How to Prevent and Deal with the Damage
As the temperature drops, homeowners should take precautions to safeguard their homes against frozen or burst pipes. This is a common issue during wintertime that can significantly damage your property and possessions.
To avoid such a disaster, it’s crucial to take simple measures to ensure your plumbing system is in good condition. One of the most effective ways to reduce the risk of frozen or burst pipes is by insulating the tank and pipes. You can do this yourself or hire a professional plumber.
To lower the chances of your pipes freezing during the winter, the Association of British Insurers recommends that you keep your heating on at regular intervals. If you plan to go away, it’s important to set your heating on a timer. Even when you’re not at home, make sure to check that your taps are always fully off. If they are persistent drippers, get them fixed.
It’s also essential to know the location of the water shut-off valve or stopcock in case of an emergency. Test the valve to ensure it can be turned off quickly and effortlessly. If you plan on leaving your home unoccupied during the winter, turning off the water at the stopcock can help reduce the risk of pipes freezing.
Additionally, look out for signs of frozen pipes, such as bad smells from the faucet or drain, little to no water coming from the pipe, and frost on the exterior of the pipe. If you notice any of these signs, take action before the problem worsens.
In the event of a burst pipe, it’s important to act quickly to prevent further damage. The first step is to turn off the water supply at the main stopcock and turn off the stopcock in the cold-water tank. Switching off the central heating system and any other water heating installations can also help avoid further damage. If the cause of the rupture is the cold-water tank, empty it by running all the cold taps and flushing the toilets several times after shutting off the water supply.
Photographing any damaged items and documenting the damage is also highly recommended. Contacting your insurance provider is essential. Most home insurance policies provide coverage for burst pipes and water leaks as a standard feature. However, it’s always recommended to check with your insurance company to determine what is and isn’t covered. At Concept Claim Solutions, we will check the policy for you and provide guidance.
Rather than taking on this stress and hassle alone, let Concept Claim Solutions help you. Our team is dedicated to providing the support you need to secure a fair settlement. From dealing with insurance companies and completing paperwork to managing the tradespeople for your repairs, we take care of everything so that you can focus on what matters most. Plus, the building works are fully guaranteed for 12 months, giving you peace of mind and confidence in your decision to work with us. Stay warm and safe this winter season!
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