Would you know what to do if you had a leaky pipe?

Posted: 22nd Mar 2019

Over half of the nation's homeowners have suffered water damage in the past, yet many of us lack the basic plumbing skills to deal with these issues, it's been found

Surveying 2,000 adults, the study revealed 52 per cent have had that unpleasant sensation of water pouring from a burst pipe or filling their homes.

On top of this, one in 10 have had to cope with water extensively damaging their home.

Another issue came as it was found a third of homeowners had not checked the condition of their boiler or pipes over the last 12 months, which is perhaps not surprising when nearly two thirds consider their basic plumbing knowledge to be below average.

This is particularly concerning as it was found that a water mishap can be expensive, as it, on average, costs homeowners £976 to deal with a burst pipe or flooding.

The room which is most likely to suffer water damage is the kitchen, followed by the bathroom, while the living room makes up the top three.

The biggest culprit for water damage was a leaky pipe, with one in four homeowners highlighting this as the cause.

An unlucky 15 per cent have seen a pipe completely burst, while 10 per cent have had to deal with a leaky roof.

While there's a significant risk of a plumbing fault occurring, 42 per cent of homeowners said they would have no idea what to do if a pipe started leaking.

Of those who needed to deal with water damage, only a third got the repairs done through insurance, while 28 per cent had no idea if their policy covered it.

52 per cent would pay upfront to get it sorted, while nine per cent said they still need to carry our repairs to deal with damage that had happened recently.

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."

"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."