Households encouraged to lag pipes ahead of cold snap
Households have been advised to give their water pipes extra lagging to prevent them from freezing and bursting.
According to NFU Mutual, well insulated loft spaces can get very cold during the winter months.
As a result, the company believes people need to take extra precautions to prevent pipes bursting when water freezes.
The advice comes ahead of a cold snap that is forecast to hit much of the UK later this week.
Matthew Scott, chief claims manager at NFU Mutual, commented: "Escape of water causes a huge amount of damage, whatever the cause, but burst pipe claims caused by frost damage are a particular concern at this time of year.
"Homeowners can take a number of steps to protect their property before a cold snap."
Mr Scott insisted that prevention is always better than the cure, which means protecting a house's plumbing before temperatures fall can reduce the chances of damage "dramatically".
He went on to state that anyone who discovers an escape of water in their property should act "quickly but calmly".
Households were advised to turn off their water at the stop cock and drain the system by opening all the taps.
Mr Scott added that if the damage is serious, people should get in touch with their insurer to seek advice about professional help with drying out the property and commencing repairs.
According to figures from NFU Mutual, the average cost of repairs to damage from leaks caused by frozen pipes is about £4,700.
This comes after Scottish Water launched a campaign urging both households and businesses to be mindful of the consequences of experiencing burst pipes.