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Homeowners start property repairs after the snow

By Hannah McLaverty-Williamson, on 13 December 2010

As the last of the snow melts, homeowners in East Yorkshire have been left counting the cost of recent arctic blast.

Plumbers, mechanics and guttering specialists are among the tradesmen currently in high demand from worried property and car owners.

As reported by This is Hull and East Riding, Steve Greenbank the owner of Humber Fascias and Windows in Paull, near Hendon is completing as many as 12 jobs a day after being swamped by calls from local residents.

"Usually, in December people are busy buying carpets and settees ready for Christmas- not making repairs to their guttering. At this time of the year we would expect to have one or two jobs a day, people are not used to this amount of snowfall," he said.

Paul Robinson the managing director of a local plumbing firm said his company have been charging customers a flat fee of £75 to fix a frozen pipe.

"We have been sorting up to ten frozen pipes a day. Fortunately, we have a couple of four-wheel drive vehicles so we have been able to reach even the worst areas. When pipes leading into toilets have frozen, it has got interesting. In some cases, we have had to cut through pipes to sort the problem. We have had more changes of clothes that we have ever had," he added.

Property owners who are having to carry out repairs or maintenance work to their homes should ensure they use recommended tradesmen, after warnings from Trading Standards that there is likely to be an increase in the number of rogue traders operating around the country offering cheap repairs.

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