Last week’s cold blast in the Northeast showed us all how severe winter weather can be. When freezing temperatures hit suddenly pipes that carry water can freeze, and burst – costing homeowners big money and leaving them stranded without water.
Erie Insurance Group is offering homeowners tips to help prevent this from happening:
- Drain water from pipes that are likely to freeze. This includes your swimming pool and sprinkler water supply lines.
- Disconnect any hoses from the outside of your home, drain the hoses and store them inside. Make sure to close the indoor valves supplying these outdoor access points.
- Insulate the area around vents and light fixtures. This helps prevent heat from escaping into the attic.
- Seal any wall cracks. Be sure to pay careful attention to the areas around utility service lines. Also ensure you have proper seals on all doors and windows.
- Open kitchen cabinets. This allows the warm air to circulate around the pipes.
- Keep the garage doors closed to protect water lines.
- Allow your faucets to drip cold water on the coldest days. The movement will make it harder for the water to freeze.
- Keep your thermostat at the same temperature day and night. Never let it fall below 55 degrees Fahrenheit when you leave your home.
- By taking action now, you are more likely to avoid damage.
The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety says a burst pipe can cause more than $5,000 in water damage. We can all agree that this is not the time of year when we need that kind of financial hit. But by taking precautions homeowners can prevent the worst from happening.