With the winter weather forecast we have a number of tips and advice to share with and help our customers stay warm and safe through the winter months including personal safety, gas safety and fire safety.
The cold weather can affect your home and the most common problems can be a loss of water supply, loss of heating or toilets and sinks not draining- this is often caused by frozen pipes. This should rectify itself as the weather warms slightly however you can speed this process up yourself.
If you know where your stop tap is, empty the cupboard that the tap is in and try to get some warm air circulating around the pipe. You could try blowing warm air on to the pipe using a hairdryer or situate a small heater in front of the cupboard. After a few minutes you should find that the water starts to defrost. Please do not leave any heated appliance unattended during this process.
Often the condensate pipe on your boiler freezes, this is the pipe from your boiler which leads to an outside drain. Find out how to deal with this problem should it occur.
If your toilet or sink is not draining this is likely not a blockage that can be rectified by a plumber. Before reporting this as a repair try pouring some hot water down as this may defrost the frozen water in the pipes.
Leaving your heating on a low setting throughout the night will help to stop any pipes freezing. More advice and how to protect your home can be found on the United Utilities website.
Most of the footpaths and roads in West Salford are the responsibility of Salford City Council, their plan outlines which routes will be treated.