Weather damaged roads cause further danger once the snow goes
The Institution of Civil Engineers are warning that drivers, employers and home owners face further weather-related problems once the snow dissipates in the UK.
Frozen pipes, leading to water leaks and damage are a major concern for properties. United Utilities have reported 10 times more calls from the North West region of the UK than the usual amount at this time of the year.
As well as leaking pipes, United Utilities are encouraging reports of low water pressure which can relate to a leak caused by a mains pipe joint cracking when ice thaws.
Clive Dickin, Chief Executive of the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors said that their members had been extremely busy but that most of the work should be covered by insurance.
Drivers face hazards of equal measure as road surfaces crack after thawing, causing potholes and crevices which can cause damage to vehicles. More vulnerable road users such as cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians are also exposed to high risks and should take greater care even once the snow and ice thaw.
Earlier in the year a report by the Asphalt Industry Alliance stated that the backlog of work to repair potholes on Britain’s roads would take 13 years. The current weather conditions which will affect most of January all across the UK will serve to increase the damage to roads and inevitably the length of time for repairs.
Anyone who has experienced water damager or frozen pipe problems should contact their home insurers.
This article was written by Jo Milne of the RTA Department.Useful links