Northumbrian Water is warning business owners to check that their properties are protected - or else risk the hassle and cost of a burst pipe.
Although the lighter nights are in sight, and we have already seen snow across the region, the risk of pipes freezing or bursting has not gone, and could leave businesses without hot running water.
According to the Association of British Insurers, a burst pipe could cost on average a whopping £8,800 to fix.
Jim Howey, Head of Water Networks at Northumbrian Water said: “All pipework within your business boundary is your responsibility – which means it is absolutely worth protecting it to avoid unnecessary costs.
“It doesn’t matter if you own a farm, a shop or a large-scale office, the risks of a burst pipe still apply, and there are so many easy things that businesses can do to minimise the risks.
“It’s also important for business owners to check their boiler has been serviced, to familiarise themselves with the location of the internal stopcock, and to remember to ensure that all fire systems are adequately protected from freezing.”
With businesses still operating within some ‘working from home’ restrictions, the water company has asked them to make sure their properties are protected, even if they are not in use.
For example, if a property is going to be unoccupied or un-used for a while, turn off the water at the stopcock and drain the system so there is no water left in the pipes. Also, it is advised that heating is left on low during the colder months.
Northumbrian Water’s Winter Checklist for Businesses:
For more ways to protect your business, visit www.nwl.co.uk/beatthefreeze