Each year, extreme winter weather and blasts of Arctic air sends temperatures plunging for prolonged periods in the UK. Subsequently, thousands of holiday homes are exposed to the risk of burst pipes and major water damage which can be horrendous. With the temperatures starting to plummet, it is imperative people are warned. Especially to those who have holidays homes in Lytham St Annes.
The cost of burst pipes
Water leaks are one of the most common types of home insurance claims in the UK, accounting for one in five claims. The average escape of water insurance claim is an estimated £2,638, however, £100,000+ repair bills for water damage to the building, contents and drying out is not uncommon.
Claims are also on the increase. Data from the ABI (The Association of British Insurers) found that in the first nine months of 2017, domestic escape of water claims cost £483m, up 24% compared to the same period in 2014.
What causes burst pipes?
During periods of cold weather and freezing temperatures the water in pipes freezes and expands, leading to a build-up of pressure and subsequent rupture of the pipe.