Halifax Home insurance has released new data revealing that the storms throughout this year, including the ‘Beast from the East’ at the start, meant there was a rise of 86% throughout March in ‘escape of water’ claims which were caused by frozen/ burst pipes compared to March of last year.
The senior claims manager at Halifax Home Insurance, said: “A burst pipe can be extremely stressful – especially if it happens at night or at the weekend, making it harder to track down an emergency plumber who can help get the house back to normal.
These claims are more likely to happen during the winter due to pipes freezing and then bursting during the colder weather. Prevention is definitely better than the cure, so following our top tips are a good way to get ready for winter.”
Insulate any exposed pipes in your basement, attics, kitchen and garage with lagging. Remember the external pipes in your garden need to be snug too!
Set your thermostat to a minimum temperature of around 12 degrees, including overnight and definitely if you’re jetting off on holiday for some winter sun!
Most thermostats will have a winter option that ensures the system is heated to keep the pipes at a good consistent temperature.
As soon as it starts to get a little bit on the frosty side, find your stop tap and check that it works. Shut off your water and don’t forget to drain the system.
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