Tips to Keep Pipes From Freezing

Tips to Keep Pipes From Freezing

Tips to Keep Pipes From FreezingAs the phone rang at 8PM the other night I thought for sure school was being cancelled yet again. As I answered I was relieved to hear the voice of my property manager on the other line. Then it hit me - I NEVER hear from my property manager. Something must be wrong with our rental unit. Sure enough, our tenants came home to our Glen Allen VA rental property that evening to find the basement was flooding. They quickly called the property management company and they immediately dispatched a contractor over to take action. As it turns out, a PVC pipe had burst inside one of the exterior walls to our end unit townhouse. The contractor had to cut out large portions of the drywall to get to the pipe and he also had to take out all of the carpet in the basement. The tenants will have their personal possessions covered from their renters insurance and we will have our property repaired and paid for from our home owners insurance. I am so grateful for Michael Douglas of Richmond Insurance Services for ensuring we had proper coverage and we will only be responsible for our deductible. When I called to make the claim, I was told the pipe bursting was likely due to the extreme temperatures we have been experiencing here in the Richmond VA area. The Erie Insurance representative said they have been inundated with this type of work and had ServPro on the site within hours. So, how you do keep this from happening to you? Below are some tips to keep pipes from freezing from Erie Insurance: *Allow warm air to circulate around your pipes by keeping bathroom and kitchen cabinets open. *Set your thermostats to 65 degrees or more on cold days. *Consider adding insulation sleeves over exposed pipes. This will slow heat transfer. *Winterize your home if you will be away for an extended period of time. *Be sure to shut off the water to your outsize hose bibs. These are some great tips to keep pipes from freezing, but what if it is too late? Be sure to know where the water shut off valve is to the home, no matter if you are the home owner or a tenant. Cutting off the water as soon as possible will minimize the damage to the property. Searching for a Richmond VA real estate agent who won't crack? Give me, Shannon Milligan at the RVA Home Team with eXp Realty, a call today!  

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