Condensate Pipe from Boiler Freezing

Condensate Pipe Freezing

Lots of people are finding their gas boilers are suddenly not working. No fun in the extreme weather we are having, at the time I write this.

Often the problem can be traced to the condensate pipe from the boiler to the ground outside being frozen – this is the grey or white pipe (usually plastic) that’s comes out at the bottom of your boiler.

It is best if this is ran outside to the ground to a soak away.

This pipe can get blocked / frozen in very cold weather.

The problem is that many fitters of boilers don’t bother to lag the pipe properly (or at all), so the risk of freezing (and it backing up to and shutting down the boiler) increases.

Condensate pipes can either be ran to the waste pipe inside the house (not ideal for other technical reasons, though you won’t get the freezing problem) or to the outside to a ground soak away (better technically!).

The reason for having a condensate pipe is to remove the slightly acid condensate safely.

Normally, in the weather conditions we get in the UK, this pipe rarely freezes. But when temperatures fall to below freezing for a number of days in a row, the risk really increases.

Fortunately, you can solve the problem yourself.

Just get some hot water and pour it over the outside pipe. Do not use boiling water as boiling water can easily crack the plastic pipe. Or you could use a warm hair dryer for a few minutes.

This should defrost any blockage and get you up running.

Then fit some insulation material over the pipe to prevent it freezing again or get the fitter who fitted the boiler to come back and fit this for you. After all, he should have done it right in the first place!

The video at the foot of this email may help you.

ABOUT LETTINGFOCUS

Services for Private Landlords

We help landlords and property investors by showing them how to make money in the private rented sector using ways which are fair to tenants and which involve minimal risk.

Our advice is completely independent. We take don’t commission payments or fees from anyone, ever.

Services to Businesses and the Public Sector

We advise a range of organisations including banks, building societies, local authorities, social housing providers, institutional investors and insurers. We help them develop and improve their services and products for private landlords. David Lawrenson, founder of LettingFocus, also writes for property portals, speaks at property events and is regularly quoted by the media.

HOME PAGE OF THIS BLOG: Blog

THE HOME PAGE OF THE MAIN SITE: http://www.LettingFocus.com

For general information on our CONSULTING SERVICES: Consultancy and Seminars

For ONE TO ONE PRIVATE CONSULTANCY FOR PRIVATE LANDLORDS: Property Advice

CLIENT TESTIMONIALS – from both organisations and private landlords: Testimonials

IN THE MEDIA: Recent Press Coverage

BOOKS:

“SUCCESSFUL PROPERTY LETTING”:

Our book is the highest selling personal finance and property book in the UK. Click here to Find Out More and Buy it. And if you are from an organisation and would like to bulk buy, please ask us for special rates.

NEW BOOK – “BUY TO LET LANDLORDS GUIDE TO FINDING GREAT TENANTS”:

Get this great new guide here, which covers everything you’ll ever need to know to avoid either you or your letting agent getting anyone other than the perfect tenant. Click Here to Buy It.

BOOK FOR TENANTS:

Kids going off and renting for the first time? My Book for Tenants is also Available

TO JOIN OUR FREE NEWSLETTER MAILER which goes to over 3,950 people (as at Jan 2017) just send an email to [email protected]

We do not send spam or sell our mailing list to advertisers, though we occasionally mail landlords about good products from third parties. Please put us on your “white list” to ensure you receive our emails.

OFFERS ON PRODUCTS FOR LANDLORDS and TO ADVERTISE YOUR PRODUCTS to LANDLORDS: Landlords Resources

PERUSE LAST TEN BLOGS BY GETTING THE RSS FEED: Click Here

NEXT ANNUAL SEMINAR EVENT FOR LANDLORDS: Landlord and Property Letting Seminar

TWITTER PAGE My thoughts on property, personal finance, plus a lot of other random things: Twitter 

Copyright of Blog: David Lawrenson 2018. Please link to us here or quote us. We actively pursue copyright infringements. The blog is updated roughly every two weeks.

VIDEO:

https://www.google.com/search?q=defrosting+condensate+pipe&client=safari&channel=ipad_bm&prmd=sivn&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj6isDW-cvZAhWqKMAKHfPxCUkQ_AUIEigC&biw=768&bih=917#imgrc=sgmhPiJmSWp5OM:&isa=y

One comment

  • Very sound information and good to get out on the net. Also saves calling out a plumber who would be inundated at a time like this

Leave a Reply