Monday, 17th February
With flooding still affecting many communities in Wales and Herefordshire, we are experiencing high volumes of calls due to the high winds and heavy rain and our crews are extremely busy.
Here are the organisations you may need to contact:
Natural Resources Wales - 0800 80 70 60 (24 Hours) - if the flooding is coming from a watercourse (such as a stream) that is about to or has burst its banks.
Your Local Council – if you suspect the flooding is resulting from rising groundwater or surface water run off.
Welsh Water Sewerage Services & Emergencies - 0800 085 3968 (24 hours) or report an issue via a webform – for flooding inside your property caused by a blocked or overloaded sewer.
Caravan Sites and Holiday Parks
If your site is closed during the winter you may want to consider draining the water network over the winter, but make sure it’s fully chlorinated when the supply is re-established in spring. If only certain parts of the site are unused during the winter consider installing stop taps to these areas so the supplies can be isolated.
Wrap up pipes and taps in a cold place, wrap them with insulation or a lagging kit and inspect them regularly.
Consider draining pipes which are in exposed cold places ahead of a cold snap, and turn off the valves.
Keep your building warm by keeping the heating on low during freezing spells, service the boiler and check your radiators are all working properly.
Dripping taps and even the smallest leak can increase the risk of frozen pipes. Talk to your staff and make sure they report any leaks, broken fittings or broken insulation.
Know how much water you use, if possible take regular meter readings (where it is safe to do so) to spot any leaks quickly.
Know where your stop taps are (you may have more than one), and check that they work. You’ll need to get to them quickly, and know how to turn them off, should the worst happen. And take time to know where water pipes are, indoors and outside, are so you can inspect them regularly.
Know your plumbers
Keep a list of registered plumbers handy in case you need to call them in an emergency, the Water Industry Approved Plumbers scheme may be able to help you.
Check the property if it is being left empty for a period during a cold spell. Taking time to do this can reduce the impact of frozen or burst pipes.
As you are likely to have outside taps or pipes you also need to ensure these are protected, wrap them with appropriate insulation or a lagging kit and inspect them regularly.
Disconnect any hosepipes to stop them becoming damaged.
If only certain parts of the site are closed during the winter consider installing stop taps to these areas so the supplies can be isolated.