Insurance News Archive
Drought warning to property owners
Property owners have been warned to be aware of the dangers that drought conditions can bring to buildings.
Especially dry conditions are thought to lead to a heightened risk of subsidence affecting foundations, particularly those of a clay nature.
The Environment Agency claims that this year is currently the driest in the UK since 1976, meaning many homes, particularly those in the south-east of the country, could be in danger.
Richard Mason from insuresupermarket.com comments: "Just because you live in an area of drought doesn't necessarily mean your home will be affected. However, there will be a higher risk of it.
"If you see any cracks developing, it is best to contact your insurance company sooner rather than later. All properties experience some natural movement cracks so they shouldn't be a cause for extreme concern."
Measures such as underpinning, in which the foundations receive a supportive concrete boost, can be taken to ensure that small problems do not turn into something major.
30 May 2006