A word to the Winter-Wise: the Insurance Information Network (IIN) reports that broken water pipes are the second costliest* cause of water damage—next to hurricanes. Protect your pipes (and your investments!) this winter by following The Frozen Five tips:
Freezing water equals expanding water, which spells trouble for your pipes. Just like that soda you tossed in the freezer for a quick chill and forgot, expanding liquids cause problems if neglected too long in confining containers. Interestingly, it is not strictly the ice that causes a break at the point where it forms in the pipe. Instead, water pressure builds behind the blockage, which is the ultimate cause of pipe failure.
The Water Authority designed these tips to help you prepare for freezing temperatures and other weather conditions associated with winter, and in an effort to reduce or prevent damage to your property caused by frozen pipes. Should a pipe burst on your property, it is important to get the water shut off as quickly as possible. Know the location of your emergency shut-off valve. If you need the Water Authority to perform an emergency shut-off, call 842-WATR (842-9287). Keep in mind that wait time can be long due to high call volume during very cold weather.
*According to the IIN, the average residential insurance claim from a burst pipe is $15,000!