Severn Trent Water issues “just in case” advice on frozen pipes

Severn Trent Water has issued advice on frozen pipes just in case the cold weather returns, after all the “Beast from the East” last year hit us in March!

It may have warmed up this last week but let’s face it, it’s Britain so we can’t guarantee the cold weather has disappeared for good this year. And just in case it gets cold again, Severn Trent Water is asking their customers to do three things:

  • At home, make sure you insulate unheated water pipes in lofts and to cover external taps to prevent them from bursting in freezing temperatures.
  • Make sure you know what to do and who to call if your pipes do burst
  • finally, check unused buildings to make sure everything is ok there too.

Howard Perry, Energy Manager, said: “Colder weather can cause huge problems for water pipes so we’re asking our customers to make sure they look after their home’s and businesses’ water pipes. Many people don’t realise that, as water freezes within a pipe it expands, putting pressure on joints which can result in splits or bursts.

“To protect your pipes, you can insulate them – lagging pipes is actually really easy and cheap, potentially saving thousands of pounds as bursts are not only devastating, but messy and expensive to fix. We don’t want people to gamble on the cold weather not coming back this year, and we’re encouraging them to make their homes and businesses even more protected against cold weather.

“If you do find that you have a burst pipe on your property, it is your responsibility to get that repaired as quickly as possible. Although we can’t fix it for you, we can absolutely help you to find a reliable WaterSafe certified plumber through our website”

More information about getting your home winter ready visit the Severn Trent Water website here: www.stwater.co.uk/my-supply/winter-ready