I'm not sure if this belongs under 'Renovation and Construction' but I couldn't see a general house maintenance section.
With temperatures undoubtedly set to plummet in the very near future, I'm a little concerned about my mains water pipe.
It's located down a 3' deep hole on the lane. After the recent heavy rains, I went out to check it and found the hole at least half full of water. After baling as much water and silt out as possible, I can see the pipe where the rainwater feeds in but couldn't see (and therefore access) the exit pipe so could not clear it of silt in case it's blocked. There's a slab of brick on one side of the hole and I think it may be sited behind there.
My fear is that if rainwater accumulates and covers the mains pipe/meter and freezes, I could have a major problem. I'll continue to lay on the ground to bale out as much water as poss after any heavy rain but does anyone have a genius idea how to insulate/protect the pipe from freezing rainwater while still allowing the meter reader to do his job? Or, second scenario, is my paranoia simply getting the better of me and there's actually little chance of a complete freeze up?
Sorry, no flash on the phone. I’ve put some lagging round as much pipe as I can but the lagging nearest the concrete slab is actually only half resting on the pipe as the stopcock is in the way underneath. The bottom of the hole is full of sludge.
Being on a slope, the hole receives a lot of the rainwater. The inlet pipe is just visible at low level on the wall. I've dug around with trowels and skewers but cannot find a corresponding outlet pipe.