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Prevent Frozen Pipes and Costly Damage to Your Home with Insulation

Frozen pipes are the second most common cause of home insurance claims in the U.S. according to the Insurance Information Institute(III). Water inside inadequately insulated pipes can freeze and exert pressure of up to 2,000 pounds per square inch, stopping water from flowing through the pipes, interrupting service to the home, or worse, pipes will rupture and cause costly damage.

With temperatures plummeting over the next several days, the nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) recommends the following five inexpensive last minute tips to ensure your home is well insulated and save energy too.

Insulate Your Windows and Doors

1. Check and refresh caulk around your windows.

2. Check for air leaks around windows and doors using a lit incense stick. If the smoke is sucked out of an opening, seal the leak with caulk, spray foam or weather stripping.

Prevent Pipes from Freezing

3. Foam: Insulate pipes exposed to the elements or cold drafts. For as little as $1 per 6’ of insulation, you can stop pipes from freezing and save energy.

4. Dome: Placing an insulating dome or other coverings on outdoor faucets and spigots also reduce the likelihood of the water in your homes pipes freezing, expanding and causing a costly leak.

5. Drip: Drip your faucets, to you reduce the build-up of pressure in the pipes. Even if the pipes freeze, you have released the pressure from the water system reducing the likelihood of a rupture. If you are going out of town, and you suspect they temperatures will drop, turn off the water to your home and open all of the taps to drain the water system. This way you won’t return to a frozen, soggy mess.

With freezing temperatures predicted over the next few days, now is a good time to take the necessary steps to properly insulate your home and protect your family. For more information on protecting your home from extreme cold conditions, visit and


Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)®, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is the country's leading consumer advocate for strengthening homes and safeguarding families from natural and manmade disasters. FLASH collaborates with more than 100 innovative and diverse partners that share its vision of making America a more disaster‐resistant nation including: BASF, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Florida Division of Emergency Management, The Home Depot®, International Code Council, Kohler® Generators, National Weather Service, Portland Cement Association, RenaissanceRe, Simpson Strong-Tie®, State Farm™, USAA® and WeatherPredict Consulting Inc. In 2008, FLASH opened the interactive weather experience StormStruck: A Tale of Two Homes® in Lake Buena Vista, FL. Learn more about FLASH and gain access to its free consumer resources by visiting or calling (877) 221- SAFE (7233). Also, get timely safety tips to ensure that you and your family are protected from natural and manmade disasters by subscribing to the FLASH blog – Protect Your Home in a FLASH.


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