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Posted on: November 1, 2021

How to prepare for winter storm-Tips from Texas Department of Insurance

  1. Know your insurance policy:

    Burst pipes. Ask your agent if your home or renters policy covers sudden and accidental water damage. This coverage pays for damage from burst pipes. Flood insurance doesn’t pay for damage caused by burst pipes.

    Home and renters policies might not pay for damages caused by frozen pipes if you didn’t take steps to protect your pipes, such as keeping the heater on in your house.

    Food spoilage. If the food in your refrigerator spoiled because of a power failure caused by something your policy covers, your policy should pay up to $500 to replace your food. And often there’s no deductible. Take pictures and keep a list of spoiled food.

  2. Prepare days before a freeze

    • Wrap outdoor pipes indoor pipes in unheated areas (like a clothes washer in your garage).
    • Drain indoor house fire sprinklers.
    • Remove water hoses and wrap outdoor pipes.
    • Drain and turn off your lawn sprinkler system.
    • Turn off the water to your clothes washer if it’s in an unheated garage.
    • Store your lawn equipment in a garage or shed to keep them in good condition for next year. Drain the gas.
    • If you leave your house before a freeze, turn off the water at the shut-off valve and leave your heat on.
  3. Protect your pipes when it freezes

    • Let faucets drip from the cold and hot taps.
    • Open cabinets under sinks to let your house’s heat warm the pipes.
    • If your pipes freeze, turn off the water at the shut-off valve. This prevents broken pipes from leaking into your house after they thaw.

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