Beast from the East 2 could be on the way! Protect your property just in case
The UK is predicted to face another harsh storm soon.
There have been predictions that the UK will soon face a storm to rival the Beast from the East of last year, and homeowners are therefore being warned to prepare themselves and their properties for the coming weather.
The BBC has said that a powerful weather system, including snow, sleet, thunder and lightning, is likely to bring about treacherous conditions across the North of England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. This is almost exactly one year from the storm of 2018 winter.
As the temperature begins to drop, people need to protect their households. Halifax Home insurance said that it saw a 169% increase in storm claims last year compared to January 2017, and during the same period they saw a 59% increase in claims for damage caused by ‘impact’ (from a vehicle, falling tree or animal) with 135 claims in 2018 versus 85 in 2017.
It’s worth noting that many homes were affected by the cold weather last year, and lots of people who wouldn’t have needed storm protection in the past suddenly found their homes were much more at risk.
As well as finding the right home insurance policy, here are some measures you can take to protect your property.
1 Set your thermostat to a minimum of 12 degrees
If you keep your home at a temperature of at least 12 degrees, even overnight, you’ll save yourself the cost and the hassle of a pip freeze.
It might add to your energy bill, but many thermostats have a built-in winter option that lets you routinely heat up your system to make sure your pipes stay at the right temperature.
Pipes freezing is one of the most common issues houses face during cold winters.
2 Disconnect and drain water features
Hosepipes, sprinklers, and garden water features such as fountains can all freeze during low temperatures and cause problems.
By disconnecting them overnight and during times when the temperature really drops, you can avoid these issues. Many of these features are connected to external water outlets and so can block your system if they freeze.
3 Insulate the house pipes
If you have pipes in places such as basements, garages, kitchen cabinets and outside your house, make sure they are insulated during cold weather.
You can do this using UL-listed heat tape, or foam rubber insulation where the pipes are exposed to air. This will prevent your system becoming frozen.
4 Make sure you know where the stopcock is
A stopcock is a valve that controls the cold water throughout your home. They are usually found in the kitchen, below the sink unit.
Make sure you know where it is so that you can turn it off quickly if there is an emergency, as failure to do so can cause your home to flood.
5 Check your home insurance
Read through the conditions of your home insurance policy so that you know what you are covered for. If there are any areas lacking, then you can use a price comparison site like A Spokesman Said to look for a better deal and keep your home safely covered throughout any bad weather.
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