Winter weather can cause a number of problems ranging from water leaks to burst pipes and roof collapses. All homes and businesses potentially can be at risk from damage during prolonged periods of freezing temperatures or in the case of heavy snow accumulations. Falling temperatures also mean increased fire dangers linked to the use of heating devices. Rising fuel costs and environmental concerns have resulted in a rise in the use of alternative heating devices, which can pose increased property risks if not properly installed and maintained.
In many areas the temperatures are plummeting. If you are at home and without power, IBHS offers guidance for using alternative heating devices.
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What you should know to avoid being taken by fraudulent contractors.
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Guidance for understanding how much snow is too much.
Frozen pipes are one of the biggest risks of property damage when the temperature drops.
Freezing, thawing and refreezing of rain and snow on roofs can lead to interior water damage.
IBHS guidance for reducing the risk of water damage.