As the temperatures continue to drop, people across this nation are experiencing property damage from frozen and broken water pipes. Unfortunately, during the winter months, this type of home damage is at an all-time high due to freezing temperatures.
Broken water pipes can contribute to significant property damage and losses, including:
- Water damage
- Mold and mildew
- Ruined carpeting
- Warped flooring
- Rotted drywall
- Moldy wallpaper
- Warped cabinets
- Ruined draperies
- Damaged furniture
- Destroyed paperwork and photos
- Damaged antiques and valuables
While insurance companies should cover your losses that result from frozen and broken water pipes, there are some things you may be able to do to prevent your pipes from breaking and causing water damage to your home, including:
- Shutting off water from pipes traveling to the outside.
- Disconnecting the garden hose and all outside hose connections.
- Draining water from pipes.
- Winterizing your sprinkler system by following the manufacturer’s steps.
- Winterizing a swamp cooler, if you have one, by disconnecting the water source and blowing out excess water in the line.
- Not letting your home get below 55 degrees during the winter in order to prevent freezing.
- Making sure everyone in your home knows how to turn off the water supply in case of an emergency, like the pipes bursting.
By taking these steps to prevent your pipes from freezing and breaking, it will save you from water damage and the headache of filing a residential insurance claim in the future. If you have sustained water damage from frozen, broken pipes, call an experienced insurance claim litigation attorney at the Voss Law Firm 888-614-7730 for help filing your insurance claim today.