ABI offers tips to prevent burst pipes
by Richard Kilner
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After the early onset of winter weather, the Association of British Insurers (ABI) has issued advice to those going away on holiday during Christmas and New Year to reduce the risks of burst pipes.
Burst pipes can cost thousands of pounds, but the chances of them occurring can be diminished by a number of simple precautions.
Homeowners are advised to ensure their pipes and lofts are sufficiently lagged, and to keep the heating on at a low level to prevent freezing.
In addition, loft doors should be kept open slightly to allow warm air to circulate.
If a home is to be vacant for a prolonged period it may be better to drain the heating system and turn off the water at the mains, but the home insurer and a plumber should be consulted.
A next door neighbour should, if possible, be recruited to check up on the property and make sure there are no problems.
Director of General Insurance and Health Nick Starling has urged homeowners going away over the festive season to do their best to ensure they do not return to face the expense and stress of dealing with burst pipes.
Last week Lloyds TSB Insurance reported that claims relating to burst pipes have increased sevenfold, comprising 5% of home insurance claims.