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Homeowners Not Prepared for Water Damage, Survey Finds

As the Northeast digs out from the weekend's blizzard, many homeowners are unprepared to deal with two of the leading causes of damage to their...
January 27, 2005

As the Northeast digs out from the weekend's blizzard, many homeowners are unprepared to deal with two of the leading causes of damage to their homes-burst water pipes and leaky roofs. Nearly one-third (31%) of homeowners have experienced a water damage loss caused by a roof leak and one in five (20%) caused by burst water pipes, according to a survey of 1,633 people sponsored by the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies.

Chubb advises homeowners who have experienced a pipe burst to turn off the closest shut-off valve to the damaged pipe, mop up wet areas to help prevent further damage and contact their plumber or maintenance person. To help prevent other pipes from freezing and bursting, homeowners can:

  • Introduce heat to exposed pipes in cold areas by opening access doors to allow warmer air to flow in;
  • Set thermostats at a minimum of 65 degrees Fahrenheit;
  • Drain and shut off pipes flowing to outside faucets; and
  • During extended unoccupied periods, turn off the water supply and ask a trusted individual to check your home on a daily basis for heating system malfunctions and frozen pipes.

More homeowner tips from the Chubb survey.

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