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As the temperatures drop, it is important to take steps to protect your vacant properties from cold weather ice and snow damage. DAWGS had put together a Cold Weather Vacant Property:


  1. Confirm with your property insurer – they may have specific cold weather requirements to ensure your building is properly covered.
  2. Drain down the water system to prevent pipes from bursting.
  3. Check gutters for blockages such as trapped water or ice if unchecked, they can cause drain pipes to shatter.
  4. Clear and clean the property to prevent pest infestations.
  5. Ensure the property is safe and secure, undertake a comprehensive risk assessment to assess potential risks and vulnerabilities.
  6. Inspect the premises for mold which can pose a serious health risk if left untreated.
  7. Check for any damage to the roof as this will help prevent associated water, ice or snow damage.
  8. Switch off your utilities such as gas and electrics. This will reduce the risk of gas leaks, and deter potential squatters
  9. Schedule property inspections and patrols will give you the peace of mind that your property is being checked up on regularly.
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