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Water Shortages and Leaks

Information on your Local Authority's arrangements for dealing with water shortages can be found though your local authorities website available on the following link http://www.environ.ie/en/Links/LocalAuthorities/

Be Prepared – precautions against freezing temperatures

  • Mains water supply to premises, i.e. external stopcock - the depth from ground-level to the stopcock should not be less than 600mm. If required, seek professional advice on having the stopcock lowered or protected. The same applies to the line from the stopcock to your property. Be aware that the level may vary as it nears your property
  • To prevent stopcocks freezing, open the stopcock chamber and remove any water. Fill the chamber with non-absorbent material to provide insulation. Do not use absorbent material as it too will freeze when wet
  • Do not leave taps running as this merely wastes a valuable resource
  • If you are leaving your property unattended for a period of more than a day or two, you should shut off the water supply to the property from the external stopcock (while ensuring that any water-dependent appliances or facilities are also shut-off)
  • If you have a meter installed by Irish Water, a frost plug has been inserted in the meter boundary box to prevent the meter and stop-cock from freezing
  • If no meter is installed by Irish Water, to prevent stopcocks freezing, open the stopcock chamber and remove any water. Fill the chamber with non-absorbent material to provide insulation. Do not use absorbent material as it too will freeze when wet

Be Prepared - avoid Frozen Pipes

  • Ensure all exposed pipes are adequately insulated. This includes pipes in the attic where the attic floor has been well insulated
  • Insulate or wrap a towel around an outside tap.
  • Leave a light on in the attic
  • Open attic trap door to allow heat in
  • Leave heating on for longer periods at lower settings
  • Warmth offers the best protection against frozen pipes so keep your house warm

 

Frozen mains water supply

  • If your supply is frozen, be cautious with use of heating systems, washing machines or other water-dependent appliances or facilities
  • If in doubt, contact a qualified plumber for advice

Water Leaks

  • Water supply in vacant premises and holiday homes should be shut off and drained down in preparation for winter
  • Keyholders - check premises regularly for possible leaks
  • If a leak is detected
    • Turn off water supply –stop valve is usually under the kitchen sink
    • Turn on cold taps to drain the system
    • Turn off central heating
    • Turn off electricity supply if leak is near electrical appliances
    • Call a qualified plumber

 


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