Clearway offers utility isolation and drain-down services across the UK.
With a fixed cost of £200 +VAT, this bolt-on service includes:
- Switching off all electricity supplies from the main panel/s
- Isolating gas mains and ensuring the connection has been securely closed.
- Draining down all elements of the property’s hot water and heating system, including radiators and tanks.
- Verifying the isolation or switching off of all water supplies to the premise.
The first of two key risks of leaving utility supplies live is incurring additional cost with a monthly service charge, even for an unoccupied premise. This scenario can lead to tenant disputes and unnecessary expenses.
The second risk is substantial threats to safety when leaving water, gas and electricity running to an empty site.
Vacant premises are a primary target for thieves, vandals, squatters and other criminals, and leaving mains utilities available in a large, empty building increases that threat many times over, with the appeal of a fully powered building offering resources that intruders can exploit.
Bursting pipes, gas explosions or flooding can all result in severe impacts to the safety of a property, with heavy costs required to correct the damage and repair the premises.
Therefore, commercial landlords are strongly advised to ensure any power supply or water feeds into a vacant property are isolated, drained, and switched off.