For New Englanders who were still walking around in shorts earlier this week, what's on it's way tonight and tomorrow will be especially jarring: temperatures plummeting into the teens and single digits, with wind chills registering well below zero. Yes, the dreaded Polar Vortex is about to hit the East Coast.
Put away the shorts, and break out the parkas! And for all you home and business owners, it's time to prevent frozen pipes and other costly damage from severe winter weather.
According to the Hanover Insurance Group, "Each year a quarter of a million homeowners experience the destructive power of water when a frozen pipe bursts in their home. The damage can be astounding. In fact, an eighth-of-an-inch crack in a frozen pipe can result in up to 250 gallons of water spilling over floors, pouring through ceilings or walls, and ruining furniture and valuables."
As independent agency, Sylvia Group works with multiple insurance carriers to provide businesses and individuals with a vast array of options and resources. Among those resources:
- the Hanover guide Developing a Cold Weather Plan
- the Travelers webpage How To Prevent Frozen Pipes
- the Philadelphia Insurance Companies (PHLY) video on the POINT strategy for protecting your home or organization from freezing conditions.
The website PropertyCasualty360.com details these 5 signs your pipes are frozen and also offers tips on how to thaw them:
- unusual sounds
- damp drywall
- persistent plumbing issues
- wet or iced pipes.
And this Institute for Business & Home Safety infographic is popular among risk managers as an illustration for preventing damage due to burst pipes.
Stay warm this weekend, and keep those pipes protected. For more about the products and resources available to you through Sylvia Group, including Massachusetts home insurance, please contact me.
About Gorete Cadieux and Sylvia Group
With more than three decades of experience serving the personal insurance needs of Sylvia Group clients, Gorete Cadieux works with multiple companies to find the best available coverage at a price that makes the most sense for your budget. Using SPS — the Sylvia Protection System — she takes a consultative approach to working with clients, enabling them to make informed, educated decisions about their insurance policies.
Sylvia Group helps businesses and individuals protect their future by designing insurance, benefits and financial planning programs. We’re a locally owned agency known for our commitment to our clients and our community, as well for our industry expertise. Founded in New Bedford, MA, in 1950, headquartered in neighboring Dartmouth, and serving businesses and individuals throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island and beyond, Sylvia Group is certified as a Woman Owned Business Enterprise with the Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Office and has the distinction of being the first six-time recipient of the Five Star designation awarded by the Massachusetts Association of Insurance Agents (MAIA) for all-around agency excellence.