With temperatures expected to take a significant dip later this week, NI Water has a clear message for the public: ‘Don’t Wait – Insulate!’.
The message calls on customers to take action now to ensure homes and businesses are prepared for cold weather conditions.
Everyone has a role to play in preparing for winter weather. While NI Water works to ensure our water network is ready for colder weather, home and business owners should also be taking their own steps to prepare their properties, and doing so as a matter of priority.
Chief Executive of NI Water, Sara Venning, commented:
“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, including photographs and electrical equipment such as tablets, iPads and laptops, that may not be replaceable.
“On a wider scale, if you imagine the impact of thousands of litres of water pouring out of burst water pipes; any water distribution network would struggle to maintain continuity of supply in those circumstances. Insulating your pipework is an essential action to protect your water supply and that of your neighbours.”
The advice is simple; act now, take some time today to ensure that water pipes in your property are protected and well insulated. Just a few simple steps could save you from the distress, cost and inconvenience of a burst pipe.
The ‘Don’t Wait Insulate!’ advertising campaign is being rolled out through various media outlets including radio, print and billboards.
There are lots of simple steps households and businesses can take to prepare for a cold winter and now is a great time to get ahead and make sure your property stays snug:
- Wrap up pipes and water tanks with lagging – DIY stores have everything you need
- Fix dripping taps – even a small trickle can result in a frozen pipe
- Find your home’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
- Check your central heating boiler has been serviced
- Keep the name of a plumber handy – type in your postcode at www.watersafe.org.uk to find your nearest accredited plumbing business.