Created: 07 January 2019
Yorkshire Water provided Andrew with some useful information to share with constituents regarding how to get your home winter ready, please see below.
“When a cold snap strikes, it can cause havoc for your pipes with the temperatures potentially freezing them up and cutting off your water supply. Any further changes in temperature can often result in pipework bursting causing mayhem in homes and roads.
Here are our simple tips to be prepared for cold weather:
Spot the potential problem areas
Keep an eye out for any pipes, taps, cisterns, tanks and water meters in unheated areas that might be exposed to freezing temperatures.
Protect your pipes and taps
After identifying the pipes and taps most at risk, wrap them in lagging. Cut a piece of lagging to length and clip it on, you can then secure the lagging with cable ties as an extra measure, if you have some available.
Keep your central heating ticking over
Heating a home is expensive, but so is a burst pipe. If you can, try to leave your heating on constantly at a low temperature. If severe weather is forecast, set the heating to your usual level, day and night.
Get to grips with your stop tap
Shutting off the stop tap is the first thing you’ll need to do if your pipes freeze and then burst. They are usually located under your kitchen sink. It’s worth checking now where your stop tap is.”
You can also find some more tips and video guides on their website: www.yorkshirewater.com/winterready/how-to-get-your-home-winter-ready/.