How to Prevent Damage from Frozen Pipes

Here in the Carolinas we have begun to experience some frigid temperatures. The Arctic air can cause many problems for us and particularly our homes. One major concern for homeowners is the possibility of property damage, especially caused by frozen pipes. If you do experience any damage make sure not to throw any items away because the insurance company will need to see the damaged items. With the severe cold weather arriving, there tends to be an increase in homeowners claims. It is very important to winterize your home before it is too late. Pipes that freeze most frequently are in unheated areas such as garages, basements, or attics. Periodically check pipes to see if they are frozen. There are some basic measures that you can take to eliminate the possibility of water damage:

1. Let cold water drip from the faucet. Running water even if it is a small amount can prevent freezing.
2. If you plan to leave your home for an extended period of time, set a temperature now lower than 55 degrees.
3. Open kitchen and bathroom cabinets to let warm air circulate through your home.
4. Add extra insulation to your home. It might cost more money, but in the long run it will be worth it.
5. From morning to night pick a temperature and stick with it. The variation of temperature inside the house can also cause pipes to burst.

If your home has encountered water damage from frozen pipes it is best to call your insurance agent as soon as possible to file a claim.

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