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Look out the number of your local Licensed Plumber before you have an emergency, just in case.
Tips on Avoiding Burst or Frozen Pipes for Homes and Businesses

• Leave your heating on using a low setting especially if your home is going to be empty for a while.

• If you live in a flat it's sensible to leave the heating on low in rooms where the mains pipe supplies neighbouring flats.

• If you're going to be away for a long time turn off your water supply and drain the system – a Licensed Plumber will be able to give you advice about this.

• If your neighbours don't have a key for your home make sure they have contact details for someone who does in case of an emergency.

• Your water tank should be fitted with an insulation jacket or alternatively the top and sides of the tank can be wrapped with suitable insulation material.

• Don't place loft insulation under the tank as this stops heat from the rooms below helping to keep the tank warm.

• If you have toilet cisterns, water tanks or pipes in exposed places or unheated outbuildings make sure you insulate them. Better still, if not in use, drain them for winter.

• Dripping water increases the risk of freezing so have any leaks at taps or valves repaired as soon as you discover them.
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  Why use a Licensed Plumber?
Licensed plumbing businesses must satisfy a number of requirements.

• Must employ properly qualified operatives
• Maintain public liability insurance of at least £2million
• Regular inspections are carried out to ensure work is carried out properly
• Customers can access an independent complaints procedure to resolve disputes against members. If you have a complaint about a member, click here.

Warranty Scheme
All work undertaken by a Licensed Plumber in domestic properties is also covered by a warranty scheme, providing customers with practical and financial assistance if a Licensed Plumber or SNIPEF member refuses to implement any decision made by the Complaint Resolution Panel or in situations which may arise in the event of a Licensed Plumber becoming insolvent. (Conditions apply).

Customer Testimonials

"One always hopes not to have to invoke a warranty, but when a problem does arise it is very reassuring to find that cover is provided and the warranty honoured. Your prompt help and positive response over this is greatly appreciated.

Many thanks again,

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