THE owners of holiday homes and vacant properties in Milngavie, Bearsden and adjoining villages are being encouraged to ensure their properties are prepared for winter.
Scottish Water is also asking customers who are heading off on holiday during the winter months, to follow their code and protect their pipes.
Holiday homes are particularly vulnerable to damage caused by bursts 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.
VisitScotland’s Colin Houston, said: “It is important that the holiday home industry in Scotland prepares the best it can against severe weather conditions. Whilst the seasons of letting are extending year on year there are times when a property is vacant and it is important that no damage occurs at this time, there can be nothing worse than checking a property is ready for a weekly let to find just days in advance that there has been some water damage!
“Lagged pipes, draft exclusion and insulation also help to minimise energy waste and reduce running costs with the added benefit of creating a cosy environment for our visitors.”
Scottish Water’s Winter Campaign leaflets and website feature its 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.
Scottish Water’s Mark MacLaren said: “While we’re advising all customers to take action to protect their properties it is extremely pertinent that we make every effort to reach holiday home owners as they prepare to lock up for the winter.
“Over the last couple of years our frontline teams have responded to potential supply problems in rural communities, discovering bursts inside unoccupied holiday homes or community facilities. The support of the tourism sector is essential in protecting our wider communities.”
Information and advice are available at www.scottishwater.co.uk/winter.