How to protect your home from potential winter-related damage

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Posted at 2:52 PM, Feb 01, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-01 15:57:20-05

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — With colder temperatures ahead, AAA Texas is reminding homeowners and renters how preparation is key in avoiding winter-related damages.

A costly expense, AAA Texas Insurance is reporting that frozen pipe repair totaled more than $10,000 on average during last year's arctic blast.

So what can YOU do to protect your home today?

AAA Texas has released the following tips for the winter months ahead:

  • Take hoses off exterior faucets
  • Keep weather stripping updated near areas like doors and utility lines
  • Keeping all cracks, holes and other openings sealed and insulated
  • Allow faucets to drip a tiny bit to help prevent freezing pipes
  • Keeping foundation vents and windows to basements closed, with vulnerable pipes wrapped
  • Know the location of your water shutoff valve in case of an emergency
  • Keep thermostat at reasonable temperature, even when away, to keep air within walls warm enough for pipes
  • Keep bathroom and cabinet doors open to allow warmth around the pipes
  • If recommended under manufacturer instructors, keep fireplace flue damper closed when not in use

Above all, AAA Texas recommends reviewing your insurance policy to understand what damage you will be responsible for once a winter storm passes.

To learn more about what a standard home insurance policy may cover in regards to winter-related damage, click here.