Cold and Costly: Frozen/Burst Pipes Cause Homeowner Havoc
AAA South Dakota Insurance Offers Tips on Protecting Your Plumbing
When Temperatures Plunge
Jan. 16, 2019 – With the coldest temperatures of the season in the forecast this weekend, South Dakota 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 South Dakota – the thawing from warmer temperatures, along with the refreezing at night – could continue to contribute to the problem, according to AAA South Dakota Insurance experts.
“Freezing temperatures put your pipes at risk, and recovery can be difficult and costly,” said Alex Greig, Regional Insurance Director for AAA South Dakota. “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 South Dakota, the periods of extreme cold has many homeowners paying an unexpected price,” Greig 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 South Dakota offers suggestions that can help homeowners and renters prevent pipes from freezing and bursting, and provides the following tips when encountering frozen/burst pipes and for managing resulting home insurance claims:
Preventing Frozen Pipes:
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,” AAA South Dakota’s Greig said. “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 your local AAA South Dakota insurance agent, call 866-AAA-4YOU or visit www.aaa.com/insurance.
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