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Burst pipes 'need those with approved plumbing qualifications'

Britons who experience problems with burst pipes as a result of the cold weather have been encouraged to seek the help of tradespersons who have taken a plumbing training course.

The Met Office recently issued severe weather warnings for areas in Scotland, while freezing temperatures are expected over the coming weeks.

And according to insurance provider Direct Line, this could lead to people having to deal with burst pipes after they freeze and then re-thaw.

"It's a situation that is best avoided where possible," Kate Syred, head of Direct Line for Business, warned.

However, the company told those who cannot evade pipe problems to immediately seek the help of a qualified plumber.

In addition, workers who have approved electrical qualifications could also find themselves in demand among homeowners as a result of burst pipes.

The firm stated that people should "arrange for an electrician to inspect electrics and heating" if pipes split.

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