The Consumer Council for Water (CCWater) is urging homeowers and renters to ensure their homes are prepared for winter by protecting pipes from the freezing weather.
Young people who are looking forward to spending their first Christmas in a new home, in particualr those aged 24 to 35 are most at risk of not being properly prepared when it comes to protecting pipes from the freezing weather, according to research from the Consumer Council for Water (CCWater).
And despite recent winters being blighted by freezing weather and snow, one in five water customers still have no idea what to do if a pipe freezes in their home. The impact of a burst pipe can be devastating and that's why the water watchdog is urging homeowners to act now by lagging their pipes as temperatures start to plummet.
Dame Yve Buckland, chair of CCWater, said: "When people move into a new home they might not even think to check whether their water pipes are well protected from the cold weather. "But lagging your pipes before temperatures fall and finding out what to do if one does freeze could end up saving you thousands of pounds and lots of disruption."
"Problems with pipes in our own homes are our responsibility so it's worth taking time to check they are well insulated. Even if you live in a rented property it's also worth investigating whether they have been lagged by the landlord, as a burst pipe could end up wrecking your possessions."
By following our simple advice you can also help ensure a burst pipe won't dampen your festive celebrations:
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