Protecting your home this winter

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15 January 2020

Every winter millions of pounds worth of damage is caused by frozen and burst pipes, due to extreme weather conditions. Please take a look at our essential tips to help keep your home protected this winter. 

  • Ensure that the boiler and heating system are regularly serviced annually by a registered professional.
  • If your home is left unattended leave the heating on low to prevent pipes freezing in very cold weather.
  • Make sure your loft is insultated (recommended thickness is around 270mm). 
  • Ensure furniture isn’t too close to your radiators and allow heat to circulate. 
  • Know where the water shut off valve (stop tap) is in the event of an emergency as it will help you to quickly isolate the supply.
  • Water pipes, cold water tanks and taps in unheated or vulnerable places should be lagged to help prevent pipes freezing.
  • We recommend that pipes are visually checked regularly. Plastic plumbing joints will degrade sooner than metal ones. Arrange to re-washer any dripping taps; if they freeze, they’ll block your pipes.
  • Keep your drains clear - avoid putting any food waste or fat down the sink as this can cause a blockage.

If you wish to claim on your Integra policy for damage caused by an escape of water, please visit our claims pages for more information and to register your claim online.

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