Protect and prevent frozen pipes during this cold snap.

Homeowners and businesses everywhere in New York are feeling the cold snap that winter brings. From snow to ice to storms, we face it all before the sun shines in spring. Before the winter is through, it’s ideal to know how to prevent frozen pipes and how to protect your property, should the cold weather get to the pipes.
Here’s how to get started on preventing frozen pipes:

  1. Drain, remove and store outdoor hoses to keep them from becoming fragile or posing tripping hazards after a snowfall. Also drain water from outdoor lines, such as connectors to swimming pools and sprinklers.
  2. Insulate water supply lines and pipes in the garage, basement, attic, and other unheated areas with foam, heating cables, or pipe sleeves. Do the same for pipes under kitchen and bathroom sinks.
  3. Keep the thermostat at a consistent setting throughout the entire day, and even if you’re away on vacation. You might see a higher utility bill, but it will be cheaper than water damage costs.
  4. Let hot and cold water drip through the pipes during frigid nights to help prevent them from freezing.
  5. Make sure your home is enclosed and well insulated. Find and seal any cracks, drafts, and holes in the home’s exterior. Even small openings welcome in cold air that will impact pipes and heating bills.
  6. Enclose crawlspaces and insulate the attic. The added layer of fiberglass insulation will keep the warm air in and the cold weather out.
  7. Keep a separate supply of drinking water for emergencies.
  8. Review your insurance for your business and home to ensure that you have the coverage that you need.

Don’t wait until water damage occurs to be left out in the cold. A quality homeowners and business insurance policy is there for you when you need it the most. Secure yours by contacting Lofgren Agency, the professionals serving Hudson and surrounding cities in New York!

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