Make sure your pipes are lagged

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LEIGH residents are being urged to prepare early for a sub-zero winter this year.

Many people across the borough were caught off guard when last year’s big freeze hit so as temperatures plunge, United Utilities is making final preparations to beat the bursts this winter – and is urging homeowners to do the same.

The water company has been preparing for months for the colder weather to ensure it is business as usual for its customers, no matter how low the mercury plunges.

Last winter the region experienced the coldest December since Met Office records began in 1910, with the average temperature below zero throughout the month.

United Utilities has been lagging pipes at treatment plants, training staff and making use of the latest technology to make sure it’s ready should similar temperatures hit.

And it has issued a number of tips to help people across the borough get ready.Here are some top tips to beat bursts this winter:

Find and label your stop tap so you know where to turn the water off if you get a burst

Lag your pipes so they are much less likely to freeze

Have a plan - make sure you know the number of a good plumber.

Frozen or burst pipes in homes and gardens are the responsibility of the householder and that can mean expensive bills. The company is issuing free advice packs and will be available from a roadshow at Wigan Asda on November 24 and 25.