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Prevent damage from frozen pipes

posted by TrueNorth Risk Management on Tuesday, January 17, 2023

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Water from a burst pipe can cause damage to carpeting, short out electrical appliances, ruin furniture, and more.

Water expands as it freezes and puts significant pressure on the metal or plastic pipes that hold it. Pipes that are exposed to extreme cold can burst when water expands—this includes outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, water sprinkler lines and water supply pipes in basements, attics and garages. That’s why it’s important that all of your home’s pipes are adequately protected when temperatures drop.

As such, consider utilizing the following products to help reduce your risk of experiencing a frozen pipe.

Water Monitoring Systems

These systems act as an early warning system for water damage. Sensors are placed near water sources (ex: toilets, AC units, water heaters, sump pumps, etc) and you'll be notified in the event of a leak - preventing damage before it starts. Reach out to our team for more information in implementing a sensor in your home. 

Spray Foam
This foam can be sprayed into the wall to fill cavities around pipes when the temperature cools. The foam will help insulate the walls and block airflow. If you utilize spray foam, make sure you also caulk exterior joints on the outside wall near pipes. 

Heat Tape
This tape can be plugged into a grounded outlet and spiral wrapped around pipes. Tapes have built-in thermostats that automatically call for power when the temperature drops near freezing. When the temperature rises, the power cuts off.

In-pipe Heating Elements
These devices can be placed in water and sewer pipes to conduct heat directly into the pipe as needed.

Valve Units
These products can be screwed onto faucets (usually outside) and prohibit water from passing through when temperatures are too low. The valve sensor detects low and high temperatures. When low temperatures are detected, the sensor opens a micro-valve to produce heat. As the temperature rises, the valve closes.

Our personal lines specialists are available to talk through additional preventive measures.
Reach out to them below. 


This publication has been prepared by TrueNorth Companies, L.C. and is intended for informational purposes only. Transmission of this publication is not intended to create, and receipt does not constitute, a client relationship with TrueNorth Companies, L.C. This publication does not constitute any type of representation or warranty, and does not constitute, and should not be relied upon as, legal advice. This publication is not a contract and does not amend, modify or change any insurance policy you may have with an insurance carrier. © 2022 TrueNorth Companies, L.C. All rights reserved.

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