MISSOURI (KFVS) - Temperatures are about to drop in the Heartland.
According to a State Farm report, Missouri has the 10th most freeze claims in the nation.
Missouri claims come to a total of $2.7 million with an average claim of $17,000.
When pipes freeze, a State Farm spokesperson says it can cause costly damage in a home. A one-eighth-inch pipe can pray more than 250 gallons of water in a day.
Anywhere you live, pipes can freeze due to exposure from cracks or holes in siding.
But that can be prevented.
According to State Farm you can let hot and cold faucets drip overnight and open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to uninsulated pipes under sinks on exterior walls.
Experts recommend you insulate exposed water pipes such as those in crawl spaces, basements or near outside walls. You can also seal cracks and gaps that could bring in cold air with insulation or caulk.
You can also make sure to keep your thermostat above 55 degrees day and night.
If your pipes do freeze here is the advice from State Farm:
- If you turn on your faucets and nothing comes out, leave the faucets turned on and call a plumber.
- If your water pipes have already burst, turn off the water at the main shutoff valve in the house; leave the water faucets turned on.