Allstate offers cold weather tips to protect your home

Fri Feb 8, 2013 11:00am EST

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A few simple tips to help protect your home from the frigid temperatures
NORTHBROOK, Ill.,  Feb. 8, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Arctic air is bringing blizzard
conditions and hard freezes across parts of the Northeast and Northwest this
weekend. But there are things you can do to protect your home and property
during cold weather.   

Freezing and bursting pipes can cause significant damage to homes and Allstate
Insurance Company recommends homeowners prepare their homes for cold weather
using a few tips.

Allstate and the Insurance Information Institute encourage residents to take a
few simple steps to help prevent frozen pipes:

* Keep the house heated to a minimum of 65 degrees. The temperature inside the
walls where the pipes are located is substantially colder than the walls
themselves. A temperature lower than 65 degrees will not keep the inside walls
from freezing.  
* Identify the location for the main water shutoff in your home. Find out how it
works in case you have to use it.  
* Open hot and cold faucets enough to let them drip slowly. Keeping water moving
within the pipes will prevent freezing.  
* If you haven't already, make sure all hoses are disconnected from outside
* If you discover that pipes are frozen, don't wait for them to burst. Take
measures to safely thaw them immediately, or call a plumber for assistance.  
* If your pipes burst, first turn off the water and then mop up spills. You
don't want the water to do more damage than it already has.  
* Make temporary repairs and take other steps to protect your property from
further damage. Remove any carpet or furniture that can be further damaged from
seepage. Save receipts for temporary repairs and take photos of any items that
were unsafe to retain to share with your insurance company if you make a claim.

Most homeowners' policies cover damage resulting from a freeze, but by
protecting your home with these cold weather tips, you can avoid a lot of
potential damage.

If homeowners encounter damage resulting from cold weather, Allstate encourages
you to contact your agent and contact your insurance company.

The Allstate Corporation  (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held
personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its
Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate
Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home,
life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies,
independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well
as via,  and 1-800 Allstate®, and
are widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate®." As
part of  Allstate's commitment  to strengthen local communities, The Allstate
Foundation, Allstate employees, agency owners and the corporation provided  $29
million  in 2012 to thousands of nonprofit organizations and important causes
across  the United States.

SOURCE  Allstate

April Eaton, +1-847-402-5600

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