Last week we mentioned how when the temperature drops, the number of claims associated with fires and frozen pipes skyrockets. We also provided some tips on avoiding fire claims inside of your home. This week our focus in avoiding the dreaded frozen pipes.
Before the Cold Hits:
- Check for small holes or cracks in the exterior of your home and ensure they are insulated.
- Cover around any water pipes that are on the inside of exterior walls.
If your House is Occupied During the Winter:
- Maintain temperature settings at 3-4 degrees higher than normal.
- Turn on any faucets and allow a constant trickle.
- Open any cabinet doors under sinks to allow heat to warm the pipes.
- Insulate your pipes.
- Shut off exterior faucets used for garden hoses from inside your basement and leave the exterior faucets open outside.
If your House is Unoccupied During the Winter:
- Set the thermostat no lower than 60 degrees and install a low heat alarm.
- Have a plumber install a low water cutoff switch on a forced hot water boiler.
- Have the water service shut off all to your house.
- Drain all waterlines leaving drain valves open.
- Shut off gas to the home.
- Have the house checked weekly.
If you are interested in any additional tips for your home or you would like a quote on your homeowners insurance, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.