Today, we are getting a cruel reminder that winter is just around the corner. As temperatures drop in the coming weeks, make sure your property is prepared and your insurance policy is equipped to provide coverage in the event of a winter weather loss.
Always maintain heat during winter months, even in vacant dwellings/businesses. If you are going to be away from your home, you can reduce the heat so it won’t run as much, but ensure it’s not too low, as water lines in exterior walls could freeze in times of extreme wind chill or temperature drops.
Winterize your pipes when possible and, again, maintain heat at an appropriate level; simply leaving it above freezing will most likely not be sufficient. Freezing pipes and the resulting damage may not be a covered loss under certain types of insurance policies. In addition, policies that do contain coverage for the peril of freezing may not cover loss that results from your failure to maintain heat or properly winterize the structure.
Turn off the water and winterize the lines at your home if you’re leaving for a few days. This can mitigate the possibility of a water-related loss while you are away.
Check with your insurance company or agent if you need help understanding your policy, and brace yourself for winter!
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