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The AA's Home Emergency Response service says that last week saw a 24 percent increase in call–outs from homeowners compared to three weeks ago, due to boilers breaking down and pipes bursting in the cold weather.
Of that call–out increase, the service says 54 percent has been to repair boilers, 24 percent to fix plumbing problems and 9 percent to unblock drains.
With more cold weather forecast this weekend, the AA is urging householders to take some simple measures to protect their pipes and prevent them from freezing.
The risk of frozen pipes is elevated so people should keep their heating on at least some of the time, run their cold taps regularly and drain their outside tap if possible
Tom Stringer, head of AA Home Emergency Response
Tom Stringer, head of the AA's Home Emergency Response service warns: "We saw a sharp increase in call–outs last week as the temperature has dropped. Despite extremely cold winters for the last few years, many people are still unprepared for cold snaps."
AA Home Emergency Response has therefore suggested homeowners regularly take the following precautions to prevent emergencies resulting from winter weather.
Tom continues "Home emergencies tend to happen a lot more frequently in winter and people often mistakenly think their standard home insurance covers them. We would suggest that people look carefully at their home insurance policy and if they find they are not covered, they should look at stand–alone home emergency policies to provide them with complete peace of mind."
24 January 2013