Preventing Frozen Pipes
Increase precautions when the temperature drops
- During extended periods of sub-freezing temperatures, increase thermostat settings to at least 60° 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 roam air can circulate through them. If you have pets or children, be mindful of chemicals stored in the 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.
- Still 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 the water stream low so that only a small amount can trickle through pipes running through cold spaces.
- If the water meter is operating but 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 a plumber immediately.
- If you'll be away for an extended period during cold weather months, have someone check your home at least once a day. Make sure he/she knows the location of the main water shut-off valve.
- Install an automatic shut-off system designed to stop water flow when a leak occurs. Contact your insurance advisor at Clark-Mortenson for additional information and a list of approved devices.
- Add several low temperature sensors to your central station alarm system. Place them in remote areas of your home.
If Damage Occurs
- In the event of water damage, take the following steps immediately to minimize the impact:
- Locate the main water shut-off valve and close it.
- Call an emergency service restoration company to facilitate repairs and start the dry-out process.
- Move undamaged items away from the affected area.
- Contact Clark-Mortenson Insurance at 877-352-2121.