Anyone in doubt about the devastation that burst pipes can cause need only listen to the tale of one retiree’s home heating howler, which has left his home in a “terrible state”. Michael McCooe, 77, who is profoundly deaf and suffers heart problems, has been unable to live in his bungalow for the past six weeks after his heating broken down over the Christmas period. This led to his pipes freezing over and subsequently bursting, sending water flooding through his home.
According to the Portadown Times, the Housing Executive sent workmen to deal with the problem, but there are concerns over the quality of the work. Relatives have reported visiting the property to find water leaking into rooms, flowing down walls and even coming into contact with live electrical socket.
Gerard McAtarsney, Mr McCooe’s nephew, said that the house is in a “terrible state”. “I knew someone had been working at the house on Monday so I went down to see what was going on. I couldn’t believe it when I opened the door,” he remarked.
The concerned relative added that there has been major damage to the property – the water has pulled plaster from the walls, destroyed many of the ceilings and damaged many of Mr McCooe’s personal possessions.
He is not the only person to have been shocked by the scenes in the bungalow – Councillor Michael McGoldrick also visited the home and was taken aback by what he saw. “I phoned Alex Attwood, the Minister with responsibility for housing, straight away to tell him how serious the situation was. He asked me for the details and assured me he would get it sorted,” he said. According to the report, the Housing Executive is now carrying out a full investigation into the blunders and has set to work on putting things right.
It’s an incident that only serves to highlight how important plumbing insurance can be – this type of cover could have undoubtedly come in really handy for unfortunate Mr McCooe. People with this type of cover in place are able to call on the help they need with plumbing problems as soon as they occur, whether they’re burst pipes or issues with the supply pipe. The case of this poor pensioner only serves to underline that the worst really can happen – and the peace of mind that the right insurance brings can be a real asset in a time of crisis.
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