Protect your home against winter perils!

The end of the year is fast approaching, the temperature is starting to drop and before you know it, we will be shouting ‘Happy New Year!’. For many people this time of the year sparks an excitement at the prospects of the upcoming Christmas seasons, which in other words translates to an unlimited intake of chocolate and prosecco! Winter is upon us and as lovely as that can be it may not be so joyful for those who are having to deal with a household problem that has arisen as a result of the impending cold weather.

Without the right household cover in place some homeowners can end up having to pay thousands of their own money to remedy a problem. We wanted to help share our top tips on how you can protect your home against such winter perils.

Keep your heating on for an hour a day - If you’re at home over the winter period, then the likelihood is that your heating will be on for more than an hour a day. If you’re going on holiday or seeing friends and family over Christmas though, don’t switch your heating off entirely. Keeping your heating on for an hour a day can help prevent your pipes from freezing and bursting.

Insulate your pipes - bursting is water freezing and expanding inside of them - a gallon of water, when frozen, will expand to a volume 9% greater than the original gallon! Ensuring that all your pipework is protected from the cold is therefore vital. If your pipes aren’t insulated, you can purchase (eco-friendly!) pipe insulation from DIY shops or speak to your plumber

Consider Trace & Access cover - Escape of Water was Uinsure’s most common claim* in the winter months. If you’re unfortunate enough to suffer an Escape of Water, and don’t have Trace & Access cover in place, you could end up paying thousands of pounds of your own money to remedy the situation. Is Trace & Access cover something you could benefit from? (based on Uinsure’s numbers*).

Acquaint yourself with your stopcock - For those of you who aren’t familiar with a ‘stopcock’, it’s the control tap for your mains water that sits underneath your sink. It’s really important that this can be easily switched off and on. Test it out by running your kitchen sink tap and making sure it stops when you switch the water off using your stopcock.

We hope some of these tips and tricks are useful to you and will hopefully prevent having to make a claim - after all, it is the season to be Jolly.

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