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Burst pipe warning from Welsh Water as big freeze looms

WELSH WATER has warned its customers to take action to protect against frozen and burst pipes as researchers predict a cold snap bringing plunging temperatures and snow. The Beast from the East 2 is set to bringing freezing cold temperatures to Wales.
Temperatures are expected to plummet below 0°C for most of the UK. On Sunday night it was 2°C at Cardiff Airport, but with a wind-chill making it feel more like -4°C
New research from polling company YouGov found that nearly 40% of people didn’t know how to lag outdoor pipes – which are most susceptible to freezing – and a total of 63% had never attempted this before.
Nearly a quarter of respondents in Wales said they had experienced frozen pipes in their home before, while 16% had experienced a burst pipe – which can cost thousands of pounds worth of damage.
The Met Office said the bitterly cold weather will be caused by strong easterly winds that have battered the country from Ukraine and the Black Sea.
The forecast for Monday is: “Bitterly cold for all. Feeling colder with wind chill in the brisk easterly wind. On Tuesday, cold air continues to flood over the UK, with snow showers and brisk east winds.”
When temperatures drop, the water in your pipes and taps can freeze. Frozen water expands and can crack even in the strongest metal pipe. You may not notice this immediately, and only know you have a problem when the cracked pipe thaws and water starts leaking from it.
Welsh Water offers limited free lagging kits to customers to protect exposed pipes and outdoor taps, which can be found on dwrcymru.com.

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