Burst Pipes

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Massachusetts Home Insurance.

In Massachusetts, the cold weather is here and pipes are bursting throughout the Commonwealth.

As a service, HomeownerQuote.com offers the following tips to prevent the dreaded burst pipe claim:

  • When temperatures are 30° F or less, homeowners should start worrying about pipes freezing.
  • Pipes should be fitted with insulation, the more insulation the better.
  • Let your faucets drip during extremely cold weather to help prevent pipes from bursting.
  • If you have a burst pipe, or if you open a faucet and no water comes out, don’t take any chances: call your plumber!
  • Turn off the water at the main shut-off valve, leave the faucets open until repairs are completed.
  • Don’t try to thaw a frozen pipe with an open flame, this will damage the pipe and may even start a building fire.
  • You may be able to thaw a pipe with a hand-held hair dryer. Slowly apply heat, starting close to the faucet end of the pipe, with the faucet open. Work toward the coldest section. Keep all electric cords away from water!
  • When away from the house for an extended period during the winter, be careful how much you lower the heat. The temperature inside the walls is colder than inside the house.
  • The best solution is to drain the water system. With no water in the pipes, there is no freezing.
  • To drain the system, shut off the main valve and turn on every water fixture (both hot and cold lines) until water stops running.

Good luck and stay warm, Massachusetts!

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