16 Jan

Homeowners warned to be wary over burst pipes

Homeowners warned to be wary over burst pipes

Homeowners across the UK have been warned to keep their eye on the weather, with temperatures set to drop according to the Met Office, to make sure that they do not suffer winter misery in the house.

It was predicted yesterday (January 15th) that temperatures in areas of England could drop as low as minus eight later this week, and that means the risk of frozen and bursting water pipes flooding the home could get ever more real.

Lloyds TSB has handed out advice to those with property for sale as to how they can keep their properties safe. It said that making sure to insulate pipes should be an essential, as well as making certain to know the location of a stop cock to cut off water if the worst happens in order to curb flooding.

The bank said that claims for this issue last winter cost it £39million with around 26,000 claims registered.

Tim Downes, senior claims manager, Lloyds TSB, said: "Claims relating to burst and frozen pipes cost on average £1,500 to fix but this can run high into the thousands so it is worth taking steps to avoid frozen pipes, ensuring you have adequate insurance in place and also knowing how to limit the damage if a pipe does burst."ADNFCR-1222-ID-801523443-ADNFCR

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