Arctic air has moved into the area - this is the coldest stretch we have had in four years.  While you will be pulling out your hats & gloves, you should be thinking about protecting your biggest investment - YOUR HOME.  

AVOID HOME DAMAGE FROM FROZEN PIPES

Pipes can burst if the water in them freezes & expands.  This could shatter the pipes or the pipe seals, causing water to come into your home.  Some of the most expensive claims I have seen have been from frozen pipes.  Can you image the damage to your walls, carpets, wood floors, and furniture caused by a burst pipe?

Before the freeze

1.  Wrap outdoor pipes and exposed pipes in rags, newspaper, trash bags or plastic foam.

2.  Drain water sprinkle supply lines

3.  Insulate your outdoor water meter box & make sure the lid is closed

4.  Know where your home's shut-off valve & how to turn it on & off


IF YOUR PIPES FREEZE

1.  If a pipe should burst, turn the water off at the shut off valve.  Call a plumber.  Don't turn the water back on until the pipe has been repaired.

2.  If the pipe is frozen but hasn't burst - you need to thaw it out.  Use a hair dyer, towel soaked in hot water or portable heater.  Apply the heat by slowly moving the heat source toward the coldest spot on the pipe.  NOT CONCENTRATE ON ONE SPOT.  Turn the faucet on & let it run until the pipe is thawed & water pressure is normal.

 

If you do have a loss - call our office!