It is that time of year again. At Statewide Underwriting Services, we know that frozen pipes continue to be one of the most prevalent issues for Insured’s and Insurers alike during the winter and early spring months. Do not leave yourself exposed to the costly repairs and damage that could result from a burst pipe. Many people tend to overlook the damage that a winter cold spell or storm can cause. The size of a building and the layout can impact the amount of damage done from a frozen pipe. Pipes that run through basements and attics that are not heated are at the greatest risk. Pipes running along exterior walls are also more likely to freeze.
Here are a few steps that can help in mitigating these risks:
- Monitoring heat. Keep the heat in your home above 55 degrees in the winter to help avoid freezing pipes. Especially when you are away.
- Installing water flow and leak sensing devices. These devices come in many inexpensive variations.
- Insulating your pipes. This is one of the best ways to keep them from freezing. Foam pipe insulation is easy to install and affordable.
If you experience a burst pipe, shut your water off immediately and call your plumbing service provider. These steps will help ensure that winter will not leave you out in the cold this year! After that we recommend you to contact your insurance company.
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