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Arctic weather predicted this week – avoid frozen and burst pipe misery

With an arctic weather front predicted to bring freezing temperatures and possible snow later this week, the Association of British Insurers (ABI) reminds home and business owners to take steps to reduce the risk of frozen and burst pipes. 

The ABI recommends: 

  • Keep your heating on at regular intervals and make sure to set it on a timer if you’re going away.
  • Make sure that water pipes and water tanks in the loft are insulated with good quality lagging.
  • Know where your stopcock that turns off the incoming water supply is, and make sure that it works.
  • Repair any dripping taps. This will help prevent water from freezing.


If your pipes freeze:

  • Turn water off at the main stopcock straight away and then wait for it to warm up or you can try and thaw the pipes with a hot water bottle.
  • If a pipe has burst, turn off the water at the stopcock. Switch off central heating and any other water heating installations. Open all taps to drain the system.
  • Contact your insurance company helpline for help and advice, including arranging for professional repairs to be carried out.


Laura Hughes, ABI’s Policy Adviser, General Insurance said: 

“Every winter, sudden cold snaps lead to  frozen and burst pipes. Yet a  few simple steps can reduce the risk. Home insurance will pay for the often costly damage caused by burst pipes, but it cannot compensate for the misery and inconvenience that they bring.” 

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1.    Enquiries to:
Malcolm Tarling              020 7216 7410    Mobile: 07776 147 667
Lauren Gow                    020 7216 7327    Mobile: 07889 641702
Sarah Cordey                 020 7216 7375    Mobile: 07860 189071

2.    More news and information from the ABI is available on our web site, www.abi.org.uk.


Last updated 28/03/2017