pipes to break – no matter how strong the pipes may be.
Pipes that freeze most frequently are those that are exposed to severe cold, including ones found in unheated areas of your home (like attics, crawl spaces and the garage), and those that run against exterior walls with little or no insulation.
Here are few tips to help protect your home from potential damage of frozen pipes.
Before a deep freeze
· When summer garden watering is over, be sure to close inside valves supplying your outdoor hose with water, drain the line, and then disconnect the hose from the spigot.
· Insulate all accessible pipes – especially those more susceptible to freezing.
· Have all pipe seals checked. Be sure to repair and fill all cracks and holes.
· Consider installing water sensor.
Going on a winter vacation?
· If you’ll go on vacation for more than a couple days during colder months, consider turning off the water main and drain the water from your plumbing system.
· Keep your thermostat set at a temperature above 15 degrees Celsius in the home.
· Have a responsible adult check on your home each day while you’re away to help mitigate any damage should a burst pipe occur. Be sure to check your homeowner’s policy to confirm how often your home should be checked while you are away.
Your home insurance coverage for damages due to freezing and burst pipes may be void if you are away for an extended period and did not take necessary precautions to prevent these issues, so make sure you talk to your insurance agent or broker about the best options for you and your home before you go away.
Your home is a place of comfort and the center of your family. when it comes to insuring your home, make sure you have the right coverage.