Legal & General offer tips to beat winter weather
by Richard Kilner
Homeowners are being advised to take measures to reduce the risk of damage from winter weather.
Legal & General has stated that over 60,000 insurance claims worth more than £194m were made last year, but that this could be reduced by homeowners themselves.
When leaving home for a time, many turn off the heating to save money, but this can in fact be costlier than leaving it on as without heat frozen and burst pipes can occur and cost substantially more than the heating bill.
Legal & General’s Malcolm Cooper has described a brust pipe as very stressful, particularly during winter, as it not only costs the homeowner but also leaves them without hot water.
Cooper also advised homeowners to make sure all their pipes and tanks are properly lagged to help cut the risk of this occurring.
Homeowners can also take other steps, including ensuring windows are well-fitted to prevent heat loss and repairing loose roof tiles.
The advice comes as Hiscox advises homeowners in the South East to take preventative measures to mitigate the risks of flood damage, in the light of a series of severe and extreme weather warnings.