Heat­wave sub­si­dence claims quadru­pled by house­hold­ers

Warwickshire Telegraph - - NEWS -

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.

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