Spiders, heights, the dark...we all have fears and phobias, but what about when it comes to home emergencies?
A new survey of 2,000 Brits has found that the ultimate home emergency fear is discovering burst pipes and a flooded house.
In a study by appliance and boiler insurance company, Row.co.uk, almost 29 per cent admitted to being afraid of this the most, which is roughly 11 million British adults.
Second on the list with 22 per cent is the fear of vermin infestation, with electricity and water supply issues (15 per cent) rounding out the top three.
'The first thing to do when finding burst pipes in your home is to turn off the water supply, plus your boiler and central heating system,' advises Richard Waters, managing director of Row.co.uk.
'It's then important to quickly drain as much water out of the system as possible to prevent more water spilling through the house, so start by flushing the toilets and turning on all taps. If there's any sitting water from the leak it's imperative you clear as much up as possible straight away. If you have insurance, make a note of any damage and call them as soon as possible.'
If you're looking to buy a new property, a useful tool to use is the Report Finder by Landmark Information. If you simply input your full address, it will highlight potential flood risks, ground instability problems and any large-scale planning applications in the area.
'It is easy to fall in love with a property and let the heart rule the head, but you need to make sure any home will be a safe investment too,' says Rob Phillipson, sales and product director at Landmark Information. 'After all, property is likely to be the most expensive purchase you will ever make and so it pays to protect your investment with a few vital checks.'
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