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26 February 18
Homes left empty for more than a day or two without heating on are more at risk from possible freezing and bursts.
If pipes do freeze, turn off the stop tap, slowly thaw the pipes near where it enters the house with a hair dryer, a towel soaked in hot water or a hot water bottle. Never use a naked flame or blowtorch to thaw a pipe. If a pipe bursts, turn off the stop tap, leave an internal tap on to allow thawed water to escape and contact a qualified plumber.
When looking for a plumber, it is recommended to select one that is a member of an approved contractor scheme, such as WaterSafe. Approved businesses can be found at: www.watersafe.org.uk
An Affinity Water spokesperson said: "Any sudden drop in temperature could cause damage to pipes and property if people aren’t prepared. If pipes freeze during the night, the first you may be aware of a problem is when they thaw, causing water to stream from burst pipes in the loft, flooding rooms below. The consequences can be very damaging and upsetting, but this can be easily avoided by insulating exposed pipe work".
To prevent burst pipes:
Useful information on how to lag pipes and dealing with frozen pipes can be found on the Affinity Water website at: www.affinitywater.co.uk/my-water/how-to-guides
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