ABI advises homeowners on frozen pipes

With much of the country facing a sudden spell of freezing temperatures, the Association of British Insurers is advising homeowners on how to avoid flooding from burst pipes and making an avoidable insurance claim.

It tells occupiers to turn off the water if pipes or tanks freeze, and using a hairdryer or hot water bottle to defrost the pipe.

In the event of a burst pipe, the ABI advises homeowners to turn off the stop cock and switch off the central heating to avoid further damage.

It reminds people never to touch affected electrical wiring or appliances, and to call a professional plumber or emergency insurance helpline for assistance.