Crippling ice, sleet and heavy snow will be headed to the area tomorrow. Frozen pipes are the second most common cause of home insurance claims in the United States. Water inside pipes that are either inadequately insulated or exposed to outside temperatures will freeze and exert pressure of up to 2,000 pounds per square inch. Residents still have time to prepare and take the necessary steps to protect your home, family and save energy too.
The nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) recommends the following inexpensive and quick tips to insulate your home before the latest wave of freezing weather.
Insulate Your Windows and Doors
1. Check and refresh caulk around your windows.
2. Check for air leaks around windows and doors using a lit incense stick. If the smoke is sucked out of an opening, seal the leak with caulk, spray foam or weather stripping.
Prevent Pipes from Freezing
3. Foam: Insulate pipes exposed to the elements or cold drafts. For as little as $1 per 6’ of insulation, you can stop pipes from freezing and save energy.
4. Dome: Placing an insulating dome or other coverings on outdoor faucets and spigots also reduce the likelihood of the water in your homes pipes freezing, expanding and causing a costly leak.
5. Drip: Drip your faucets, to you reduce the build-up of pressure in the pipes. Even if the pipes freeze, you have released the pressure from the water system reducing the likelihood of a rupture.
For more information on
protecting your home from extreme
cold conditions, visit www.protect-your-home.organd www.greatwinterweatherparty.org.
Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)®, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is the country’s leading consumer advocate for strengthening homes and safeguarding families from natural and manmade disasters. Learn more about FLASH and gain access to its free consumer resources by visiting www.flash.orgor calling (877) 221-SAFE (7233). Also, get timely safety tips to ensure that you and your family are protected from natural and manmade disasters by subscribing to the FLASH blog –Protect Your Home in a FLASH.