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With winter infull swing, the weather outside might be frightful, so you should take steps toavoid any frightening, unplanned plumbing repair costs and insurance excesses.
The Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS) has partnered with the Association of British Insurers (ABI) to reveal trends in winter plumbing-related insurance claims and share valuable tips on how to prepare your home for winter.
Burst pipes are common causes of weather-related home insurance claims, in 2018 – the year of the “Beast from the East” - they accounted for over 50% of weather-related claims. The cold weather can cause a pipe to burst due to water in the pipes freezing, expanding and breaking the pipe.
Taking a few simple steps can help avoid the stress caused by frozen and burst water pipes – which can cause flooding, thousands of pounds worth of damage and leave properties without water for drinking, cooking and washing. Homeowners can take action, including:
It really does pay to take a pro-active approach to maintaining properties and getting them ‘winter ready’, as last year the average repair cost £2,724 with almost 800 people making a claim each day.
Sarah Brodie policy advisor, Association of British Insurers said: “We’re pleased to be working with WRAS to highlight the simple steps that can be taken to minimise the chances of a burst pipe this winter. Water damage to a property is usually covered as a standard feature in building insurance policies. This damage is one of the most common types of domestic property damage claims, with insurers paying out £2.2 million for it every day.”
Julie Spinks, managing director of WRAS, said:“Each year we hear similar stories about the devastating impact cold weather can have on our homes and ultimately our finances too. Whether it’s the record-breaking cold snap or 2018’s unprecedented Beast from East, the UK weather is sure to hit the headlines but it needn’t hit your wallet too.
“Following some straightforward tips and being prepared for the colder weather is the best way to prevent weather-related plumbing issues. If you need help insulating pipes or fixing leaks, always use an approved, qualified plumber to ensure the job is done safely and in line with UK water fittings regulations.”