Householders and businesses urged to protect pipes

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With the arrival of lower temperatures and snow across Scotland, Scottish Water is reminding householders and businesses to ensure that their properties are protected and prepared for the winter.

Communities throughout the country are being urged to follow Scottish Water’s winter code. This is a set of simple steps to protect your pipes, be prepared and heat, insulate and protect your property - whether it’s your home, a holiday home or business premises.

Scottish Water’s winter campaign is advising people what steps to take to help prevent a burst or frozen pipe, how to locate their stop valve, what to do in an emergency and how Scottish Water can help.

Customers are being advised to follow Scottish Water’s winter code:

q Heat, insulate and protect your pipes.

q Leave your heating on at a low setting.

q If you are going away then make sure you have someone who can regularly check your property for any problems and have details of how to contact you in an emergency.

q If your property is going to be vacant over the winter months, turn off your water supply and drain the system. A licensed plumber should be able to advise you about this.

q Keep your insurance documents somewhere secure and water-tight so you can access them easily if needed.

q Locate your stop valve.

q Keep a note of the telephone number of a licensed plumber.

q Keep a note of the Scottish Water Customer Helpline number -

0845 601 8855.

q Be a good neighbour and keep an eye out for your neighbours, especially the frail and elderly or disabled.

Scottish Water is also implementing various initiatives to ensure it is well equipped to continue to deliver the best service it can in the event of a severe winter.

Peter Farrer, Scottish Water’s Customer Service Delivery Director, said: “Customers who take action now to heat, insulate and protect their properties can avoid considerable headache and heartache.

“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 two winters ago.”