should be fixed right away. Sometimes, something as simple as replacing a washer can prevent you from having leaking or burst pipes in the winter causing further damage.

Also clear out the overflow of any hair, food dirt and debris to prevent any damage due to overflowing.

Check your Gutters, Downpipes and Outside Drain

Making sure that your gutters and downpipes are clear and that water can flow freely is a great start. Also check them for cracks, breaks, uneven placement and that all your connections between the pipes are water tight.

A leaking downpipe can very quickly cause water damage to your walls and lead to extensive property damage resulting in very expensive repairs and possibly even insurance claims. Don’t let it come to this. Get your property winter safe with out winter plumbing maintenance tips.

Use an Outside Tap Cover

Use an outside tap cover for any outside taps to keep them warm and prevent them freezing over the winter. These can be bought very cheaply from a plumbing or DIY store or online. Alternatively, you can even make them very cheaply from rubber pipe grip or another variation like foam.

You can also use these to cover exposed pipes as well which will work very well in the winterto prevent them freezing.

If you would like a winter inspection in East Kilbride, give us a call 24 hours a day, every day on (01355) 202656.



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Nobody wants a plumbing emergency at any time but you are in safe hands when you are dealing with the local Emergency Plumbers in East Kilbride.

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Do you still come out during Covid-19?

Our 24 Hour Emergency Plumbing Service is still very much active during Covid-19. If you give us a call at any time night or day, our friendly staff will help advise you of the situation. If it is deemed an Emergency, then we will send out a Plumber or Heating Engineer to attend and resolve the problem. 

It may be that the emergency can be averted by a small action such as turning the water off and one of our local plumbers can then come out during the daytime and have a look at the problem without there being a big emergency. 

Either way, you are in safe hands and one phone call does it all. 

Give us a call today to discuss your Emergency Plumbing problem and we will advise you accordingly.

Do 1st Plumbers East Kilbride protect their staff and customers during covid-19?

1st Plumbers East Kilbride are doing everything reasonably possible to protect their staff and customers while still ensuring our excellent customer care and service. 

Our staff are equipped with:

– New latex gloves for every new job.

– Masks to prevent any spread through breathing/coughing.

– Enhanced cleaning rituals and disinfecting throughout the day of all customer and staff spaces (including vans and tools).

– Hand sanitizer is to be used before every job and frequently throughout the job and again at the end.

– Staff are told to stay at home if they show any signs of any symptoms.

– Minimal contact with all customers (and completely avoided if possible) is employed by informing our customers of arrival times so that they can be in a separate are away from where the work is due to be taking place

– Our plumbers will refrain from from shaking hands or taking cash transactions. Where possible, all transactions will be done electronically.

What are your normal working hours?

1st Plumbers East Kilbride operate 24 hours a day, every day to ensure that your Plumbing Emergency is looked at within the hour.

Our offices are open during normal business hours but our phone is always on and will be directed to the out of hours team on duty if you are to call in the evening or weekend. 

What services do you provide?

1st Plumbers East Kilbride are a one stop shop for all your Plumbing and Heating needs within the East Kilbride area.

We deal with all aspects of plumbing from leak detection, pipe repair, tap replacement, shower installs.

We deal with drain cleaning and unblocking drains, gutters and downpipes. Clearing sinks, showers, bath tubs and toilets. Unblocking waste disposal units, clrearing out and repairing dish washers and washing machines. 

We deal with boiler repairs, boiler replacements, boiler services and boiler installations as well as central heating repairs and installations. 

We also have tilers, electricians, joiners and anybody you need to get the job done so that with one phone call to 1st Plumbers East Kilbride you can rest assured that you are in good hands and we can attend to all your Plumbing and Heating needs. 

Do you Provide Emergency Plumbers East Kilbride?

Call the favourite Emergency Plumber East Kilbride on (01355) 202656. We offer a 24 hour emergency service every day of the year. 

Does 1st Plumbers East Kilbride deal with Boilers?

We are Heating Specialists meaning that not only do we deal with leak detection, diagnostics and all your plumbing faults but we specialise in Boiler repairs, Boiler Installations and Boiler Replacements as well as Boiler Services. We also deal with all Cebtral Heating problems including radiator repairs and installation, power flushing and gas safety checks but also gas fires, gas hobs, gas ovens, open fire and chimney inspections. 


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