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Protect Your Property from Freezing Temperatures: Tips for Homeowners and Business Owners

As the weather forecast predicts severe cold conditions in your area this weekend, it’s essential to take proactive steps to safeguard your property from potential damage caused by freezing temperatures. At Williamson Insurance Service, we understand the importance of ensuring your peace of mind during such weather challenges. Here are valuable tips that both homeowners and business owners can follow to protect their properties:

Tips to Prevent Burst Pipes Due to Water Freezing: 

  1. Maintain Adequate Heat:
    • Keep your heat set to at least 55°F in areas where pipes with water are present, especially when your home or business is closed.
  2. Professional Inspection:
    • Have a licensed professional regularly inspect, maintain, and test water handling systems.
    • Consider installing temperature and water detection sensors for added protection.
  3. Power Monitoring and Planning:
    • Monitor building power and have a plan in place to safely maintain building temperatures in case of a power outage.
  4. Regular System Checks:
    • Periodically check your building’s heating and water systems, especially if your home or business is unoccupied from being away on vacation.
  5. Staff Education:
    • Designate and educate staff (for businesses) or family members (for homes) on how to safely shut down the property’s water supply.
    • Ensure designated individuals have access to the required shut-off valves.
  6. Fire Sprinkler System Checks:
    • If you have a fire sprinkler system, confirm that your central station-monitored water flow alarm works.
    • Ensure water has been adequately drained from areas protected by dry pipe systems if present. 

Online Claim Submission for Quick Response

In the unfortunate event of a loss, starting your claim is fast and easy with our online claim submission. Williamson Insurance is committed to being here for you before, during, and after severe cold weather. While these proactive measures do not guarantee that your pipes won’t freeze, they significantly reduce the risk.

Take these steps to protect your property and stay safe and warm during the upcoming cold spell.

Portions of this article are courtesy of Selective Insurance.
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