IQ Plumbers offer advice on avoiding burst pipes during the big freeze
02/11/2010

Leading emergency plumbers in London, IQ Plumbing Services, have seen the number of call outs due to burst pipes rocket during the recent cold weather and are urging households and businesses to take action to avoid problems now and in the future.

Online PR News – 11-February-2010 – – London, UK, Feb 05, 2010 - Leading emergency plumbers in London, IQ Plumbing Services, have seen the number of call outs due to burst pipes rocket during the recent cold weather and are urging households and businesses to take action to avoid problems now and in the future.

With temperatures reaching record lows across Britain during December and the beginning of January, London-based emergency plumbers IQ Plumbing Services have seen an unprecedented rise in the number of call outs to deal with burst and damaged pipes, but many of these incidents could be avoided were more people to take the simple step of lagging or insulating external pipes.

When hot water flows through frozen pipes the extreme change in temperature causes excessive contraction and expansion, which can lead to pipes bursting or cracking, resulting in serious damage, not only now, but also in the future. Lagging or insulating pipes reduces the temperature variation significantly thus minimising the risk of an unexpected burst or leak.

"When pipes freeze and then hot water runs through them, they become extremely susceptible to damage," says Steve Roos of IQ Plumbing. "By lagging or insulating external pipes, this can be easily avoided and save a great deal of inconvenience and expense, which is why we urge everyone to consider protecting their outside pipes to prevent this from happening."

To find out more about IQ Plumbing's emergency plumbing services, go to www.iqplumbers.co.uk or call 0800 917 1554.