Make sure vacant homes are protected during winter months

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The owners of holiday homes and vacant properties in Angus are being encouraged to ensure their properties are protected and prepared for winter.

Scottish Water is also asking customers who are simply heading off on holiday during the winter months, to follow Scottish Water’s winter code and protect their pipes and be prepared.

Holiday homes are particularly vulnerable to damage caused by burst pipes as they often lie empty over the winter months.

Scottish Water, supported by VisitScotland, is encouraging holiday home owners to be prepared and ensure they take steps to heat, insulate and protect their property while it is not being used to help reduce the risk of burst pipes and water damage.

The threat of damage to holiday properties is very real during the winter. In many cases, the burst isn’t noticed until neighbouring, occupied properties begin to lose supply.

Scottish Water’s Winter Campaign leaflets and website feature new Highway Code-style signs, indicating the need for customers to take measures, to help ensure peace of mind ahead of extreme cold weather conditions.

Last winter’s unprecedented Big Freeze – which included the coldest December on record – saw Scottish Water having to repair around 2,000 bursts and answering more than 40,000 calls between Christmas Eve and New Year, when 7,500 calls would normally be expected. Despite this Scottish Water maintained supplies to over 99 per cent of its 2.4 million household customers.

Information and advice are available at www.scottishwater.co.uk/winter.