The most common Christmas household disasters

Published:  17 December, 2018

Leaky roofs and burst pipes are the most common problems that builders are called out to fix during the winter months, according to new research.

A study by the Federation of Master Builders showed that during the festive period, almost 90% of builders have been called out to fix leaking roofs, nearly half have been asked to fix burst pipes and a third have been asked to repair a broken boiler.

The results also showed:

• 74% have fixed leaks from defective lead flashings and apron to chimney stack

• 51% have repaired damage caused to the property because of blocked gutters

• 47% have dealt with leaking windows

• 37% have dealt with leaking doors

• 29% have fixed damage caused to the property by falling branches from tree

• 24% have arranged for electrical wiring to be fixed.

Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “Christmas is a costly time of year and the last thing homeowners want to spend their money on is emergency home improvement work.

“To prevent these issues from occurring homeowners should carry out a simple programme of maintenance. Boilers should be serviced and checked in advance of the Christmas holidays to avoid any breakdowns.

“If you’re going away over Christmas it’s a good idea to leave the heating on low to prevent pipes from bursting in cold weather. And finally, don’t forget to check the roof for any loose tiles or slates to avoid a leaking roof.”

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