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ALERT: Frigid Temperatures Expected in Northeastern United States
A blast of extremely cold air is expected to cover most of New England and the Mid-Atlantic sections of the United States, resulting in temperatures far below freezing. Depending on the area, the extreme cold will begin on February 2nd and last through February 4th.
During extended periods of cold, and/or during extremely frigid conditions, the possibility of frozen water pipes increases. It’s important to not only plan to keep ourselves, our families, and our pets warm and safe from the bitter cold, but also to make sure that our pipes stay warm as well.
Here are some tips to help avoid this common cause of winter-related water damage:
How to prevent frozen pipes:
· Pipes that have frozen in the past and ones near exterior walls are obvious candidates for special attention. Insulate areas where vulnerable pipes are located. When insulation isn’t enough, electric heat tape can be applied to pipes to provide warmth.
· Turn outside faucets off from inside the home. Remove hoses from outside yard faucets, as these faucets can’t drain properly with a hose attached. If you have a sprinkler system, drain all outdoor pipes and turn off the water supply to the system.
· During severe cold weather, resist the urge to lower your thermostat to save money while you are gone for the day. Instead, consider kicking it up a few degrees to keep the heat up in far-to-reach areas of the home that may be vulnerable to freezing.
· Open the doors to kitchen and bathroom cabinets under your sinks so the room’s ambient heat will help warm the pipes.
· During severe cold weather, keep water trickling out of faucets or spouts attached to vulnerable pipes.
· Know where your main water emergency shut-off valve is located!
What to do if a pipe freezes:
· To prevent a frozen pipe from bursting, open the faucet it supplies with water. Then gently add heat to the area where the pipe is located, like with a hair dryer (do not use an open flame device). Also, turn off the water supply to that line until the pipe has become unfrozen.
· If the worst does happen, know that Narragansett Bay Insurance is here to help with emergency service 24/7/365. In some cases homeowners will receive assistance from our own mitigation company – NBRT (Narragansett Bay Response Team).
· If a pipe does burst, immediately turn off the water supply to your property, and get any standing water out of the house as soon as possible.
NBIC encourages agents to share these safety tips with all of their clients.
The NBIC Claims team stands ready to service policyholders who may suffer a loss. Losses can be reported online at https://www.nbic.com/claims/ or by calling 800-343-3375, option 2, then 1.
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