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You’re ready to give the cold winter months the boot when the burst water pipe in your house becomes the straw that broke the camel’s back. Santam has dealt with many instances of frozen or burst pipes which cause leaks and result in loss or damage to, property, buildings, and contents. Most insurers regard burst water pipes as an annual occurrence that is widely regarded as preventable.
“The cold weather has nearly everything to do with a burst pipe. The increased risk of frost and freezing weather conditions can cause exposed pipes to burst or leak. Most pipes are unable to withstand the increased pressure of the water within the pipes which expands when it is frozen,” explains Santam risk manager, Marius Steyn.
While geyser claims are usually the most frequent types of claims Santam receives during the winter months, burst water pipes are often among the most common homeowner claims to occur.
Here’s some advice from Santam’s underwriting team on how to prevent burst water pipes in winter:
If you suspect that you’ve suffered water damage as a result of burst pipes, you can take the following action:
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