Heatwave subsidence claims quadrupled by householders
THE sizzling summer temperatures sparked a surge in claims by households to deal with the impact of subsidence, figures from insurers show.
The number of claims across July, August and September quadrupled compared with the previous quarter, rising to levels not seen in more than a decade, the Association of British Insurers (ABI) said.
More than 10,000 households made claims worth a total of £64 million to deal with the impact of subsidence between July and September. The ABI said the figures were the highest level of subsidence claims since the heatwaves of 2006 and 2003.
Subsidence is routinely covered by buildings insurance and warning signs can include cracks suddenly emerging in properties, perhaps around doors and windows, and often appearing thicker than a 10p coin.
It can happen when the ground beneath a building loses moisture and shrinks. This can be caused by several factors, including prolonged dry spells.