3/16/2012 - Don't count the winter out yet
Even though the winter of 2012 has been a mild one for many, homeowners insurance
experts are reminding individuals that cold temperatures can last well into the spring season.
As a result, the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America offers consumers some home improvement tips they can prepare for when bitterly cold temperatures arrive.
One of the biggest issues cold temperatures pose for homes is freezing water pipes. To prevent this from happening, PCI recommends insulating these pipes - particularly those that are exposed to the cold air - and to plug any holes in the pipes with spray-in foam. All pipes should be checked to make sure they're receiving enough heat.
Another way to prevent pipes from freezing is to turn the knobs for the faucet a crack so that a small stream of water flows. This may be particularly helpful in the overnight hours when temperatures can fall dramatically.
Something else to do in the evening hours is to set the thermostat to a moderate level so that problems are avoided. This will help the heating system circulate water through the radiator, preventing freezing issues.