Frozen water in pipes can cause water pressure buildup between the ice blockage and the closed faucet at the end of a pipe, which leads to pipes bursting at their weakest point. Pipes in attics, crawl spaces and outside walls are particularly vulnerable to freezing in sub-freezing weather, where holes in your houses outside wall for television, cable or telephone lines allow cold air to reach them.
To keep water in pipes from freezing, take the following steps:
Fit exposed pipes with insulation sleeves or wrapping to slow the heat transfer. The more insulation the better.
Seal cracks and holes in outside walls and foundations near water pipes with caulking.
Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells to allow warm air to circulate around pipes (particularly in the kitchen and bathroom).
Keeps a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets connected to pipes that run through an unheated or unprotected space.
You can even drain the water system, especially if your house will be unattended during cold periods.
Cover all outside hose faucets.
Know Your Water Supply
Know where shutoff valves for the main water supply, certain appliances, sinks and toilets are located in your home. In the event of a leak, this will enable you to quickly shut off the appropriate valves before calling The Public Adjusters.
Inspect your plumbing water lines and waste lines for leaks, damage or corrosion. If problems are noticed, hire a licensed plumber for further inspection and mitigate any possible damage to your home or contents.
How to Protect Your Home From Water Damage
Water Loss Mitigation Devices:
Water damage can occur anywhere in your home. Frozen water lines as well as water-bearing appliances and fixtures, such as refrigerators with icemakers, dishwashers, washing machines, toilets and water heaters are common sources of water leaks. The number of these sources in today's homes has led to an increased risk of water damage.
Slow leaks from these appliances and fixtures are often impossible to see until it is too late. If a leak goes undetected, it can lead to rotting in the house frame and subfloors and can be a precursor to a catastrophic leak that releases several hundred gallons of water. Water loss mitigation devices may help prevent these problems, while also saving you money on your homeowner’s insurance premium.
Passive Leak Detectors:
Passive leak detection systems are intended to alert you to any water leak. They generally sound an alarm tone within the home when a leak is detected. More advanced products may be connected to a centrally monitored fire and burglar alarm system, alerting you if a leak is detected when you are away from the home. Some of these devices can actually notify you via text messages or email alerts.
Passive leak detectors are helpful, but they do not provide the best method of protection from water leaks, and effectiveness of these systems depends on someone being in your home to take action.
Active Leak-Detection Systems:
Active leak-detection systems provide a more comprehensive solution. These systems alert you to a leak, and stop the water flow before it can cause significant damage to your home. These devices are typically installed on your home's main water supply line and instantly shut off water flow once a leak is detected. The leak detection methods vary by product but typically include the detection of higher or longer-than-
If a Water Damage Emergency Happens:
Call The Public Adjusters at (800) 572-7914. The licensed professional public adjusters from The Public Adjusters are on call, and will be there to help you file your property insurance claim. The Public Adjusters service Texas, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, North Carolina, California and Florida.
The Public Adjusters / Insurance Claim Consultants Inc. is a public insurance adjusting firm licensed in 11 states throughout the United States. The firm works exclusively for the policyholder, ensuring maximum settlement amounts are paid based upon the damage and policy provisions unique to each insurance claim. With over three decades of winning experience and more than 10,000 clients served, the Tampa-based firm of public loss adjusters and insurance consultants specialize in loss assessment adjusting for home and business owners that suffer property loss from hurricane damage, tornado damage, fire and smoke damage, water loss damage, sinkholes, flood damage, hidden decay and business interruption claims. Acting as an ally and personal advocate for its clients during the claims process, The Public Adjusters has negotiated hundreds of millions of dollars- including tens of millions in increased settlements-