January 15, 2019
Met Office warning means now is the time for Cold Weather Planning
As the issues UK alerts this week for “an enhanced risk of snow and widespread frost almost anywhere across the UK”, the property specialist, VPS Security Services, has issued their
“A sudden cold snap creates substantial risks of damage tom properties that can lead to thousands of pounds of repairs.” Warns Phil Bunting, a Director of VPS Security Services. “Insurers will not meet claims if, for example, a vacant property has not been checked and maintained properly. Flooding from a burst pipe in an unattended property can go unnoticed for days, and the repair to a roof which has collapsed from heavy snow can run into five figures quite easily.”
The ‘’ outlines cases where the lack of adequate property maintenance has meant for a vacant property, leaving owners thousands of pounds out of pocket.
The Cold Weather Plan comprises three levels:
The cold weather plan provides a framework to help owners of vacant properties to manage the risks of damage due to snow, frost, burst pipes and winter storms. These guidelines are based on the approach that VPS inspectors and site risk assessors themselves undertake when looking after a property that is temporarily vacant. There’s an ‘At-a-Glance’ quick checklist included.
VPS Security Services are part of the VPS Group that specialise in protecting people, property and assets, by securing, maintaining and managing properties across a wide range of customer and industry sectors. Core building services cover the vacant, unoccupied and void property lifecycle from an initial risk assessment, to security, including guarding, monitoring, clearing, maintenance and also ‘security through occupation’, property guardians.
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About the VPS Group:
secures more than 30,000 properties and employs over 1200 staff in locations across the UK and mainland Europe.
Their services protect properties against unauthorised access and a variety of hazards such as arson, theft, squatting as well as wintry hazards of storm, ice and snow damage.
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