January 03, 2011 19:00 ET

Swinton Urges Homeowners to Be Aware of Broken Boilers This Winter

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Jan. 3, 2011) - As the cold weather gets even worse and thousands of homes across the country report problems with frozen pipes and broken boilers, Swinton is warning people to make sure they have sufficient home insurance to cover these domestic disasters.

The advice follows a report by British Gas this week, which states that more than 100,000 boilers have been repaired by British Gas engineers over the past week, and many workers are giving up their Christmas break to deal with the huge increase in calls because of the cold weather.

The GMB union said today its members at the company have dealt with more than 231,000 calls in the past week, repairing boilers at the rate of around 20,000 a day.

With conditions not likely to improve until into the New Year, Swinton, one of the UKs largest providers of household insurance, is urging home owners to make sure they have adequate cover, as a broken boiler can be extremely expensive to repair.

Steve Chelton, insurance development manager at Swinton, advises: "Every winter brings the same risk of problems to the home and a broken boiler is one of the worst things that can happen to a household. Heating is obviously of paramount importance at this time of year and in addition, fixing a boiler or purchasing a new one can work out to be extremely expensive."

"We urge all home owners to check their policy and make sure their insurance is adequate."

About Swinton

  • With 603 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
  • A dedicated team of advisors is on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates

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