Getting ready for winter

Scottish Water is encouraging customers across Aberdeenshire to ensure homes and businesses are protected and prepared for winter.

Protect your pipes - Be prepared, is Scottish Water’s winter message, asking customers throughout the area to protect their pipes, be prepared and heat, insulate and protect their home and business.

It will advise them what to do to prevent frozen or burst pipes, how to locate their stop valve, what to do in an emergency.

Steve Scott, Scottish Water’s regional community manager for Aberdeenshire, said: “Our winter campaign aims to inform our customers, homeowners and businesses about the importance of acting now to protect their pipes to avoid the hardships that so many experienced in recent winters.

“While there’s no telling whether the extreme conditions of the last few years could be repeated again, it is sensible for customers to start thinking about protecting their pipes now and make sure they are prepared.

“Very often people think it won’t happen to them, but there are few things more upsetting than coming home or into work to find everything ankle deep in freezing water and your carpets, furniture and equipment all ruined because of a burst pipe.

“Unfortunately, many customers found out that the real problems start when temperatures begin to rise again after such a cold snap. This can lead to pipes expanding and bursting.

“Customers who take action now to heat, insulate and protect their properties can avoid this considerable headache and heartache.

“The message is very much that we want to work with our customers to ensure we are all prepared.”

For the fifth year running, STV weather forecaster, Sean Batty is supporting Scottish Water’s campaign.

Sean said: “The past few winters proved to be a real mixed bag with everything from extreme snow and rainfall to mild, stormy weather and everything in between.”

Visit www.scottishwater.co.uk/winter for information,