Tips to Prevent a Pipe Burst

Personal LinesWater damage is one of the most common homeowners’ claims and winter brings additional water challenges. As the weather reaches freezing temperatures, water inside your pipes can freeze and expand increasing pressure which can cause a burst. There are several things that you can do to avoid frozen pipes and a watery mess:

  • Keep thermostat set at 60 degrees or above, even when you are away on business or vacation.
  • Run your faucets are a low drip to keep the water moving.
  • Leave cabinets open to allow heat to reach pipes located under sinks.
  • Turn water off that feeds outside fixtures such as garden hoses, sprinkler systems or outdoor showers.
  • Make sure you know where your main water shut-off valve is in case you need to turn it off in the event that a pipe bursts.

Never try to unthaw a frozen pipe with an open flame. If you think you are at risk of a frozen pipe bursting, call a professional plumber. Your homeowners’ insurance may cover the damages if a pipe bursts but you’ll want to check with your agent to be sure. To learn more about your insurance policy and what is covered in the event that you do experience water damage from frozen pipes, contact a trusted AssuredPartners NL agent at (844) 507-2528.

Source: disastersafety.org

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