Landlords should make sure their properties are protected against burst water pipes, after it was revealed that a claim can cost £3,000.

Virgin Money Home Insurance said that escape of water accounted for 15 per cent of all the company's claims received between December 2009 and November 2009.

Spokesperson at the company Grant Bather said: "Some parts of the country might be seeing a thaw but the cold weather is far from over and homeowners should be prepared for the effects that the cold weather could have on their property."

Tips such as heating homes for one or two hours each day and switching on hot water can help landlords to guard against frozen pipes, he advised.

In December Aviva stated that there had been a 500 per cent increase in water damage claims during last winter's cold snap.

The organisation said that water can gush through property and ruin interiors if one pipe bursts in the lost.

Written by Claire DoyleADNFCR-2002-ID-19556003-ADNFCR

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