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Tuesday 16th of October 2018
November 26, 2010

Halifax encourages winter health check for homes

by Richard Kilner

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Homeowners are being advised by Halifax Home Insurance to give their properties a winter health check, to help head off any damage due to winter weather.

Last year the insurer saw over 18,000 claims relating to frozen and burst pipes, averaging £1,790 in value.

There were also more than 8,000 claims for damage due to windstorms, averaging £200, but winter-proofing homes now can help to minimise the risk.

This week has seen the first appearance of winter weather, with Scotland, North-East England and Wales suffering the most.

Senior Claims Manager Martyn Foulds has said that essential checks ought to be carried out on homes before the worst weather kicks in, as prevention is better than cure.

Halifax Home Insurance suggests insulating lofts, fitting thicker curtains and keeping heating on at least 10 degrees to prevent freezing pipes.

After the dreadful and lengthy winter last year, numerous insurers are urging homeowners to take precautions to cut down on the impact of winter weather.

According to the latest BBC weather forecasts, cold weather may persist for around two weeks.


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