Business warned of thaw danger
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”.