PORTSMOUTH Water has provided tips to help protect homes from burst pipes this winter.
The firm has produced a leaflet called Wrap Up For Winter, which contains advice to help customers protect their pipework.
It includes bullet points homeowners should follow if a pipe bursts – such as turning off the stopcock and boiler, and switching off electricity at the mains if water has leaked near electrics,
The leaflet also contains advice on how to avoid pipes from freezing and what to do if a pipe freezes.
Ian Davies, distribution engineer at Portsmouth Water, said: ‘All pipework within a home or business boundary is the customer’s responsibility, so it really is worth protecting it properly to avoid any serious problems during cold weather.
‘By following the practical advice contained in the leaflet customers should be better prepared in case of another severe winter.’
To download a copy of the leaflet, visit portsmouthwater.co.uk and click on the Wrap Up For Winter icon. The Met Office also has information on the government’s Get Ready for Winter initiative at metoffice.gov.uk.