Archive for January, 2009

Frozen Pipes

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Frozen Pipes Mean Major Trouble

One of the worst disasters that can strike a home is a burst water pipe and the leading cause of it is a pipe that freezes during frigid winter weather. When water freezes, it expands and the pipe ruptures. And according to the American Red Cross, the problem is frequent in warmer areas of the country where buildings are not well insulated. Water from burst pipes ruins floors, walls, furniture and electronic equipment in over 250,000 homes every year. Here are some steps you can take to keep it from happening to you. Shut off water to outside faucets and drain the water remaining in the pipes. Insulate water lines that run through attics and crawl spaces. You can get the supplies you need at any home center. Make sure that there is heat in every part of the house where pipes are routed. If you plan to be away during the cold weather months, don’t try to save money by shutting off the heat. Reduce the thermostat to no lower than 55° F. And make sure you know where your main shut-off valve is and learn how to use it. If your home needs more protection for water damage, fire or other risks, call NRT Insurance Agency at 1-888-717-1776 or go to .