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The Winter Chill can Lead to Big Bills

State Farm Releases Top 10 States for Frozen Pipe Losses

Frozen water pipes are a problem in both cold and warmer climates, affecting a quarter-million families each winter, and it can happen in homes with both plastic and copper pipes. When a house's water pipes freeze, the situation is not as simple as calling a plumber. A 1/8-inch crack in a pipe can spew up to 250 gallons of water a day, causing flooding, serious structural damage, and the immediate potential for mold.

In 2019, State Farm paid more than $200 million for over 11,000 homeowners* claims related to frozen pipes across the U.S. Illinois ranks as the #1 state for frozen pipe losses. (*Note: excludes renters and condo unit claims)

“Damage resulting from frozen pipes is the most common winter loss claim,” says State Farm Loss Mitigation Administrator Jeff Feid. “The good news is that most of the time it can be prevented through a few simple steps.”

Click on the numbers in the interactive image below for simple maintenance tips to help prevent property damage.

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