Wrap up your pipes, urges Monmouth AM

MONMOUTH Assembly Member Nick Ramsay is urging constituents to follow advice highlighted in Dwr Cymru Welsh Water’s ‘Wrap up Wales’ campaign, which reminds customers to make sure their water pipes are protected to avoid the disruption, misery and  expense that frozen pipes can cause.

Speaking today, Mr Ramsay said:

“The problem is usually linked to pipes that are exposed to very low temperatures, such as those in garages and outhouses.  These pipes expand when it freezes, which can lead to a burst when the pipes thaw. Urgent and expensive repair is then needed to fix the problem.

“Recent research by Consumer Council for Water found that about half of households in Wales haven’t taken steps to avoid frozen pipes.  It found that people aged 24 to 35 are most at risk of not being properly prepared. While a fifth of us have no idea what to do if a pipe freezes in our home.

“According to the Association of British Insurers (ABI), severe cold weather experienced during the winter of 2010 saw around 3,500 calls a day being made to insurers to report frozen pipes at its peak.  An average repair cost for damage caused by bursts pipes can be up to £7,000.

“When a problem occurs on pipes in homes it is the responsibility of the home owner or landlord therefore it’s worth taking time to check they are well insulated.  The advice is also relevant to any type of property which might be left empty for a period of time over the winter. “

Tom Taylor, Chair of CC Water’s Wales Committee, said:

“Nothing can compensate you or your family for the misery and disruption that a burst pipe can cause.”

“Our message is simple – don’t take the risk. Take action now to make sure your home is wrapped up warm and ready for whatever winter may bring.”

More information on how to prevent pipes freezing can be found on the company’s website www.dwrcymru.com   There is also an opportunity to apply for one of the 2,000 free lagging kits that are being given away.

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