Allstate Offers New Yorkers Tips to Prevent Frozen and Bursting Pipes During Frigid Winter

Posted by  //  March 3, 2016  //  Allstate, Articles

A few simple tips to help protect your home from the frigid temperatures.

Arctic air is bringing record lows and hard freezes across much of New York state, including many areas not accustomed to the winter chill. But there are things you can do to protect your home and property during cold weather.

Freezing and bursting pipes can cause significant damage to New York homes and Allstate Insurance Company recommends homeowners prepare their homes for cold weather using a few tips.

Allstate and the Insurance Information Institute encourage residents to consider the following simple steps to help prevent frozen pipes:

Cold weather tips to protect New York homes:

  • Keep the house heated to a minimum of 65 degrees. The temperature inside the walls where the pipes are located is substantially colder than the walls themselves. A temperature lower than 65 degrees will not keep the inside walls from freezing.

  • Identify the location for the main water shutoff in your home. Find out how it works in case you have to use it.

  • Open hot and cold faucets enough to let them drip slowly. Keeping water moving within the pipes will prevent freezing.

  • If you haven’t already, make sure all hoses are disconnected from outside spigots.

  • If you discover that pipes are frozen, don’t wait for them to burst. Take measures to safely thaw them immediately, or call a plumber for assistance.

  • If your pipes burst, first turn off the water and then mop up spills. You don’t want the water to do more damage than it already has.

  • Make temporary repairs and take other steps to protect your property from further damage. Remove any carpet or furniture that can be further damaged from seepage.

Most homeowners policies cover damage resulting from a freeze, but by protecting your home with these cold weather tips, you can avoid a lot of potential damage.

If homeowners encounter damage resulting from cold weather, Allstate encourages them to contact their agent or their insurance company.

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For More information and a new quote please call Shirley Eizember, Pinckney Insurance Agency, 41 Port Watson St, Cortland New York. 607-756-8505

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life’s uncertainties through auto, home, life and other insurance offered through its Allstate, Esurance, Encompass and Answer Financial brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®.” The Allstate brand’s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2014, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $34 million to support local communities. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.

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