Introducing Monday, “nothing works day”

No-one likes going back to work on a Monday! But do you know who hates Mondays even more than you? …….Your geyser!

After a weekend of hard labour, statistically more geysers and home appliances pack in on a Monday than any other day of the week.

This is according to Santam’s new “Be Safe Out There “campaign, which is launching today.

In order to help alleviate consumer risk, Santam, South Africa’s largest short-term insurerhas developed the Be Safe Out There campaign, which highlights an interesting finding, based on the insurer’s experience and own data, for each day of the week.

The aim of the campaign is to show consumers how small changes in their daily behaviour can play a big role in keeping them and their possessions safe and avoid unwanted accidents and damage. Starting from today, each day this week, Santam will reveal a daily risk with tips and advice to help consumers mitigate future risk, on their website Facebook users can also find and ‘like’ the campaign on Santam’s Facebook page.

So if you want to enjoy that warm shower as you start your Monday morning, then Santam advises you to have your appliances serviced regularly, check your geyser annually, and make sure it has an overflow pipe.


Herewith more information for MONDAY: “NOTHING WORKS DAY”:

Some people are not aware that their geyser/pipes are damaged, so they wouldn’t pay attention to these until something happens.

Tips on what you can do to help mitigate your risks:

  • Regularly service or replace your worn-out appliances.
  • Look out for signs of wear and tear – rusty pipes, door seals that do not work effectively (tumble driers, front loader washing machines, dishwashers; refrigerators)
  • Geyser: telltale signs: water coming through the overflow; water too cold; low pressure; Is solar geysers less of a risk? Refer to article on Santam facilitation of burst geyser conversion.
  • Switch offer your geyser if you’re going away for more than one day; turn down the geyser’s temperature to around 55 degrees Celsius.
  • Geyser expansion pipes and overflow pipes need to be protected from the elements to avoid freezing, which could result in a burst geyser.
  • Know where the geyser control valve is and ensure that it is accessible so that you can switch it off in an emergency.

To keep in mind – pitfalls for when you need to claim:

  • Ensure that you have used accredited installer who knows how to connect correctly.

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