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December 3, 2010

Hiscox issues burst pipe advice

by Richard Kilner

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Home and contents insurer Hiscox is advising home owners to be on the look out for burst pipes.

When the snow and ice begin to thaw leaks caused by burst pipes may become more noticeable, as water leaks into the property.

Hiscox home insurance expert Austyn Tusler explained that the unusually early onset of freezing conditions may have caught homeowners off-guard, and warned that there was still a long winter ahead of the UK.

If left, a leak can cause damage to a home’s structure, electrical wiring and belongings and catching them early saves not just money but also reduces the damage incurred.

Leaks can be identified by damp spots on ceilings and walls and if a tap is turned on and no water comes out (in which case the water supply should be turned off and a plumber called immediately).

Homeowners should also check exposed pipes and isolated areas such as lofts.

Earlier this week the Association of British Insurers (ABI) warned that frozen and burst pipes could cost as much as £650m, and urged homeowners to either keep their heating on or (if they are away for a porlonged period) draining the cold water system.

 

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