Protecting Your Property In Icy Weather

Icy roads caused drivers to slip and slide around our area Thursday morning, leaving auto claims adjusters like Marvin Mattson very busy. “In weather like this we get a lot of front end damage and curb damage.” he says.

While some accidents leave ugly and obvious damage, Mattson says even slipping into a curb is something to take seriously. “Sometimes you can slide into a curb and say ‘oh shoot it doesn’t look that bad’ but in actuality the wheel may be back.” he says. “It may start handling funny. That will affect the braking, the steering and acceleration, especially in a front wheel drive car.” Mattson recommends having any damage inspected by a mechanic.

This cold snap has also caused chaos for some homeowners.

Adjuster Gayle Orr has more than 30 years of experience. She says air doesn’t circulate as well in homes that are left empty, so leaving the thermostat set 55 degrees may not be enough to keep pipes from freezing.

Orr showed us a home where the heat did not reach copper pipes in the attic. They burst soaking the floors and walls of a two story home in Southwest Reno. She says bumping the heat up to 60 degrees may have prevented the damage, which will require gutting 80 percent of the home.

In addition to broken pipes, Orr says the winter brings a lot of claims for roof damage including ice and weight. Loose roof shingles can let in water that freezes and forces shingles further apart. That can lead to a leaky roof and costly repairs. She says the best way to avoid that is to clear excess snow when possible, and keep an eye on maintenance when it comes to your roof.

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