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Householders and Businesses Urged To Protect Pipes

10th December 2012

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 Waters winter code.

This is a set of simple steps to protect your pipes, be prepared and heat, insulate and protect your property - whether its your home, a holiday home or business premises.

Scottish Waters 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 Waters winter code:

Heat, insulate and protect your pipes.
Leave your heating on at a low setting.
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.
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.
Keep your insurance documents somewhere secure and watertight so you can access them easily if needed.
Locate your stop valve.
Keep a note of the telephone number of a licensed plumber.
Keep a note of the Scottish Water Customer Helpline number 0845 601 8855.
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 Waters 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. Unfortunately, many customers found out in the winter of 2010-11 that the real problems start when temperatures begin to rise again after such a cold snap. This can lead to pipes expanding and bursting.

Very often people think it wont 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.

So, while theres no telling whether the extreme conditions could be repeated this year, it is sensible for customers to start thinking about protecting their pipes now and make sure they are prepared. The message is very much that we want to work with our customers to ensure we are all prepared.

Customers should visit www.scottishwater.co.uk/winter where they can find winter information, films and advice.

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