Busi­ness warned of thaw dan­ger

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HUN­DREDS of Scot­tish busi­nesses could be at risk from flood­ing in the thaw as frozen pipes leak wa­ter into premises, ac­cord­ing to non-do­mes­tic wa­ter sup­plier Busi­ness Stream.

Last win­ter, more than 700 Scot­tish com­pa­nies had to shut up shop for up to three weeks af­ter wa­ter from burst pipes left of­fices and work­places un­fit for busi­ness.

Plum­met­ing tem­per­a­tures left firms count­ing the cost of burst pipes as wa­ter poured into premises af­ter frozen pipes t hawed. Busi­ness Stream, Scot­land’s lead­ing non-do­mes­tic wa­ter sup­plier, urged busi­nesses not to get caught out again this year.

Last win­ter, some 25% of calls to Busi­ness Stream cus­tomer ser­vices were made by busi­ness own­ers re­quest­ing emer­gency re­pairs to frozen pipes.

Mark Powles, chief ex­ecu- tive of Busi­ness Stream, said all busi­nesses and pub­lic sec­tor or­gan­i­sa­tions should put in place mea­sures to pro­tect against the cost and in­con­ve­nience of burst pipes.

Powles said: “By in­su­lat­ing pipes and leav­ing heat­ing on low in un­oc­cu­pied work­places dur­ing cold weather, or­gan­i­sa­tions can help avoid burst pipes, which could po­ten­tially ruin equip­ment, car­pets, fur­ni­ture, stock and premises”.

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