NewsBrace Yourselves - Winter May Be Coming Early This Year
Summer has long past & we are well into Autumn - but the British weather is unpredictable as ever. From soaring heat mid September to torrential rain a week later, we can never really prepare ourselves too well as to what is next! Have a quick read of our fact sheet & what you can do if you do suffer a burst pipe in the winter...
How secure is your property?
Our home's are our pride & joy & we are always looking for ways to further protect our properties. Ensuring you have the basics fitted into place in your home will help cover your home from all angles including outdoor protection, water prevention, fire prevention & intruder alerts. Have a quick read of our piece on home security essentials...
Surestop Online Training Programme is now LIVE!!
Surestop are happy to announce that our 2014 Online Training Programme, 'Surestop Academy' has now LAUNCHED! This training facility will teach you about Surestop products & how to safely/correctly fit them - as well as all of the correct terminology. The service is 100% FREE FOR ALL to use & once you have completed it, you can apply to be a platinum installer!
Congratulations to Pete Davis on reaching 10 Years fitting Surestop Products!
Pete Davis has reached 10 years of fitting Surestops, an incredible feat, everyone here at Surestop would like to congratulate him on this wonderful achievement & would like to thank him for his commitment to the company.
Pete even visited us recently to mark the milestone. See picture of Pete (right) and Surestop’s Technical Executive Alfie McMullan (left)
Click 'more' to learn about this astonishing achievement & to find out about how you can get in contact with Pete's company 'Stopcock Maintenance Services'.
We don't mean to scare you, but these are the FACTS.
21% of holidaymakers return to a home emergency, such as a burst pipe,
As holidaymakers head off for the holidays, research(i) from the AA : www.theaa.com/ 's Home Emergency Response service shows that many householders court domestic disaster when they leave their home empty without asking a neighbour to 'keep an eye out' for them.
If you have a water leak in your home, the cost to you can be astronomical.
If you have a water leak in your home, the cost to you can be astronomical. More and more homeowners are going onto water meters to keep their spending under control. That means that you pay for every drop of water that you use, even if that water is lost due to a leak and goes to waste.
Water leaks can cost homeowners thousands of pounds in the form of damage to the home. A leak can damage your structure, fixtures and fittings, furnishings and can even cause the growth of mould. Repairing the damage caused by a leak can really add up.
You can avoid these costs by detecting a water leak in your home before the problem escalates. Use these tips to help you find water leaks quickly. Or better still – limit the likelihood of it happening – FIT A SURESTOP.
Everyone seems to be talking about energy prices. What can I do to help save money.
Water bills have gone up a whopping 80 per cent in the last decade, so installers can definitely get in their customers' good books by saving them some pennies on their water bills.
Most of these concepts are easily affordable and could pay for themselves within a few months.
Surestop showed at Greenbuild EXPO 2014
Surestop was proud to be part of Greenbuild EXPO 2014, a pioneering conference - showing our innovative range of Surestop stopcocks, which take away the worry and misery a leak can bring when your property is flooded while you are away from it.
Did you come alone to meet the Team?
When it comes to plumbing emergencies, no one is immune
According to the Association of British Insurers, the cost of damage caused by burst pipes and leaking water was around £7 million per day last winter
Danny Davis, the Operations Manager of the Chartered Institute of Heating Engineering (CIPHE), says there are precautions you can take to make sure it isn’t you that will suffer this winter.
Even Martin Lewis from MoneySavingExpert.com has trouble finding his stopcock!
Martin the MoneySavingExpert wrote: A stopcock is your mains water tap (the off switch). Everyone should know where theirs is, especially at this time of year when pipes can burst due to frost. If you don't know where yours is, your house could be flooded with water everywhere, while you have no idea how to stop it.
Emergency plumber Charges over £1,000 for Turning off a Stopcock
In February, at 11.30pm a pipe burst in a London resident's upstairs bedroom. Shortly after, due to the torrent of water pouring down through the house, the ceiling in the hall collapsed. After a quick internet search, the number of an emergency plumber was found. The company gave a verbal quote for an emergency call-out fee and plus an hourly rate. Expensive, but an emergency.....
Why are there so many claims for burst water pipes in winter?
Most burst water pipes happen in winter when the water inside a pipe freezes. As the ice expands, putting pressure on the pipe they eventually cracks and when it bursts, thawed water will come pouring from the break. Frozen pipes can be a real disaster for your property, as well as for any of your neighbours if they live below in a block of flats.
What should you do if you discover a burst water pipe
The first thing you should do is find your main stopcock and make sure that you can turn it on and off.
This is often found under the kitchen sink or where the service pipe enters the property.
If it is on, turn off the central heating and immersion heater, and turn on the hot taps to help drain the water system.
Surestop Lifecycle test
surestop carry out a 'destruction life cycle test' of our products, with an on/off/on cycle. We have just taken our latest stopcock off test, with results that have left some of our customers 'open mouthed'.
So what has our latest our test proved?
If you had fitted our product on the day you were born and it had been turned from on to off and back on, 20 times a day, every day of your life, it would have lasted you 107 years!
£41,000 water Bill shocks Tenant
A 29 year old shocked tenant was horrified when his water bill came through the post for £41,000 … just days after being charged £33,000!
A bewildered tenant has been hit with a bill after his water pipes burst - Ryan Bishop, 29, was horrified when South East Water sent him the five-figure bill after a 21.5 million litre water leak outside his rented property in Peacehaven, East Sussex.
A burst pipe had meant that enough water to fill more than 60 swimming pools seeped into greenland next to his home.
Surestop Remotes Now Available with 6 metres of Tubing
You can now get the Surestop Remote range with 6 metre tubing making it better for those difficult to reach places!
Ideal for tenant apartments where the switch could be more beneficial to be placed in a secure location outside of the property to enable others to turn off the mains water in the event of a leak while the occupant is away.
B & Q recognise the growth of Surestop
Surestop Ltd is pleased to announce that B & Q, the leading home improvement and garden centre retailer in Europe and the third largest in the world, has joined the Surestop extensive network of trade suppliers.B & Q are currently promoting the 15mm Surestop Remote Stopcock in 24 of their branches. Don't forget to use your TradePoint card if you have one!
Surestop Ltd is delighted to welcome Selco
Surestop Ltd is delighted to welcome Selco Builders Warehouse to our extensive network of trade suppliers!Selco Builders Warehouse is one of the fastest growing retailers in the building supplies sector with 33 branches across England and Wales. Selco was originally formed as Sewell & Co (Timber) Ltd in 1895. From a small, family owned business in Birmingham. The company has now become a fast growing, highly competitive, and highly respected trade only builder’s merchants with branches spanning four regions in England and Wales, and plans for further growth
Surestop Platinum Installer gets recognition for 1st Class Service
Panic Plumbing & Electrics of Worthing get recognition for a first class service
Mr Stockman of West Sussex stated 'Having the SureStop water stopcock is a solution to a problem we have had for a long time. This was not the first occasion that the old stop-cock has become stuck and it is good to know that these problems are a thing of the past. We can control our water with a flick of the switch which is now in an easily accessible position. The service provided by Panic Plumbing & Electrics was first class, it is very easy to discuss things with Nigel and I would not hesitate in calling him again'
Mr Stockman, West Sussex
Are Water Leaks Covered in House Insurance?
Insure.com reports that water damage is a leading reason why policyholders file claims on their homeowner's insurance. Still, you have to be particularly careful of the terminology you use when describing water damage to your insurance agent. Depending on the extent of your coverage, your homeowner's policy may cover the damage a sudden water leak causes, but will not pay to repair what caused the problem in the first place.
Leaking water from troublesome plumbing is the number one cause of home insurance claims, research has revealed.
The big freeze followed by a record wet winter has caused serious problems with homeowners' pipework across the UK, according to Aviva.
Storm and accidental damage takes second place, while theft and fire lie in third and fourth position.
The insurer says while a leaking pipe could be a relatively minor issue, in comparison to fire and flood, it can ultimately cause a major problem which costs an average of £3,500.