Homeowners Should Always Increase Precautions When the Temperature Drops.
- Temporary Measures
- During extended periods of sub-freezing temperatures, increase thermostat settings to at least 60º F throughout the home to help ensure adequate temperatures are maintained in colder spots.
- Open bathroom or kitchen cabinet doors that run along outside walls so that warmer room air can circulate trough them. If you have pets or children, be mindful of chemicals stored in cabinets.
- To prevent exterior faucets from freezing, shut them off from inside the home and drain remaining water from the pipes. Exterior irrigation systems should be winterized.
- Standing water freezes faster than running water. During periods of low usage and on frigid nights, turn on a faucet at the highest point in the home. Keep water stream low, so that only a small amount can trickle through pipes running through cold spaces.
- If the water meter is operating buy your water is not running, you may have a frozen pipe. Once the pipe thaws, it could burst. If you discover a frozen pipe, close the main water shut-off valve and call al plumber immediately.
- If you're away from home for extended periods of time, turn off the water. This may not prevent frozen pipes, but it can significantly reduce the damage.
- Permanent Measures
- Install an automatic shut-off system designed to stop water flow when a leak occurs.
- Add several low temperature sensors to your central station alarm system. Place them in remote areas of your home.
- If Damage Occurs
- Locate the main water shut-off valve and close it immediately.
- Call an emergency service restoration company to facilitate repairs and start the dry-out process.
- Move undamaged items away from the affected area.
- Contact us or your insurance claims hotline to start a claim.
Content received from Specialty Brokerage and Originally published by AIG Personal Insurance