HALF of the nation’s homeowners have suffered water damage in the past, but most still lack the plumbing skills to deal with the issue themselves, it has emerged.
A survey of 2,000 adults found 52 per cent have experienced the dread of water filling their home or pouring from a burst pipe.
Getty – Contributor Half of British households have suffered from burst or broken pipes
Furthermore, one in 10 have dealt with a “major incident” where water caused extensive damage to their home.
It also emerged one third of homeowners haven’t checked the state of the boiler or pipes in their home in the last 12 months.
Nearly two thirds rate their basic plumbing skills and knowledge as below average.
A spokesperson for Sykes Pump Hire, which commissioned the study, said: “It seems inevitable that at some point, whether through inclement weather, a burst river bank, or just some dodgy plumbing, homeowners are going to need to deal with some major water damage.
“Even for those who don’t live in at-risk areas below the water table, being prepared for a flood or unexpected water issue can help to limit the damage which can be done to your home.”
Getty – Contributor Nearly two thirds rate their basic plumbing skills and knowledge as below average
The study also revealed a water mishap can be costly, causing damage to the tune of £976 on average when a burst pipe or flood strikes.
The kitchen is the room in the house most likely to suffer from water damage, followed by the bathroom and the living room.
When asked to identify the culprit of the worst water damage they have experienced, one in four homeowners said a leaky pipe was to blame.
Fifteen per cent have had a pipe completely burst in their home, and one in 10 have suffered from a leaky roof.
Despite the high chance of a plumbing-based blunder, 42 per cent of homeowners would have no idea how to stop the water flow should a faulty pipe start flooding their home.
One in 10 homeowners who took part in the OnePoll study believes they are currently living in an area at risk of flooding.
But only six per cent have any kind of flood preparation, such as pumps and sandbags, ready in their home in case of disaster.
Of those who have suffered water damage to their home, only a third went through their insurance policy to get their repairs done, and 38 have no idea if their insurance covers water damage.
Fifty two per cent paid outright for the damage to be sorted, and nine per cent said there are still repairs which need addressing in their home after their most recent experience of water damage.
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A spokesperson for Sykes Pump Hire added: “We were surprised at the sheer number of people who have suffered water damage to their home, while still lacking the skills and knowledge to prevent further damage if disaster were to visit them again.
“Knowing your plumbing basics, and having some flood preparations to hand should the weather turn, can really make all the difference.”
To read the full results of the study, visit the Andrews Dykes website.
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