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Research finds 62% of Brits don’t have much knowledge about how their home works

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From boilers to fuse boxes and water pipes, recent study reveals how little homeowners know about home maintenance

New research from LV= General Insurance (LV= GI) has found that 62%* of Brits have little knowledge about the functioning of their home, such as the heating system/boiler, radiators, electrics and water pipes, with 41% admitting they don’t know where their water stopcock is and 38% have no idea how to use it.

According to the nationwide study, 35% don’t know how to find their gas meter, 31% are unsure of where their fuse box is, and a quarter (26%) don’t know where the boiler’s located.  

In fact, 31% of those polled said they would have no idea what to do even if they did find their fuse box and needed to reset the trip switch, whilst 32% have never checked the pressure of their boiler – even if they did know where it is.

Stopcock challenge

According to LV= claims data, the average claim for escape of water from a burst pipe costs a whopping £4,000, however 44% don’t how to fix a leaking pipe, leaving themselves exposed to more damage if a leak isn’t stopped quickly. 

LV=’s home emergency claims data also shows 27%
1 of call outs were due to not getting the boiler serviced within the recommended timescales.  

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* Research of 2,000 Brits was commissioned by LV= General Insurance and conducted by Perspectus Global in June 2023.

1 LV= General Insurance home emergency data – September 2022