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Insurance can be complicated. That’s why you need someone who can explain how it works, when it works and how it can best serve you and your family. Having a State Farm agent is irreplaceable because of the education he or she can provide about how to protect your home, which is one of the largest investments in life.
One topic our agents visit with customers about this time of year is frozen pipes. About 250,000 families have their homes ruined each year because of this peril. When water freezes, it expands, and that can exert up to 2,000 pounds of pressure per square inch in a water pipe. Just a 1/8-inch crack in a pipe can spew out more than 250 gallons of water a day. It doesn’t take a big imagination to see what kind of damage that would do to a home and its possessions.
Tips for preventing frozen pipe damage:
Tips for when the temperature drops (typically around 20 degrees):
Tips for when you’re away:
If you can’t find where water enters your house, go to the water meter box outside your home. Using either a meter key (from a home supply store) or a crescent wrench to turn the valve clockwise. Afterwards, release water pressure in your pipes by turning both hot and cold water faucets on until water no longer runs.
These are just a few tips to keep your home warm and safe this winter. For more information on how you can manage the risks of everyday life, contact State Farm Agent Brian Hazelrigg at 573-445-1687, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.brianhazelrigg.com.
If your pipes freeze