'Escape of water' is one of the most common causes of home insurance claims. Yet a few simple precautions can reduce the risk of serious water damage to your home.
If you do have a problem, use your stopcock to cut off the flow of water and minimise the damage caused. Our research shows that one in three homeowners don't know where their stopcock is located, so make sure you know where it is.
If you're planning some DIY, remember to check for hidden pipes with a detection device before starting work in order to avoid accidentally drilling or hammering into pipes.
If your pipes do freeze, turn the water off at the mains and thaw them out slowly with hot water bottles. Never use a heat gun or blow torch to do this.
Regularly clear out basins, baths and shower drains with a suitable cleaning agent to prevent blockages. Use a plumber's snake to remove any small blockages from your plumbing.
For protection against plumbing and drainage emergencies you can add Home Emergency Cover to your AA home insurance policy.
Or choose from our Home Membership options, which provide 24-hour assistance with many more household emergencies, including burst pipes, internal electrics, your central heating, and routine repairs too.
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