Here’s What You Can Do:
The warmth of summer is certainly a welcome change! For many, the worries of weather-related home damage (eg frozen or burst pipes, boiler concerns and icy driveways) seem to ‘melt away’ in the summertime. However, the seasonal heat carries a significant risk to both the interior and exterior of your home. In fact, last summer’s lengthy heatwave led to a record high of more than 10,000 UK home insurance claims. These claims totalled £64 million in the span of just three months! Just as you need to protect yourself in high temperatures, your home requires special summertime care as well.
Help your household beat the heat with these tips:
- Put a stop to subsidence
One of the most common heat-related culprits of home damage. Subsidence occurs when the soil beneath a property loses moisture and shrinks. This process can cause large cracks on the interior or exterior of your home. The top cause of subsidence is nearby plant roots draining moisture from the ground. With this in mind, consider removing any trees or bushes planted near your home—or properly maintain them with routine clipping and pruning.
- Protect your pipes
While you don’t have to worry about frozen pipes in the summer, it’s important to ensure your pipes are sealed correctly with regular maintenance as the temperature rises. Poor sealing or caulking could lead to leaky or burst pipes during periods of high water usage and pressure (eg from swimming pools, garden hoses and sprinklers).
- Save the roof
The combination of heat and humidity in the summertime can cause excess moisture within the attic of your home, resulting in deteriorated roofing. Prevent roof damage by maintaining your ducts and ensuring proper ventilation with an air filter or dehumidifier.
More than anything, you can protect your property from the heat with proper home insurance. For more information, contact TH March today on 01822 668 000. Alternatively, click here to visit our home insurance page and request a call back.