ONE in three people in Ealing is living with potentially dangerous faults in the home - because they can’t afford to fix them.

More than half admit there are things that need repairing, according to new research.

These range from broken toilets and radiators, to dodgy light fittings, plug sockets and wiring.

However, the survey of 2,000 people discovered that almost one third of Ealing residents simply don’t have the cash available to fix domestic problems (30 per cent), while a similar number (32 per cent) don’t know how to.

A patient quarter of us are waiting on our partner to do the repair, while half are just willing to live with the situation.

Half of people say they will take action to carry out repairs if and when the problem gets worse, while one third plan to wait until they have the money.

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The minor issues we all put up with include broken plug socets, broken light fittings, radiators, dripping taps, broken toilet handles and cisterns, overflowing gutters and broken gates and fences.

These unattended minor jobs are leading to lots of domestic mishaps, too.

CORGI HomePlan's research showed that, in the past year, four per cent of householders have suffered an electric shock at home, seven per cent have fallen over exposed or loose cabling, seven per cent have had an accident while gardening and four per cent have suffered a DIY injury.

Peter Southcott, Chief Executive of CORGI HomePlan, says: “It’s clear people are living with lots of broken appliances and potentially dangerous situations in their home. That’s a real shame, because it is totally avoidable.

“While the cost of one-off repairs might be too steep for many, regular repairs, servicing and maintenance of the home can be done through home cover insurance for the cost of just a couple of takeaway coffees a week.”