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Don't Let Cold Weather Heat Up Your Risk - Preventing Water Damage

Below is the link for the recently presented Pipe Freeze/Water Damage Mitigation webinar meant to provide information for this cold weather season that will help prevent water damage to your facilities. Uncontained water flowing out of damaged or frozen pipes can cause enormous unplanned for logistical headaches that no institution wants to deal with. Please forward this link to your facilities and maintenance managers to help ensure that your buildings are prepared for cold weather and can better recognize potential infrastructure weaknesses.

By now everyone has heard about the record-breaking arctic blast about to hit a large portion of the country. In general, WSI insureds fared well against last week's cold spell that occurred over a holiday weekend when most pipe freeze damage occurs. This next blast will be at least equally threatening and in many areas, cause record-breaking lows across a greater swath of the country.

Remember to:

  1. Keep areas well heated perhaps higher than normal during this period especially in rarely used areas.
  2. Check for wall penetrations that could allow the cold in and windows to make sure they are indeed closed and undamaged.
  3. Inspect insulation to make sure it is in a place where it is supposed to be and in good condition.
  4. Identify pipes that may have been fine in past cold snaps but still may be vulnerable especially for record-breaking temperatures.
  5. Identify all water valves and make sure they can be easily located in case they need to be shut down if there is a break.
  6. Obtain space heaters and use where there may be a weakness taking into account not to create a separate risk with a misplaced heater that could cause a fire or if using gas, does not cause a dangerous carbon monoxide buildup.
  7. Run water through pipes which makes it more difficult to freeze.

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