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TOWSON, MD (January 17, 2019) –– With the coldest overnight temperatures of the season in the forecast this Sunday through early next week, Maryland homeowners could find themselves dealing with damage caused by frozen or burst pipes. With periods of brutally cold weather, pipes are at risk of freezing due to sudden temperature drops, poor insulation or incorrect thermostat settings.
Temperature fluctuations this time of year in Maryland– the thawing from warmer temperatures, along with the refreezing at night – could continue to contribute to the problem, according to AAA Insurance experts.
“Freezing temperatures put your pipes at risk, and recovery can be difficult and costly,” said Brooks Eure, a Maryland Manager for AAA Insurance. “Both plastic and copper pipes can burst. A crack as small as 1/8-inch can spew up to 250 gallons of water per day, causing flooding, serious structural damage and the potential for mold.”
“While cold weather is not unexpected in Maryland, the periods of extreme cold has many homeowners paying an unexpected price,” Eure added. “Knowing ways to keep your pipes from freezing and how to effectively manage the aftermath, from cleanup to insurance claims, is key.”
With more than two months of winter left and more frigid weather likely in the weeks ahead, AAA Insurance offers suggestions that can help homeowners and renters prevent pipes from freezing and bursting, and provides the following tips when encountering frozen or burst pipes and for managing resulting home insurance claims:
Preventing Frozen Pipes:
If you’re going on vacation or leaving your home for an extended period of time, consider maintaining minimal heat to prevent freezing. AAA Travel agents report that this is a busy time for travelers looking for good deals or trips to warmer places.
Recovering from Frozen Pipes:
Managing Home Insurance Claims
“Prevention is the key to protecting your home this winter. A few simple steps can help you avoid a frozen pipes nightmare,” added Eure. “For added peace of mind, it’s a good idea to make sure you have adequate homeowners insurance.”
To find out more about homeowners or renters insurance, contact a local AAA Insurance agent at 866-AAA-4YOU or visit AAA.com/Insurance.
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