North Yorkshire Residents Warned Not to Let Water Pipes Freeze
8:42am 2nd January 2013
Yorkshire Water is urging its customers to make sure they don't fall foul of the weather by ensuring their private water pipes are protected from the cold.
Every year, following cold snaps like the one last week, the company says it receives hundreds of calls from concerned business and homeowners who have suffered flooding as a result of cracked pipes, which have ruptured as the frozen water inside them has begun to thaw.
Simple measures when it's particularly cold such as keeping the heating on a low level during the night and whilst you're out will help to ensure pipes don't freeze, whilst long term measures such as insulating pipework and storage tanks will help to avoid frost damage and any costly repair bills that might result from this.
Customers are advised to:
· Keep your home heated during a very cold snap - set your timer to constant or 24 hours and use your thermostat to maintain some warmth through the night and whilst you're out.
· Wrap all pipework, cisterns and tanks in unheated areas like lofts, roofs, outbuildings and garages with insulation, using good quality waterproof foam lagging
· Get to know your stop taps! The main one is often found under the kitchen sink and you'll need to turn them off quickly if there's a burst.
For further information and an audio guide on how to protect your pipes this winter, customers can visit yorkshirewater.com/wrapup
The company is also asking visitors to stay well clear from frozen reservoirs. During the big freeze 14 years ago, eight people drowned in ice-related incidents around the UK - five of them dog owners trying to rescue their pets
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