By Stephanie McLain, Claims Adjuster
Oh the weather outside is expensive. Hmm…I don’t think that’s how the song goes exactly. However, if you don’t take proper precautions, even if winter is your favorite season, it can quickly turn into a costly one. Your home is threaded with pipes. These pipes allow for modern living to function beautifully.
However, when cold weather comes to town, those pipes can get a little congested. Water expands as it freezes which can cause your pipes to burst and, depending on the location or severity of the freeze, can cause costly repairs to start piling up. Luckily, frozen pipes are fairly easy to prevent as long as you pay attention to the weather.
The Red Cross’s website provides these helpful tips on How to Prevent Frozen Pipes:
Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe – even at a trickle – helps prevent pipes from freezing.
Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.
If you’re going to travel, be sure to have someone check on the house. Even if you do set your thermostat to a reasonable temperature, there is always the chance that the power could go out. House sitting and peace of mind are more affordable than a flooded house or all new piping.
Helpful products to look into are smart thermostats. You can control these thermostats from your phone in the event you forgot to adjust the temperature, or if the weather takes a sudden shift while you’re out of town.
In the event you do have a loss, our team is here to help you restore wholeness and assist you in your time of need.