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 Matthew Boyle and Sylvia Group
A licensed insurance producer, Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) and Certifield Professional in Personal Lines (CPPL), Matthew Boyle is passionate about informing and educating his clients on the coverage they should consider and the products they ultimately purchase. Whether the need is boat or watercraft insurance, homeowners insurance, auto insurance or specialized coverage, he’s committed to designing customized programs that protect his clients and their assets. Matt appreciates meeting and working with new people on a regular basis, and with 15 years’ experience in personal insurance, the last eight as a successful sales executive, he enjoys sharing his expertise. As an independent agent working with the accomplished team at Sylvia Group, he’s able to offer clients options and resources unavailable through most other agencies and direct sellers.
Voted "Best Insurance Agency" in both years of the SouthCoast Media Best of the Best Awards program, 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.