The most common issues builders are asked to deal with during the Christmas period include leaking roofs, burst pipes and broken boilers, according to new research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).
The FMB research into festive call-outs uncovered the following results:
- 86 per cent of builders have dealt with leaking roofs;
- 74 per cent of builders have fixed leaks from defective lead flashings and apron to chimney stack;
- 51 per cent of builders have repaired damage caused to the property because of blocked gutters;
- 47 per cent of builders have dealt with leaking windows;
- 44 per cent of builders have dealt with burst pipes;
- 37 per cent of builders have dealt with leaking doors;
- 33 per cent of builders have arranged for a broken boiler to be fixed;
- 29 per cent of builders have fixed damage caused to the property by falling branches from trees;
- 24 per cent of builders have arranged for electrical wiring to be fixed.
Commenting on the research, the FMB’s Brian Berry said, “Even with a maintenance programme in place, unavoidable jobs might still crop up over the Christmas break. For example, we know that three quarters of builders have been called to fix leaking chimneys – a vital job to ensure that Father Christmas can make a smooth and dry entrance on Christmas Eve.”
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