The damage to a home caused by a broken water pipe can be devastating. And depending on the pipe’s location, the end result can include structural damage, loss of valuables, furniture, important documents, and a costly and time-consuming repair and restoration process.
Unfortunately, countless insurance claims related to broken water pipes are turned down every year after having been determined as preventable. Homeowner negligence is the main reason such a claim is turned away. And for the lucky few who do get their claim processed, in most cases the standard homeowner’s policy will cover the items lost, but not the cause of the damage. So you could still be left with a hefty repair bill.
Luckily, there are steps you can take to stack the odds in your favor and help prevent a water pipe from breaking.
- If you haven’t already, disconnect all outside garden hoses before freezing temperatures occur. If possible, shut off the water leading to outdoor faucets and drain the pipes.
- If you have an irrigation system, turn off the main water valve to the system, set the controller to “rain” mode, or turn it off altogether (depending on your system), release pressure from the pipes by turning on each of the valves, and drain all components that might freeze.
- Insulate all exposed pipes in your attic, basement, crawl space, or those located outdoors.
- If you plan to be away from your home for an extended period of time during the winter months, set your thermostat to at least 55 degrees to prevent your pipes from freezing.
- Have your pipes inspected by a professional to make sure they are in good working order. Preventative maintenance can uncover small issues that could turn into big problems.
For help with insulating your exposed water pipes and any other plumbing need at all, contact Gold Star Service today. And remember: water pipe damage is highly preventable.
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