Plummeting winter temperatures can freeze pipes and cause serious problems for homeowners when cracked or burst pipes result. The usual culprits are inadequate insulation and ventilation-pipes near exterior walls, in crawl spaces, attics, and garages are the most susceptible.
The problem is bigger than you may think. More than 250,000 homes are damaged by frozen or broken water pipes each year-ranking second only to hurricanes in terms of damage and costs. Unlike hurricanes, however, frozen pipes can be prevented.
Taking simple precautions can help you prevent frozen pipes this winter:
If you suspect a frozen pipe, call a plumber. Turn off the water and leave the faucets on.
Never try to thaw a pipe with a torch or other open flame, and never use electrical appliances in areas of standing water, as electric shock is possible.
Damage caused by frozen pipes may be covered by homeowners insurance. It is important to review your policy to know what your policy covers and to ensure that you have adequate coverage. To learn more about protecting your home and your belongings, contact one of our qualified insurance professionals by calling 800.227.2757 available Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. through 9:30 p.m. ET.
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