Water damage from bursting pipes is one of the most common homeowners insurance claims, with an average claim cost of about $5,000. Prevention is the key to avoid costly property damage. We at ivalueSafety.com want to share a post of Preventing Frozen Pipes per the following:
- Let cold water trickle from the faucets in your home.
- Keep garage doors closed, especially if you have water supply lines in the garage.
- Open kitchen and bathroom cabinets to allow warm air to reach the plumbing (be sure to move any cleaners or chemicals out of the reach of children and pets).
- Keep your thermostat set to a warm temperature. If you’re leaving town, set it to no lower than 65 degrees.
- Wrapping freezing pipes with thermostatically controlled heat tape (from $50 to $200, depending on length) is also an effective way to quickly thaw a trouble spot.
- Don’t thaw pipes using a propane torch, which presents a fire risk.
- If you will be traveling, consider shutting off your water supply at your home’s main valve. Be sure to drain your pipes by turning on your faucets.
- If your pipes freeze: turn on the taps, try to warm the affected area with a hair dryer and call a plumber.
- If you experience a burst pipe: immediately shut off the water at your home’s main valve. It’s a good idea to locate this valve ahead of time.