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December 2, 2010

ABI keen to avoid burst pipes and leaking water

by Gill Montia

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With Britain in the grip of freezing temperatures and snow, the Association of British Insurers (ABI) has warned that damage caused by frozen and burst pipes and leaking water could top £650 million this winter.

The ABI is therefore advising householders to:

Ensure that loft water pipes and water tanks are insulated and know where the stopcock that turns off the incoming water supply is, and make sure that it works.

If away from the home on holiday or on a Christmas break ensure that that it is kept warm; if away for a long time it may be worth draining the cold water system.

If a pipe freezes, thaw it out using gentle heat such as towels soaked in warm water, or a hairdryer.

Remove furniture and carpet (where practical) near to the frozen pipe.

If a pipe bursts turn off the water at the stopcock and switch off the central heating to avoid further damage.

Open all taps to drain the system and contact your home insurer for advice.

Most insurers provide 24 hour emergency helplines that will arrange for repairs to be carried out as soon as possible.

The ABI’s director of general insurance and health, Nick Starling, says: “Freezing winter weather may have arrived early this year, but insurers are ready to deal with the misery and disruption it can cause.”

Last winter, which was the coldest for thirty years, insurers paid out £644 million to homeowners and firms following damage caused by escape of water.


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