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Avoid Frozen Water Pipes with Easy Tips

Date: November 30, 2010
By: Jamal Andress
State Capitol Bureau

The insurance industry warns to protect your pipes or suffer thousands of dollars of damage. Jamal Andress has more from the state Capitol.
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Wrap: Of all the nuances of the winter, nothing can be more costly than frozen water pipes.

The Governmental Affairs Director for Missouri Insurance Information Services is Brent Butler and he warns repair is not cheap.   

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Description: "You could have several thousand dollars of damages with carpet and walls and dry walling to be replaced and the paint that goes with it and all that."

According to State Farm Insurance about 250,000 homes and businesses in the U.S. experience water damage from a frozen pipe every year.

Butler says to avoid these damages you can detach water hoses and store them indoors, cover your outdoor faucets, and if you leave town for a few days don't turn down the thermostat too low.

From Jefferson City, I'm Jamal Andress.  

With the holiday season comes winter problems. Jamal Andress in Jefferson City explains how to get around them.
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Wrap:According to State Farm Insurance a mere eighth of an inch crack in a pipe can release as much as 250 gallons of water a day.

The Governmental Affairs Director for Missouri Insurance Information Services, Brent Butler has three tips that he guarantees will prevent this problem.

Tip 1

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Description: "First of all by now your hoses should already be disconnected from the outdoor pipes. I don't see that anyone is watering gardens or lawns right now."

Tip 2

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Description: "You can get some wrap at Walmart or any other hardware store to put over the faucet covers."

Tip 3

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Description: "Open the inside cabinets to your kitchen sinks and where the pipes come in you know close to the house. You don't have to turn the thermostat up really high but don't turn the thermostat off and opening those cabinet doors might make the difference."

From the state Capitol, I'm Jamal Andress.   

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