We’ve teamed up with celebrity builder and all-round handyman to help your customers prevent damage in their homes this winter.
According to LV= General Insurance (LV= GI), many of us could experience damage in our homes this winter, as on average, home insurance claims increase by 30% in the colder months.
LV= reports the average cost of a claim in winter is around £4,500, which is 25% (£900) more than in warmer months.
Last winter, one of the most common problems Brits faced were frozen burst pipes which led to escape of water, with an average cost of £38,000 to repair the damage. During the big freeze last December, escape of water claims spiked 79% from the previous month.
LV= has joined forces with celebrity builder and all-round handyman, Tommy Walsh, to provide tips on how to stop home damage this winter – these are the things your customers should watch out for.
The last thing anyone wants during the dark, cold winter months is a power failure. Make sure your customers are alert for any fishy smells - that could be an early indication of problems with electrical wiring, as well as discolouration or scorch marks around plug sockets.
Top tip: if your customers spot either of these, they should call in the experts to take a closer look.
Mould thrives in dark, damp locations, so your customers should start searching in places like under the sink, on washing machine seals and under floor mats, as well as windows and door frames.
Top tip: to get rid of mould, homeowners can wipe down walls with either a mould remover spray or white vinegar – it’s important to wear gloves and a mask and always keep the room ventilated to stop the spores from spreading.