From Frozen Pipes to Ice Dams: IBHS Offers Guidance to Reduce Property Damage from Severe Winter Weather

IBHS Resources and Experts Available

TAMPA, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#BuildFORTIFIED–Severe winter weather has affected millions of people throughout the
U.S. this winter already, with Winter Storm Jupiter hitting most
recently and another couple of months of winter yet to go. Heavy
snowfall, ice storms and freezing temperatures can cause costly damage
to homes and businesses. The Insurance
Institute for Business & Home Safety
 (IBHS) offers winter
weather guidance for home and business owners to reduce their risks of
property damage.

“During the dangerous deep freeze of winter, it pays to be prepared,”
said Julie Rochman, president and CEO of IBHS. “Taking steps now will
help home and business owners avoid costly repairs and headaches later
from flooding due to thaws, high wind damage, burst pipes, collapsed
roofs and even interior fires as people use alternative heating sources
to cope with electrical power loss and freezing temperatures in some
areas.”

IBHS has guides, checklists and resources that can help:

Winter storms are the third-largest cause of insured catastrophe losses
after tornadoes and hurricanes, according to the Insurance Information
Institute.

Editor’s Note: IBHS has b-roll from its full-scale research
conducted at its unique Research Center, and also has other resources to
assist you with your coverage. IBHS building science experts are
available to speak with media about reducing and preventing property
damage from winter weather:

  • Julie Rochman, President and CEO
  • Rem Brown, Senior Engineering Director
  • Chuck Miccolis, Director, Commercial Lines Engineering (commercial
    buildings)

About the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) IBHS’
mission is to conduct objective, scientific research to identify and
promote effective actions that strengthen homes, businesses, and
communities against natural disasters and other causes of loss.

Contacts

Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS)
Cynthia
Michener, 508-864-9532
cmichener@ibhs.org