Water company warns residents to wrap up pipes as cold snap continues - The Solihull Observer

Water company warns residents to wrap up pipes as cold snap continues

Solihull Editorial 16th Jan, 2024   0

RESIDENTS are being reminded that although Christmas is all done for another year, there is still plenty of wrapping to do as temperatures fall.

The Met Office has issued a yellow cold warning as temperatures drop and there are even predictions of snow throughout January and into February.

As the unsettled weather continues, the water company is calling on residents to think about wrapping their pipes and be ready for whatever appears and make sure their loved ones and neighbours are prepared as well.

The cold can cause a whole host of issues for water pipes because when water freezes it expands and this is what puts pressure on pipes and joints, causing them to split or pull apart.

There are many ways to prepare homes, including:

  • Wrap all pipework, fittings, and storage tanks in unheated areas of your home (such as lofts, roofs, outbuildings and garages) with insulation.
  • If you have outside taps, either insulate them or drain them down to the pipework that links to the tap. Don’t worry too much about the underground water pipes which lead to your home. These should be buried deep enough to protect them from the frost
  • Make sure that you know where your stop tap is located so that it can be reached quickly in an emergency

Registered plumbers can also check household pipes to make sure they’re properly lagged and fill in any gaps.

Jodie Bowen, customer contact lead at Severn Trent, said: “Weather conditions are in for a big change over the next few weeks, so now is the time to make sure that your home is protected.

“Freezing temperatures can cause a lot of problems for pipes around the home and for customers who have to deal with them, so we want to make sure that everyone is prepared, and we can all ‘weather the winter together’.

“As a reminder, Severn Trent is responsible for water mains and service pipes in the public highway, anything inside a property boundary is the responsibility of the homeowner.

“This is why we are encouraging everyone to get their homes ready, so that their pipes are protected, which will help to avoid any potential unwanted issues and expense if a pipe burst occurs.”

Anyone with problems with their water supply are advised to first check to see if your neighbours are having similar trouble as this will help establish if the issue is on Severn Trent’s network or on a supply pipe.

If neighbours’ water supply is normal it is likely Severn Trent say a plumber will need to be called.

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