Cold and Costly: Frozen/Burst Pipes Causing Homeowner Havoc

AAA Kansas Insurance offers tips for protecting plumbing when the mercury drops

TOPEKA, Kan. – Jan. 17, 2018 – The first couple weeks of January have been cold and costly for many homeowners across Kansas who find themselves dealing with damage caused by frozen or burst pipes – and, the thawing from warmer temperatures, along with the refreezing at night could continue to contribute to the problem, according to AAA Kansas insurance experts.

With the periods of brutally cold weather, pipes are at risk of freezing due to sudden temperature drops, poor insulation or incorrect thermostat settings.

“Freezing temperatures put your pipes at risk, and recovery can be difficult and costly,” said Alex Greig, Insurance Manager for AAA Kansas. “Both plastic and copper pipes can burst. A crack as small as 1/8-inch can spew up to 250 gallons of water per day, causing flooding, serious structural damage, and the potential for mold. More