Winter is fast approaching and it’s time to think about steps you can take to prevent a burst pipe. Did you know that an average claim for a burst pipe is $35,000? And that doesn’t take into account all of the variable costs of your time and resources.
When water freezes, it expands. That’s why a can of soda explodes if it’s put into a freezer to chill quickly and forgotten. It’s the same for water in a pipe. If it expands enough, the pipe will burst, causing water to escape and resulting in serious damage. An eighth-inch (three millimeter) crack in a pipe can spew up to 250 gallons of water a day. By taking a few simple precautions, you can save yourself the mess, money and aggravation that frozen pipes cause.
Before the Cold Hits
When the Temperature Drops
Before you Go Away (do you shut down a program location and/or your operations?)
If Your Pipes Freeze
Don’t take chances. If you turn on your faucets and nothing comes out, leave the faucets turned on and call a plumber. If you detect that your water pipes have frozen and burst, turn off the water at the main shut-off valve in the structure; leave the water faucets turned on. [Never try to thaw a pipe with a torch or other open flame.]
If you would like to make sure you are adequately insured for damage resulting from frozen pipes, please contact Jon Jepsen of SentryWest Insurance.
Courtesy: Alliance of Nonprofits for Insurance
Jon Jepsen, CIC