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Get Ready for Winter – prevent condensate pipes from freezing

As part of their Get Ready for Winter campaign, leading trade body the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council, HHIC are reminding homeowners to check their condensate pipes to ensure that they are appropriately insulated to avoid freezing.

Cold weather in previous years has resulted in a large increase in the number of calls to boiler manufacturers and heating installers from householders with condensing (high efficiency) boilers where the condensate drainage pipe has frozen and become blocked with ice. This then causes the condensate to ‘back up' into the boiler and can cause a complete shutdown.

HHIC are asking homeowners to locate the condensate drainage pipe, as many are located outside. British Standards, Building Regulations and boiler manufacturers' installation instructions currently allow condensate drainage pipes to be located either internally or externally, or a combination of these.

Roger Webb, Director of HHIC said "Frozen condensate pipes can be a real problem and we want homeowners to be aware so they can take the necessary steps to avoid it happening. We also want them to know what to do if it does happen - ring for your local Gas Safe Registered installer who will be able to explain the situation and rectify the problem."

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