WITH the winter now here, Monmouth Assembly Member Nick Ramsay is supporting Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water’s ‘Wrap Up Wales’ campaign, which urges customers to make sure that the water pipes in their homes are protected to avoid the disruption and expense frozen pipes can cause.
The company is reminding people to spend a few moments to protect their pipes from bursting and causing damage that can run into thousands of pounds. The problem is usually linked to pipes that are exposed to very low temperatures, such as those in garages and outhouses.
Urging people to take note of the advice in Welsh Water’s ‘Wrap up Wales’ campaign, Mr Ramsay said:
“Frozen pipes which burst can cause unnecessary inconvenience and expense; however, this can be easily avoided by taking a few moments to check and protect the pipes.
“If you’re planning to visit family or friends and your home will be empty over the winter you need to be sure that exposed water pipes are wrapped in insulation to protect them. Otherwise they could burst and you won’t know until you return home.
If you are unfortunate enough to experience frozen pipes then make sure you don’t leave taps open and unattended. As the pipes thaw, the water will probably start to flow, which could lead to baths and sinks overflowing.”
More information on how to prevent pipes freezing can be found on the company’s website http://www.dwrcymru.com There is also an opportunity to apply for one of the 1,000 free lagging kits Welsh Water are giving away.