The prolonged cold weather causes lots of schools, colleges and businesses issues, with many experiencing frozen or burst pipes and even no water.
Here at Yorkshire Water, we want to help you avoid the expense, disruption and damage this can cause by providing you with all the advice you need to protect your pipes from freezing and what to do if the weather does get really cold.
Helping you get winter ready.
It's part of our Blueprint for Yorkshire.
Before the cold weather arrives...
Make sure you follow our tips below before the cold weather strikes to ensure you stay one step ahead:
• Protect all exposed pipework, cisterns, tanks, taps and water meters in unheated areas with waterproof foam lagging or insulation.
• Find and label all your stop taps and valves and check regularly they're working.
• Keep boilers regularly serviced.
• Read your meter regularly, as a higher than normal meter reading can be the first indication that there may be a leak on the pipe.
Leaving your school or premises empty
• Leave the heating on a low or constant setting.
• If you don't want the heating on, drain all pipework where possible, turn off your stop tap and, if you have a cold water tank, turn off the stopcock.
• Repair dripping taps and faulty washers.
• If possible, arrange for someone to check on the premises regularly.
During a cold snap
• Check exposed pipework for any signs of leaks.
• Run taps and flush toilets to make sure that water in the pipes hasn't frozen.
• If your pipes freeze, turn off your stop tap and feel the pipe around it (or any other you think might be frozen).
• Try defrosting the pipe with a fan heater or hairdryer. Never use a naked flame.
• Turn off your stop tap and the stopcock in the cold water tank.
• Turn off your electrics if water is leaking near electrical appliances.