January 2018

18
Jan

What You Should Know Before Renewing Car Insurance

What Motorists Should Consider Before Renewing Auto Insurance

Typically, car insurance policies auto-renew at the end of the 12-month term. This means a few weeks before your policy is due to end, you’ll receive an email or letter from your auto insurer telling you that they’ll renew your policy. While it’s easy to let your coverage keep renewing year after year, you may not always be paying the best price and receiving the right coverage.

Review Your Coverage Needs

Policy renewal time is the perfect occasion to make any necessary updates to your insurance coverage. If you’ve recently gotten married, received a new degree or bought a house, you could be in for some savings on your premiums. It’s imperative to adjust your car insurance coverage amounts to properly protect additional drivers you’re adding to your policy (like a spouse or newly licensed teenager) and increased assets (like a new home or car).

Shop Around

It doesn’t hurt to get quotes from a few different car insurance companies. If the price isn’t an issue for you, it’s always good to shop other companies for features like customer service availability, their claims handling process, and their overall reputation. While you compare quotes, remember to compare apples to apples. Make sure you’re getting quotes with coverages and limits that mirror your existing policy so that you know which quote is the better value.

Consider Bundling Policies

Many insurers will offer a sizeable discount if you bundle your different insurance policies with them. For example, your homeowners and auto insurance could be bundled, meaning that you save money and only have one insurer handling your coverage!

Skip the search of looking for the right car insurance by contacting Abatelli Group, Inc. directly. We can help you find optimum coverage for your vehicle at the right price.

11
Jan

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes in Your Home

Avoid Water Damage from Frozen Pipes

Homeowners need to consider the risks of frozen pipes in their homes, especially during this winter in Illinois. A 1/8-inch crack in a pipe can spew up to 250 gallons of water a day, causing flooding, structural damage, and the immediate potential for mold.

Frozen water pipes can occur all over the country, affecting both plastic and copper pipes. It’s all too common, especially considering this damage is largely preventable.

Prevent Freezing Pipes

  • Insulate pipes in your home’s crawl spaces and attic, even if you live in a climate where freezing is uncommon. Remember to insulate exterior pipes as exposed pipes are more susceptible to freezing.
  • Use heat tape or thermostatically controlled heat cables to wrap the pipes. Only use products intended for either interior or exterior and use accordingly.
  • Seal leaks that allow cold air inside near where pipes are located. Look for air leaks around electrical wiring, dryer vents, and pipes. Caulk or insulate these areas to keep the cold out.
  • Drain exterior pipes if you do not use them during the winter. This reduces the chance of freezing in the short span of pipe.
  • Keep the pipes running – Set the thermostat in your house no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

If Pipes Freeze…

  • If you turn on your faucets and nothing comes out, leave the faucets turned on and call a plumber.
  • Never use electrical appliances in areas of standing water.
  • Never try to thaw a pipe with an open flame – This could cause a serious fire hazard.
  • You may be able to thaw a frozen pipe using a hairdryer. Start by warming the pipe as close to the faucet as possible.
  • If your pipes burst, turn off the water at the main shutoff valve in the house. Make sure everyone in your home knows where the water shutoff valve is and how to open and close it.

One of the most important parts of preventing disaster is to make sure that you have the right homeowners insurance policy, which can provide the right amount of protection to fit into your lifestyle. Contact Abatelli Group, Inc., serving Whitestone and neighboring cities in New York with the right and reliable coverage.