With milder weather forecast in the coming days, the thawing of pipes can be the biggest problem. The change from cold to warm causes the pipes to expand, contract and move. Together with freezing and contracting ground movements, the pipes can then leak, crack or burst.
Here is what to do if you have a leak or burst pipe and tips to stop frozen pipes
If you’re out and about, please help us spot leaks. The extreme cold temperatures and thaw can cause cracks, leaks and bursts. If you spot any leaks, please report it so they can can be fixed.
Essex & Suffolk water own the water pipes which run beneath the street up to the point where it meets your property plus the meter or stop tap outside your property, so any leaks are down to us to repair.
Once the pipework crosses the boundary it becomes the responsibility of the owner, whether it's a leak on the pipe beneath a private driveway or somewhere in the property itself. Some older properties share water supply pipes, which generally means that the responsibility for repairing it would be shared between you and your neighbours.
If you've got a leak in your home, or on your land, you'll need to get it fixed.
You can find a list of approved, local plumbers at www.watersafe.org.uk
We've got more information about leaks and how to report them on our Community Portal Leak Map. Check it out here.
If you are a business, call us on 0800 028 3557 or visit www.totalwatersolutions.co.uk to find out more on how to beat the freeze.
When the cold hits, the lower temperatures can cause the ground surrounding pipes to move and stresses the joints causing them to leak. The colder it gets, the more likely this is to happen. There are 5,400 miles of pipework in Essex & Suffolk with millions of joints holding them together. Over time and with the cold water, joints can lock or tension can build up which causes pipes to crack. We move around 470 million litres of water every day, so even a small crack can cause problems. That’s why our team are on hand, come rain or shine, with a dedicated leakage team to help.
The cold weather will affect your home pipes the same way. It can also freeze the water inside which prevents water flowing to your taps. Our handy and simple tips above do make a difference and can help you to protect your home.
Essex & Suffolk Water continue to fix leaks in a timely manner and prioritise any leaks that have the danger of freezing – preventing slips and trips in the icy conditions. If you see any leaks when out and about this winter, then please help to report here.
Our free Priority Services helps give you extra support when you need it. This could be due to age, disability, mobility, illness, mental health, communication needs, life changes (such as pregnancy) or if you have children under the age of five.
Sign up online at eswater.co.uk/priority