Burst Pipes are ‘Snow Joke’ – Time to ‘Beat the Freeze’

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Monday, January 18th, 2016
NI Water is reminding property owners across Northern Ireland to ‘Beat the Freeze’ and protect internal water pipes and fittings in order to prevent bursts. niw freezeAs winter weather sets in after an extended mild spell, now is the time to think about protecting your pipes. Although winters in the last few years have been relatively mild, there is no guarantee that truly severe weather conditions will not return, and if you are unprepared, that could lead to the misery of burst pipes and flooding. There are simple procedures the general public can carry out in order to ‘Beat the Freeze’. These include knowing where your stop-valve is and keeping the contact number of a registered plumber on hand to deal with any bursts on your property. 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 be irreplaceable. 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 – make sure your property is well protected this winter! For more information, please visit www.niwater.com
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