Farmers Insurance Agents: Providing cold weather tips

We, Farmers insurance agents, in Enid, OK care about keeping our customers informed, not just about their insurance related needs, but about things that can help them out. With frosty temperatures and winter storms, it is possible that your home’s pipes could get frozen. Why is this significant? This is important, because according to the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, frozen pipes are one of the biggest risks of property damage when the temperature drops.

The damage that frozen pipes can do to your home is chilling. The amount of all frozen pipe failures that occur in a basement comes to about thirty-seven percent. A frozen pipe can lead to it bursting, which can cause well over five thousand dollars worth of water damage. Don’t be fooled into thinking that tiny cracks in the pipes aren’t something to be worried about, because as much as 250 gallons of water can leak out from a crack that is as small as an eighth of an inch.

You can prevent your pipes from freezing by completing things on this list:

1.) Disconnect all gardening hoses and install covers on all outside faucets.
2.) Keep your house temperature at 68 degrees or higher, even if you’re leaving the house for an extended period of time.
3.) Open cabinet doors below sinks to allow heat from the home to circulate.
4.) Identify the location of the main water valve and the valve on your water heater. (Learning the location of these valves may come in handy during an emergency.)
5.) Wrap pipes nearest exterior walls and in crawl spaces with pipe insulation or with heating tape. This can prevent freezing, especially for interior pipes that run along outside walls.
6.) Close all windows near water pipes; cover or close open-air vents. Freezing temperatures combined with wind drafts can cause pipes to freeze more frequently.
7.) If you have a basement, heat it and consider weather sealing your windows.
8.) Insulate outside walls and unheated areas of your home.
9.) If you plan to be away from home for an extended period of time, shut off water supply valves to your washing machine.

Farmers insurance agents in Enid, OK know it pays to be mindful of your pipes and now you know, too. We hope everyone will be safe and have a happy home free of freezing pipes.

A little bit about ourselves:

The Drew Ritchie Insurance Agency, based in Enid, Oklahoma, is a full Service insurance agency dedicated to serving all clients’ insurance needs across the Enid area. Supporting the proud history and tradition of Farmers Insurance Group, our Enid agency’s mission is to serve you, the client. Drew Ritchie Insurance Agency of the Enid, Oklahoma area offers three distinctive areas of insurance products in the company: Personal/Home/Auto Insurance, Commercial/Business Insurance and Health Insurance. Call Drew to allow us to provide you, the customer, complete satisfaction and confidence that you are dealing with the most informative Enid insurance professional.