Water pipe advice as Winter comes
One swallow doesn’t make a summer and one cold snap doesn’t make a winter, but South West Water is reminding its customers to just check those pipes to avoid the misery caused by bursts if the weather turns icy for a prolonged period.
Water pipes need to be lagged - especially those in unheated parts of the home and outside - to reduce the threat of frost damage and possible flooding.
But that is not all, other top tap tips include:
• Make sure you know where your stopcock is - it controls the flow of mains water into your home.
• Check for cold spots in your home - and if you find a frozen pipe turn off the stopcock, open the nearest tap and apply gentle heat to the pipe. When the water starts to thaw, remember to turn the stopcock anti-clockwise slightly while you check for any bursts;
• And, be neighbourly and keep a look out for elderly neighbours and friends who may need a little assistance at times like this.
But...if disaster does strike....turn off that stopcock CLOCKWISE right away and call a plumber - they're listed in Yellow Pages.
"Prevention is always better than cure," says Chris Delve, South West Water's Water Distribution Manager. "We are all human, but the more precautions that we take now then the less chance that Jack Frost's bite will cause any problems later on and we don't want to see any of our customers affected by burst or leaking pipes in their homes."
Published: 21 December 2004
For further information please contact Stephen Swain, Communications Manager on 01392 443022.