Ice house in city centre to showcase protecting homes from the freezing weather

An ice house has been assembled in Sheffield city centre by Yorkshire Water to help inform people how to protect their home from the freezing temperatures.

The three-metre tall illuminated ice house can be found at Fargate and will be open to the public on Friday and Saturday, featuring its own special pipework so staff can demonstrate to passers-by how to lag and defrost pipes in their own home.

As icy cold weather grips the region, free lagging and winter packs will be handed out to protect outdoor pipes and taps from freezing over, cracking and leaking.

Temperatures are expected to remain close to zero Celsius into next week.

Aimee Linfoot, manager of marketing, media and campaigns at Yorkshire Water said: “Although it has been a mild winter so far, temperatures are set to dip and we want to help people get winter ready so they can avoid disruptive, inconvenient and potentially costly damage to their water pipes. It’s quick and easy to do and the free lagging that we’ll be handing out means you don’t need to spend a penny. And the ice house will be great fun for the kids to take a look at too!”

Top tips to look after your home during freezing weather conditions are to:

  • Keep the central heating ticking over 24/7 so that pipes remain warm.

  • Lag all exposed pipe work, cisterns, tanks, taps and water meters in unheated areas with waterproof foam lagging or insulation.

  • Make sure you know where your stop tap is located just in case you do experience a burst pipe in the home. The main stop tap is usually found at the point where the pipe work enters the premises, often under the kitchen sink.

  • To fix a frozen pipe, turn off your stop tap and check for dripping water. If there are no leaks then turn your stop tap back on and open a kitchen tap to allow melting water to flow out. Find the frozen pipe and use a hairdryer to gently melt the ice.

At the ice house, Yorkshire Water colleagues will also be making customers aware of its free priority services register and encouraging those eligible to sign up. In the last month, over 1,000 customers have signed up, including new parents, elderly customers and those with disabilities.

The scheme supports those with sight or hearing impairments who require brail, large print or audio bills; those with a medical condition that means constant access to water is critical; people who want extra protection from bogus caller door knockers; and customers that need extra help taking their meter readings.

For more information on how to insulate your home this winter visit our winter ready webpage.