Every winter freezing temperatures catch too many people out.
Prevention is better than cure and now is the time to take a few simple steps to reduce the risk of facing the problem of frozen or burst pipes this winter.
Losses resulting from burst / leaking pipes or faults in a property's plumbing system have a significant impact on the insurance industry which pays out around £2.5 million every day to customers in what they term 'escape of water' claims. A significant proportion of this damage is due to pipes bursting during freezing temperatures in the winter months, but much of this damage can be prevented by taking a few easy preventative measures explained in our protecting your home from cold weather page.
While standard home and business insurance policies will pay for the often considerable damage caused by burst pipes, they cannot compensate for the misery and inconvenience that the damage brings to homes and businesses throughout the UK. It is important to make sure that both your buildings and contents insurance policies provide your home or your business with sufficient cover should the worst happen this winter.
Should you suffer damage from burst pipes this winter:
For more info please visit the Association of British Insurers.
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Colin Stainer, WaterSafe Plumbing & Heating Engineer, has seen it all- freezing houses, burst pipes and extensive water damage. Read on for his top tips.Read more