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KEMPER NATIONAL INSURANCE OFFERS TIPS TO PREVENT DAMAGE FROM FROZEN WATER PIPES

 LONG GROVE, Ill., Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Kemper National Insurance Companies offers tips to prevent frozen water pipes:
 Preventing Pipes From Freezing
 -- Pay special attention to a kitchen or bathroom located on a north wall or northwest corner of the house. Bathrooms located on an outside wall of the second floor are also at risk because of increased wind exposure.
 Homeowners should take extra care to protect pipes located in attics.
 -- Remember that hot water lines can freeze just as quickly as cold water pipes if the water is not moving, so they need just as much protection.
 Leave hot and cold faucets on at a slow trickle. Flowing water freezes more slowly than water left standing.
 -- Insulate water pipes. Hardware and home improvement stores carry several types of insulation for this use.
 FROZEN WATER PIPES
 -- Invest in electric heat tape. Heat tape, which looks somewhat like an extension cord, consists of electrically warmed wires cased in plastic strips.
 -- Leave cabinet doors open during cold spells or circulate warm air into cabinets under kitchen and bath sinks. You can also blow warm air into the cabinets with an electric fan.
 -- Seal air leaks near exposed pipes. Pay special attention to crawl spaces where water lines enter houses.
 What To Do If Your Pipes Freeze
 If your faucet can only manage a drip or trickle when you turn it on during a cold snap, leave the faucet on and turn on the other water faucets in the house beyond the problem area.
 When no faucet in the house produces water, the freeze is most likely outside your house or where the water line enters the building. If the problem is outside the house, the culprit may be an outside water meter located above the frost line. Call your local water authority as soon as possible.
 If no water flows when you turn on one or two faucets, the inside pipe leading to those faucets is most likely frozen solid and may burst. To minimize water damage when the pipe thaws, leave the affected faucets on and shut off the house's main water valve. Then warm the pipe where you think the freeze has occurred.
 How To Thaw Pipes
 -- One way to pinpoint the location of the freeze is to run a damp rag or sponge slowly along accessible pipes. The frozen areas will frost over.
 -- Don't try to thaw the pipes with a propane torch, which should be used only by an experienced plumber.
 -- Blow warm air onto the pipe with a hair dryer.
 -- If the drain pipe is frozen, pour hot or boiling water down the drain until the obstruction melts.
 -- Wrap towels around frozen pipes and douse with boiling water. This should not be attempted near electrical equipment.
 -- Raise the temperature in the room nearest the suspected freeze area and use a portable heater or fan to circulate warm room air into the area where the frozen pipe is located.
 -- If the freeze has occurred behind a wall or ceiling, aim a hair dryer or heat lamp at the area from a distance of about eight inches (to avoid scorching the wall). Never leave the heat lamp unattended. You can also apply heat to the exposed area of the pipe nearest the frozen area and allow the pipe to conduct the heat. Keep in mind this will take considerable time.
 What To Do If Your Pipes Burst
 -- First, shut off the main water valve as quickly as possible.
 -- Second, turn off power to any area where leaking water could come in contact with electrical equipment.
 -- Third, turn on affected faucets to relieve any pressure within the pipes.
 -- Protect further damage by moving belongings away from the leak or covering them with plastic.
 -- Locate the crack and place a bucket underneath to temporarily catch the water.
 -- Call a plumber.
 -- If there is damage to belongings or to the home, call your insurance agent.
 The Kemper National Insurance Companies, with 1992 sales of $3.1 billion, operate in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and many foreign markets.
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 /CONTACT: Kevin E. Barber, director of Kemper National public relations, 708-540-2410/


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