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new house, frozen pipes? help.....

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5y, 11m agoPosted 5 years, 11 months ago
Hi, please help,just been to view a house im supposed to be moving into this week. It looks like it hasnt had the heating on. Its sub zero at the moment. Its going to stay that way for another week here. If i move in and trun the heating on, will the pipes burst? The pipes burst in this house last year, mega damage done and repaired by present owners. House is unoccupied at present.
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5y, 11m agoPosted 5 years, 11 months ago
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#1
most modern boilers have a frost protection system built into them, if the temperature dips too low it turns its self on to stop the system freezing. obviously the power to the boiler needs to be on.
#2
If it's unoccupied, I'd have hoped they'd of turned the stop tap off and possibly drained the system to prevent this, Especially in winter.

If not I'd hope the pipes were well insulated.
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Not all boileres have frost protection as it costs another fiver to fit! I agree power/fuel is also required

Most mega damage is caused by pipes bursting and with property empty over say a 3 week holiday period water keeps running into the building until the postman reports water coming out the letter box

The reason pipes burst
If temperatures are sub zero for some time pipework can freeze and the ice expands inside the pipework splitting the pipe or pushing joints apart. Often nothing will leak until the temperature rises and the ice thaws.
If you suspect you have a problem the important thing is that the:
incoming main water stop cock is turned off
any tanks drained (many modern properties do not have tanks)
so that in the event of any leaks water damage is limited to what the pipework retains after the draining


I hope you were not aware of the problem when you insured the property on becoming its owner because they will not cover the risk of an existing problem you were aware of

Hope this proves useful
#4
thanks so much everyone. ive been on to my plumber, hes going to speak to the owners tomorrow.
#5
richp
most modern boilers have a frost protection system built into them, if the temperature dips too low it turns its self on to stop the system freezing. obviously the power to the boiler needs to be on.


True, most thermostats only go as low as 5 degrees now for this very reason.

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