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Winter Tips for Homeowners

Follow these tips to keep your home safe and dry this winter



  • Check the main water shutoff valve as well as the valve at each plumbing fixture to ensure they function properly.
  • Disconnect all garden hoses and use frost proof exterior faucets.
  • Locate and insulate pipes most susceptible to freezing. Typically, those near outer walls, in crawl spaces and in the attic are must vulnerable.
  • Shut off and drain the water system in your home (except indoor sprinkler systems) before an extended vacation.
  • Check the water hoses on the clothes washer, refrigerator ice maker and dishwasher for signs of leaks. Replace the hoses if there are any cracks, bubbles or worn areas.
  • When the outside temperatures are below freezing, allow a trickle of water to drip from hot and cold faucets – especially those that are located near an exterior wall. Open cabinet doors to allow heat to reach uninsulated pipes under sinks and where appliances are near exterior walls.

It’s time to winterize your home. Follow this checklist from preferred insurance agent, Tom Benisch, Insurance and Financial Services at State Farm.

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