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December 13, 2010

Worried about what damage heavy snow could do to your property?

Adequately winter-proofing your home will ensure you aren’t one of those left counting the cost as the sub-zero temperatures descend upon us. 

As always, prevention is key, it’s all about locating the problem and fixing it before it’s made worse by the ravages of the winter season.

Here’s a guide from the NFU of what to look out for when faced with deep snow………   

http://www.nfumutual.co.uk/lifestyle/snow-weight.htm

November 18, 2010

‘Energy from Sewage’

Filed under: Environment News, Industry News — Tags: , — sharon @ 9:40 am

Didcot sewage works – together with Thames Water, British Gas and Scotia Gas Networks – is providing gas for 200 households produced from biomethane gas, originally from human waste.

“A joint venture between Thames Water, British Gas and Scotia Gas Networks this marks an important milestone in the UK’s efforts to decarbonise the gas grid and move towards a low-carbon economy. It is hoped this will be the first of many similar projects”.

Read the full article at:- 

http://www.housefixer.co.uk/diy/2010/10/05/sewage-sends-first-renewable-gas-to-grid

November 17, 2010

Cumbria ‘flood charity’ fundraising book now on sale

Filed under: Environment News — Tags: , , — sharon @ 9:52 am

As severe flooding cripples parts of Cornwall, the communities of Cumbria know only too well the heartache and devastation that heavy rainfall and flood waters bring.

A fundraising book containing more than 100  postcards written by celebrities has been launched and is now on sale with proceeds of the book going towards organisations which helped after the Cumbrian floods of 2009.

Cumbria Tourism’s  ‘wish you were here’ went on sale on 15th November.  With a special foreword from the Prince of Wales, this limited edition features handwritten postcards from Dame Judi Dench, Tess Daly and Jonny Wilkinson, some feature drawings, paintings and photographs but all describe what the writer loves most about the Lake District.

November 10, 2010

More flood warnings issued

With more flood warnings issued in York and surrounding areas, here’s some helpful tips from RICS if you are affected:-

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November 4, 2010

More flooding hits Cumbria

Filed under: Environment News, Industry News — Tags: , , — sharon @ 1:50 pm

Already this month we have seen the wettest ‘November’ day on record and more flooding in Cumbria.  River levels are high and more bad weather is on the way, the Met Office have warned of more localised flooding to the area. 

With flood warnings issued, homes and businesses are at risk and lives are in danger.

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October 20, 2010

TPO’s to be cut short

Proposals to simplify Tree Preservation Order paperwork has been announced by planning minister Bob Neill.

As part of the government’s drive to cut red tape, the proposal aims to consolidate the legal provisions currently contained in regulations and tree preservation orders (TPO’s) in England.

This move should save councils thousands in administration costs each year by using a shorter and easier to understand model order. 

This is good news for homeowners and insurers alike as the new process should not only remove ambiguities but ultimately speed up the often extremely complex and lengthy process of appeals and hearings when dealing with Local Authorities and tree related subsidence.

October 13, 2010

Flood protection will escape worst of government’s cuts

Filed under: Environment News, Industry News — Tags: , , , — sharon @ 10:01 am

The government’s flood minister has signalled that flood protection will escape the worst of the cuts in the comprehensive spending review, the details of which will be announced on 20 October.

Environment minister Richard Benyon told a Conservative Party conference fringe event on flooding, held on Tuesday by the ABI, that flood defences were viewed as a priority.

If you have suffered a flood you will know how devastating and distressing it is.   Brewsters have extensive first hand experience in dealing with flood related insurance claims, most recently those in Hull and Gloucester in 2007.

There are steps you can take to help prevent flooding from damaging your home by fitting flood resistant measures such as flood guards to your property and using flood resilient materials such as water resistant plaster.

FLOODWALL’ provides an inexpensive flood-defence system which will not only offer you flood protection but also help you acquire sensibly priced insurance cover, normal premiums and minimal excess.

For a video demonstration and to find out more, visit www.floodwall.uk.com

September 13, 2010

Climate change; number of droughts likely to increase?

A Met Office study on how climate change could affect the frequency of extreme droughts in the UK has found a range of possibilities — the majority of them showing such droughts will become more common.

For insurers, dry spells mean an increase in subsidence claim numbers.

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September 2, 2010

It won’t be long before the cracks start to appear

We can’t ignore the warnings that it won’t be long before the cracks start to appear as Britain’s insurance industry brace themselves for the predicted surge in subsidence claims following this year’s weather conditions.

The Met Office have reported that the UK has had the driest first 6 months of the year since 1929.

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August 20, 2010

Dry Summers mean more subsidence claims

In anticipation of the predicted surge in claim numbers, The Independent report:

Despite the rainy weather many of us have had over the past week, this has been one of the driest summers in the past 50 years, and homeowners are warned this means the threat of subsidence – which could cause hundreds of thousands of pounds of damage to their properties – has increased.

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