With the Winter wardrobe of coats, hats and scarves back out for another year, Northern Ireland Water has issued a timely reminder that our houses need to have a wintercoat on too.
Frozen pipes can burst and cause flooding, so it is vital when we are wrapping ourselves up that we take the time to make sure our pipes are well wrapped and protected from the cold weather, Northern Ireland Water has pointed out.
Des Nevin, NI Water’s Director of Customer Service Delivery said: “It’s that time of year again, where we are asking the public to prepare for freezing temperatures and ensure that the water continues to ‘flo’ freely through the pipes all winter long.
“Over the coming months, NI Water winter mascot, Flo, will be delivering advice on what everyone needs to do to protect their property and possessions from the damage a burst pipe can create.
“The devastation caused by burst pipes cannot be underestimated. Not only can the water cause structural damage to a property, but the lasting damage in a home can be to personal items.
“Imagine losing electrical equipment such as tablets and mobile phones or worse, irreplaceable memories such as photographs,” said Des.
“On a wider scale, if you imagine the impact of thousands of litres of water powering out of burst water pipes, it puts a huge strain on the distribution network. Insulating your pipework is an essential action to protect your water supply and that of your neighbours,” he said.
According to Northern Ireland Water, there are lots of simple things that homes and businesses can do to prepare for a
cold winter, and there’s no time like the present to get started.
Residents in Mid and East Antrim can...
*Wrap up pipes and water tanks with lagging – high street DIY stores have everything you need; remember the thicker the lagging the better the protection;
* Fix dripping taps – even a small trickle can result in a frozen pipe;*Find your property’s stop tap and make sure you can turn it off – most are under the kitchen sink;
*Leave the heating on low if you go away for a winter break;
*Check your central heating boiler has been serviced – it should be serviced annually;
*Keep the name of an approved plumber handy – you can type in your postcode at www.watersafe.org.uk to find your nearest accredited plumbing business.
For further advice on how to protect your property this winer and to watch Northern Ireland Water’s social media video, visit the website at niwater.com/winter-proof-your-home