Preventing Frozen Pipes

Preventing Frozen Pipes

Brrrr it's cold outside!

It's winter time again and that means the potential of below freezing temperatures.  Our Insurance Options wants to make sure you are prepared for any potential issues that may occur during cold weather.

One of the most common issues of cold temperatures is frozen pipes.  It can leave you without any running water for days, or even worse, burst a pipe and create a huge mess that could lead to water damage.

Here's some tips on how to prevent your pipes from freezing from one of our trusted partners, Augusta Mutual Insurance Company.

General, everyday tips:

  • Insulate your pipes.  You can find inexpensive insulation at any hardware store.  In a pinch newspapers or blankets can do the trick.
  • Use a space heater.  If you have an area of your home that is prone to frozen pipes, run a space heater on the coldest days.
  • Let your faucets drip.  It might seem wasteful but pipes with moving water in them are less likely to freeze.
  • Disconnect outside water sources.  You're unlikely to need your hose during the winter so empty it, store it, and turn off the valves that go to outside faucets.

If you're going out of town:

  • Keep cupboard doors open.  Open the doors of cupboards that contain pipes so the warm air of the house can reach them.
  • Know how to shut off your water.  If you're going to be gone for an extended period of time in the winter find out where the water shut-off to your home is. And use it.
  • Call on a friend.  Ask someone you trust to check your home daily if you'll be gone more than a few days.  If a pipe does burst, the sooner it's discovered the better. Thousands of gallons of water could end up in the house if a break goes unnoticed.

If you have any questions or would like additional tips for prevention, contact us at info@ourinsuranceoptions.  We would love to make sure you have what you think you have insured.