Cold weather advice from Sheffield broker as South Yorkshire braces for snow and cold weather

12th March 2013

With many parts of South Yorkshire facing snow fall and cold weather over the coming days, Sheffield broker IFM is warning homeowners and businesses to act now to avoid the misery of frozen and burst pipes.

Two years ago low temperatures during the winter led to insurers dealing with 3,500 claims a day for damage caused by frozen pipes that had burst. The risk of expensive, disruptive and distressing damage can easily be reduced by taking a few simple steps now, before the cold weather sets in, such as: • Make sure that water pipes and water tanks in the loft are insulated with good quality lagging. • Know where your stopcock that turns of the incoming water supply is, and make sure that it works. One in six people1 admit that they do not know where their stopcock is. • Repair any dripping taps. This will help prevent water from freezing. Once the cold weather arrives: • Leave any loft door open to allow heated air to circulate • Leave heating on at low setting to help heat pipes, especially if you are away from the home on holiday. David Biggs, Managing Director of IFM Insurance said, -With snow forecast for South Yorkshire now is the time for homeowners and businesses to take a few simple steps to reduce the risk of facing the trauma of frozen or burst pipes this winter. Home insurance will pay for the often considerable damage caused by burst pipes, but it cannot compensate for the misery and inconvenience that they bring.

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