7 Dec

Homeowners failing to prepare for cold snap

Homeowners failing to prepare for cold snap

Over 18 million British homeowners have not yet completed basic checks on their properties this winter, according to research.

The study, conducted by Sainsbury's home insurance, revealed that 37 per cent of Brits have been affected by problems associated with cold weather over the last two years, with an average repair bill of around £453.98.

During last year's winter weather, Lloyds TSB received 26,500 claims for burst and frozen pipes, along with 14,000 claims relating to damage caused by wind.

Other common problems include blocked guttering, leaking roofs, and damaged boilers.

Sainsbury's said such problems can be avoided by carrying out regular maintenance checks on properties.

"Having your boiler serviced, checking and bleeding your radiators and clearing your guttering are easy to do and could prevent the need for costly and inconvenient repairs at this time of year," said David Barrett of Sainsbury’s Home Insurance.

Other recommendations include checking the thickness of loft insulation, turning off and insulating water to outside taps, sealing draughts, protecting garden furniture, and ensuring there is a good supply of salt for frozen driveways.

Mr Barrett added that homeowners should ensure that they have a good quality home insurance policy in place.

The research showed that only one third of Brits have some sort of home insurance.ADNFCR-1222-ID-801502622-ADNFCR

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