November 25, 2009 19:00 ET

Severe Weather Puts Pressure on Homes

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Nov. 26, 2009) - Torrential rain, floods and gale force winds are battering millions of homes this week as severe weather hits the UK.

Swinton, the UK's leading high street retailer of home insurance, is warning homeowners to check that their houses are fully insured as the worst of the weather could still be to come.

Swinton is predicting a surge of claims following the extreme weather conditions faced by households in Britain over the last two weeks. Simple precautionary steps such as trimming back over-hanging branches and securing loose or damaged roof tiles can make a significant difference in limiting damage when bad weather strikes says Swinton.

Steve Chelton, Insurer Development manager at Swinton said: "Prevention is better than cure and people can help themselves to guard against weather-related accidents and damage to property. Of course, home insurance provides people with the safety net should the worse happen, so they should also ensure they have sufficient buildings & contents cover

"These days, the strength and unpredictability of British weather is a force to be reckoned with so it helps for people to be aware of the things that they can do to protect their homes and possessions against damage."

About Swinton

  • With 580 branches nationwide Swinton is the UK's largest high street insurance retailer
  • Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry, Swinton is committed to keeping its branches open for business, and part of the community
  • Swinton provides a one-stop-shop for the insurance and related needs of its clients, offering home, car, caravan, business, holiday, motorbike and even classic car insurance
  • With a dedicated team of advisors on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates

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