The recent deep freeze on the Prairies appears to have wreaked havoc on pipes and sewer lines in Saskatchewan.
For several days over the Christmas week, the province was blanketed under extreme cold warnings with temperatures hovering around -30 C with wind chill values at -45 C.
SGI spokesperson Jennifer Rathwell said there were between 10 to 20 claims made for water damages caused by breaking pipes and bursting sewer lines between from Dec. 20 and Jan.2.
“When we have cold weather like that, there’s always a general increase in the number of claims,” she said, adding there were other claims related to the extreme cold weather, including fire and smoke damage.
SGI received 132 water damage claims in November and 139 in December.
It’s less than the comparative figures for 2016, when November saw 138 water damage claims and 178 in December.
That could change, Rathwell said, as people return from vacations and have time to make their claim.
How to avoid trouble
Rathwell provided a few tips for people to help avoid disaster during the extreme cold.
“One of the easiest things to do if you’re going to be away in this cold weather is having someone check on your home, daily if possible, to make sure everything is fine.”
She also said you can get a monitored alarm system, which can come with cold and water warnings.
Rathwell also recommended getting furnaces inspected and maintained by heating and plumbing companies.