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How to protect your pipes

Winter proof your business. And beat the freeze

Frozen Pipes can flood businesses - Insulate your pipes properly this winter

Your business is your livelihood. Imagine the damage to your business premises and valuable assets if the pipes in your property were to freeze and burst. Help protect your business this winter by following this simple pipe check:

Step 1. Check that your pipes have been lagged

Step 2. Check all lagging is securely fitted

Advice for Business Customers

The water supply to your business is valuable. Unfortunately, it’s something many of us don’t think about until something goes wrong.

Prepare your business with the following simple steps:
  • Ensure pipes are well insulated.
  • Locate your stop valve and make sure all your staff know where it is and how to turn it off.
  • If your business is beside an empty premises have an emergency contact number of the estate agent or owner in the event of a burst pipe leaking into your premises.
  • Consider what you would do if you did lose your water supply for a prolonged period of time. You need to have a contingency plan, for example some businesses have a storage tank which will provide water for a certain period of time.
  • If you have a meter, know where it is and check it regularly. A higher than normal meter reading can be the first indicator that there may be a leak on your property.
  • If you are closing down your business for a holiday period, you need to make plans in the event of cold weather i.e. set your heating timer, have someone check the premises regularly.
  • Have the number of a plumber who knows where your premises is and is prepared to attend at night if needed.
  • Make sure you have adequate insurance to cover your property in the event of a burst pipe.

Entering a property and discovering a burst water pipe can be a shocking experience. A burst pipe can create a huge amount of damage in a very short period of time. It is easy to panic, but if you have a plan in place, you can turn off your water and minimise the damage.

What to do if you have a burst pipe:
  • Turn off your stop valve (turn it clockwise)
  • Phone your plumber
  • Phone your insurance company

A burst pipe can have more implications than the immediate water damage caused. A business can close for weeks while the damage is repaired, losing vital income. Your water bill is also likely to be higher.

However, it is also important to remember that large leaks that go undetected can also have a major impact on the water supply system. Over 80% of the water lost during last year’s severe winter was from leaks on private property. One business alone lost enough water to serve 28,000 customers for 7 days.

For more information contact us on 03457 44 00 88 or email waterline[AT]niwater[DOT]com

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