esure warns homeowners to reduce burst pipe risk while away over the half-term break

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Friday 10th February 2012: As the big freeze continues(1) to sweep across the country, esure is warning homeowners planning on getting away next week for the half-term break to take steps to make sure that they don’t return home to a flooded home.

With the icy Siberian weather bringing with it ‘freezing rain’ and further snow to many parts of the UK(2), esure home insurance has compiled some practical advice for homeowners planning on leaving their home unoccupied to help avoid and minimise the devastating effect of an escape of water in a home caused by frozen or burst pipes.

What to do if you are going away this half-term?

Gordon Hannah, Director of Claims at esure said: “Last winter nearly every large burst pipe claim was a tragic blueprint. Families had gone away, freezing weather had caused their pipes to burst and they returned a day or two later to the widespread destruction of their homes and personal belongings. The cost of these claims is huge but the emotional impact and inconvenience to homeowners is worse.”

What to do to prevent an ‘escape of water’ claim this February:

What to do if you find a frozen pipe that hasn’t burst yet:

What to do if you suspect a split frozen pipe:

What to do if water is flooding your home:

 

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Notes to Editors:
1) Metro, 9th February 2012 – page 5. http://downloads.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/pdfspool/7b084359-e4c2-44cb-b022-f982a3fcbe0f.pdf 
2) Metro, 9th February 2012 – page 5. http://downloads.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/pdfspool/7b084359-e4c2-44cb-b022-f982a3fcbe0f.pdf