Beat the freeze - Wrap up pipes for winter

27.10.2011

Essential information to help protect homes and businesses from burst pipes is published as part of a national ‘Get Ready for Winter’ campaign, launched today.

People can beat the freeze by wrapping up their pipes and preparing for winter now.

Northumbrian Water’s advice leaflet giving information on avoiding frozen pipes and what to do if a pipe freezes and bursts is available on the website at www.nwl.co.uk/Beatthefreeze.aspx.

Alistair Baker, PR & Communications Manager for Northumbrian Water, said: “We are doing everything we can as a company to prepare for winter and urge our customers to join the campaign and wrap up their pipes too.

“By taking simple steps, customers can keep homes and businesses frost-free and avoid the devastating and costly impact of a burst.”

Top tips to be prepared and ‘Beat the freeze’ are:

• Turn off valves to outside taps.

• Insulate water tanks and lag pipes.

• Set heating to come on for short periods every day to prevent pipes freezing.

• Pay special attention to water tanks and pipes in unheated areas like loft spaces and garages, check insulation in any property likely to be unoccupied for long periods.

• If a property (such as an office or school) is going to be unoccupied for long periods, turn off the water at the stopcock and consider draining down the system so there is no water left in the pipes.

• Fix dripping taps – even a small trickle can result in a frozen pipe.

• Check for draughts around windows and doors and insulate if needed.

• Keep the name of a local plumber handy in case of emergency.

• Customers should find out where the property’s internal stopcock is located and check they can turn it off.

For further information contact Alistair Baker on 0191 301 6851 or 07711 793493.

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has revealed that last December its members dealt with £680 million in property damage claims from 103,000 burst pipe incidents nationally.

From heating to health – to find out more about the Government’s ‘Get Ready for Winter’ initiative go to: www.directgov.org.uk.

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