Do-It-Yourself Roofing Guide

Doing The Roofing Job / Installing Your New Roof

Preparing/Protecting The Job Area

Some general suggestions for preparing the job area:

Make sure you have a clean, organized work area. Block it off from children and pets. Identify and avoid all site danger areas, such as dangerous power lines, unsafe roof access areas, and underground hazards (such as cesspools and power lines).

Remove wall hangings as well as any loose items from walls and shelves. Use tarps to avoid damaging plants and shrubs. Park any cars or other vehicles away from the driveway and a safe distance from the construction area. Disable any sprinkler systems. Cover any pools and hot tubs, and remove any other sensitive items around the house that might be damaged by falling roofing debris.

Tearing Off The Roof And Preparing The Roof Deck

Nothing is more important in roofing than preparing the surface under the shingles. With a roof tear-off, when the old materials are removed, you’ll have a clean deck that allows you to see any potential problems that need to be fixed. This could range from rotten wood to cracked boards to an unsound deck that won’t hold nails as well.

For the proper methods for tearing off a roof and preparing the roof deck, see ourHow-To-Video .

Installing Roof Deck Protection

The proper installation of high-quality roof deck protection like Deck-Armor™ Premium Breathable Roof Deck Protection, Shingle-Mate® Roof Deck Protection, or Tiger Paw™ Roof Deck Protection is the foundation on which a good roof system is built.

See our How-to Video for installing premium deck protection .

View application instructions for roof deck protection products.

Installing Leak Barrier

Protect your investment and safeguard vulnerable areas of your roof with GAF’s proven leak barriers.

View application instructions for our leak barrier products.

Starter Strip Shingles

One of the most common sources of failure in a roof system is the improper installation of starter shingles. This starter course is very important, especially for wind resistance. Starter strip shingles are the first line of defense against wind uplift along the edges of a roof. GAF offers pre-cut WeatherBlocker™ Premium Eave/Rake Starter Strip Shingles and Pro-Start® Starter Strips.

For the proper installation technique for starter strip shingles, see our How-To Video.

Proper Shingle Nailing

Nailing errors, such as under-driven or angled nails, can cause future problems with your shingles—everything from premature failure and blistering to blow-offs. Nail type, location, length, angle, and force of application are all critical to consider when installing shingles. It’s important to take your time when installing nails to ensure the job is done correctly.

For the proper shingle nailing technique, see our How-To Video.

Installing Your Shingles

Installing Timberline® Shingles

Timberline® Shingles with Advanced Protection® Technology are the #1-selling shingles in all of North America. Timberline® Shingles will not only protect your most valuable asset—they’ll beautify your home for years to come.

For the proper installation technique for Timberline® Shingles, see our How-To Video .

View the application instructions for our Timberline® Shingles..

Installing Designer Shingles

Maximizing your property’s visual appeal with Lifetime Designer Shingles from GAF can be exciting, fun—and a smart investment.

View the application instructions for our Lifetime Designer Shingles.

How To Do Valleys

Valleys are one of the areas of roofing that takes careful planning and time to install correctly. Valleys are a prime leak area, so it’s important to be precise during installation.

See our How-to Video for installing valleys..

Installing Flashing

Wherever surfaces intersect on a roof, there is a chance of water seepage. Flashing is highly recommended for waterproofing these critical areas of your roof.

See our How-to Video for installing flashing and details.

Installing Ridge Vents

Proper ventilation is critical for helping to reduce hot and moist air in your attic space that can damage your possessions, increase your energy costs, and potentially reduce the longevity of your roofing system. The Federal Housing Authority in the U.S. the Engineered Wood Association, many national building codes, and all major roofing manufacturers require the installation of attic ventilation. GAF offers one of the industry’s most comprehensive line of ridge vents .

Installing ridge vents requires working on some of the highest parts of your roof—the ridges. Always utilize proper safety equipment to prevent falls or injury when installing ridge vents on your roof. See our Safety section for more details.

Deciding on the proper vent and the amount of ventilation needed is critical. Consult your local building code for balanced attic ventilation requirements in your area. Once you decide on the type of vent that is needed and how much to install, always ensure you install the vent as per written application instructions. Be careful not to cut any attic rafters or wires, and always ensure to properly fasten the vent to prevent blow-off or weather infiltration.

See our How-to Video for installing ridge vents.

Installing Ridge Cap Shingles

Hip or ridge cap shingles are not only a great finishing touch to your roof, they are also a critical piece of your roof system that helps to protect some of the highest stress and vulnerable areas on your roof. GAF offers premium ridge cap shinglesdesigned to match your GAF laminated shingles.

Installing hip or ridge shingles requires working on some of the highest parts of your roof—the hips and ridges. Always utilize proper safety equipment to prevent falls or injury when installing hip or ridge shingles on your roof.

See our How-to Video for installing ridge cap shingles

View application instructions for ridge cap shingles.

Installing Other Ventilation Options

GAF offers an extended line of professional-grade Master Flow® ventilation products, from whole house fans to roof louvers to turbines.

View the application instructions for our Master Flow® ventilation products

Cleaning Up The Job Site

Professional roofing contractors develop specialized techniques and equipment for keeping the jobsite clean. Tackling the job on your own, you can adopt some of these practices as well. Some quick tips are to shelter and protect bushes and plants that might be affected by material dropping from the roof, and to use a tarp to catch as much material as possible. Many roofing contractors follow a completed job by running a magnet over the "drop zone" to collect any nails that might have escaped.

Also see our section on Recycling and Waste Disposal .

How Long Will It Take?

Realistically, do-it-yourself roofing can take a lot of time and effort. It depends on various factors, such as your level of experience, the size of your roof, whether or not you need to do a complete tear-off of the existing roof, how much preparation your roof deck needs, and how many people are assisting you. Since it’s important not to leave your roof unprotected for any length of time, you must allow at least several uninterrupted days in a row to work on the project.

Keep in mind that a professional roofing contractor with a crew will finish the job more quickly and efficiently.

Locate a factory-certified GAF Master Elite® Contractor near you. >>

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Roofing Renovation: 6 Do’s And Don’ts For Success

Roofing Renovation: 6 Do’s And Don’ts For Success

By Tom Hanzely and Robert Anderson

The lifespan of commercial roofing systems varies depending on geography, climate, roof type, and other factors, but at some point, every roofing system needs to be reevaluated. Renovations not only ensure safety for building occupants, but also verify the system will keep energy costs to a minimum and prevent problems from occurring later on. Facility managers can work with their roofing contractors to determine the best course of action for a roofing system, but it’s important the facility professional be as informed as possible when making decisions about his or her building.

Here are some do’s and don’ts to keep in mind before undergoing your next roofing renovation:

DO determine the current state of your roof. It’s important to figure out whether your roof needs an overlay or a complete tear-off and roof replacement. During a roof recover, a new membrane or roofing system is installed over the current roof, while a tear-off completely removes the roof down to an exposed deck. Part of making this decision means inspecting the roof for damage. What you’re looking for will depend on the type of roof. For instance, sloped roofs should be examined for any warping or bending, as this is a sign the roof may be nearing the end of its lifecycle.roof replacement Roofing Renovation: 6 Do’s And Don’ts For Success Roofing Renovation: 6 Do’s And Don’ts For Success insulation install firestone

If conducting a roof recover, the existing roof needs to be able to support the weight of the new roof being placed over top of it. With minimal damage from elements like moisture, placing an overlayment on top of the old roof can help keep costs down and is a quick, effective way to re-roof.

DON’T forget to inspect materials. What type of existing surfaces are on the roof? Are they in good condition? Conduct a visual inspection of the roof to determine the state of materials. For example, is the roof coating cracked? Is the rubber membrane torn? Are there visible leaks? Drainage systems should also be inspected in order to prevent any future water damage from occurring. If the current roof is equipped with polyiso insulation, it may be able to be reused and recycled. However, this will depend on whether you’re doing a complete roof replacement or simply re-covering. A tear-off will typically require more inches of insulation than a roof overlay.

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DON’T overlook alternative materials. While a roof recover can be a good substitute to a replacement, there are other options to consider as well. For instance, talk with your roofing contractor about liquid-applied roof coatings to see if that may be a viable choice for your commercial building. Liquid-applied coatings are installed over your commercial roof, and in some cases, can extend an existing roof’s service life, provide energy savings, and even deliver cost savings over the long term. Keep in mind, however, the existing roof has to be in somewhat good condition before a coating is applied. Roof coatings should be used as a preventive measure to protect the roof rather than repair damage that has already been done.

DO stay up to date on building codes and standards. As a facility manager, you’re well aware of the importance of adhering to building codes and standards. Roofing codes and standards are always evolving, which means it’s critical to be in the know about when things change, and how those adjustments will impact your roofing system. Familiarize yourself with the building codes in your area, and make an effort to stay in touch with trade associations so you’re aware of any changes that will impact your building. It’s also a good idea to study basic code requirements that may apply to any commercial building.

DON’T wait for a problem to occur before renovating. Rather than waiting for a problem to arise, schedule regular roof inspections at least twice a year. This way, you’ll be able to start renovations on the roof before major problems, like roof leaks, start to occur. Even if there aren’t any visible problems with your commercial roof, it doesn’t mean a renovation or complete replacement should be put off.

While roofing renovations will vary greatly depending on the type of roofing system in place and other external factors like climate and geography, renovations are crucial for maintaining roof life, ensuring high performance and promoting a safe environment for building occupants. Establish a good working relationship with your roofing contractor to determine which approach is the best option for your building.

THis post was taken from : https://facilityexecutive.com/2017/07/roofing-renovation-6-dos-donts-success/

Top 10 Roofing Tips

Top 10 Roofing Tips

Think Safety First

Fussing to try and find a leak as soon as it happens is something that could put you in the hospital. Meddling on a roof while it's raining or covered with ice and snow isn't the ideal way to find a leak. Trying to temporarily fix a leak could be highly dangerous. If you want to do it right, there is no quick-fix. Just take your time, and be very patient and careful to wait for Mother Nature to give you the green light.

Take Precautions

Being on a roof will put the body in positions that are not comfortable or safe. Make sure to wear rubber sole shoes to prevent slipping. Also use a harness and always work with a buddy.

Spray the Roof

Take a garden hose and go up to the roof and start spraying in different locations to find the leak. Wait if it's wintertime because it's not safe to run water on the roof when it's freezing out.

Keep Gutters Clean

One of the most common areas and causes for roof leaks are clogged gutters. Gutters that have not been cleaned can cause the water to build up during rain.

Avoid Dry Rot

Dry rot isn't related to any type of water damage, but lack of ventilation. If a roof repair is right in the middle of the roof, there is a chance that the plywood might be deteriorating. The roof will actually sag in and cause the roof shingles to get brittle, crack and then leak. Preventing dry rot consists of installing a ridge vent, which will only work if there is a soffit vent. Holes have to be drilled through the soffit vents so cool air comes in through the bottom and pushes the hot air out through the top.

Prevent Ice Buildup

In the wintertime, ice has no problem building up under the roof membrane, shingles and gutters. The ice builds back up when it reaches the wall line where the house is heated and it creates an interior drip. Proper ventilation, rain and ice shields along with installing a drip edge will help prevent this problem.

Fix Roof Boots

Flashing, roofing, ice damping and skylights are all obvious places for potential leaks. One thing people often miss is the rubber boots. It's where the roof fence comes up that you find roof boots. If they dry up they will cause major leaks. It's a quick fix; purchase a new roof boot in a local hardware store. You may have to remove some of the shingles, lay a better tar under it and put it back in place.

Inspect Materials

Sometimes shingles are faulty and will begin to crack after they've been nailed down. Faulty installation with nails and shingles can also play a big part in leaks. Nails could be nailed too low and it will start pushing back up. Make sure to always check merchandise before getting on the roof.

Check Valleys

A valley is where the intersection of two roofs comes together. It is also called the ridge, which is again where two roofs meet at the top. Valleys are very common places for leaks because that's where the water from the entire roof goes to and it will start sloshing back and forth.

Eliminate Leaks

It's important not to get discouraged when a leak can't be found. It's a process of elimination. You've covered one area, installed the shingles back and sealed it watertight so at least one spot is eliminated. Now, you can try other areas.

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Roofing Renovation: 3 Energy Efficient Strategies

Roofing Renovation: 3 Energy Efficient Strategies

There are nearly 5.6 million commercial buildings across the United States, which generate approximately 16% of greenhouse gas emissions. In order to reduce the environmental impact of these commercial facilities, even the smallest eco-friendly renovation shouldn’t be overlooked, as it can create positive change. In fact, according to the U.S. EPA’s ENERGY STAR program, if energy efficiency among commercial buildings improved by just 10%, there could be a total cost savings of about $40 billion, not to mention the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that would be prevented. Following are three renovations may not only reduce a commercial building’s carbon footprint, but even help save money over the long-term:

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Daylighting systems are an option to reduce the need for artificial lighting in a building.

Re-roof and optimize insulation level. The opportunity to re-roof presents itself every few decades. This delivers the chance to bring your roofing assembly — a critical part of the building envelope — up to current standards. When it comes to re-roofing, the International Code Council (ICC) makes a distinction between a roof recover and a roof replacement. A roof can be recovered once, but if you’re re-roofing due to a roof system failure, it’s likely time to look at a true roof replacement. You can remove old materials and build a new roofing assembly that meets today’s standards. In most cases, old roofs will typically only have 1-2″ of insulation, and a complete roof replacement would require additional inches of insulation to be installed. The industry now has more data on the appropriate levels of insulation to maximize the efficiency of the thermal barrier. When you re-roof, you can increase thermal performance by following the latest prescriptive guidelines found in the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and ASHRAE tables, which prescribe minimum R-values to ensure you’re effectively keeping heat in during the winter and out during the summer.

When it comes to re-roofing, the International Code Council (ICC) makes a distinction between a roof recover and a roof replacement. A roof can be recovered once, but if you’re re-roofing due to a roof system failure, it’s likely time to look at a true roof replacement. Facility managers can have old materials removed and a new roofing assembly built that meets today’s standards.

In most cases, old roofs will typically only have 1-2″ of insulation, and a complete roof replacement would require additional inches of insulation to be installed. The industry now has more data on the appropriate levels of insulation to maximize the efficiency of the thermal barrier. When re-roofing, thermal performance can be increased by following the latest prescriptive guidelines found in the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and ASHRAE tables, which prescribe minimum R-values to ensure the roof is effectively keeping heat in during the winter and out during the summer.

Insulation works to consistently regulate energy flow throughout a roofing assembly and minimize energy leakage. If re-roofing, facility management may want to consider a more energy efficient insulation such as polyiso, which can be recycled and reused on roofing applications.

Change existing skylights to daylighting units. When looking at the breakdown of energy consumption by building category, lighting is usually at the top of the list as a main consumer of energy. Utilizing daylighting systems, however, can save energy because the availability of sunlight matches the time we spend in commercial and industrial buildings daily. Furthermore, the sunlight matches the electrical demand put on the energy infrastructure.

Daylighting units provide the highest visible light transmittance with superior light distribution, compared to sunlight domes. This technology keeps facility interiors bright enough to decrease the use of indoor electrical lighting up to 70% during daylight hours. Daylighting units can catch up to 20% more light at low angles than standard shapes and transmit more light to the workplace area without producing glare, hot spots, or UV damage to interior furnishings, equipment, and other items.

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When designed properly for the building site, vegetative roofs improve energy efficiency inside a facility. Install vegetated roofing. Vegetated roofs offer a host of environmental and functional benefits to facility management staff, ranging from stormwater management and creation of new usable space to air quality improvements and, of course, significant energy savings. Vegetated roof systems provide shade and aid in cooling the air around the building through evapotranspiration. This reduces the pressure put on a facility’s mechanical heating and cooling systems for the floor directly below the vegetated roof, resulting in significant energy savings.

However, the actual thermal performance varies widely and is dependent upon factors including building design, time of year, depth of media, vegetation type and coverage, and amount of water held within the system. Nonetheless, these energy savings are real; they’re a dividend on the initial investment in a vegetated roof. Vegetated roofs also help protect the underlying roof system from extreme temperatures and ultraviolet rays, extending its service life and saving money from a roof replacement or restoration.

In addition to energy savings, installing a vegetated roof offers ample stormwater management benefits. A vegetated roof system reduces the volume of stormwater runoff, which helps alleviate the stress put on infrastructure. This is of importance in urban areas because excess stormwater runoff is the major contributor to non-point source pollution, stream bank erosion, and the cost to treat the water. Vegetated roofing mimics the role that soil and vegetation play in a natural setting by absorbing the water and eliminating impervious surfaces.

Maximizing R-value of roofing insulation, staying up-to-date on codes and standards, implementing daylighting units, and installing vegetated roofs are all renovations that can offer commercial buildings significant energy savings while also working to decrease greenhouse gas emissions.

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8 Easy Ways to Repair or Refurbish Your Asbestos Roof

8 Easy Ways to Repair or Refurbish Your Asbestos Roof

Repairing your leaking asbestos roof has never been more straightforward. Here's eight easy ways to fix your deteriorating bolts and washers, safely seal asbestos sheets and fix those leaky cracks in your roof.
1) Asbestos Crack Repair Tape

2) Asbestos Roof Hole Repair

3) Bolt Hole Repairs

4) Sealing General Roof Sheet Damage

5) Asbestos Single Sheet Replacement

6) Refurbish With a Specialist Coating

7) Over Cladding

8) Repairing Roof Lights

1) Using Crack Repair Tape

Where cracks are obvious, crack repair tape is a fast way to stop leaks in asbestos cement roofing – but not all tapes are the same. Although it’s tempting to resort to commonplace products, many are bitumen based, meaning they're affected by UV light and can easily crack in the cold.

Our solution is a rubber-based tape. It's UV stable, maintains its flexibility, and never sets hard – essential on roofs with cracks, where repair materials require the same high degree of movement as the roof itself. This cost-effective solution is highly effective and straightforward, making it first on our list, and an essential tool in any asbestos crack repair. You can get everything you need to seal that crack with our easy to apply repair kit.

Learn more about the Crack Repair Kit

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Need a simple and reliable repair solution? We also recommend using the fibre reinforced instant repair StopGap.

2) Asbestos Roof Hole Repair

In emergencies, you need a product that works quickly. Again, we’d urge caution with some of the well-known products that claim to work in water and cold. To some extent they do, but when the integrity and weatherproofing of your premises is at stake, you really need a longer-lasting solution. We’re sure you would prefer not to keep sending someone back onto your roof to ‘repair the repair’. That's why we've created the DIY Asbestos Roof Hole Repair Kit, with everything you need and a step by step photo guide that makes it easy.

Learn more about the Asbestos Roof Hole Repair

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3) Bolt-hole Repairs

Bolt holes in your asbestos roof will eventually enlarge and the washer will corrode due to exposure to UV, making it ineffective. You can repair this by replacing the washer and bolt, or using a flexible tape or coating to seal the area. Where replacing the washer and bolt isn’t an option due to difficult access to the roof, the flexibility of crack repair tape is ideal. You can also apply an emergency repair coating to seal the bolt hole.

Learn more about The Asbestos Roof Bolt Repair Kit

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4) Sealing general roof sheet damage + cracks

Asbestos sheets will eventually deteriorate and that can mean leaks and water damage. This can lead to cracks. Nobody wants to watch their building and possessions being destroyed every rainfall. Many sealants don't have the durability for long term repair, particularly as frequent temperature changes cause the building to move. So even after repair, many building owners end up back on the roof.

That's why we only use UV stable, flexible, and highly durable repair solutions that can stand the test of time. You get a watertight repair that can stop your leak and seal your roof against the worst of the rain.

Learn more about the Asbestos Crack and Roof Sheet Repair Kit

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5) Asbestos Single Sheet Replacement

The traditional way is to remove the old sheet and replace with a new one. You can also use glass-reinforced plastic (fibreglass) GRP Oversheet, applied externally. GRP gives a guaranteed replacement lasting up to 50 years without deteriorating. It’s also completely waterproof, so you avoid the ongoing expense of treating it. GRP comes in various colours, and because it’s cold applied, you avoid the Health & Safety risks of heat treatment.

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6) Refurbish with a specialist Coating

Coatings provide a permanent and highly effective waterproofing solution in an easy two step process. All loose asbestos fibres and lichen are encapsulated and bound with a Primer. Then a coating topcoat gives long-lasting protection and a completely weatherproof, UV and dirt-resistant roof that’s guaranteed to last for many years. When combined, the two components also encapsulate asbestos fibres and reduce the risk of their release, a comforting thought for all those spending time under the roof.

We’re the UK distributor for a wide range of coatings, meeting the demand for your every budget, desired longevity, climactic restriction and many other factors. We're all about choice, and our experts can provide everything from emergency patch repair to a long-term waterproofing solutions.

Want to learn more about coatings?

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7) Over Cladding

When repairing asbestos cement roof damage with sealants or localised repairs isn’t possible, you could consider overcladding, by putting another roof (normally metal) on top of the old roof. This is a proven technique for repairing asbestos roofs and the next best method after coating. In most circumstances you’ll need to comply with current building regulations and add insulation to help reduce heating costs.

Learn more about overcladding your roof

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8) Repairing Roof Lights

Roof lights will eventually deteriorate, crack, leak, build up mildew and turn dark, so less natural light gets in. Repairing with tape is possible, but not ideal, and will restrict light further. Replacing the roof light is preferred, but working on roof lights is risky, especially if they’re in asbestos roofs.

There’s another solution, involving cleaning and coating the skylights with a tough, clear coating. This will improve the light tremendously and is far cheaper than new skylights. It’s also much less disruptive to your business and avoids having holes in your roof during the work.

Stop your roof lights from leaking with the liquid rubber SuperArmour.

We believe in good honest choices, and providing customers with independent advice about the options open to them. We've helped countless industrial building owners find a solution tailored to their needs, from emergency patch repair to full roof refurbishment, as well as catering for asbestos gutters and internal fibre encapsulation.

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Growth Opportunities in the Global Waterproofing Membrane Market

Growth Opportunities in the Global Waterproofing Membrane Market

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ROOFING COMPANIES FINED FOR WORKER’S FALL

ROOFING COMPANIES FINED FOR WORKER’S FALL

Two East Midlands roofing companies have been fined after a member of staff fell through a skylight.

The man suffered life-changing injuries from the nine-metre fall in December 2015 and required surgery to install metal rods in his back.

Coventry Magistrates Court heard how ACG Roofing Ltd had been subcontracted by JDB Industrial Roofing Ltd to complete re-cladding work on the fragile roof. At the time of the incident, no guard rails were being used.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that principal contractor JDB Industrial Roofing failed to have effective management systems in place to control the risk associated with working at height and on fragile roofing.

The business, of Brooklands Court, Kettering, pleaded guilty of breaching the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, has been fined £112,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,216.

ACG Roofing Ltd of High Street, Wellingborough, also pleaded guilty of breaching the Work at Height Regulations 2005. It was fined £35,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,721.

HSE inspector Edward Fryer said: "This incident could have been fatal; the worker has suffered life changing injuries due to the company failing to properly plan and supervise work at height.

"This case highlights the importance of proper planning, supervision and implementation of work at height especially on fragile roofing."

Severn Trent Water customers encouraged to report water leaks

Severn Trent Water customers encouraged to report water leaks

SEVERN Trent Water (STW) customers are being encouraged to report water leaks which can develop in the winter.

STW has a network of pipes that would stretch around the world, and so customers often spot the leaks before the firm.

Malcolm Whittaker, from STW who has been finding and fixing leaks in the region for more than 30 years, said: "We take leakage very seriously, fixing on average 121 leaks per day and we want to bring leakage levels down as much as possible so that water isn’t wasted.

"This is particularly important when it’s cold as leaks can turn to ice and become very dangerous to the public.

"Engineers like me work day and night finding and fixing leaks and bursts, however we recognise that there may be some leaks that are still out there that we don’t know about.

“So we need our customers help.

"In many cases, we don’t know where leaks are until our customers report them. Please don’t assume we already know about the burst or leak, even if it is a large one: particularly in rural areas where it’s possible for leaks to run for days without being noticed."

Leaks or bursts are repaired on a priority basis, with those affecting customers’ water supply being fixed first.

Customers can check whether leaks have already been reported by visiting the STW website, and click on the check my area map section.

If a leak hasn't been reported call the STW's leakline number, free on most landlines. on 0800 783 4444 you can also report it here in your area on their website https://www.stwater.co.uk/in-my-area/report-a-problem/ or feel free to contact us. 

This post was taken from http://www.worcesternews.co.uk

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