Following the wintery conditions caused by Storm Babet, Essex & Suffolk Water is asking customers to be as prepared as they can to protect their properties ahead of the colder months.
On the back of a very rainy and windy weekend across the region, the water company is advising residents to take some simple steps before temperatures start to plummet to avoid bursts on their own pipes.
As well as being incredibly destructive, a burst pipe can cost thousands to fix – and can be unnecessary during the most expensive months of the year.
According to the Association of British Insurers, a burst pipe could cost up to a whopping £8,800 to fix.
That’s why the water company is suggesting that people take action now, by lagging pipes, locating their stopcock, and saving the number of a reputable plumber in case of an emergency.
It is also asking that residents help to reduce leakage by reporting any leaks or bursts in the streets, so that teams can carry out efficient repairs.
Colin Day, Head of Water Service Planning at Essex & Suffolk Water, said: “We’ve seen lots of irregularities with the weather this year, from rainy summers to a very warm start to autumn – and while we have managed to carefully manage our resources through the warmer months, frozen pipes and bursts can have a real impact on local water supplies.
“That’s why, as we head closer into the winter months, it’s so important to be prepared for anything – which is why we’re asking that you take care before the cold snap arrives to avoid those costly repairs!
“We also have teams on the ground every day finding and fixing leaks, but customers can also help to play a huge part to help us save water by reporting any leaks they may see when they are out and about.
“By doing this, we can use less water in the winter months and help our reservoirs to refill so that plenty of water is available for us next spring and summer.”
Essex & Suffolk Water are also asking the public to help spot outdoor leaks. Extreme cold weather can cause pipe damage, so leaks can be reported here - visit Report Water Problems Or Water Wastage.
For more water-saving tips, visit - www.eswater.co.uk/winter