‘Don’t Wait Insulate’ is the message from the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) and NI Water to businesses across Northern Ireland this winter.
This message reiterates the call from previous years to check businesses in the Causeway Coast area are prepared for potential cold weather conditions.
Glyn Roberts, Chief Executive of NIIRTA, commented: “Although we have experienced relatively mild winters over the last few years, it is important that businesses do not become complacent in preparing for winter.
NI Water’s ‘Don’t Wait Insulate’ campaign is a quick and cost-effective approach to help combat the cold weather. Simply take a few minutes to ensure that water pipes in your premises are protected and well insulated; if not, then take action now and potentially save money, time and the inconvenience of dealing with a burst pipe. Knowing where your stop valve is and keeping the contact number of a registered plumber on hand will play a vital role in minimising any damage caused by a burst pipe. Furthermore, it’s a lot cheaper to take precautions and prepare for a burst than it is to deal with the after effects of one.
‘‘Independent retailers in Northern Ireland can’t afford not to take action this winter; don’t wait – insulate your property now and don’t leave it until it’s too late.’’
Top Tips for businesses:
- Ensure pipes are well insulated.
- Locate your stop valve and make sure all staff know where it is and how to turn it off.
- Consider what you would do if you did lose your water supply for a prolonged period of time. You need to have a contingency plan; for example, some businesses have a storage tank which will provide water for a certain period of time.
- If you have a meter, know where it is and check it regularly. A higher than normal meter reading can be the first indicator that you may have a leak.
- If you are closing down your business for a holiday period, you need to make plans in the event of cold weather i.e. set your heating timer, have someone check the premises regularly.
- Have the number of a plumber who knows where your premises are and is prepared to attend at night if needed.
- Make sure you have adequate insurance to cover your property in the event of a burst pipe.