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frozenpipesOne of the messiest and costly homeowner repairs to fix is when a frozen pipe bursts. Water from a burst pipe can cause damage to carpeting, short out electrical appliances and ruin furniture. Yet, there are several products on the market that offer homeowners some security against these nightmares, and are often far less costly than frozen pipe damage.

Prevention tips
Consider one of these products to protect your pipes when the temperature cools:

Spray Foam

  • Spray the foam into the wall around pipes where they may expand to fill cavities.
  • Foam insulates and blocks the airflow in the wall.
  • With foam, also caulk exterior joints on the outside wall near pipes.

Heat Tapes

  • Tape plugs into a grounded outlet and is then spiral wrapped around pipes.
  • Tapes have built-in thermostats that automatically call for power when the temperature drops near freezing. When the temperature rises, the power cuts off.

In-pipe Heating Elements

  • Devices are placed in water and sewer pipes and conducts heat directly into the pipe, as needed.

Valve Units
Products are screwed onto faucets (usually outside) and prohibit water from going through when temperatures are too low.

  • The sensor detects a low and high temperature. When the low temperature is detected, the sensor opens a micro-valve to produce heat. As the temperature rises, the valve closes.
  • In addition to insuring your home, helping you avoid claims is a top priority. If you would like more loss prevention or safety tips for your home, please contact us today.

Water expands as it freezes and puts significant pressure on the metal or plastic pipes that hold it. Pipes that are exposed to extreme cold can burst when water expands, including outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, water sprinkler lines and water supply pipes in basements, attics and garages.