Mayo County Council is advising householders to take precautions to prepare for the winter weather ahead. The council has outlined a number of measures which, if taken, will help people to cope satisfactorily even if the weather gets extremely cold.
• Ensure that all internal water pipes in your home or business premises are adequately insulated and that your water and heating system is in good working condition. If necessary, have the system checked by your plumber.
• Ensure that water tanks and pipework in the attic are properly insulated, and consider the installation of frost-watcher protection, particularly in houses that have had their attics insulated.
• Ensure that your external water service pipe is at a sufficient depth below the ground and is adequately protected from freezing during periods of extremely cold weather. If necessary, carry out whatever works are necessary now in order to protect your water supply before the winter weather occurs.
• If you use an open fire or solid fuel system, ensure that your chimney has been recently swept.
• Ensure at all times that you have sufficient fuel — oil, gas, coal, turf, or other solid fuel — so that you will be able to continue heating your home if deliveries are delayed due to snow or icy roads.
• Ensure that you keep contact telephone numbers for your plumber and electrician readily available.
The above preparations should help householders to cope during a period of severe weather.
If your home, holiday home, or business premises will be vacant or closed during the winter, you should also turn off the water supply and drain all water from the water and heating system. These simple precautions will ensure that your pipes do not burst and that your home or business premises does not flood.
It is important that the preparations outlined above are carried out now as it may be very difficult to do so when severe winter weather occurs.