A house is the greatest investment you’ll probably ever make, both in monetary terms but also in establishing your family home.

The damage caused by sever winter weather can cause in excess of £10,000 worth of household damage. Water that gushes out of heating or pipe ruptures can cause damage to the degree of devastation you’d expect from a house fire or flood.

“More than nine in ten devastating incidents of burst pipes occur when no one is at home, according to claims analysis by home insurer Direct Line”. – UK Finance Yahoo

 Top Tips

  • Avoid this hugely distressing issue by simply insulating your pipes.
  • If you’re away from the home for longer than a day or two then it’s also worth setting your heating to turn on at a low temperature at periodic times of the day.
  • Turn off outside taps.
  • The main culprit to water damage originates from pipes or water mains in the loft. It’s imperative that as a homeowner you open the loft to allow warmer air to reach those areas, especially when you’re not home.
  • Have you got a condensing boiler system? Be vigilant about breakdowns, as drain away pipes are situated on the outside of the house.
  • Anticipate the worse. Find your stopcock now, as the last thing you need is a frantic search for it when you have water coming through the ceiling.
  • Ensure you maintain the home, for things such as loose tiles, clearing gutters, structural issues or subsidence.

Emergency home policies are becoming more and more unlikely to cover any type of winter weather damage. As temperatures are set to plummet to the icy levels of –8C, please call us today for more information on how we can help protect your home for potentially dangerous eventualities.