Freezing and bursting pipes can cause significant damage to your home. Don’t rely on the advice of a groundhog to protect your assets. AAA Insurance recommends that you prepare your home for cold weather using these seven tips:
1. Keep the house heated to a minimum of 65 degrees. The temperature inside the walls where the pipes are located is substantially colder than the walls themselves. A temperature lower than 65 degrees will not keep the inside walls from freezing.
2. Identify the location for the main water shut-off valve in your home. Find out how it works in case you have to turn off the water due to an emergency.
3. Open hot and cold faucets enough to let them drip slowly. Keeping water moving within the pipes will prevent freezing.
4. Make sure all hoses are disconnected from outside spigots.
5. If you discover that pipes are frozen, don’t wait for them to burst. Take measures to safely thaw them immediately, or call a plumber for assistance.
6. If your pipes burst, first turn off the water and then mop up spills. Otherwise the water will do more damage than it already has.
7. Remove any carpet or furniture that can be further damaged from water seepage. Make temporary repairs and take other steps to protect your property from further damage.
Most homeowners’ policies cover damage resulting from a freeze, but by protecting your home with these cold weather tips, you can avoid a lot of potential damage. If you have any questions concerning your policy,
always feel free to reach out to your trusted AAA Insurance agent.
— Jim McCafferty, Senior Vice President of AAA Insurance Services
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