The coldest temperatures of the winter are coming to New England this weekend. With the mercury dipping well below freezing, residents should take note of the increased risk for ice dams and frozen pipes.
This weekend’s drastic changes in temperature, along with the accumulation of snow on roofs, are the perfect environment for ice dams to form. Watch for these early warning signs:
- Icicles hanging from your roof or gutters
- Ice sitting on top of gutters, at the edge of your roof, or along your home’s siding
- Ice or water inside or around your windows
If you suspect an ice dam is beginning to form or already has, call a professional to remove it immediately.
While there are long term measures you can take to prevent frozen pipes in your home, like having proper insulation and sealing any cracks or gaps in your siding or foundation, there are a few small, but helpful, things you should do during extreme cold spells:
- Bump your thermostat up to 68 degrees or higher at night to keep the temperature in the exterior walls above freezing
- Open cabinets to allow warm airflow to plumbing located next to exterior walls (or interior walls adjacent to unheated spaces, like a garage)
- Let cold water drip from the faucet to reduce pressure on the pipes even if the water freezes
If you suspect a frozen pipe in your home, shut off the main water supply and call a licensed plumber right away. We recommend you avoid thawing a frozen pipe yourself – improper technique could cause the pipe to burst, leading to costly damages to your home.
Need to report a claim?
If your home sustains damage, it’s important you report it to Bunker Hill immediately online or by calling us at 888-472-5246.
Stay safe and warm this weekend!
Headquartered in Boston, Bunker Hill Insurance provides home insurance to customers in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Bunker Hill is a member of The Plymouth Rock Group of Companies, which together write and manage over $1 billion in homeowners and auto insurance throughout the northeast.