14 Dec

Homeowners warned of freezing pipes

Homeowners warned of freezing pipes

A number of insurers have warned property owners about the dangers of freezing pipes over the Christmas period.

More Th>n, esure and Aviva have all issued advice ahead of a cold snap expected later in December.

According to the insurance providers, water damage resulting from frozen and burst pipes is often a problem during the festive season as many people spend time away from their homes.

Suggestions on how to prevent the problem from More Th>n included leaving the heating system set to no lower than ten degrees C and programming the heating to come on for a short time each day to keep the water circulating.

Additionally, esure recommended that homeowners could turn the stopcock off during their Christmas break as this will reduce the amount of damage should a pipe burst.

Gordon Hannah, director of claims at esure, commented: "Many people think that they can't turn the stopcock off and leave the heating on but usually this is fine to do and it will completely prevent the source of water that can wreck a house."ADNFCR-1222-ID-19511840-ADNFCR

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