Advice for beating the freeze this winter

Regional Development Minister, Danny Kennedy MLA and Sara Venning, interim Chief Executive of NI Water have highlighted the new ‘Beat the Freeze’’ message at the launch of NI Water’s Winter Preparations Campaign at Parliament Buildings.

Following on from the successful, ‘Two Step Pipe Check’ campaign of 2012, the new message reinforces the call to check that homes and businesses are prepared for the cold weather conditions.

NI Water’s top tips for avoiding frozen pipes include:

Insulate water tanks and pipes in unheated areas like lofts, garages and outbuildings;

Fix dripping taps – a gentle trickle of water can freeze and completely block the pipe;

Keep your boiler well serviced to ensure your house is heated;

If you are away from home during the winter period, open the trap door into the roof space to allow some of the warm air to circulate;

If you are away from home you could leave a key with someone who can check the house regularly

Know where your stop valve is in the case of an emergency - it is normally situated under the kitchen sink;

DO NOT run your tap to avoid a frozen pipe; a running tap can waste up to 3,000 gallons of water per day;

Write down the contact details of a registered plumber in case a pipe does burst.