Leaves are beginning to change color and temperatures are dipping around the country, meaning winter’s inevitable freezing weather is right around the corner. This is the beginning of several threats the winter season poses to property owners. To compound the issues freezing weather can create; it’s often difficult and uncomfortable to fix problems when they do occur.
The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) offers home and business owners valuable resources to reduce property damage due to freezing weather. Addressing winter weather risks now should help save you both time and money in the future. Over the next few weeks, we’ll look at three of the most expensive winter weather risks a property is faced with and IBHS’s recommendations to reduce those risks. Let’s begin with frozen pipes:
Frozen pipes are one of the biggest causes of property damage during winter months. When pipes freeze they can burst, resulting in messy and expensive water damage. The key is to keep pipes insulated. Insulation should be installed in any areas exposed to outdoor elements, such as attics, vents, plumbing stacks, and electric and mechanical chases. It’s a good idea to install insulation on various wet sprinkler system piping, as well. In addition, ensure that openings such as doors and windows are tightly sealed, and fill any cracks or holes in exterior walls with caulk or insulation to prevent cold air from getting in. For more details, visit the IBHS page on Preventing Frozen Pipes.
Courtesy of the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety